Health and Science News for Parents
Jun
1

Are we sure breastfeeding reduces leukemia risk? And does it matter?

written by Tara Haelle

There’s a new study out finding that breastfeeding reduces the risk of childhood leukemia. It’s a meta-analysis, which means it pools together the findings from a dozen and a half different previously published studies. I’ve gone through the details on the numbers below, but I’ve written about the more important issues tied up with this […]

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Oct
26

Pumping adventures on the way to Mozambique

written by Tara Haelle

Remember the International Reporting Project (IRP) fellowship I said I had received to travel to Mozambique and report on child health and immunizations? Well, I’ve been here just under two days and have had the pleasure of meeting all the other awesome colleagues I’ll be working alongside. Tomorrow will be our first official set of program events, and I’m […]

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Aug
8

Yay for breastfeeding and immunizations!

written by Tara Haelle

It can be exhausting to keep up with all the different world and national awareness weeks and months, but it isn’t hard for me to choose my favorite “awareness” time of the year – it’s August! The whole month of August is National Immunization Awareness Month, and the first week is World Breastfeeding Week. Boobs and […]

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Sep
23

Nearly “universal” breastfeeding concerns call for universal breastfeeding support

written by Tara Haelle

When nearly all first-time moms are reporting breastfeeding concerns just a few days after giving birth, it’s pretty safe to say that breastfeeding support resources need a boost. The former was the finding of a study published today in Pediatrics. The latter, mentioned in the study, is my big takeaway from the findings. About three […]

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May
13

Is Formula Not So “Evil” After All? Could it Boost Breastfeeding Rates?

written by Tara Haelle

I will never forget my first night home with my new son after a few postpartum days in the hospital. Most likely haven’t or won’t forget their first night at home with the new baby, but in my case it’s marked by a level of frustration, helplessness and despair that likely could have been allayed […]

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Mar
17

Take Away Pacifiers… and Breastfeeding Rates Drop?

written by Tara Haelle

We all have those things we said we’d never do when we had a baby which, once we actually had a baby, kinda went out the window. For me, one of those was pacifier use. Now, the more I learn about pacifiers, including what a recent study in Pediatrics shows, the more I support their […]

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Oct
10

Hey Mom! You smell tasty!

written by Tara Haelle

How does a newborn mammal know where to nurse? Is it instinctual or learned, or a mixture of the two? Well, it tends to depend on the mammal, but a nifty study with mice recently found it’s all about the unique smell of momma with those critters. The experiment does not necessarily tell us how […]

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