Every week I hear stories from nursing mothers in which their doctors gave them incorrect information or bad advice about breastfeeding. It’s frustrating, because people want to feel that their doctors are knowledgeable and that their advice is trustworthy. People often feel that they have to follow a doctor’s advice. Unfortunately, this advice too often [...]
The previous (2005) version of the AAP’s (American Academy of Pediatrics) Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk document, had the following statements about breastfeeding beyond infancy (emphasis mine): Pediatricians and parents should be aware that exclusive breastfeeding is sufficient to support optimal growth and development for approximately the first 6 months of life, and [...]
I participated in a study recently, in which the researcher was investigating the maternal cells present in breast milk. She needed fresh milk for the study, so I went to her lab to express some milk. She provided a Medela Symphony breast pump for the mothers in the study, but I found that it didn’t [...]
There is a lot of confusion about proper breast milk storage. That is because it seems like every source is giving us conflicting information on this topic! Some moms go by “the rule of 8″: 8 hours at room temperature, 8 days in the refrigerator, 8 months in the freezer. I’ve also heard this as [...]
A study was recently brought to my attention that basically advocates supplementing with formula within the first two weeks of birth in order to reduce likelihood of cow’s milk allergy. The first author of the study, in interviews by the press, stated his recommendation to breastfeed while “simply complementing it with cow’s milk early on.” [...]
“Extended” I guess, because many people in our culture think that 12 months is the time to wean, if you haven’t already.