I was going to prepare a post on a couple of new studies on breastfeeding that came out the past couple of weeks—one showing breastfeeding lowers the risk of infant mortality by 20 percent, the other showing that breastfeeding in infancy helps prevent obesity later in life.

But when I went to Google News to find some press accounts of the studies, it turned out I missed a couple. Another study found that breast feeding can reduce the risk of heart disease later in life. And yet another found that breast milk can reduce infections in premature babies.

That’s a lot of great news about breast feeding in a short time. Of course, these studies are just the latest in a long line of peer reviewed research showing that breast feeding is a major contributor to human health throughout life. All the more reason to keep breast milk as pure as possible.