Wednesday, June 02, 2004

OhioHealth Newsroom - Got Milk? Our Infants Do!
[ This is the news item referenced below on the NBC4 news site. - JC]

New Donor Milk Program at Grant Medical Center Ensures Even the Littlest Patients Get the Best Start in Life
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- According to years of research, breast milk is best for infants. Low birth weight babies or those with special needs especially need breast milk because of the rich, easy-for-baby-to-digest nutrients it provides. Some mothers, however, are not able to provide milk for their newborn babies. That's why Grant Medical Center has started the first human donor milk program in Columbus. Since the program launched in January, babies are benefiting from pasteurized, frozen, human breast milk purchased from the Mothers' Milk Bank at Austin in Austin, Texas. Candidates to receive the pasteurized milk include infants who weigh less than three pounds, those who can't breastfeed, or babies whose mothers can't produce milk immediately...." - Health - See A Sneak Preview Of New Heart Hospital On "Health Dimensions" TV Show : "See A Sneak Preview Of New Heart Hospital On 'Health Dimensions' TV Show
Watch the eighth episode of Health Dimensions, OhioHealth's primetime television show, this Wednesday, June 9, 2004 at 7 p.m. on NBC 4.

Featured stories and physicians in this episode include:

Donor Milk Program-Got milk? Preemies do much better if they receive breast milk rather than formula. Craig Anderson, M.D., will tell us about a new and innovative program at Grant matching appropriate breast milk with premature infants." Ghana: Breast Feeding Campaign in Dramatic Improvement
Ghanaian Chronicle (Accra)
June 2, 2004
"STATISTICS FROM the Ghana Health Service indicate that the initiative embarked on to promote breastfeeding of babies, instead of using breast milk substitutes has seen a dramatic improvement nationwide since 1998 when the initiative was started.According to Miss Veronica Gomez, the National Coordinator of the Baby Friendly Initiative of the Ghana Health Service, who was speaking at a seminar organised by the Food and Drugs Board, (FDB) in conjunction with WHO and UNICEF to deliberate on the Legislative Instrument 1667 of May 2000, that seeks to promote breastfeeding in accordance with the International Code for the marketing of breast milk substitutes, 97% percent of women in the country breastfeed, however it was noticed in a survey that, women in the rural areas tended to do so for a longer period than those in urban areas, due to cultural and financial reasons...."
Telegraph | News | Alert over bacteria in dried baby foods
By David Derbyshire, Science Correspondent
(Filed: 03/06/2004)
"Dried baby foods and infant formula contain disturbing levels of potentially harmful bacteria - including one linked to childhood meningitis - a survey has found. Although the risks to babies are tiny if products are prepared properly, poor kitchen hygiene could cause bacteria to multiply, with devastating consequences. Even doctors sometimes mistakenly believed that powdered infant formula was sterile, the chief scientist involved in the study said..."