Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Discovery Channel :: News :: Breast Baring Popular in 1600s
By Jennifer Viegas, Discovery News
May 17, 2004
"Women of the 1600s, from queens to prostitutes, commonly exposed one or both breasts in public and in the popular media of the day, according to a study of fashion, portraits, prints, and thousands of woodcuts from 17th-century ballads. The finding suggests breast exposure by women in England and in the Netherlands during the 17th century was more accepted than it is in most countries today. Researchers, for example, say Janet Jackson's Super Bowl baring would not even have raised eyebrows in the 17th century...."
Health Check: 'Aids has brought the makers of formula milk a marketing opportunity to die for'

By Jeremy Laurance
17 May 2004
"It used to be so simple. Breast was best. No argument, no dispute, end of story. And when manufacturers of baby milk infant formula, such as Nestle, started promoting their products in the developing world it provoked an outcry which reverberates today. A study published in The Lancet confirms 20 years of research showing that breast is best. Bottle feeding, research shows, may have led to the early deaths of thousands of children in the West. But the role of breast feeding in the developing world is even more important...." [ Addresses problems with use of formula to prevent AIDS in third-world countries; briefly notes Durban research on exclusive bf. - JC ]