Mums with Covid can safely breastfeed and stay with newborn: study

(Naomi White/ Essential Baby) — Babies born to women with coronavirus do not need to be separated from their mothers and can be breastfed, a new study has found. The study followed 101 newborns born to mums in New York who either had or were suspected of having the virus and found no clinical evidence […]

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The COVID-19 crisis has caused a major rise in anxiety for women giving birth

(Canadian Press) — The pandemic has caused increased stress and anxiety among women who have given birth in recent months, according to a report produced by three community organizations that provide support to women during their pregnancy. An online survey found 38.6 per cent of women said they had dealt with a lot of stress […]

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A bit of Mom’s poop might boost health of C-section babies: study

(Amy Norton/ Healthday News) — Delivering by cesarean section deprives babies from receiving mom’s beneficial bacteria during the journey through the birth canal. Now researchers are studying an innovative way to counter that: Feeding newborns breast milk fortified with their mother’s poop. There is, indeed, a yuck factor, the scientists acknowledge. But they also stress […]

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Covid-19 not likely to be transmitted by breast milk: study

(Robert Preidt/ Healthday News) — Breastfeeding mothers are unlikely to transmit the new coronavirus to their babies via their milk, researchers say. No cases of an infant contracting COVID-19 from breast milk have been documented, but questions about the potential risk remain. Researchers examined 64 samples of breast milk collected from 18 women across the […]

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There’s no safe amount of caffeine in pregnancy: report

(E.J. Mundell/ HealthDay) — Women who are pregnant or trying to get pregnant may need to forgo coffee, tea, sodas and other sources of caffeine. A new data analysis finds no safe level of the drug during this time. “The cumulative scientific evidence supports pregnant women and women contemplating pregnancy being advised to avoid caffeine,” […]

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Placenta may help shield fetus from COVID-19

(HealthDay News) — Some key molecules used by the new coronavirus to cause infection aren’t found in the placenta, which may explain why the virus is rarely detected in fetuses or newborns of women with COVID-19. U.S. government researchers found that placental membranes lack the messenger RNA (mRNA) molecule required to make the ACE2 receptor. […]

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How bacteria found in breast milk can positively impact a child’s health

(Charles Lefebvre/ CTV News) — A new study involving a University of Manitoba researcher has shown bacteria can be transferred from a mother’s milk to an infant’s gut. The research, conducted in partnership with the University of British Columbia, was published on Friday in the academic journal Cell Host & Microbe. It said breastfeeding directly […]

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Canadian research network examining pregnancy and COVID-19

(Brenna Owen/ Canadian Press) — Clinicians and epidemiologists don’t yet know much about COVID-19 and pregnancy, says the leader of a newly formed national network that’s examining maternal and infant outcomes among pregnant women who fell ill with the disease. “We scoured the literature and found a real limited amount of information, of course, at […]

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A first! Healthy baby born to cancer patient after eggs extracted five years prior

(Madison Dapcevich/ IFL Science) — After chemotherapy left her infertile, a French women is now a new mother to a healthy baby boy after becoming the first person to successfully undergo an innovative new procedure known as in vitro maturation (IVM). At 29-years-old, the unnamed woman was diagnosed with grade III invasive ductal carcinoma, breast […]

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Pregnant moms who smoke, drink put babies at risk of SIDS: study

(Steven Reinberg/ HealthDay) — Pregnant women who smoke cigarettes and drink alcohol may put their babies at higher odds for Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), a new government study finds. After the first trimester of pregnancy, women who both smoked and drank increased the risk for SIDS nearly 12 times. For those who continued to […]

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