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January 25th 2016:Epige-WHAT?!?! Why It Matters For Your Milk and Your Baby

The science of epigenetics tells us that environmental factors can influence our genes or genetic development. Breastmilk is well-known for its ability to prevent illness and disease (e.g., necrotizing enterocolitis, infectious diseases, and more.) Nutrition in early life—such as whether a child receives his mother’s milk or an artificial formula—may affect which genes are activated and, ultimately, overall health. Tune in as Marie talks with pediatrician and breastfeeding specialist Dr. Jenny Thomas about how breastfeeding and genes work together to support your baby’s health, and how the dec

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Jenny Thomas

Dr. Jenny Thomas is a pediatrician and breastfeeding medicine specialist at Aurora Healthcare in Franklin, Wisconsin. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Community and Family Medicine and Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). She received both her MD and MPH from MCW. She has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 2003. She currently serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics section on Breastfeeding Executive Board after spending several years as the Chief of the Chapter Breastfeeding Coordinators. A founder and Immediate-past Chairperson of the Wisconsin Breastfeeding Coalition, Dr. Thomas serves on the Medical Advisory Board for the Mo
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