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University of Minnesota study finds mothers in poorer health are less likely to breastfeed

Pediatricians agree exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life provides a wealth of benefits to a mother and child. But new research from the School of Public Health at the University of Minnesota finds one-third of women enter pregnancy in poorer health, and are less likely to plan to breastfeed and less successful at exclusive breastfeeding when they do plan to breastfeed their babies. The study found women who are obese, have diabetes or have hypertension were 30 percent less likely to intend to breastfeed than mothers without health complications.

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Breast feeding is baby friendly, doctor approved


Nurse early and often to start building a successful nursing relationship.
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Research continually shows breast milk is best for babies, but nursing can be stressful for mothers. There are a few great ways to get off on the right foot, so we checked in with Emily Borman-Shoap, M.D., director of newborn care at University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital, to learn more.

“Amplatz Children’s Hospital is designated Baby-Friendly. This means we are passionate about providing children and parents with the care they need to get off on the right foot, especially when it comes to breast feeding,” said Borman-Shoap.

Here’s what Borman-Shoap tells new moms both in her office and on the unit:

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Healthful eating starts with healthy conversations at home

Parents, you may want to watch your mouths. What you say to adolescents about healthy eating – and how you say it – may have a major impact on their food intake and perceptions about a healthy body image according to new research out of the University of Minnesota.

The article, “Parent Conversations About Healthful Eating and Weight,” was published online this week in JAMA Pediatrics. The study shows that conversations with parents about weight or size were associated with more dieting and disordered eating behaviors among adolescents – and not just among those considered overweight.

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