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Studies show breastfed children score higher in IQ and neurocognitive tests

*** Here's something every parent should know. Question: What could significantly improve a child's intelligence? Answer: Breastfeeding. Quite a lot of research has been published in recent years looking at links between breastfeeding and a child’s intelligence. In 2021, at least 3...

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New review: Human milk provides critical immune protection to breastfed infants

*** The story of the connection between breast milk and the infant immune system is absolutely fascinating. Now a new review paper by Bassel Dawod, Dr Meghan Azad (who is featured in our courses) and colleagues gives a brilliant insight into how human milk shapes the innate and adaptive...

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What do infant formula websites say about breastfeeding?

*** Perhaps not that surprising. QUICK SUMMARY: A new study finds direct-to-consumer messages on infant formula websites overtly discourage breastfeeding. The websites have more negative messages about breastfeeding compared to formula feeding. *** The new study by Pomeranz et al....

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New study: How long do virus-neutralising antibodies last in breast milk?

*** A new study reveals the amazing infection-fighting super-power of breast milk against Covid-19. Dr Rebecca Powell, a human milk immunologist at Mount Sinai hospital in New York, presented the results of the study at the Global Breastfeeding and Lactation Symposium on 21...

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New research: Depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder & psychosis have common factors in the gut

*** Fascinating new research reveals a common, overlapping environment in the gut microbiome of people living with mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychosis and schizophrenia. The new study by Viktoriya L. Nikolova et al. was published 15 September...

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Breastfeeding reduces the risk of various childhood diseases

*** Have you ever been asked: What's the difference between breastfeeding and formula-feeding? Now here's a great new paper to have up your sleeve. The study published in Nutrients 2021 by Kim J H et al., reveals how breastfeeding in early infancy reduces the risk of various childhood...

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The power of YOU!

*** 36,024,000 parents. That's a VERY rough estimate of the number of parents supported during pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding by everyone enrolled in our school, Microbiome Courses. How do I know this? Because every day I pose a question to the 4,700+ members of our private Facebook...

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Human milk as "a biological system"​

Screenshot is from our full-length BREAST MILK course- featuring Professor Lars Bode - Professor of Pediatrics, University of California San Diego. Professor Bode gives a brilliant explanation about the importance of HMOs in human milk - worth a watch! *** Human milk as "a...

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New research: Maternal breast milk improves cardiac performance in preterm infants

*** Wow. This new study makes you really appreciate the importance of a preterm baby being exclusively fed maternal breast milk.The new research by Afif El-Khuffash et al., (2021) shows...➡️ If a preemie baby is fed exclusively with their mother's own breast milk during the first few...

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HMO sugars in human milk could help prevent and treat group B Strep infections in newborns

Wow. The wonders of human milk for preventing infections. Presented at the American Chemical Society (ACS) this week, researchers suggest special sugars in breast milk called human milk oligosaccharides (HMO) could possibly help prevent or even treat group B Strep (GBS) infections in newborns....

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