Monday, July 26, 2004

Floridian: When it's time to let goBreast-feeding is so satisfying to a mother and her child that both may be reluctant to quit for fear of losing the closeness it brings.
Published July 25, 2004
"It's like learning to ride a bicycle. Only they never tell you how to get off. I've been nursing my child for five years now, and I am not particularly inclined to stop. When people ask, I joke that we will stop before she's 18. If my child is in the room, she'll pipe up, 'I'll have Mommy milk when I'm 118!'..."
Why Obese Mothers Abandon Breastfeeding
Cornell University
"Studies have shown that overweight and obese mothers are significantly more likely to quit breast-feeding their infants sooner than do healthy-weight mothers. An important reason why is the weaker biological response that heavier women have to their babies’ suckling, according to a study conducted by researchers at Cornell University and Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown, N.Y. 'We found that overweight and obese women have a lower prolactin response to suckling,' says Kathleen Rasmussen, professor of nutritional sciences at Cornell and the lead researcher of the study, which is published in the journal Pediatrics (Vol. 113, No. 5, May 2004). Prolactin is a hormone produced by the pituitary gland that stimulates the mammary glands to produce milk soon after birth...."
Tallahassee Democrat | 07/26/2004 | FDA warning upsets some nursing moms
Posted on Mon, Jul. 26, 2004
By Michael Precker
"Doreen Fisher eats organic food, doesn't touch red meat and tries to avoid taking medication. But when it comes to breast-feeding her son, she makes an exception. ''I don't even take an aspirin,' says Fisher, 36. 'But that's how passionate I feel about breast-feeding my child.' Because of a hormonal condition that limits her natural milk production, Fisher takes domperidone, which she says has enabled her to breast-feed her 8-month-old son, Stone...."

'It's worked wonderfully, and I've never seen any side effects,' says Fisher, who orders the drug from a pharmacy overseas. 'I don't know what I would do without it.'"