External Sources of Breastmilk

In modern times, breastfeeding (BF) is seen as something that a mother does for her own child. Historically however, other women have replaced mum as a provider of breastmilk (BM) in times of need (eg. mother absent, temporarily unable to feed, etc.). This can be via various means: 1. Wet nursing Breastfeeding by someone other …

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Cochrane review – Methods of milk expression for lactating women

The peeps at Cochrane have just released an updated review looking at the optimal methods of milk expression for lactating women. This updated review includes “34 randomised controlled studies involving 1998 participants, with 17 trials involving 961 participants providing data for analysis. Studies included the mothers of infants in neonatal units in the USA, UK, …

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Does breastfeeding cause your puppies to lose their perkiness?

What did one saggy boob say to the other saggy boob? If we don’t get some support soon, people are going to think we’re nuts. I crack me up. Breast ptosis (pronounced ‘toe-sis’) – aka saggy boobs, droopy boobie, ball-in-a-sock, the list goes on, as does the unwelcome visual. The idea that breastfeeding causes boobs …

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Christmas Day Workout & Study on Infant Feeding and Maternal Mortality

Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas! I totally forgot to post our Christmas Day workout… hubbie and I went down to the local kiddies playground and did: Tabata (5 rounds) – Jump squats – Decline push ups – Pull ups – TTB (in my case, knees to chest) A lady and her kids came down …

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The effect of breastfeeding on weight loss & fat (re)distribution

Following on from my previous lament, I mean post, about increased abdominal fat at 3-months after Caesarean section delivery… it turns out that there may be another reason why we hang onto that extra bit of fat post-delivery… breastfeeding. Now before you grab your white hoods and come around to pitchfork me to death, I’ll …

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Does exclusive breast-feeding prevent eczema?

Does exclusive breast-feeding prevent atopic dermatitis (eczema)? The researchers in this study looked at >600 exclusively breast-fed 3-month-old infants for atopic dermatitis, screened for common genetic mutations predisposing to allergies, and also performed skin-prick testing for allergy to six foods (cow’s milk, egg, cod fish, wheat, sesame, and peanut). They found that exclusive breast-feeding did not prevent …

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