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Guest Post: Breastfeeding and Your Baby's Metabolism

While experts have already proven that breastfeeding can help mothers lose excess baby weight and regulate their metabolism (you naturally burn calories to make breast milk every time you nurse) a new study suggests that breast feeding can even ultimately help regulate your child's metabolism — for life.

This phenomenon, which a team of French researchers have dubbed as the "metabolic programming effect," is a theory that suggests proper nutrition-intake at a child's most critical and earliest stages in life (birth) plays a pivotal role in ensuring that they maintain healthy throughout their entire lives. And what type of food has the most beneficial nutritional value? Breast milk, according to researchers. The study argues that infant formula, on the other hand, may actually contain a protein that may eventually induce a whirlwind of other health complications down the road such as obesity, diabetes and high blood pressure.

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Guest Post: Donating and Shipping Breast Milk

Wet nursing has a long and illustrious history, but in current times the idea of feeding babies breast milk from someone other than their biological mother can seem shocking. However, a number of organizations and individuals in Britain are striving to change this idea. The United Kingdom Association for Milk Banking (UKAMB) is a charity supporting milk banking and exploring the opportunities for human mothers to feed human babies. Breast milk provides the perfect nutritional source for infants, especially those born pre-term or with medical conditions. A milk bank, similar to a blood bank, collects milk from donor mothers, pasteurises it and tests it for all communicable diseases and then provides it to babies whose mothers cannot provide their own milk.

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Guest Post: What you Need to Know about Gestational Diabetes

While technological and medical advancements have greatly reduced pregnancy-related complications, they still occur. In fact, according to statistics, nearly 10 million women worldwide suffer from complications during pregnancy each year—one of the most common complications being Gestational diabetes.

 

What is Gestational Diabetes?

Gestational diabetes is a term that is used when perfectly healthy women suffer from high blood glucose levels only during their pregnancy—meaning they did not have any form of diabetes prior to their pregnancy and will not suffer from the disease after giving birth. While pregnant women will return to their normal healthy state after birth, their children all the other hand will deal with all of the consequences of making too much insulin. One of the more common side effects is giving birth to a macrosomia baby—those that weight more than the average 8.8 pounds. This alone can cause several problems. Aside from macrosomia babies being more prone to contracting diabetes and becoming obese when they get older, babies are also at risk of shoulder dystocia during birth, which can cause paralysis. Mothers are also in risk of having c-section births and hemorrhaging due to the baby's large size. Gestational diabetes occurs in about 7 percent of pregnant women. And as evident by recent headlines suggesting diabetes is slowly become a global epidemic, the possibility of contracting gestational diabetes during pregnancy shouldn't be taken lightly.

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