All of us who work in pediatrics know that adequate thyroid function in a newborn is absolutely critical for the infants development. Nothing is worse than hypothyroidism in a newborn infant. While the infant needs low to modest levels of potassium iodine to make all the thyroxin it needs, TOO MUCH iodine basically shuts the infant thyroid down. Remember, there is a pump in the human breast that collects all iodine molecules that pass the mothers breast and transfers that iodine molecule into the milk. This was nature's way to make sure the baby could make
This interesting article confirms what we've suggested for some time, that Zika virus is transferred into human milk. However, should a mom with Zika stop breastfeeding, apparently not, no abnormalities were found in these infants. TWH
Many of us have thought for some time that to avoid cows milk allergy in infants, we could avoid this problem by using the hydrolyzed infant formulas rather than the cows milk formulas. Seems the evidence doesn't support this theory. TWH
This study further confirms what we've thought for some time, that the Warfarin anticoagulant was safe to use in breastfeeding mothers. TWH
One of the most consistent rumors in human lactation for the last 30 years, has been that sore nipples are often caused by Candia Albicans infections. Several of us have published that his etiology of sore nipples is completely wrong, but this "syndrome" continues to be discussed in the beastfeeding field. This study below, again, clearly suggests that Candida as a cause of sore nipples, is wrong. Sorry folks, its something else. TWH
Nothing is more important for a fetus than the adequate control of blood pressure in the mom. We are seeing hypertension more and more often today in pregnant women as the rate of obesity has risen. This study reviews treatment of hypertension in pregnant women. TWH
B12 is a really critical vitamin, particularly in pregnant and breastfeeding women. We've known for a long time that women who are vegetarians have a higher risk of B12 deficiency, which may impact their fetus, and breastfed infants.