Breastfeeding 101: Tips for new moms

There's a host of studies supporting the numerous ways breastfeeding helps baby's development—and the health of mothers, too.

Obstetrics & gynaecology

Reasons found for reduced supply of breast milk

A new international study led by La Trobe University researchers, and published in PLOS One, has revealed the reasons why some new mothers produce less breast milk than others.


Understanding and protecting against foodborne illness

Each year, 1 in 6 Americans gets sick from eating contaminated food. In total, researchers have identified more than 250 foodborne diseases, which have been traced to all kinds of foods, according to Tufts experts.

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Milk is an opaque white liquid produced by the mammary glands of mammals. It provides the primary source of nutrition for young mammals before they are able to digest other types of food. The early lactation milk is known as colostrum, and carries the mother's antibodies to the baby. It can reduce the risk of many diseases in the baby. The exact components of raw milk varies by species, but it contains significant amounts of saturated fat, protein and calcium as well as vitamin C. Cow's milk has a pH ranging from 6.4 to 6.8, making it slightly acidic.

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