Sunday, December 07, 2003

Yahoo! News - Breastfeeding mom gets three months home arrest

Fri Dec 5, 2:17 PM ET
"RAVENNA, United States (AFP) - A 29-year-old mother who drove down a motorway breastfeeding her baby has been sentenced to three months' home arrest. An Ohio judge also put Catherine Donkers on probation for two years and ordered her to undergo a mental health evaluation on account of her repeated defiance of law enforcement officials Thursday. Execution of the sentence was delayed pending the outcome of Donkers' appeal. "
On The Job / Bureau of Labor and Industries: Oregon law doesn't order breast-feeding adaptations - The Register-Guard, Eugene, Oregon, USA
"December 7, 2003
By Dan Grinfas
"Question: What is an employer's obligation to allow breast-feeding in the workplace? Does the law mandate extra breaks for this purpose?

Answer: Some states make it an employer's obligation to allow for breast-feeding in the workplace. But Oregon employment laws do not set any special standards in this area...." - iThemba Lethu: Caring For The Infant AIDS Orphans
"In areas where HIV/AIDS is widespread, there is often intense debate over whether it’s safe for a woman to breastfeed. Supporters say babies who are breastfed are usually much healthier than those on powdered formula. But critics say breastfeeding results in many thousands of HIV infected babies each year. In Durban, South Africa, one small group that cares for AIDS orphans thinks it has an answer. Anna Coutsoudis has watched HIV/AIDS spread across her country at an alarming rate. It its wake, the epidemic has left behind AIDS orphans, many of them infants. Ms. Coutsoudis is an associate professor of pediatrics and child health at the University of Natal. She is also the founder of a home for infant AIDS orphans. ..."
India bans baby formula ads -
December 6, 2003

"India will ban advertisements for baby formula in a bid to promote breast feeding, officials say. The ban starts on January 1 and will apply to all forms of media, the government said in a statement. India's Parliament had approved the action in May. The government will also officially recommend that babies be given only mother's milk for the first six months of a child's life. Previously, it had recommended exclusive breast feeding up to 4 months...."