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Science of Breastfeeding

3 Positive Ways Breastfeeding and Motherhood Change Your Brain
2 weeks ago

3 Positive Ways Breastfeeding and Motherhood Change Your Brain

We’ve all heard the expression “mommy brain,” which moms jokingly use to describe the sleep-deprived fog that can result from having children. The truth is that, while becoming a mother really does change a woman’s brain in fascinating ways, having a “mommy brain” is actually a great thing! Read More

The Science of Breastmilk Feeding
2 weeks ago

The Science of Breastmilk Feeding

Changes in Mom

You spend 9 months adapting to the changes in your body due to your pregnancy, and once your baby is born, your body starts changing again.

During pregnancy, your mammary glands change as a result of a wide range of hormones, including estrogen, progesterone and prolactin. Towards the end of your pregnancy, your body starts producing colostrum, a special milk that is important to your baby in his first few days of life. Read More

Breastfeeding Facts: What’s “Normal” May Surprise You
3 weeks ago

Breastfeeding Facts: What’s “Normal” May Surprise You

Many new moms are interested in whether their baby’s development and their own performance as a breastfeeding mom are in the range of “normal.” But the truth about breastfeeding is that every baby is different, and every mother is different. So what does that mean? Is it more confusing than ever? Read More

Your Growing Breastmilk Fed Child
3 months ago

Your Growing Breastmilk Fed Child

How Long Should I Feed Breastmilk to My Child?

Deciding when to stop breastmilk feeding your child is a personal decision that only you and your partner can answer. Leading health organizations including the World Health Organization and Health Canada recommend exclusive breastmilk feeding for the first 6 months, and continued breastmilk feeding with complementary foods until 2 years of age and beyond. The benefits of long-term breastfeeding or breastmilk feeding include a lower risk of asthma, allergies, obesity, and various infections, and a higher IQ and school performance. Read More

Exploring the Relation between Breastfeeding and Breast Cancer Risk
6 months ago

Exploring the Relation between Breastfeeding and Breast Cancer Risk

The decision to breastfeed is a very personal one. A woman has to balance many different personal considerations, in order to decide what will work best for her. There are well documented health benefits for a baby, and it has also been shown that breastfeeding is good for a mother as well. Read More

Pre-existing Conditions That Might Affect Breastfeeding
2 years ago

Pre-existing Conditions That Might Affect Breastfeeding

Some moms have pre-existing health conditions or chronic illnesses that make them wonder if they are going to be able to breastfeed their babies. For example, some moms have flat or inverted nipples, may have gotten breast implants, or may be living with chronic conditions such as hepatitis or diabetes. What does this mean for breastfeeding? Read More

Demand and Supply – How Breastmilk Production Really Works
2 years ago

Demand and Supply – How Breastmilk Production Really Works

Breastmilk production is the subject of many breastfeeding myths. There is a common misconception that a mother’s breasts are like big bottles that constantly fill with breastmilk by some magical process separate from baby and mom. Babies then feed on tap from this ever-full reservoir. However, the truth is more complicated. Read More