Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Genes May Affect Nutrients in Breast Milk: "
A woman's genes could affect the nutrients in her breast milk, say researchers.
WebMD Medical News Reviewed By?Brunilda ?Nazario,?MD
on Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Researchers Say Women's Genes Could Have Impact on Contents of Fat and Nutrients in Breast Milk
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May 17, 2005 -- A woman's genes could affect the nutrients in her breast milk, say researchers from Wake Forest University Health Sciences.

'It is well known that genes control the nutrient levels in cow's milk,' says Wake Forest's Richard Weinberg, MD, in a news release. 'But until now, no one has considered how genes might affect human milk.'

One particular gene variation may enhance breast milk levels of a vital nutrient that babies needenhance breast milk levels of a vital nutrient that babies need for brain and eye development, and another might affect the fat content (and calories) of breast milk, say the researchers.
New York Daily News - Home - Mother's milk saves vet set ablaze on bus
Mother's milk saves vet
set ablaze on bus
"Vietnam War veteran Francis Abrams sits in his wheelchair outside his home in Staten Island after torching attack on bus.
A real-life supermom used a bottle of breast milk to douse an amputee yesterday after his wheelchair was set ablaze by punks on a Staten Island bus, cops said. The nursing mother's fast actions helped save Vietnam vet Francis Abrams, 57, from becoming a human torch, and stopped the fire from engulfing the S-54 bus, police and the victim said. 'It was put out with breast milk,' said a police source, who was awed by the bizarre incident that happened just after 11 a.m. Abrams, who lost his left leg in Vietnam, said he was minding his own business as he rode the city bus to the Staten Island Mall to buy a video of 'The Exorcist.'..."

Tuesday, May 10, 2005

EDP24 - Norfolk's first 'baby cafe' opens
10 May 2005 06:45
Norfolk's first Baby Cafe was officially launched in Wymondham yesterday.
The pilot project aims to promote the benefits of breastfeeding.
The Baby Cafe is based at the Town Green Centre from 10am-noon on Mondays, and enables pregnant women and those with new babies to socialise with other mums, and find out how they coped with breastfeeding. Expert advice and help is also on hand...."
Call for action on static Australian breastfeeding rates
Medical Research News
Published: Tuesday, 10-May-2005
"New laws to protect the rights of breastfeeding women who return to work may be needed if Australia is to meet national breastfeeding targets. This is one of the recommendations in a study of breastfeeding trends by University of Melbourne researchers published in the latest issue of the Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health. (Vol 29 No 2, 2005) It found that breastfeeding rates have remained unchanged since 1995, even though there is a national and international push for babies to be fully breastfed until they are at least six months old. ..."