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Your Baby Warms Your Heart. Breastfeeding Might Protect It

Nursing a baby for two years provides the most protection

(Newser) - It's well established that breastfeeding confers a wide range of health benefits to both mother and baby. For instance, a mother's risk of obesity, breast and ovarian cancer, and osteoporosis go down if she nursed, reports the Independent . But now researchers report in the Journal of the American ... More »

This Is the Longest-Nursing of Any Primate

Orangutans set a record, researchers find

(Newser) - Orangutans nurse their young for up to eight years or longer, a new study finds—a record for primates. As National Geographic notes, it's difficult to study orangutans in the wild since they're so often out of sight in trees, but it's important for conservationists to know... More »

Breastfeeding Aussie Senator Makes History

Larissa Waters is first to feed baby in country's Parliament

(Newser) - Australian Sen. Larissa Waters made history with her 2-month-old daughter Alia Joy on Tuesday. The Australian Greens party member became the first mother to breastfeed a baby in the Parliament chamber, winning praise for setting an example for mothers in the workplace, the Telegraph reports. Other lawmakers in countries including... More »

'If I Had Given Him Just One Bottle, He Would Still Be Alive'

Jillian Johnson opens up about death of Landon due to accidental starvation

(Newser) - Jillian Johnson wishes a happy 5th birthday to her "sweet boy" Landon in a blog post at Fed Is Best —a post in which she publicly opens up for the first time about his death to accidental starvation at 19 days old. "If I had given him... More »

Mom: Day Care Worker Breastfed My Baby

She's pushing for criminal charges in North Carolina

(Newser) - An angry North Carolina mother has lodged an unusual complaint about her infant's day care: She says a worker breastfed her 3-month-old son without permission. Kaycee Oxendine tells WTVD-TV in Durham that security footage inside Carrboro Early School showed a woman adjusting her top and bringing Oxendine's child... More »

After Wife's Suicide, Husband Has Moving Message for New Moms

'You are Not alone," Kim Chen writes of postpartum depression

(Newser) - A grieving husband who lost his wife to an apparent suicide has made an emotional appeal to new moms facing postpartum depression. Florence Leung, 32, left her 2-month-old son in October and never came home, CBC reports . Her body was found several weeks later. Now, husband Kim Chen is reaching... More »

Mom Sues Hospital Over Breastfeeding Mixup

Her baby had to undergo a year of blood tests

(Newser) - In early December 2012, Tammy Van Dyke of Apple Valley, Minn., gave birth to a healthy baby boy. But shortly before she was set to take baby Cody home from the hospital two days into his life, she learned that a nursery mix-up had resulted in another mother breastfeeding her... More »

New SIDS Advice: Beware Dozing Off While Feeding

It's common, warns pediatric group

(Newser) - A pediatricians group has updated its advice on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, and those guidelines touch on a common hazard for the first time: It's not unusual for moms to fall asleep while breastfeeding, so they should plan accordingly. Specifically, that means a sleepy mom would be better off... More »

Mom Has Gallons of Breast Milk Confiscated at Heathrow

Jessica Coakley Martinez didn't take it lightly

(Newser) - Ever sighed at having to toss out a bottle of water at airport security? Then consider Jessica Coakley Martinez, who was forced to throw away almost four gallons of breast milk at London's Heathrow Airport, the Washington Post reports. "This wasn’t some rare bottle of wine or... More »

Nursing Mom of Triplets Lauds Delta's First-Class Act

Flight attendants gave mom privacy and space to pump

(Newser) - Jenna Mde had to travel from Atlanta to Dallas on Friday, leaving her triplet babies behind. But because she breastfeeds, Mde still needed to pump during her flight—and that's where a Delta crew came through for her with flying colors, Today reports. Two flight attendants brought her into... More »

Don't Buy Into the Big Breastfeeding Con

Vox writer says it's 'overhyped, oversold, and overrated'

(Newser) - A political science professor at the University of Toronto who decided to breastfeed her kids also decided to go down what she calls the "rabbit hole" of breastfeeding research, and what she founded completely upended her opinion of it. In a piece for Vox entitled, tellingly, "Breastfeeding is... More »

Moms Swoon Over Rapper's Breast Pump Selfie

George Moss: Breastfeeding moms are heroes

(Newser) - A day in the life of a rapper probably isn’t what you'd think—at least in George Moss' case. "If you ever wonder what #rappers do when they get off stage, they clean breast pumps for their wives so their baby can eat. #thuglife," the rapper... More »

Tattooed Mom Wins Her Battle to Breastfeed

Judge ridicules previous ruling forbidding it

(Newser) - The mother of an 11-month-old baby in Australia can once again breastfeed her child, but it took the intervention of a court. Sydney's Family Court today overturned a previous decision barring the woman from breastfeeding because she had gotten a tattoo a month ago, reports 9 News . The earlier... More »

Breastfeeding Lowers Breast Cancer Deaths

Study finds that both breast cancer recurrence and mortality rates drop

(Newser) - It appears that women who breastfeed are imparting health benefits not just to their children but to themselves as well. So suggests a new study out this week in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute involving 1,636 women with breast cancer; those who breastfed their babies were 30%... More »

Late Start on Solid Foods Could Boost Babies' Cancer Risk

Study points to leukemia concerns for infants who don't have solids until 7 months

(Newser) - A new study raises concerns for babies who get a late start on solid food—that is, at the age of 7 months or older, LiveScience reports. Researchers found that babies who didn't begin eating solids until the age of at least 10 months had four times the risk... More »

Airport Confiscates Alyssa Milano's Breast Milk

Because the actress didn't have a baby with her?

(Newser) - Upon landing at Heathrow Airport yesterday, Alyssa Milano had the 10 ounces of breast milk she'd pumped on the plane taken away. She tweeted that officials told her they could only "let the pumped milk through if I had the baby with me," adding, "Why would... More »

If You Were Breastfed, You'll End Up Earning More

And have a higher IQ, Brazilian study finds

(Newser) - The benefits of breastfeeding extend long beyond childhood, a decades-long study finds. Researchers have been keeping tabs on a group of Brazilian children since 1982, and recently, they checked in with some 3,500 of them to see how they're doing as adults. Interviews and an IQ test found... More »

Teen Mom Pumps Breast Milk for Baby She Gave Up

One shipment Kaleena Pysher sent topped out at 80 pounds

(Newser) - When Alaska teen Kaleena Pysher learned she was pregnant at 18, she knew firsthand what it would take to have a baby so young—her sister had a child at 14—and decided adoption was best. The now-19-year-old wanted to give her child good parents and a good education, something... More »

Courts: Nursing Mom's Firing Isn't Sexist— Men Can Lactate

Supreme Court won't overturn lower ruling

(Newser) - When a woman took legal action over a reported firing linked to breastfeeding, courts dismissed the move—in part because men are capable of lactating, the Raw Story reports. Now, the Supreme Court is letting that dismissal stand. "The court's reasoning in this case echoes old Supreme Court... More »

Delta Apologizes After Breast-Pump Kerfuffle

The airline made a mother check her breast pump

(Newser) - When nursing mother Lauren Modeen tried to board a Delta flight from Atlanta to Minneapolis on a business trip last week, she was told she'd first have to consolidate her luggage—a purse, a cooler to carry breast milk, and a standard carry-on that included her pump. Modeen protested... More »

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