Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Yahoo! News - Often, mama does know best
Wed Feb 12, 8:48 AM ET
Robin Marantz Henig

"When I was pregnant, I was told that the more weight I gained, the better it was for the fetus. I added 45 pounds in the first six months, then stopped counting. But when my mother was pregnant with me, her doctor nagged her constantly not to gain more than 25 pounds; a bigger weight gain would make her baby bigger and harder to deliver, he told her, and would make it harder to get back her pre-pregnancy figure...."
[ This columnist talks about a range of parenting practices that change with the times, including formula feeding vs breastfeeding. Her advice, to ignore what you don't like, is simplistic. - JC]
News 14 Carolina | 24 Hour Local News | HEADLINES | Nutrition facts...Breastfeeding benefits
"New research shows breastfeeding helps protect against osteoporosis and breast cancer. "Even breastfeeding just a couple of children, by breastfeeding them for an additional six months or 12 months, women can reduce their risk of breast cancer probably on the order of 5 to 10 percent.""
[I love the cavalier attitude, "...just a couple of children..." - JC]

Herald Sun: Rethink on club's breast ban [13feb03]
"By TANYA GILES and PAULA BEAUCHAMP, 13feb03 -- A BAN on breastfeeding in the Melbourne Racing Club's committee rooms may be reconsidered. The MRC has written to Attorney-General Rob Hulls after he asked for an explanation of their possible breach of equal-opportunity laws. The club said in the letter the matters raised by Mr Hulls would be considered at a committee meeting this month. Mr Hulls wrote to the MRC after Glen Eira mayor Peter Goudge was told his 12-week-old daughter was not welcome in the club's committee rooms...." [I note the issue is moving now to that of an underage child. Smells like a cop-out - if it's a private club I'll bet they have lots of lattitude about the age of children allowed on their premises. Even our stuffy yacht club made an exception in the dining room and allowed me to bring in our babies to breastfeed. - JC]