Saturday, July 05, 2003

Mother sues Wal-Mart over infant formula - 2003-06-18 - The Business Review (Albany): "June 18, 2003
Mother sues Wal-Mart over infant formula
Eric Durr
The Business Review

A Clifton Park woman is suing Wal-Mart for $12 million, alleging that the pharmacy at the company's Half Moon store misfilled a doctor's prescription for special infant formula, defrauding the government and endangering the health of her children.

The lawsuit, filed June 16 in Supreme Court in Saratoga County, is seeking personal injury and punitive damages from the nation's largest retailer, said Charlene Fallon, a partner in the Albany, N.Y., and Glens Falls firm Linnan & Fallon LLP, which filed the suit.

Wal-Mart representatives had no immediate comment on the lawsuit.

According to the lawsuit, Lisa Coons, the mother of prematurely born twins Hunter Coons and Chloe Coons, was directed by her doctor to obtain a special infant formula for the children -- Infamil Premature Iron Fortified with LIPIL. She was given a voucher from the Women Infants and Children nutrition program (WIC) to pay for the formula."
Dioxins only one danger
[Tireless Dr. Jack Newman writes a letter to the Globe and Mail - JC]

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Toronto -- What has Andr? Picard got against breast-feeding? It seems that I have never seen an article of his that mentions breast-feeding in a good light. Today's article (Girls Urged To Limit Dioxin-Laced Foods -- July 3), mentions at least three times how much dioxin is in breast milk, with the implication that breast milk is dangerous. He never even mentions the usual 'but breastfeeding is still best for babies and young children.' It is, Mr. Picard."
PM - New blueprint for healthy eating
ABC Radio

"MARK COLVIN: For something so basic to our lives, the whole question of food and diet is becoming increasingly baffling for modern Australians. Today a peak health body tries to simplify it for us with a new blueprint for healthy eating. It's the first update of official dietary guidelines in a decade.

The National Health and Medical Research Council, which prepared the guidelines, says that for babies, breast is best for the first six months of a child's life. And the problem of obesity, even in children, has led it to call for low-fat dairy products, for everyone, including children as young as two.

Annie White reports.

ANNIE WHITE: First there was the pyramid, then the plate, and now a jigsaw puzzle metaphor to explain what the country's leading health and nutrition experts believe we should be eating. The puzzle is made up of guidelines for things like salt, fat and sugar intake.

But to start at the beginning, the NHMRC is now recommending breast milk be the only food for the fist six months of life.

Nutritionist and Chair of the working party which devised the guidelines, Dr Katrine Baghurst.

KATRINE BAGHURST: It's the same with all the guidelines, they are public health guidelines, but then it's up to the individual to work out how they can best achieve those or what they can do. So we do say, if you can't manage it, then for as long and exclusively as you can, is better than not attempting it at all.

ANNIE WHITE: Having knocked back a national paid maternity leave scheme, the Government still supports mothers breast feeding for as much of the first 6 months as they can manage.

Health Minister, Kay Patterson.

KAY PATTERSON: I think what we've got is the very best that one can do and it is difficult if somebody is working, but people sometimes manage expression of milk, they also....I think it's important that they don't feel guilty. But what these guidelines are doing is saying what is really the absolute best practice...."
New Research Shows Eye Development Benefits in Infant Formula: "New Research Shows Eye Development Benefits in Infant Formula
New Study Published in The Journal of Pediatrics Shows Fatty Acids Enhance Eye Development

"CHICAGO, IL -- (MARKET WIRE) -- 06/20/2003 -- Two fatty acids added to baby formula assist in eye development, according to a new study published in The Journal of Pediatrics. While there's no disputing breastfeeding is best, the research suggests infant formulas are moving closer to providing the benefits of breast milk. Study highlights:..."
Taipei Times - archives: "Association says breast is the best
By Melody Chen
Monday, Jun 30, 2003,Page 2

More than 100 pairs of parents yesterday brought their babies along to a function celebrating the establishment of the Breastfeeding Association Taiwan (BRA), the country's first organization to promote breastfeeding.

Chen Chao-huei (³¯¬L´f), chief of the neonatology division in Tai-chung Veterans General Hospital, was the author of an article exploring the relationship between SARS and breastfeeding. She attended the function to answer questions about breastfeeding.

There are no ready statistics on the prevalence of breastfeeding in Taiwan at the moment, but Chen said in the country's 'mother-baby-friendly hospitals,' around 80 to 90 percent of mothers breastfeed their newborn babies."
Enzymotec launches InFat- perfect fat for infant formulas: "

Incorporating InFat into infant formulas will increase baby"
Got milk? Then Berkeley wants you to join the battle of the breastfeeders

"City hopes to retain last year's world record status at Aug. 9 marathon event
By Angela Hill, STAFF WRITER
BERKELEY -- In a matter of weeks, more than1,000 fierce female competitors, chapped sore from months of rigorous training, will engage in a battle to retain Berkeley's world-record status in an event so fulfilling, so titillating, so overrun with babies that if Dr. Spock were still alive this would probably kill him.

Indeed, it is time once again for the breastfeeding marathon, which last year drew a whopping 1,130 lactating ladies and their wee ones to the Berkeley Community Theater auditorium, putting Berkeley in the Guinness Book of World Records."