Tuesday, April 29, 2003

Recordnet.com A breast milk brouhaha
Moms cautioned against overreacting to vitamin D supplement report

By Paula Sheil
Record Staff Writer
Published Tuesday, April 29, 2003

"When Dr. Benjamin Spock was the mother's baby guru in the 1950s, she dutifully followed his recommendation to take baby outside for a few minutes every day to get some sun.

This was, of course, before global warming, ozone holes and sunscreen, but this sunbath wasn't about tanning or burning, but about getting a little dose of vitamin D, necessary for the development of strong bones.

Mothers' milk provided the rest of babies nutritional requirements. Now, a report issued by the American Academy of Pediatrics undermines breast milk as "the perfect food," by recommending that infants receive a vitamin D supplement, say lactation experts.

Breast milk fulfills babies complete nutritional requirements, said Rachel Ochoa, a lactation educator at Stockton's Delta Health Care WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program. Everything that contradicts this "hurts those who are beginners and have fears as it is," she added...."

Saturday, April 26, 2003

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ISLAMABAD, April 16 (Online): Bottle-fed babies may need higher doses of certain medications than those who are breast-fed because formula causes their bodies to metabolize the drugs more quickly, Canadian researchers report.

Doctors have observed that formula-fed premature infants who are given oral caffeine to treat a condition known as neonatal apnea have consistently lower blood concentrations of the drug than breast-fed babies. Apnea causes the infants to stop breathing for short periods; caffeine, a stimulant, helps regulate respiration.

In search of an explanation for the difference, the researchers compared the effects of breast milk and two brands of canned liquid baby formula derived from cow's milk on human liver cells in the lab. The liver metabolizes medicines.
Health24 - News Diabetes risk in prem babies

The incidence of a pre-diabetic condition in adolescence has been linked to a nutrient-enriched diet often given to premature babies, according to UK researchers. This nutrient-enriched diet is designed to boost premature babies and enable them to catch up to their full term peers.

Extra nutrition helps brain and bones
But, this extra nutrition does not only have a negative impact
Yahoo! News - Exclusive Breastfeeding Reduces Diarrhea in Babies Exclusive Breastfeeding Reduces Diarrhea in Babies
Fri Apr 25, 1:32 PM ET
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By Linda Carroll

NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - Programs that encourage women in developing countries to feed their babies only breast milk for the first six months can lead to reduced rates of diarrhea among infants, a new study shows.

Rates of diarrhea were reduced by about one third in babies who were three months old when mothers fed only breast milk, according to the study published in the medical journal The Lancet.

An expert unaffiliated with the study said she was not surprised that the infants fed only breast milk were healthier.

BBC NEWS | Health | Breastfeeding could save lives Breastfeeding could save lives
Jane Elliott
BBC News Online health staff

African woman breastfeeding
Better education could cut deaths
Afua's first baby died from diarrhoea.

She did not know breastfeeding would reduce the chances of her baby getting sick, or how to use the rehydration tablets that would have saved her.

But by the time her second baby was born in Bawjisase in Ghana, she was in a special breastfeeding programme and her baby boy thrived.

Tuesday, April 22, 2003

Canada gets another baby-friendly hospital


Cornerbrook, Nfld.

Wednesday, April 16, 2003

"The breastfeeding coalition here hopes to make the Charles S. Curtis Memorial Hospital one of only three hospitals in Canada to receive the Baby Friendly distinction.

Becoming Baby Friendly is not something that happens overnight, said Sylvia Patey, a registered nurse, midwife and lactation specialist.

Patey has been working with public health nurses, dentists, resource mothers, pediatricians and doctors to help increase the awareness of breastfeeding in this region for many years. It all began in 1991, when world leaders and members of the World Health Organization and UNICEF looked at ways to increase world health. It was acknowledged that breastfeeding rates across the world were very low, said Patey..."
Montreal Gazette - Breast-feeding in a time of war/a>


Monday, April 21, 2003

"What did the American male passenger think they were - weapons of mass distraction? Apparently, yes. Deborah Wolfe, a Canadian citizen who was just breast-feeding her son and changing his diaper while en route between Houston and Vancouver, says her "subversive" actions led to her being threatened with detainment, RCMP involvement and legal charges for terrorist action against a U.S. citizen in international airspace while on an American flight during a time of war....Johnson told me that Wolfe's version of the story is a lot different than that of the flight attendants and the man.... But know what? I don't care if Wolfe had a super-hissy, foot-stomping diva fit. She was only trying to care for her baby. As noted by Elisabeth Sterken, director of the Canadian division of the Infant Feeding Action Coalition, that is her inalienable right under both the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, to which Canada is a signatory..."

