Tuesday, October 25, 2005

KPHO Phoenix - Tucson Jumps on Breastfeeding Debate Bandwagon
(CBS 5 News) - Another Arizona city is taking up the issue of breast feeding in public. It started with Chandler and a breastfeeding mother at a public pool. Now, the Tucson City Council plans to discuss whether women have the right to breastfeed anywhere they want in public. Right now Tucson protects nursing mothers on all city property. Next Tuesday, however the council will discuss whether the city should continue this policy. The Chandler City Council may vote Thursday on whether mothers will be fined for trespassing if they refuse to leave city property after a complaint."

Friday, October 14, 2005

Breaking News: Breastfeeding Is Associated with a Lower Risk of SIDS According to The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
: "Breastfeeding Is Associated with a Lower Risk of SIDS According to The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
10/14/2005 2:26:00 PM EST

Contrary to even the recommendations of its own Section
on Breastfeeding, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) released an
ill-advised and ill-informed statement from its Task Force on SIDS (1)
(sudden infant death syndrome). Recommendations that advise against
parent-infant bed-sharing and support the generic use of pacifiers
imply a 'truly astounding triumph of ethnocentric assumptions over
common sense and medical research,' according to Nancy Wight, M.D.,
president of The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. These
controversies, and many more, will be addressed in the upcoming, new
peer-reviewed journal Breastfeeding Medicine (www.liebertpub.com/bfm),
the Official Journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine

Current research from the CDC (2), as well as AAP's existing
policy statement on Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk (3), note
that breastfeeding is associated with a lower risk of SIDS. Since
1992, SIDS has decreased as both co-sleeping and breastfeeding have
increased. Sleeping near one's baby or in the same room has been shown
to reduce the risks of SIDS and more broadly promote maternal and
child health by facilitating breastfeeding. As exclusively breastfed
infants feed frequently through the night, breastfeeding is thought to
reduce SIDS by the same proposed mechanism as supine sleep and
pacifiers, namely less deep sleep and frequent brief awakenings.
Breastfed babies do not need artificial pacifiers to get stimulation
since they already have the protective effect of suckling during the

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Now, Mumbai's babies have a breast milk bank - India News - Webindia123.com
Mumbai October 05, 2005 3:36:15 PM IST
" Realising the significance of a mother's milk for an infant, a Hospital in Mumbai has set up a 'Breast Milk Bank'. It provides the much-needed alternative to many women who are not in a position to lactate, or to secrete milk.Due to various physical conditions or circumstances a mother may not be able to provide her child with the all-important nutrient resulting in the baby's under development and ill health. Considering such desperate situations, the neo-natology department of the Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital in Mumbai started this Milk bank...."