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It’s not suitable for women with heart problems, but otherwise is a safe and effective option. Alex Pasarelu

Domperidone can boost breast milk supply – here’s what you need know

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.
The health scare surrounding nanoparticles might lead to people abandoning formula unnecessarily, with serious impacts on babies’ health. from

No, nanoparticles in baby formula will not harm your baby

A widely publicised study that cast doubt on the safety of milk formula was misleading, based on dubiously reported studies and may have serious consequences.
The number of children with flat head has risen in recent years in part due to SIDS guidelines, which recommend placing babies on their backs to sleep. from

Do you need to worry if your baby has a flat head?

Parents who notice their child has a flat head should talk to a GP or specialist to see if any treatment is needed.
‘Baby talk’ has shorter sentences, simpler words and more repetition. Shutterstock

Why ‘baby talk’ is good for your baby

People often tell new parents to avoid 'baby talk' because it will slow down the child's language development. But evidence shows it does the opposite.
Preterm babies are at significant risk of health and development problems, highlighting the need to get prevention strategies right. from

Common method of preventing early births may be causing more

New research has found a commonly used method of preventing early or pre-term birth (delivery of a baby before 37 weeks) may in fact be causing more to occur, and leading to further problems.
Social and financial pressures are driving many Australian women who want to have children to wait until later in life. mimagephotography/Shutterstock

How old is too old for a safe pregnancy?

Are there other risks and complications associated with pregnancy and childbirth in your 50s and 60s – or even your 40s?
The overall infant mortality rate more than halved between 1986 and 2014. from

A snapshot of children’s health in Australia

This infographic provides a snapshot of children's health in Australia, from mortality and chronic conditions to the risk factors adversely affecting our children's health.

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