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Breastfeeding in the News: April 21st – 30th, 2010

In a move straight out of a Hollywood movie leaflets denouncing Nestle’s flagrant disregard for the WHO Code dropped through a hole in the ceiling of the Palais recently and floated onto the table in front of the startled Nestle executives below.  Nestle indignantly responded by insisting that they abide by the law in all countries and that in fact they had received very few complaints about their marketing of infant formula.Governments are not making these calls, Nestle abides by the law in every country.” This should serve as a reminder to the rest of us that it is the law of the land that carries the greatest weight.  Unfortunately thirty plus years of boycotting hasn’t even made Nestle blink.

The incident reminded me of a meeting of Human Resource executives that I attended a few years ago.  I was there pitching a lactation support program for businesses.  After enthusiastically touting the benefits of supporting breastfeeding mothers in the workplace (“Companies save $3 for every $1 spent on breastfeeding support.”), one HR woman interrupted me and asked point blank, “Is there a law requiring this?”  There was no law, and the discussion was quickly dropped. 

Happily today there is a new federal law but as I mentioned before the details still have to be worked out.  It is interesting to note that prior to this law the issues of work breaks was covered by state laws only. “Until this amendment, rest break requirements had been the subject of state regulation.So this is new territory for federal law makers. Luckily state and local laws will still supersede the federal rules which means that Oregon’s $1,000 fine for each missed “breast milk expression session” will still stand, and employees in Monterey will still receive extra training and support. 

In science news HAMLET a component of breast milk now believed to kill 40 different types of cancer cells including bladder cancer is being touted as the next big thing in cancer research.   HAMLETs which are formed by “combining alpha-lactalbumin in the milk and oleic acid which is found in babies’ stomachs,” are remarkable not just for their ability to kill cancer but also the way they leave all healthy cells intact.  In other science news another study noted that babies who were breastfed showed better lung capabilities which were still measurable at 8 years of age.  A study showing that obese women who got extra breastfeeding counseling not only breastfed longer they their babies had fewer fevers and upper respiratory infections and were 3.5 times less likely to be hospitalized during their first 3 months of life.”  Across the pond the Brits just held their first conference exploring the benefits of breastfeeding for babies with developmental disabilities!  I would love to see more of that done here.

In Uganda they noted a suspicious rise in breast cancer in younger women. The same article noted that, “Breastfeeding also changes the make-up of a mother’s breast cells, making them more resistant to cancer.”  And that “Breastfeeding will also rid the breast toxins like carcinogens that are likely to cause cancer in the future.”  While I’m glad to see them put in a plug for breastfeeding I’m not entirely sure they got this exactly right.  Can any of my more knowledgeable readers set me straight on this?  And while we’re talking about Uganda I’m happy to report that the issue of breastfeeding mothers in prison has been looked into, and that mothers now receive their own special cells.  This is one of those times when the child’s rights supersede the mother’s.

For years we’ve been pushing for more breastfeeding using evidence based studies as our strongest ally, but we tend to ignore any evidence showing that breast milk often contains toxin.   One author insists, “Were it regulated like infant formula, the breast milk of many US mothers would not be able to be legally sold on supermarket shelves.”  We find ourselves in the delicate position of ignoring the canary in the mine (canaries would die from the poisoned air before the effects on miners could be noticed), and still trying to convince society to accept breastfeeding as normal.  As blogger Anna Fahey puts it “The choice is a personal one, but a choice there should be! And it should never be a question of choosing the lesser of two evils. We have a shared responsibility to safeguard the basic human right to grow up untainted by damaging chemicals.”

An interesting study in Australia showed that positive interest in breastfeeding did not mean that mothers would breastfeed longer.  And to answer the question, “What do women really want?” the answer was clearly that they wanted more support.  In fact, “It is not important what people close to them think about their decision to breastfeed, what is important is the support they receive.” This may sound like a conundrum but I totally get it.  My mother constantly questioned me about my decision to breastfeed but at the same time she did everything she could to help make it work.  She even vocally defended me against all nay sayers as she would not tolerate any criticisms from others.  That was her job!  (Speaking of grandmothers I totally applaud a local health department’s decision to host a “Grandmother’s Tea … to educate, influence and encourage Grandmothers’ support of breastfeeding.”)

