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FDA Warns Against Women Using Unapproved Drug, Domperidone, to Increase Milk Production
In response to reports that women may be using an unapproved drug, domperidone, to increase milk production (lactation), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning breastfeeding women not to use this product because of safety concerns.

Research shows that a doctor's advice to breastfeed, early return to work, and other factors influence continued breastfeeding
Two recent studies supported in part by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality examined factors influencing breastfeeding. The first study, jointly funded with the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, demonstrates that women are more likely to continue breastfeeding their infants at 4 months if their clinicians encourage them to do so and if they don't return to work or school. The second study (HS09782) concludes that lower rates of breastfeeding advice from health care professionals do not account for lower rates of breastfeeding among black women.

Undersize Infants Score Higher on IQ Tests If Breast Fed Exclusively
Full-term infants who are born small score an average of 11 points higher on IQ tests if they are exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life compared to those who are given formula or solids early on, according to findings published in the March Acta Paediatrica.

Study Results Show Paxil Safe for Use by Breastfeeding Mothers with Depression
A new study shows that breastfed infants of mothers taking the antidepressant drug Paxil (paroxetine) had no detectable traces of the medication in their blood, and experienced no adverse effects of the drug.

Antidepressant Use in Mothers Will Not Harm Breastfed Infants
A new study suggests that postpartum initiation of antidepressant therapy in mothers is safe for infants who are breastfed.

Moderate Weight Loss Allowed for Overweight Breastfeeding Moms
If you're overweight and breastfeeding, it may be okay to lose some weight. A new study shows that it is safe to lose weight on a sensible weight loss program, without presenting any risk to breast fed infants.

Breastfeeding Reduces Risk of Breast Cancer
A new study indicates that breastfeeding may reduce the risk of breast cancer.

Breastfeeding May Lower Risk for Leukemia in Children
A recent study led by researchers at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis appears to support current recommendations by the American Academy of Pediatrics that encourage women to breastfeed their newborns for at the least the first year of life. Smaller studies have suggested that breastfeeding might lower a child's risk for developing childhood Hodgkin's disease and lymphoma, but this larger study is the first to identify a statistically significant connection between breastfeeding and leukemia.

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