Breastfeeding News: nursing in public, hand expression and asthma

From NPR’s series, The Baby Project a post by Christy Lilley:  The Breast-Feeding Ballet: Nurse, Supplement, Pump, Repeat.  One new mom’s experience with breastfeeding.  Her point about nursing in public is extremely poignant:

I feel comfortable enough to breast-feed in public, but I find that if I do, I get disapproving looks of disgust from many people, even if I am wearing a cover-up. […] That’s the thing I don’t get: Everyone seems to say breast-feeding is best for the baby, and everyone wants mothers to do it, but no one actually wants to make it easy for us to do it. We shouldn’t be made to feel that it’s dirty or shameful. We are just trying to feed and nurture our babies.

A new study from the Archives of Disease in Childhood shows that  new mothers who use manual expression to build milk supply or supplement feedings instead of breast pumps end up breastfeeding their children longer.  In our age of technology and gadgets, it’s nice to know that sometimes the old fashion, low-cost option is the best!

A new study from Researchers at the Erasmus Medical Centre in The Netherlands shows that children who were never breastfed had an increased risk of asthma-related symptoms (such as wheezing, shortness of breath, dry cough, etc).  Introducing solids to breastfed babies earlier than four months also increased the risk of asthma-related symptoms, compared to those that were exclusively breastfed for at least four months.