Thursday, October 21, 2004

Freezing, refrigerating breast milk lowers its antioxidant content: study
Lorrayne Anthony, Canadian Press, October 21, 2004
"TORONTO (CP) - Refrigerating or freezing expressed breast milk, a practice many women use when returning to the workforce after maternity leave, lowers its antioxidant content, a new study has found. "We find fresh breast milk contains more antioxidants than refrigerated breast milk or frozen breast milk or formula," said Thomas Hegyi of the department of pediatrics at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School in New Jersey. He is one of the authors of the study to be published Saturday in the Fetal and Neonatal edition of the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood..." [This article actually contains a comparison of antioxidant values in fresh, refrigerated, and frozen breastmilk and the comparative values in formula - JC]

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

BBC NEWS | Health | Stored breast milk loses its edge
Wednesday, 20 October, 2004, 23:02 GMT 00:02 UK
"Freezing or refrigerating expressed breast milk for longer than 48 hours substantially lowers its antioxidant content, according to US researchers. Antioxidants help beat infections, making the findings particularly important for premature babies who have low natural defences, they say. Formula milk remained stable whether refrigerated or frozen, the Robert Wood Johnson Medical School team found. The small study appears in Archives of Disease in Childhood... "

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

UPDATED: 5:15 pm EDT October 13, 2004
" PITTSBURGH -- Anyone that's a mother knows the benefits of breastfeeding. Studies show it can strengthen a child's immune system and help in their development. Now, new research led by a local pediatrician, shows it can reduce the risk of obesity in some children as well. Dr. Debra Bogen, a pediatrician at Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, was one of the lead researchers in the study, which looked at 13,000 children. Bogen said, 'What we found in our study is that women need to breastfeed for at least four months without any formula, or six months with some formula in order to see a benefit of reduced obesity in their children at age 4.' Among those who were breastfed for at least four months without formula or at least six months with formula, the risk of obesity was reduced 30-45 percent..."
Scoop: Breastfeeding Petition Tabled in the House
Thursday, 14 October 2004, 8:59 am
Press Release: New Zealand Labour Party
"Today Steve Chadwick MP congratulated the hard work of Liz Weatherly whose petition was tabled in Parliament today. Over 8000 signatures were collected illustrating huge public support to mothers who want to breastfeed in public places...."
Holy Rosary clinic offers express flu shot service
October 13, 2004
Last modified October 13, 2004 - 12:28 am
Health digest -
"MILES CITY - Holy Rosary Healthcare Clinic will offer special express service for flu shots Oct. 19-21 from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. People at high risk for complications from influenza are encouraged to get a flu shot. Holy Rosary Healthcare Clinic's express service will cost $15. After Oct. 21, flu shots will be available, but not as an express service. Children 9 to 18 years old must have a written prescription and parental consent. Children under 9 must get flu shots from their own physician. Pregnant women must also have a written prescription from their physician.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the best defense against influenza is to get vaccinated each year, preferably in October and November...."

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Parents Affect Kids' Heart Disease Risk : "
By Ed Edelson
HealthDay Reporter,
"TUESDAY, Oct. 12 (HealthDayNews) -- What parents do -- and don't do -- before the birth of a child and through the early years of life has a significant effect on the child's risk of developing heart disease as an adult, two studies find. One study of Australian women and their children found that a woman's smoking habits during pregnancy, her decision on breast-feeding, and even her weight affected a child's blood pressure, a major risk factor for heart disease. And a study that hits closer to home found that a startlingly large percentage of American teens have one or more risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure, obesity, and bad cholesterol readings. It's a finding the lead researcher attributes to a lack of parental guidance..."

Saturday, October 09, 2004

NGO with grit defeats Heinz, Nestle, Amul … -
Saturday, 09 October , 2004, 10:23
"The Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI) looks like a humdrum NGO working out of a cramped office in dusty North Delhi. It employs a handful of people and is headed by an earnest doctor. In May this year BPNI won a major victory in its long battle against baby food manufacturers. It got the Union Government to amend the Infant Milk Substitutes Act of 1993 and ban advertisements and promotions of baby food for children below the age of two. The ban went into effect from November 1, 2003. This was a defining moment for BPNI and yet the news barely found mention. Over the years, the breastfeeding cause has lost its lustre. The media has buried it. Feminists shrug indifferently. The jhollawallas look bored...."

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Baring the injustice of breast-feeding ban
Monday, October 04, 2004
Connie Schultz
Plain Dealer Columnist
"The first time my daughter poked a hole bigger than Texas right through my logic was when we talked about sex. Actually, it wasn't about sex, not really, or at least it didn't start out that way. But the issue of men came up. Then it was about sex, even though it still wasn't about sex as far as we were concerned, but you know how that goes."

Saturday, October 02, 2004

Breast is not best for every situation
The Sunday Times - Ireland
October 03, 2004
Comment: Brenda Power:
"Joining a seemingly tireless campaign to convince women that breast milk is an even better thing than sliced bread, the Department of Health and Children wrote to 476 restaurants asking them to support a new breastfeeding initiative. By the time the launch of the scheme was announced to coincide with the start of National Breastfeeding Week last Thursday, less than a quarter of those restaurants had replied positively. Now the hospitality industry was not being asked to facilitate live lunchtime sex shows on the premises of restaurants and cafes — it was simply being asked to adopt a policy of welcoming and assisting women who wanted to nurse their babies while they dined out. Just 105 of the premises approached are now backing the scheme...."

Friday, October 01, 2004

Missoulian: Despite toxins found during study, woman says don't give up on breast milk
By VINCE DEVLIN of the Missoulian
"When Heather Latino, a Missoula attorney, agreed to participate last year in a study that would determine the amount of the toxic flame retardant known as PBDE (polybrominated diphenyl ethers) in her breast milk, she knew the results wouldn't sway her decision to breast-feed her daughter, Gabriella. That's important, said Dori Gilels, who helped organize the Montana portion of the Pacific Northwest study...."