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  1. Breastfeeding May Cut Infection Risk for Babies

    Sept. 27, 2010 -- Exclusively breastfed babies have fewer and less severe infections as infants regardless of the standard of health care or vaccinations they receive, according to a new study. But partially breastfed babies may not enjoy these protective effects. "Exclusive breastfeeding helps prot

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  2. Recall of Similac Powdered Baby Formula

    Sept. 22, 2010 -- Illinois-based Abbott Laboratories says it is recalling about 5 million containers of its top-selling Similac powdered infant formula due to possible contamination by beetles or larvae of the bugs. Abbott spokeswoman Melissa Brotz tells WebMD that the product being recalled is sold

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  3. 3 Out of 4 New Moms Breastfeed

    Sept. 13, 2010 -- Three out of four new mothers in the U.S. start out breastfeeding their newborns, but less than half are still breastfeeding by the time their babies are 6 months old. A new nationwide report from the CDC shows the percentage of new mothers who initiate breastfeeding at birth is ri

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  4. What Becoming a Mom Taught White Collar's Tiffani Thiessen

    Two weeks after welcoming her daughter, Harper Renn, into the world, White Collar star Tiffani Thiessen is relaxing into her role as a new mom. "The first night home was so overwhelming and surreal," says the 36-year-old, who began modeling at the age of 8, won America's heart as the adorable cheerl

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  5. Timing of Delivery May Affect Cerebral Palsy Risk

    Aug. 31, 2010 -- Babies delivered at 37 or 38 weeks -- or at 42 weeks or later -- are at increased risk for cerebral palsy compared to those born at 40 weeks, a study shows. Still, the absolute risk of developing cerebral palsy is considered extremely low. The study is published in the Sept. 1 issue

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  6. Breastfeeding May Lower Moms' Diabetes Risk

    Aug. 27, 2010 -- Breastfeeding for a month or longer appears to reduce a woman's risk of getting diabetes later in life, according to a new study. The breastfeeding and diabetes link has been reported in other studies, according to researcher Eleanor Bimla Schwarz, MD, assistant professor of medicin

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  7. Probiotics May Reduce Crying From Colic

    Aug. 16, 2010 -- A probiotic supplement may be an option for parents trying to soothe a colicky baby, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of Turin, Italy, found that a few daily drops of Lactobacillus reuteri, a bacterium that can help improve digestion, significantly reduced c

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  8. Expert Q&A: Baby Development

    Should my baby be walking by now? Why isn’t my baby talking yet? From day one, thinking about these and other milestones in baby development seems to be part of a parent’s job description. Fortunately, it’s part of a pediatrician’s job description to provide reassurance and answers. WebMD talked to

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  9. Expert Q&A: Tips for Successful Breastfeeding

    Even new mothers who seem to sail through the first days of breastfeeding have questions: How do I know if my milk supply is enough for my baby? How long should the baby nurse? What can I do about sore nipples? WebMD talked to Laurel Schultz, MD, a San Francisco-area pediatrician and mother of two b

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  10. Bottle Feeding and Formula: Expert Q&A

    What do you do if baby doesn’t burp after bottle feeding? Does bottle feeding make a baby more likely to be colicky? And, what are the most common bottle-feeding mistakes new parents make? To get the answer to these and other questions, WebMD had a talk with Jennifer Shu, MD, Atlanta pediatrician an

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