Sugars in human mother’s milk are a new class of antibacterial agent

“Mother’s milk, which consists of a complex and continually changing blend of proteins, fats and sugars, helps protect babies against bacterial infections. In the past, scientists have concentrated their search for the source of its antibacterial properties on the proteins it contains. However, an interdisciplinary team of chemists and doctors at Vanderbilt University have discovered…

Predictors of supplementation for breastfed babies in a Baby-Friendly hospital (NZ)

Predictors of supplementation for breastfed babies in a Baby-Friendly hospital (NZ) Stefanie Kalmakoff, Andrew Gray and Sally Baddock – Women and Birth – 2017 Abstract Problem Supplementation of breastfed babies is common during the hospital stay. Background The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) optimises practices to support exclusive breastfeeding, yet supplementation is still prevalent. Objective…

Country experiences with the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative – August 2017

“This set of case studies documents country experiences in implementing the Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) over the 25 years of its existence. Each of the 13 case studies – from Bolivia to Viet Nam – includes a section on achievements, challenges, lessons learned and recommendations to protect, promote and support breastfeeding in maternity facilities. Several…

Breastfeeding may be an important modifiable behavior to reduce endometriosis risk

History of breast feeding and risk of incident endometriosis: prospective cohort study. Farland et al – BMJ, 2017 Conclusion Among women who experienced at least one pregnancy that lasted at least six months, breastfeeding was inversely associated with risk of incident endometriosis. This association was partially, but not fully, influenced by postpartum amenorrhea, suggesting that breastfeeding…

Breastfeeding protects against the development of Chrohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis

 Xu et al – Alimentary pharmacology and therapeutics 2017 BACKGROUND: Breastfeeding is a modifiable factor that may influence development of inflammatory bowel diseases. However, literature on this has been inconsistent and not accounted for heterogeneity in populations and exposure. AIM: To conduct a meta-analysis to examine the association between breastfeeding in infancy and risk of…