("Holy cow," Sterken said. "Doesn't this just fry you?")... [Yes, Elisabeth, it does fry me. Where can we write? - JC]
BBC NEWS | Health | 'My baby couldn't breastfeed'
Monday, 21 April, 2003, 00:17 GMT 01:17 UK
Jane Elliott
BBC News Online health staff

"When Anne-Marie Ianzito tried to breastfeed her son Jamie she knew something was wrong.

Anne-Marie had been determined to breastfeed him, but quickly found problems.
Jamie still has problems with certain foods

Jamie, now two and a half, was unable to latch on properly and so feeding was sporadic and almost impossible.

Three weeks after his birth Jamie had lost more than 10% of his body weight of 6lbs 3oz and his weight became dangerously low.


Worried doctors ordered supplemental feeds and Anne-Marie had to switch to bottle feeds and expressed milk to try and push his intake up.

But despite her worries that the feeding problems were caused by a very severe tongue tie, she said doctors were unwilling to act and divide the tongue...." [ What a shame that this mom lost her breastfeeding relationship with her child because doctors wouldn't act. She has since successfully breastfed another child and is angry that doctors didn't take the action needed. Women are not getting the help they need when breastfeeding fails... - JC]
The naked city - smh.com.au

April 22 2003
The Sun-Herald

The bodies of 750 women spell out "no war" in Byron.

Is it getting hot in here? Everyone is taking off their clothes - in magazines, on hillside or the city street. Zoe Johnson tracks the flesh fest.

Naked bodies are easy to find: at anti-war protests, on catwalks, boarding nude flights and promoting products, not to mention the limbs, breasts, bits and bums on the web, in art and on stage. Frankly, it's hip to strip....

Other nude news is Playboy's call for Starbucks' "coffee-making cuties" to pose in an upcoming issue, 31 couples tying the knot naked in a mass wedding at Montego Bay on Valentine's Day and Italian photographer Alberto Magliozzi's 2003 calendar of undressed women, inspired by the life of Christ, showing a bare-breasted "Virgin Mary" in heels in April, with September featuring a shot of the "Virgin Mary" breastfeeding. Despite nude calendars being a multi-million dollar business in Italy, many Italians are not impressed. Just across the border, in southern France, thousands of families still gather at the nudist town of Cap d'Agde...."
Vitamins for breastfeeding HIV positive mums boost babies
21 April 2003
Julian Meldrum

21 April 2003
Julian Meldrum

"The latest report from a Tanzanian study on giving vitamin supplements to breastfeeding women has found that providing multivitamins (B, C and E) to the women raised CD4 counts in their babies, regardless of HIV status, reducing the babies’ risk of diarrhoeal disease. The findings are published in the latest edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases

Previous reports of the same study found that providing vitamins B, C and E to these mothers significantly reduced both HIV transmission to the babies and mortality in the first two years of life, when the mothers’ immunological or nutritional status was poor. In contrast, providing vitamin A to the mothers appeared to increase HIV transmission rates and was therefore discontinued, although it now seems it reduced the risk of pneumonia among the babies whose mothers were given vitamin A. ..."

Monday, April 21, 2003

Program enables moms to breast-feed at work

Kerry Fehr-Snyder
The Arizona Republic
Apr. 21, 2003 12:00 AM

"Kelly Scranton has a job perk that she wouldn't trade for everything - permission to nurse her newborn at work.

As office chief for the state health lab's newborn screening program, the 33-year-old first-time mom brought her son Sean to work three days a week so she could nurse him at the office until recently.

She got so good at it that she could read paperwork and type on her computer while he ate. She even discreetly nursed him at staff meetings.

"The first week was a little stressful," she said. "I didn't want him to cry - ever. Not even make a sound."

But over time, she relaxed and her baby turned into a morale booster for the staff, she said.

"Babies just seem to cheer everyone up," Scranton added.

The nursing mother program went from pilot to permanent at the Arizona Department of Health Services in October, said coordinator Mary Ellen Rivero...."

Sunday, April 20, 2003

Chemical buildup may cause brain damage

Los Angeles Times
April 20, 2003

"Toxic chemicals used as flame retardants are rapidly building up in the bodies of people and wildlife around the world, approaching levels in American women and their babies that could harm developing brains, new research shows.

The chemicals, PBDEs, or polybrominated diphenyl ethers, are used to reduce the spread of fire in an array of plastic and foam products in homes and offices, including upholstered furniture, building materials, televisions, computers and other electronic equipment...."

This year, the European Union banned the two PBDE compounds that have been shown to accumulate in human bodies.

