Breastfeeding Studies & Research

Mechanisms That Kill Tumour Cells Mapped
Hamlet, a substance found in breast milk, has received a lot of attention for its ability to kill many different kinds of cancer cells without affecting adjacent healthy cells. In a major international collaboration, researchers at Lund University, who discovered Hamlet, are showing what it is that makes the substance lethal to tumour cells in particular.

Breastfeeding Protects Against SIDS
Breastfeeding may substantially reduce the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), especially when breast milk is the sole nutritional source, a meta-analysis showed.

Breastfeeding Tied to Stronger Maternal Response to Baby's Cry
A new study from The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry finds that mothers who feed their babies breast milk exclusively, as opposed to formula, are more likely to bond emotionally with their child during the first few months after delivery.

Breast Milk Does A Body And Behavioral Development Good In Infants
Babies who are breastfed are less likely to grow into children with behavior problems by the time they reach the age of five than those who receive formula milk.

Breastfeeding by Diabetic Moms Cuts Babies' Obesity Risk
Breastfeeding for six months or more may reduce the risk that babies born to diabetic mothers become obese later in life, a new study shows. Experts say breastfeeding also benefits moms by helping them recover from Gestational Diabetes.

Breastfeeding Linked to Fewer Seizures in Kids
Babies that are breastfed may have fewer seizures after they're a year old, according to a recent study in Denmark.

Study Shows Breastfed Babies Grow Stronger Muscles
A team of researchers from the University of Granada have found that babies who were breastfed developed stronger leg muscles as adolescents than those who were not breastfed.

A Third of 9-Month-Olds Obese or at Risk of Obesity
Studies have found infants breastfed are much less likely to develop obesity as a child and later as an adult. Although it remains unknown what is responsible for the difference, researchers speculated at least some hormone present in mother's breast milk protects against excessive weight gain.

Dutch Study Supports Policies That Promote Exclusive Breastfeeding
Infants in a Dutch study who were exclusively breastfed for at least six months were less likely to develop respiratory or gastrointestinal issues, which the researchers said supports "current health policy strategies that promote exclusive breastfeeding for six months in industrialized countries".

Could Acid in Breast Milk be the Answer to Beating Cancer?
For the first time, the substance - known as Hamlet - has been successfully tested on humans. In the laboratory, the substance has been found to kill 40 types of cancer cells, with the advantage that it leaves healthy cells undamaged.

More Breast Feeding Could Save 900 Babies a Year
The lives of nearly 900 babies would be saved each year, along with billions of dollars, if 90 percent of U.S. women fed their babies breast milk only for the first six months of life, a cost analysis says.

Does Breastfeeding Reduce the Risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?
This study shows that breastfeeding reduced the risk of sudden infant death syndrome by 50% at all ages throughout infancy. We recommend including the advice to breastfeed through 6 months of age in sudden infant death syndrome risk-reduction messages.

Duration of Lactation Linked to Lower Metabolic Syndrome Risk
Women are less likely to develop the metabolic syndrome in midlife if they breast feed, say researchers who also note that the benefit increases with longer duration of lactation.

Breastfeeding and Cancer Research
Experts at the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) recommend that new mothers breastfeed their children for at least the first six months. They cite convincing evidence that this practice offers cancer protection to both mother and child.

Breastfeeding May Lower Allergy Risk
Exclusive breastfeeding for at least four months may help prevent asthma, eczema, and food allergies in high-risk babies.

Facts for Feeding
This issue focuses on Birth, Initiation of Breastfeeding, and the First Seven Days after Birth.

Breastfeeding May Lower Babies' Diabetes Risk
Breastfed babies may be less likely to develop type 2 diabetes, according to a new study. The analysis suggests as many as one in 20 cases of type 2 diabetes seen in industrialized nations could be attributable to formula feeding.

Breastfeeding Boosts Mental Health
A new study has found that babies that are breastfed for longer than six months have significantly better mental health in childhood.

Breastfeeding can Benefit the Mental Development of Children Born Prematurely
The research from Brown Medical School in Providence, Rhode Island, USA, found that premature infants fed with breast milk in the hospital did better on tests of mental development later in life than others fed only formula.

Breastfeeding and Bed-Wetting During Childhood
Babies who are breastfed for longer than three months are less likely to exhibit bed-wetting during childhood.

Benefical Effects of Breast Milk in the NICU
Beneficial effects of breast milk in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit on the developmental outcome of extremely low birth weight infants.

Breast-Feeding Best Bet for Babies
New parents want to give their babies the very best. When it comes to nutrition, the best first food for babies is breast milk. More than two decades of research have established that breast milk is perfectly suited to nourish infants and protect them from illness. Breast-fed infants have lower rates of hospital admissions, ear infections, diarrhea, rashes, allergies, and other medical problems than bottle-fed babies.

Hold Off on Solid Foods Until Breastfed Baby Is 6 Months
Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center have found another reason to keep those fancy baby spoons in the drawer until infants reach 6 months old. Babies who are breastfed – exclusively – for the first six months have fewer cases of pneumonia and ear infections than babies who were introduced to other foods between 4 and 6 months.

American Academy of Pediatrics
The AAP firmly adheres to the position that breastfeeding ensures the best possible health as well as the best developmental and psychosocial outcomes for the infant.

Breastfeeding may protect against gluten intolerance (coeliac disease)
Infants who were being regularly breastfed when they were first introduced to foods containing gluten cut their risk of developing coeliac disease by 52% compared with those who were not being breastfed.

Journal of the American Medical Association
Lactation is associated with improved glucose and insulin homeostasis, independent of weight change.

Breastfeeding and Risk of Childhood Acute Luekemia
In this study, breast-feeding was associated with a reduced risk of childhood acute leukemia.