Breast-Fed Kids May Be Less Hyper, But Not Necessarily Smarter, Study Finds

Breast-feeding has many known health benefits, but there's still debate about how it may influence kids' behavior and intelligence.

Now, a new study published in Pediatrics finds that children who are breast-fed for at least six months as babies have less hyperactive behavior by age 3 compared with kids who weren't breast-fed. 

Read more at NPR.

***VIDEO PRESS RELEASE*** Infant Health Group Releases New Video “Why Preemies Need Access to an Exclusive Human Milk Diet”

WASHINGTON – Today the National Coalition for Infant Health released a new web video, “Why Preemies Need Access to an Exclusive Human Milk Diet.” The video explains how a diet of only human milk and human milk-derived products helps preemies by boosting their immune systems, reducing respiratory complicationsand preventing GI infections. It also outlines the barriers that preemies and their mothers face in accessing an exclusive human milk diet.



An exclusive human milk diet may consist of: 

  • Breast milk from the infant’s mother
  • Brest milk from a screened donor
  • Supplemental fortifier derived from human milk to provide added calories and nutrients. 

An exclusive human milk diet can shield preemies from necrotizing enterocolitis, or NEC, a life-threatening intestinal condition that causes a distended abdomen, respiratory failure and septic shock. It can also limit infants’ exposure to cows’ milk products, which can increase NEC risks.

However, some hospitals do not have donor milk or human milk-based fortifier. And health plans don’t necessarily provide hospital-grade breast pumps – or cover the cost of donor milk and fortifier.  

As a result, frustrated parents may turn to unscreened sources of human milk through online sales points such as Craigslist, or simply forego the benefits of human milk for their newborn.  

The video urges policymakers to work alongside parents and health care providers to provide the access and health plan coverage that premature infants need.

The National Coalition for Infant Health educates and advocates on behalf of premature infants from birth to age two. A collaborative of professional, clinical, community health and family support organizations, NCfIH envisions safe, healthy infants whose families can access the information, care and treatment their babies need.

Zika Warning Is Issued Over Sperm Banks in the Miami Area

Women who are considering trying to become pregnant with semen from sperm banks in the Miami-Dade County area of Florida should consider the possibility that sperm collected as far back as mid-June might be infected with the Zika virus, federal health officials said Monday.

The officials said the new warning was driven by caution, not by any evidence of infected semen from sperm banks or of babies with Zika-linked brain damage who were conceived with donated sperm.

Read more at The New York Times. 

Support programs help moms extend breastfeeding time

(Reuters Health) - Support programs for new mothers help them to breastfeed their babies for longer periods and to keep breast milk as the baby's only source of nutrition, according to a new review of existing evidence.

The researchers concluded that breastfeeding support - whether educational or just encouraging - by trained professionals or lay people generally benefited women and their babies.

Read more at Reuters Health.

Sing to your bump: lullabies to babies in the womb decrease crying when they are born

Many expectant parents prepare for the arrival of a new baby by redecorating its intended bedroom in a soothing colour and buying lots of rattles and cuddly toys.But new research suggests that the best way of ensuring a happy and contented newborn is by singing to it while it is still in the womb.

Read More at The Telegraph. 

AAAAI: Early-Life Secondhand Smoke May Up Food Allergy Risk

TUESDAY, March 7, 2017 (HealthDay News) -- Exposure to secondhand smoke in the first few weeks of life could increase the risk that children will develop food allergies, according to research presented at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, held from March 3 to 6 in Atlanta.

Read More at Physician's Briefing.

Breastfeeding may reduce risk of metabolic syndrome: Study

Feb. 16 (UPI) -- A study of more than 4,700 Korean women has found a link between longer duration of breastfeeding and a lower risk of metabolic syndrome.

Metabolic syndrome is a set of symptoms including elevated blood pressure, glucose and triglyceride levels that increase a person's risk of heart attack, diabetes or stroke.

Read more at UPI.

Nebraska lawmaker pushes hospice for lethal fetal anomalies

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska senator is pushing for physicians to provide information about support and hospice care to parents who learn their unborn child has an abnormality and is likely to die within three months of birth, prompting emotional testimony from women on Friday to a legislative committee.

Read More at Hasting Tribune.