Some European industries had already begun to phase out the chemicals, and levels in the breast milk of European women have begun to decline.
Drinking problems may start in womb, researchers find - smh.com.au
By Michael Bradley
April 21 2003

"A mother's heavy drinking during pregnancy triples the likelihood of her unborn child developing alcohol-related problems, a 30-year study shows.

Having tracked more than 430 Americans since before their birth, researchers have identified foetal alcohol exposure as a risk factor in a person developing alcohol-related problems by their 21st birthday....
The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare's annual report Statistics on Drug Use in Australia 2002 says more than half of Australian women continue to drink while pregnant or breastfeeding, and a quarter smoke. Almost all of those surveyed said they reduced their drinking on finding they were pregnant, but the report suggests Australian women are more than three times as likely as those in the US to drink while pregnant...."

Friday, April 18, 2003

Effect of dummies and cupfeeding on breastfeeding Effect of dummies and cupfeeding on breastfeeding
(Thursday, 17th April 2003)

Cupfeeding has no advantages over bottle feeding (REF: Pediatrics)

US researchers, writing in Pediatrics, report the results of a randomised trial which investigated the effect of both dummy (pacifier) use and supplemental formula feeding by cup or bottle on the duration of breastfeeding. They found that supplemental feeding, regardless of whether given by cup or bottle, had a detrimental effect on the length of breastfeeding.
Fresh Milk: The Secret Life of Breasts - smh.com.au

By Rebecca J. Davies
April 18 2003

Fresh Milk:The Secret Life of Breasts, By Fiona Giles, Allen & Unwin , 268 pp, $24.95

There can be few processes so intrinsic to the feminine psyche that have been so publicly ignored as breastfeeding. Yet no other part of the female anatomy has received as much attention, nor been so celebrated, scrutinised, reviled and eulogised as the breast. It is from this glaring contradiction that Fiona Giles's eclectic collection of oral history, biography and poetry draws its compass. A scholar and feminist, she has sought to straddle the gap between academic works and popular appeal.
Dallas Observer | dallasobserver.com | News : Feature 1-Hour Arrest,When does a snapshot of a mother breast-feeding her child become kiddie porn?
Ask the Richardson police.

Mark Graham
Jacqueline Mercado, a 33-year-old Peruvian immigrant, took a few photos of her young children at bath time. A week later, Richardson police were rummaging through her house for kiddie porn, and a state child welfare worker came to take her kids away.

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The service was fast, the judgments even hastier. Never did Jacqueline Mercado imagine that four rolls of film dropped off at an Eckerd Drugs one-hour photo lab near her home would turn her life inside out, threaten to send her to jail and prompt the state to take away her kids.

Wednesday, April 09, 2003

Yahoo! News - Breastfeeding May Not Cut Childhood Cancer Risk Breastfeeding May Not Cut Childhood Cancer Risk
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By Stephen Pincock

LONDON (Reuters Health) - British scientists have found no evidence that breastfeeding protects children against leukemia and other cancers, contradicting earlier research.

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Tuesday, April 08, 2003

CTV.ca - Breast-fed babies may need more vitamin D
Associated Press
"The American Academy of Pediatrics says all exclusively breast-fed infants should receive vitamin D supplements to prevent rickets, a bone-weakening disease doctors fear may be becoming more common.

Breast-fed infants should receive vitamin supplements beginning at 2 months of age and until they begin taking at least 17 ounces daily of vitamin D-fortified milk, the academy says in a new policy statement.... "

Friday, April 04, 2003

The Ads' placement in CanWest papers raises ire
Globe and Mail
Friday, April 4, 2003 - Page B10
"A marketing campaign for an allergy and sinus relief medicine provides a glimpse of the future of advertising at CanWest Global Communications Corp. Over the past two weeks, several of CanWest's big-city daily newspapers ran a print ad for the over-the-counter drug Reactine. Some journalists across the chain were concerned about its placement. Immediately above the ad, appearing in the Montreal Gazette, the Ottawa Citizen and other dailies, were stories from the CanWest News Service on hay fever and allergic asthma...." [A good primer on controversial use of juxtapositioning of editorial and advertising. - JC]

Tuesday, April 01, 2003

Kansas City Star | 03/29/2003 | More of today's mothers are deciding the breast is best

Knight Ridder Newspapers
"More of today's mothers are deciding the breast is best.

A study released recently shows almost 70 percent of moms start breast-feeding after giving birth, up from 52 percent in 1990 and a mere 25 percent in 1971.

Once they start breast-feeding, a growing number of women keep at it.

The study, published in the journal Pediatrics, found almost a third of all mothers still are breast-feeding when their babies are 6 months old, an increase from about 20 percent in 1971 and 18 percent in 1990...."