Nashua Telegraph, N.H., Dec. 31, 2006 Researchers in recent weeks have given new moms even more scientific encouragement to breast-feed, but also delivered some caution about the impact drugs used to ease birth pangs might have on getting the process started. The best news comes from a study done at the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. They found that breast-feeding protects children who might otherwise be highly susceptible to ear infections due to genetic traits affecting their immune systems. The research, published earlier this month in the journal Pediatrics, involved the genetic analysis of more than 500 children in Texas and Kentucky, about 60 percent of whom were considered highly susceptible to middle-ear infections.