Archive for the 'Maternity Formal' Category

NIH Study Examines How Breastfeeding Impacts The Cost Of Health Care For Very Low Birth Weight Infants

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded nearly $3 million to support Rush University Medical Center’s study analyzing how human breast milk impacts the health outcomes and health care cost savings for very low birth weight infants - babies less than 1500 grams. The grant will enable researchers at Rush to [...]

Vitamin D Deficiency In Infants And Nursing Mothers Carries Long-Term Disease Risks

Once believed to be important only for bone health, vitamin D is now seen as having a critical function in maintaining the immune system throughout life. The newly recognized disease risks associated with vitamin D deficiency are clearly documented in a report in the December issue (Volume 3, Number 4) of Breastfeeding Medicine, [...]

Economic Crisis Could Lead To Decline In Birth Rate, Los Angeles Times Reports

Some economists predict that the U.S. birth rate could decline as a result of the economic crisis, as many couples decide to postpone or not have children because of financial difficulties, the Los Angeles Times reports. According to the Times, declines in the U.S. fertility rate have followed economic recessions for about 75 [...]

Antacid Medication In Pregnancy May Increase Childhood Asthma

Children of mothers who took acid-suppressive drugs during pregnancy had a 1.5 times higher incidence of asthma when compared to children who were not exposed to the drugs in utero, finds a large population-based study by researchers at Children’s Hospital Boston. The findings, accompanied by an editorial, appear online this week in “Early View” in [...]

Benefits Of Breastfeeding Outweigh Risk Of Infant Exposure To Environmental Chemicals In Breastmilk

A study comparing breastfed and formula fed infants across time showed that the known beneficial effects of breastfeeding are greater than the potential risks associated with infant exposure to chemicals such as dioxins that may be present in breastmilk, according to a report published in the December issue (Volume 3, Number 4) of [...]