As always the conversation about breastfeeding continues. From car seat analogies, to letters to tv news producers (by the way ABC news got slammed for using a doctor known for accepting money from formula companies as one of their “expert opinions” on a breastfeeding piece), to books for fathers (“Breastfeeding Facts For Fathers” Platypus Media), to celebrity complaints about breastfeeding police everyone has an opinion.  What is most interesting to me is the way the conversation is being portrayed in the movies and on TV.  As breastfeeding infants becomes more accepted there has been a trend towards making more jokes about breastfeeding the older child.    One piece took this to the farthest extreme with a really funny bit about a mother nursing her 30 year old son (“I Want My Bitty”).  And I have to admit I loved Pam’s return to work on the “Office” and the moment when she realized she was feeling engorged.  Not being able to find her breast pump (a non-lactating coworker had slipped off to the bathroom to give it a try -“Wow. This is like the Cadillac of breast pumps!”) her coworker Dwight who was brought up on a farm offers to assist her with hand expression, “Three squeezes and I would drain you.”  

But if you only have time to read one story today make it “A Unique Challenge to Breastfeeding” by Michael Wuebben a CBS News producer.  He tells the loving story of how his own child was born with a rare medical condition that left the baby physically unable to move his facial muscles, and how the child’s mother never gave up on breastfeeding.  It is beautifully written and adds a potent counter weight to all those stories we hear from mothers who “had to give up” for reasons x, y, and z.

As always I love hearing from you (remember links to all the stories are below).  I hope you all had a Mother’s Day that was as pleasant as mine.  My daughter made a poster filled with pictures of the two of us and across the top she wrote “Best Friends”.  I couldn’t ask for anything more than that! 

Kathy Abbott IBCLC


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The risks of non-compliance with Oregon’s milk expression law

Penalties for noncompliance are similar to those that may be assessed for other wage and hour violations, and may be as high as $1,000 per missed breast milk expression session, possibly as much as $2,000 on an average work day. There is no statute of limitations regarding when an employee may file a complaint.

… But for some women working in places that are slow to change, they fear they would be asking their employer for too much or inconveniencing their colleagues. In addition some women just don’t feel comfortable discussing breast milk expression with their direct supervisor or human resources department. Even with all these progressive reforms the burden is on working women.

Marion Rice is workplace lactation support specialist with the Nursing Mothers Counsel of Oregon.


Almeda County to lower flags in remembrance of Livermore baby (San Jose Mercury News)  

Police arrested Jessica Adams last week on suspicion of murder after a yearlong investigation. Police said during that time, they learned she had been continually smoking methamphetamine for four days leading up to Gary’s death. She had not slept at all during that time, and when she finally fell asleep on March 19, Gary was with her on the couch.

Police say Adams told them she had stopped breastfeeding the baby March 12 because she planned on using the drug.


Most Hilarious Breastfeeding video ever!

Sometimes we all need a little laugh though, right? And so, in the interest of easing a little breastfeeding debate tension, check out this clip from the UK comedy Little Britain. The episode is called “Meet the Parents.” But it should be called “I Want My Bitty!


BBC News: Cultural Barrier to breastfeeding older children

“Once I gave birth to Jonathan and I started breastfeeding, I thought we’ll just get to six months and then I thought we’ll go to a year and then it never stopped.

“And here I am five years on. It became a natural thing.”

“I’m a firm believer that Jonathan should choose his own path in life,” she said.

Ms Hurst said breastfeeding Jonathan would stop when he lost the ability to suckle as his milk teeth fell out


Does breastfeeding protect against asthma? (Reuters)

The extended and exclusive diet of breast milk also resulted in better lung function at age 8, the researchers report in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology


Ugandan News: Conservative Party calls for special (jail) cells for breastfeeding mothers

The President of CP says the breastfeeding mothers jailed at Luzira prison have told him that they are finding it hard to produce enough milk for their babies because of the poor meals.

Inmates at Luzira and other prisons in Uganda get one meal a day at 2:00pm and a cup of porridge at 8:00am daily. The major food they get is posho and beans.


First UK conference to address benefits of breastfeeding for babies with developmental disabilities

Dr Roja Sooben at the University’s School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work has organised the conference  called,  Breastfeeding infants with developmental disabilities – let’s talk about it!, which will take place at the University on 11th  May.


The Day WHEN breast isn’t BEST

But as Sandra Steingraber (author, biologist, and breastfeeding advocate who’s written and lectured extensively on the subject) points out, breast milk commonly violates Food and Drug Administration levels for poisonous substances in food. She writes: “Were it regulated like infant formula, the breast milk of many US mothers would not be able to be legally sold on supermarket shelves.”

