Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Breastfeeding Rates Need Improvement
Too Few Babies Breastfed at 6 and 12 Months, CDC Reports
By Miranda Hitti
WebMD Medical News Reviewed By Brunilda Nazario, MD
on Wednesday, January 05, 2005
"Breastfeeding infants well into their first few months of life is too rare in the U.S., particularly among blacks and socially disadvantaged groups. The news comes from a CDC report that shows breastfeeding rates fall short of national goals. It's not that breastfeeding is uncommon. More than 70% of American babies have been breastfed at some point. That's close to the target set by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The department's goal is to have at least 75% of mothers breastfeed their babies in the early postpartum period. The HHS also wants to have at least 50% of mothers continue breastfeeding until their babies are 5 to 6 months old...."
Vanguard Online Edition : EDUCATION: Let the milk of human kindness flow that our children may live(3)
EDUCATION: Let the milk of human kindness flow that our children may live(3)
Thursday, January 06, 2005
Being the text of an inaugural lecture delivered by Prof. Adenike Grange of the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Wenesday, Dec. 1, 2004. Grange is also president of the International Paediatrics Association. The second instalment taken last week specifically addressed protein-energy malnutrition in children, and ended with a treatment of nutrients in human milk, with an explanation of degradation in quantity as the infant grows. READ ON.
Non-nutritional Factors in Breast Milk
Human milk contains many non-nutritional substances such as hormones and growth factors. Hormones in human milk include cortisol, somatostatin thyroid hormones, oxytocin, and prolactin. Growth factors include epidermal growth factor, insulin, and lactoferrin. Other substances such as long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids may relate to growth. In addition, human milk contains others factors that are inducers of certain biological processes, MS. The Significance of these hormones and factors for growth patterns, however, is not understood. Breast-fed infants have lower plasma concentrations of insulin than formula-fed infants, which might result in less fat deposition and fewer adipocytes developing. The other bioactive factors that are present in breast milk might modulate growth factors that are known to inhabit adipocyte differentiation...."