Wednesday, February 19, 2003

10 On Your Side Finds Stores Selling Expired Infant Formula, News, 20/2/2003
"You expect the baby formula you buy for your infants to be nutritious and fresh. In fact, federal law requires an expiration date be put on every can to ensure your baby is getting the full nutritional value. But as 10 On Your Side found, there are some stores in Hampton Roads selling formula that's been on the shelves long past their posted expiration date."
Implants no bar to breastfeeding: study
Pamela Fayerman
Vancouver Sun
Wednesday, February 19, 2003
"Women who enlarge their breasts with implants do not have less success breastfeeding their babies than women without implants, the preliminary findings of a University of B.C. study suggest.

Dr. Paul Oxley, in an attempt to ''clear up some of the confusion and to learn about the true effect of breastfeeding after augmentation surgery,'' began enrolling women with implants last year...

His study co-authors were plastic surgeons Patricia Clugston and Richard Warren. The division of plastic surgery at UBC sponsored the study.

Although they have yet to complete a full analysis, Oxley is confident the data show implants, of all types and insertion techniques, don't interfere with breastfeeding attempts.

So far, Oxley said, the data on 60 women with implants show that 72 per cent were able to breastfeed their babies, without supplemental formula, for at least two months.

While there wasn't a case control comparison group of women without implants, Oxley said previous studies in the medical literature of women who have not had their breasts enlarged show a similar percentage breastfeeds successfully and exclusively for the first few months.

Only six per cent of the women in the current study who tried to breastfeed could not. ''We assume that they wouldn't have been able to breastfeed anyway, regardless of the implants,'' Oxley said. Women in the study were 18 to 32 years of age when they got their implants and within the same age range when they had children...."
The Australian: Mums-to-be still light up
By Jen Kelly
February 20, 2003
"MOST women who smoke don't quit the lethal habit while pregnant, risking permanent damage or death to their unborn children. In the wake of alarming new figures, Australian health experts warn pregnant and breastfeeding smokers are seriously endangering the lives of their babies.
Large warnings on cigarette packets saying "Smoking when pregnant harms your baby" have failed to convince most expectant mums to quit. Researchers from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare found while 26 per cent of all women smoked, the figure barely dropped among women who were pregnant or breastfeeding. "It shows 23 per cent of women smoked while they were pregnant," researcher Mark Cooper-Stanbury said." [This article doesn't differentiate between the risks of smoking while pregnant and smoking while breastfeeding. Nor does it address the risk to the baby of the mother continuing to smoke and switching to formula. This lack of differentiation also happens when we talk about alcohol and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. - JC]

"There wasn't much change in smoking behaviour for those women who were smoking while they were pregnant or breast-feeding."