…The choice is a personal one, but a choice there should be! And it should never be a question of choosing the lesser of two evils. We have a shared responsibility to safeguard the basic human right to grow up untainted by damaging chemicals. Put another way, chemical risks in today’s environment aren’t a matter of choice; they’re an assault on basic rights.


A Unique Challenge to Breastfeeding

Michael Wuebben is a CBSNews.com senior producer overseeing video production and original video programming.

Finally we knew something. He couldn’t suck because he couldn’t move the muscles of his face. He didn’t react because his muscles were weak and he couldn’t blink.


Monterey County Adopts breastfeeding Policy

Existing law provides for unpaid break time and appropriate facilities for lactating employees to express milk for their infant children. The Monterey County policy includes additional provisions for training and support to maximize the benefits of breastfeeding for employees and their children.



New Book: Fathers Critical to Success of Breastfeeding

One key message in Breastfeeding Facts for Fathers (Platypus Media, 2009, 41 pages) is made quite clear upfront: You are critical to the success of breastfeeding

In fact, the book cites a study showing that when fathers are completely supportive of breastfeeding, mothers working outside the home breastfeed 98% of the time, compared to mothers whose partners were indifferent to breastfeeding, who breastfeed 26.9% of the time.  The book also notes that the father is the “first person to show his baby that feeding does not equal love.”


Kate Ford

But the 32-year-old is loving her new role as a mum – although she is not a fan of the breastfeeding police. She said: “I didn’t breastfeed. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to, it just didn’t work for me.“I did manage to express some milk for Otis for the first few months, though. “The thing about the breastfeeding police is that they bring so much guilt to women that don’t manage to, or aren’t able to breastfeed. “I think that’s a shame. “Breastfeeding is the most healthy thing, but it’s not the end of the world if you can’t do it. “If it doesn’t work for you, don’t cut yourself up about it.“It’s more important for your baby to be with a happy, contented mother – not one who’s distressed because she can’t breastfeed.”


Breastfeeding: Why the Controversy?  

If I had a dime for every blog post, news article, or discussion I’ve had regarding breastfeeding over the last eight years, I’d be a rich woman.  

My personal advice to mom’s who are concerned about breastfeeding is the following:

  • Screw the store clerks. If your baby is hungry, feed him.
  • Stop breastfeeding when you want to stop breastfeeding. Guess what, I breastfed my children until they were…. oh wait IT DOESN’T MATTER. My kids are not yours so it doesn’t matter what I did. And guess what? I don’t care how long you breastfeed yours, whether it’s for one year or five.
  • If people don’t like the breastfeeding photos you post on your Facebook profile, they don’t have to look at them.
  • Call your HR person. That’s right, the laws they are a changin’. This country is attempting to make itself more family friendly and one way they’re doing that is by requiring your company to make it possible for you to breastfeed. If your boss doesn’t like it, tell him to call congress and complain, but leave you to your business. And clarify that it’s YOUR business not his.

When will we finally reach a point in society that says “breast is best, end of story”?


Are today’s young women more at risk?

Kampala Uganda— THE Ministry of Health recently announced that there is an increase in the cases of breast cancer among women less than 40 years of age. Reports show that the age trend of breast cancer has changed from 40-50 years to 30-40 years of age, compared to the Western world, where the diagnosis is still among the old – 50-plus years.

Murokora says breastfeeding helps by reducing the oestrogen levels in the body. Oestrogen increases a person’s risk of developing breast cancer. Breastfeeding also changes the make-up of a mother’s breast cells, making them more resistant to cancer. Breastfeeding will also rid the breast toxins like carcinogens that are likely to cause cancer in the future.


It’s okay to stop breastfeeding.

I feel like the breastfeeding issue is almost as polarizing as the last presidential election in this country.


Peer counseling, support can improve breastfeeding success in obese women

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predominantly Puerto Rican, low-income, and had less than a high-school education For instance, women in the ‘intervention’ group were visited three times in their homes during late pregnancy and 11 more times in the first few months after birth. Whereas 16% and 46% of the women in the ‘control’ group had stopped breastfeeding by 2 and 8 weeks postpartum, respectively, only 7% and 33% of the women in the ‘intervention’ group had stopped++++++

And to add even more bang for the buck, babies of mothers who received the extra counseling were 3.5 times less likely to be hospitalized during their first 3 months of life. This was mostly due to lower rates of respiratory infections and fever.


