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Lactating women

Lactating women have active mammary glands that secrete milk to feed their children over a period of time. Lactation usually occurs after pregnancy and could last as long as four or five years, depending on how long women choose to breastfeed their children. The milk comes out through the nipples, and the children suckle on the nipples to make the milk flow. Prolactin and oxytocin, the hormones responsible for milk production and secretion, make lactation possible in women. Lactating women have to maintain a clean lifestyle free of alcohol and tobacco and practice healthy eating habits because bad habits could hinder milk production. The milk produced provides nutrients for babies and has a very high nutritional value. It not only feeds children but also hydrates them.

Are DHA Supplements Beneficial For Mothers? Maternal Fish Oil Supplementation in Lactation: Effect on Developmental Outcome in Breast-fed Infants

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Docosahexaenoic acid supplementation for mothers and baby

Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA), a long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acid (LCPUFA), accumulates in the brain during the first two years of life and plays an important role in cognitive development. The cell membranes of the central nervous system contain high levels of DHA and other LCPUFAs. It is believed that a higher concentration of these fatty acids…

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Lipid-Based Nutrient Supplements Reduce Maternal and Newborn Malnutrition Lipid-Based Nutrient Supplements for Pregnant Women Reduce Newborn Stunting in a Cluster-Randomized Controlled Effectiveness Trial in Bangladesh

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Parenting Research Summaries

The inadequate levels of micronutrients in pregnant and lactating women and their newborn babies are a great concern, especially in developing countries. It is believed that the malnutrition of pregnant and lactating women in these areas is due to the low socioeconomic conditions. Maternal malnutrition contributes to poor delivery outcomes for newborns, including low birth…

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Don’t Be Afraid to Eat Eggs While Breastfeeding! Effects of Maternal Dietary Egg Intake during Early Lactation on Human Milk Ovalbumin Concentration: A Randomized Controlled Trial

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Eggs’ intake in the maternal diet is safe for children
Eggs’ intake in the maternal diet is safe for children

The rise in food allergies has become a major public health concern. It is, therefore, essential to study the events that lead to food allergies early in infancy. One factor known to play a fundamental role in the occurrence of food allergies in children is the nursing mother’s diet. One of the most feared allergens…

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Should I Take Omega-3 Supplements While Breastfeeding? Effects of Maternal Supplementation with Omega-3 Precursors on Human Milk Composition

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Every nursing mother is concerned about what sort of foods she can eat and whether or not she should add any supplements to her diet. There is a lot of information about these issues, but it is sometimes contradictory. So, what should mothers do? A group of French researchers from four university hospitals conducted a study…

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