breastfeeding

The Link between a Curvy Body, Newborns’ Brains and Breastfeeding: or Why Do Women Need Fat?

The Link between a Curvy Body, Newborns’ Brains and Breastfeeding: or Why Do Women Need Fat?

According to two recent reports in The Sunday Times and Daily Mail there is a good reason, from a human evolutionary perspective, why women may need fat and their curvy bodies. In line with the work of Will Lassek, and his research team from the University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, discussed in these reports, the ‘fat […]

Risk of Postpartum Depression in Mothers Who Planned But Had Not Initiated Breastfeeding

Risk of Postpartum Depression in Mothers Who Planned But Had Not Initiated Breastfeeding

A new study published in the Maternal and Child Health Journal suggests a link between not breastfeeding and postpartum depression (PPD) that seems to depend on whether or not a woman planned to breastfeed in the first place, and as well as her mental health during pregnancy. The research is based on data from a […]

Short Breastfeeding Duration and Low Birth Weight Linked To High Adulthood CRP Levels: Implications for Cardiovascular Disease Risk

Short Breastfeeding Duration and Low Birth Weight Linked To High Adulthood CRP Levels: Implications for Cardiovascular Disease Risk

A recent study by Thomas McDade and colleagues from the Northwestern University, IL, USA, suggests that lower birth weight babies breastfed less than three months, or not at all, are more likely as young adults to have higher levels of chronic inflammation. Systemic inflammation plays a major pathogenic role in cardiovascular (CV) diseases, insulin resistance, […]

Breastfeeding Duration Linked to Child Cognitive Development & Intelligence

Breastfeeding Duration Linked to Child Cognitive Development & Intelligence

A study published in the September 2013 issue of JAMA Pediatrics indicates a causal relationship of breastfeeding duration with receptive language and verbal and nonverbal intelligence later in life. Previous research suggests that there is a link between breastfeeding and health benefits in infancy, but the long-term effects of breastfeeding on cognitive development remain poorly […]