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. ..."