The Bountiful Benefits of Breastfeeding

If you're pregnant or have just given birth, you know that you have a sign on your forehead that says to all the little old ladies and strangers in grocery stores, “Tell me all you know about raising a child, because I know nothing.” The sheer amount of unsolicited advice about early childrearing, combined with the shelves and shelves of books in bookstores, and the entire Internet can make certain decisions about your newborn more complicated then they need to be.

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Understanding How the Body Produces Breast Milk

When pregnant, an expectant mother's body gets ready to provide milk for her child. This process is known as lactation. Lactation process is supported by various hormones that increase due to the development of the placenta. These hormones include estrogens, progesterone, Prolactin, ATCH, glucocorticoids, Oxytocin and Human placental lactogen (HPL). All women are born with mammary glands but they lay dormant until a pregnancy takes place and activates through the pregnancy hormones. During the preparation for lactation, As a result of increased Prolactine the glands will expand and develop along with the ductal structure. The alveoli, which are a small cluster of grape like sacs, with the help of a hormone called prolactin will derive essential sugars, proteins and fat from the system and produce the breast milk. High levels of Ostrogen and progesterone inhibits the release of milk but with the birth of the child, both these hormone levels drop, resulting in the release of the milk for the new born.

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Breast Milk Antibody Helps Fight HIV

An antibody in breast milk both neutralizes the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and kills HIV-infected cells, according to a new study, but does not completely protect nursing babies from HIV transmission. However, current HIV vaccine candidates may be effective in enhancing the anti-HIV functions of breast feeding.

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Breastfeeding Reduces Risk of Childhood Allergies

Breastfeeding your infant for 4 to 6 months after birth has been shown to reduce the child's risk for both eczema and cow's milk allergy, according to Prof. Halken, Chair of the 2011 Pediatric Allergy and Asthma Meeting.

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Substance in Breast Milk Kills Cancer Cells

A substance found in breast milk has been shown to kill cancer cells. The naturally occurring substance is a mixture of a protein and a fatty acid. Researchers are calling the substance HAMLET (Human Alpha-lactalbumin Made LEthal to Tumour cells).

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Domperidone Ensures Babies Get Enough Mother's Milk for Healthy Growth

Many young mothers would rather breastfeed their children considering baby formula scandals cropping up with the usage of banned substances such as melamine that caused illness in thousands of children that were fed baby formulas replacing mother's milk. It is better to buy domperidone and use it to stimulate or increase breast-milk production by increasing the quantity of prolactin produced by the pituitary gland.

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Breastfeeding a Pain Reliever for Premature Infants?

Canadian researchers from the BC Children's Hospital and the University of British Columbia conducted a study to learn if premature infants in the hospital's neonatal unit would show lower pain scores if they were being breastfed during blood collection. Breastfeeding during painful procedures has been shown to reduce pain response by 80 to 90% in full-term infants, but this approach had not previously been tested in preterm babies.

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Breastfeeding Benefits Mothers with Lower Blood Pressure Risk

The recent US study shows that breastfeeding for at least six months may lower a woman's risk of developing high blood pressure. Experts have suggested breastfeeding is the best for mothers and babies' health.

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Breastfed Babies are Less Likely to Become Obese: Study Finds

It is no secret the multitude of benefits for both baby and mother when it comes to breastfeeding, but a recent study indicates that breastfeeding your baby may also help prevent infants from becoming overweight adolescents.

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Breastfeeding Lowers Your Risk of Heart Disease

Heart disease, the number one killer in America, is actually a group of diseases, the most common one being coronary artery disease. Coronary artery disease is a narrowing of the vessels leading to the heart, which may eventually cause strokes or heart attacks. Many of the medications on today's market are aimed towards preventing heart diseases. However, a new study has been released stating women's' extra prevention method…breastfeeding.

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Breastfeeding Leads to Better Lung Function

A second study has come out corroborating the results of one recently published in the American Journal of Respiratory Care and Critical Care Medicine. It states that babies who were exclusively breastfed are more likely to develop better lung functioning than their formula-fed counterparts. This is especially true for babies born to an asthmatic mother.

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Breast Milk - The New Liquid Gold?

Living in an era where the benefits of breast milk are better understood than ever before, demand for breast milk has reached an all time high, and now new mothers who are fortunate to produce vast amounts of breast milk are cashing in.

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Thirteen Ways Breastfeeding Saves You Money - Part 1

Babies are expensive. From hospital costs, to maternity clothes to diapers, having children is one of the most expensive undertakings in our lives. Raising a child to the age if 18 is estimated to cost a minimum of $200,000. It will be more if you live in an expensive area, or send them to private school or include them in team sports. Here are the first six of our 13 ways breastfeeding saves you money.

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Thirteen Ways Breastfeeding Saves You Money - Part 2

Health Benefits for Babies

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Nursing Mothers

We love this LA Times post about nursing mothers. There have been many small incidents about nursing mothers' rights in the news recently. This article and comic give a great description of why that is, and how we can fix it.

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Breastfeeding Makes Your Baby Smarter

There are several studies discussed the connection between breastfeeding and smart babies. New evidence found that babies drink mother's breast milk makes them grow smarter and healthier. We should overlook breastfeeding has so many benefits for bother mother and child. It's definitely the smart thing to do.

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Breastfeeding Helps Weight Loss

Breastfeeding is best for babies, and a new British study adds to growing evidence that the benefits extend to the mother as well, even 30 years after she's given birth. The findings had shown that breastfeeding help mothers lose the weight when they gained during pregnancy.

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Breastfeeding and Food Allergies FAQs

How breastfeeding may affect food allergies?

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One More Reason to Breastfeed

By now, most women know how great breastfeeding is, for both mother and child. It enhances bonding between the two, and is by far the best nourishment you can give your child. Although the emotional bonding is an obvious plus, what happens to the breast after feeding? It was once common knowledge that continual feeding, jostling, etc. would eventually wear down the breast tissue. But is that true? A new study says that breastfeeding can have the opposite effect - slowing down the aging process for post-baby breasts.

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