A chemist explains how some molecules in human breast milk help fight infection. Understanding their properties could lead to better infant formulas that share the health advantages of breastfeeding.
Our study found babies born via medical or surgical intervention were at increased risk of health problems, from jaundice and feeding issues, to diabetes, respiratory infections and eczema.
Domperidone raises levels of prolactin, which increases the production of breast milk. It's safe for mothers and babies, but not all women will experience the same increase in milk volume.
A promising new strategy for improving breastfeeding rates.
The message given to new parents is the higher the infant weight gain the better. Yet being a big baby and growing fast is a risk factor for childhood obesity.
It really should be consumed at least twice a week.
From the moment their baby is born, Australian parents receive conflicting advice on how to cope with newborn issues. What we are doing wastes our resources, but we're not investing in alternatives.
It's not that difficult to support breastfeeding mums - but governments need to take charge.
Human milk banks play an important role in ensuring the safe supply of breast milk. This is made available to babies whose mothers are unable to breastfeed.
Employers must do more to support breastfeeding mothers who return to work.
South African health authorities educate the public about breastfeeding but without supportive legislation and strong communication, it will never be normalised.
In an era when opinion often trumps evidence in public health issues, it's time to support and invest in evidence-based medicine to protect the public from dangerous, poorly informed beliefs.
Breastfeeding has many health benefits for both baby and mother. But it can also can be difficult to sustain exclusively without support.
The potential for exploitation is rife in the international market for breast milk. Fair trade and fair pay regulations are crucial to protect consumers in Australia and suppliers abroad.
The UK isn't doing enough to help mums breastfeed successfully
Hospitals sometimes recommend women express milk towards the end of their pregnancies. But it's not suitable for all.
However mothers feed their babies, there is always some kind of criticism.
Family, friends and even strangers are judging pregnant women's and new mothers' behaviour.
Banked breast milk is a safe source of shared human milk, and can be a life-saver for very premature babies.
The bacteria in a mother's breast milk are important because it helps develop a baby's gut. Research shows this bacteria are different depending on where mothers live and what they eat.