2012 breastfeeding research brings answers, questions, and yet more reasons to breastfeed!

2012 breastfeeding research brings answers, questions, and yet more reasons to breastfeed!

2012 brought a wealth of new research findings on breastfeeding!

Check out our links below for a (partial) list of the latest evidence on the effects of breastfeeding on mothers’ and babies’ health, the constituents and functions of breastmilk, and new insights in breastfeeding practice and policy.

Breastfeeding associated with these health outcomes in babies:

Reduction of depression in adulthood

Less snoring, behavioral problems

Reduced risk of celiac disease

Better gut health through complex sugars

Halt to the “Allergic March” from eczema to asthma?

Reduction of  childhood obesity, even for children with the “obesity gene” (multiple studies)

Reduction of risk of anger and irritability in adults

Reduction of severe vomitting (hypertrophic pyloric stenosis)

Higher intelligence as adults

In combination with skin-to-skin, life saving for 450,000 preterm infants around the world

Breastfeeding associated with health outcomes in mothers:

Deterioration of breast aesthetics

Multiples studies on improved heart and metabolic health

Reduction of risk of breast cancer for women who have “breast cancer gene” mutations

Properties and function of breastmilk:

Complex sugars adjust to baby’s needs over time, promote a wider range of bacteria

Cancer fighting properties of breastmilk, including newly identified components

Newly discovered breastmilk component neutralizes HIV

Melatonin in breastmilk promotes better sleep

Breastfed babies can metabolize perchlorate, reducing accumulation in their systems

Complex sugars related to reduced risk of HIV transmission through breastmilk

Wet nurses might be able to reverse genetic diseases?

Breastfeeding practice and policy

Milk coming in late puts breastfeeding at risk

Cesarean birth without labor associated with breastfeeding problems

Music makes mother produce more – and fattier – milk

Maternal caffeine intake doesn’t affect babies’ waking

The act of breastfeeding, not the milk, is what protects against obesity

The movement of babies’ hands during breastfeeding has a purpose

Pumping method affects milk composition for preterm infants

Some obese women struggle with breastfeeding, but new research says it’s not all about physiology

Mothers fairly accurately recall how long they breastfed

Depo-Provera shots may cause breastfeeding problems

Women who take antidepressants are less likely to breastfeed

Less than 2% of low income moms meet their breastfeeding goals

Breastfeeding moms lose income

Mothers in Africa could flash-heat breast milk to reduce transmission of HIV

Evolution of meat eating allowed a shortened duration of breastfeeding

Donor milk yields slower growth in preemies

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