Thursday, May 13, 2004

BBC NEWS | Health | Breast-feeding 'cuts heart risk'
Health experts say breastfeeding is best for mother and baby
"Scientists have found further evidence that being breast-fed reduces a person's risk of developing heart disease as an adult. Institute of Child Health researchers examined over 200 teenagers whose feeding had been studied as babies. The study, published in the Lancet, found those who were breast-fed had healthier cholesterol levels than those who were bottle-fed. It was also linked to reduced levels of a protein linked to clogged arteries.... "
Survey - Serious misunderstandings about breastfeeding

Posted By: News-Medical in Women's Health News
Published: Monday, 10-May-2004

"A survey published today by The UK Department of Health for National Breastfeeding Awareness Week (9 - 15 May) shows that serious misunderstandings may be stopping women, particularly young women, from breastfeeding. Although the benefits of breastfeeding are well known, the UK has one of the lowest breastfeeding rates in Europe. Almost a third of women (29%) in England and Wales never try to breastfeed compared to 2% in Sweden. Younger women in particular are less likely to breastfeed with over 40% of mothers under 24 never trying. The new survey of 1000 women shows:

Myth: Over a third (34%) of women believe that modern infant formula milks are very similar or the same as breast milk

Fact: Infant formula milk does not contain the antibodies, living cells, enzymes or hormones present in breastmilk. Breastmilk is designed for each individual baby and changes over time whereas infant formula milk is designed for every baby...."
Breastfeeding mother told to take case to WHO
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Mother advised to take case to WHO after being asked to take her son out of preschool because she breastfed him
14 May 2004

" A mother whose three-year-old son was kicked out of preschool after she was seen breastfeeding him has been advised to take her case to the World Health Organisation. Julie Guest from La Leche League, an organisation which promotes breastfeeding, says WHO advises breast feeding till the age of at least two, and beyond that if possible....
" News - Latest News - Babyfood Companies 'Breaking Breastfeeding Code'

By Ju-Lin Tan, PA News
Thurday, May 13, 2004
"Efforts to increase breast-feeding rates are being hampered by wide-spread baby food marketing malpractice, a health campaign group warned today. Many company promotions are in violation of the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitute but are currently permitted by UK law, according to the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN)...."