While many parents decide whether to circumcise their sons based on culture or religion, a 2012 report found that the health benefits of circumcision outweigh the risks of the procedure. Continue reading
Research finds no link between childhood obesity and the timing of the introduction of solid food for breastfed babies. Formula-feeding, however, does not have the same result. Formula-fed babies are much more sensitive to when they first began eating solid food. Continue reading
Some medications can cause harmful side effects to you or your baby if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. Sometimes doctors don’t realize how a medicine can be harmful to a baby in the womb until after many babies have been born with problems. While that sounds frightening, it’s important to remember that many pregnant or breastfeeding moms take medications for a wide range of health conditions. It is important to learn more about the possible risks of taking medications while pregnant or breastfeeding and to discuss any potential side effects with your health provider. Continue reading
Evidence has been mounting about the health advantages of breastfeeding for both mother and child. From a reduced risk of obesity to an increased resistance to disease, study after study shows that when possible breast milk is the ideal food for your newborn child. Is this the right option for you? Continue reading
Two government agencies and the American Academy of Pediatrics are warning parents and other caregivers not to put babies in sleep positioning products as two recent deaths underscore concerns about suffocation. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the Consumer Product Safety Commission issued the warning after reviewing reports of 12 known infant deaths associated with the products.
According to the Institute of Medicine (IOM), any kind of breast surgery, including breast implant surgery, makes it at least three times more likely that a woman trying to breastfeed will have an inadequate milk supply. A number of studies have revealed this concerning information. Continue reading
Breastfeeding is very good for babies, but a recent report released by the American Academy of Pediatrics has recommended that breastfeeding babies be given vitamin D supplements to prevent them from developing rickets or vitamin D deficiency. Continue reading
You can save a baby’s life by making sure that everyone who cares for your baby, or your friend’s or relative’s baby, knows to place babies on their “Back to Sleep.” Continue reading