How a breast milk antibody plays an important role in infant gut development

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Breastfeeding is an important strategy to ensure a healthy balance of good bacteria in an infant’s gut.

 Babies have legions of microbes that set up shop in their guts, skin, and more right from birth. These microbes are vital. They help the growing human to digest its food, and to keep harmful microbes away. They are so important that newborns temporarily suppress their own immune system to give their microbial partners a chance to establish themselves.

 

 

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IRS Gives Tax Breaks to Breastfeeding Moms

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IRS says breastfeeding expenses are tax write-offs.

Breastfeeding is easier on the planet because formula takes energy to produce, transport, and it wastes space in landfills. Not to mention that breastfeeding is the most natural means of giving your baby the best possible start. Michelle Obama even promoted breastfeeding as a means of reducing childhood obesity down the line. And most recently, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) announced tax breaks for breastfeeding moms.

 

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Fatwa Encouraging Adult Breastfeeding

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Controversy over adult breastfeeding.
A controversy is brewing in Saudi Arabia over a new fatwa issued that advocates, er, adult breastfeeding. From AOL News:
Sheikh Al Obeikan, an adviser to the royal court and consultant to the Ministry of Justice, set off a firestorm of controversy recently when he said on TV that women who come into regular contact with men who aren’t related to them ought to give them their breast milk so they will be considered relatives…
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Study: Breastfeeding Could Save 900 Babies and Millions of Dollars Each Year

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Breastfeeding could save lives

The lives of nearly 900 babies would be saved each year, along with billions of dollars, if 90% of U.S. women breast-fed their babies for the first six months of life, a cost analysis says. Those startling results, published online Monday in the journal Pediatrics, are only an estimate. But several experts who reviewed the analysis said the methods and conclusions seem sound.

 

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Angelina Jolie Breastfeeding – Photos Taken by Brad Pitt

Angelina Jolie Breastfeeding - Photos Taken by Brad Pitt

Intimate photos of Angelina Jolie to show up in W.

Angelina Jolie has famously lived her life as an open book – and now in a revealing new portrait taken by partner Brad Pitt, she shares an astonishingly private moment with the public.

The Hollywood star sits with brunette locks tumbling over her shoulders, with the top of her blouse pulled down to expose her breast – which is somewhat covered by the tiny fingers which just reveal the presence of one of her suckling twins.

The mother of six allowed herself to be photographed breastfeeding in a series of intimate portraits for the forthcoming issue of American style magazine W. (Pics)

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Breastfeeding Cuts Mothers Risk of Arthritis in Half

Breastfeeding Cuts Mothers Risk of Arthritis in Half 

Apparently baby have a way of sucking the arthritis out of their moms

Breastfeeding has unplanned benefits like protecting nursing mothers from rheumatoid arthritis, according to a new study.

The study found that women who had breastfed for 13 months or more were half as likely to get rheumatoid arthritis as those who had never breastfed. Those who had breastfed for one to 12 months were 25 per cent less likely to get the disease.
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Knitted False Breast Helps Teach New Moms to Breastfeed

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Members of the Chorley and South Ribble Knit and Natter Group in Lancashire, England, decided to knit something useful for new mothers learning to breastfeed: knitted breasts!

[Breastfeeding Network] helper Sara Cookson said that whilst the knitted boobs seem quite funny at first glance, they’re actually one of their most important tools, and they would be lost without them.

She explained: “The knitted breasts allow us to demonstrate feeding in a hands-off way that people are comfortable with.

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