Khloe Kardashian wants to start breastfeeding someone after seeing the weight drop off her sister Kourtney

“If that’s all it takes, breastfeeding? Then someone breastfeed off of me! I don’t care,” joked Khloe in an interview with Us magazine.


Nursing can be a challenge for working moms

Companies save $3 for every $1 spent on breastfeeding support.


The Back Up Plan (Movie Review) – Pregnant with Problems

The biggest laughs come from the ingloriousness of being pregnant and giving birth, but their overworked bits — like home birth and a toddler breastfeeding — are all gags we’ve seen and heard before


United States: FLSA Amended to Require Breaks and Space to Express Breast Milk for Nursing Mothers

Until this amendment, rest break requirements had been the subject of state regulation. The FLSA does not require employers to provide breaks or meal periods to workers. Unless rest breaks are required by state law, when and how they are provided has traditionally been a matter of agreement between the employer and employee.


Keeping the Breastfeeding Conversation Going

We got a lot of great response from our recent video segment “The Challenges of Breastfeeding.”

Again, we love the “100 letters” challenge. Please leave comments below on this blog post and let us know what you thought of the piece. And also share your ideas for future Health and Wellness segments.


Mums need more support


Friday, 23 April 2010
Queensland University of TechnologyJoy Parkinson“Ms Parkinson said if governments wanted to increase breastfeeding rates they needed to increase loyalty to the act of breastfeeding and this would be best achieved by encouraging support from family and friends.”

“There needs to be a more mother-centred approach as opposed to a baby-centred approach,” she said.

“One of the most surprising things that came out of this study was that positive attitudes towards breastfeeding didn’t equate to larger numbers of women breastfeeding for longer.”


Health Department to hold Grandmother’s Tea (IL)

Michele Beckstrom, RN of the Health Department notes, “This Grandmother’s Tea is being held to educate, influence and encourage Grandmothers’ support of breastfeeding.”


The Office Review: “Secretary’s Day”

It’s the third week now. Dwight prepping to help Pa , Meredith using her apparatus in the bathroom … how long can the writers milk (har har) the breastfeeding jokes?

Dwight: Three squeezes and I would drain you.

Meredith: This is like the Cadillac of breast pumps


Breastfeed for the Health of the Nation?

Not nursing has major societal and health consequences — but even so, mothers deserve our support and understanding, not our judgment.

Ellen Painter Dollar, guest blogger

While 43 percent of American mothers do some breastfeeding, only 12 percent breastfeed exclusively for the first six months as recommended. Advocates argue that breastfeeding’s life-saving qualities should convince mothers to do it, and everyone else to support them, without all the drama about choices and guilt. The blogger Feminist Breeder, for example, had this to say: “You know what else saves lives? Car seats. So, why aren’t people spitting mad at the [National Highway Traffic Safety Administration] for saying that? Why aren’t they leaving thousands of comments on car seat articles saying, ‘But I just couldn’t afford a car seat, why are you trying to make me feel guilty?!’ Well, maybe it’s because our society will admit that car seats save lives, and we’re willing to give them out free at fire stations and hospitals if we have to because it is that important.”

…This latest study makes clear that nursing is much more than a personal lifestyle choice the rest of us have no obligation to support. New mothers need hospital policies that give priority to breastfeeding; low-cost or insurance-covered lactation assistance; paid maternity leave; flexible workplace policies; and husbands, relatives, friends and neighbors who help care for other children and manage the household during an infant’s first months.

…Because breastfeeding involves unpredictable, limited human bodies, it is not directly comparable to life-saving technologies. Using an infant car seat, for example, does not require a mother to wake up every 90 minutes throughout the night, grit her teeth as her baby latches onto sore nipples, and lock herself in a bathroom stall at work to attach a mechanical contraption to sensitive body parts (although the recent health-care overhaul, which requires large employers to provide a private, non-bathroom space for women to pump breast milk, should make this task less unpleasant for some).


Why this Earth mother hates Earth Day

“I see Earth Day as the new Valentine’s Day or Mother’s Day, a Hallmark holiday for us to give lip service to the environment. There are contrary forces, good in the mix – but then there are good things in the mix of Mother’s Day or Father’s Day or Valentines as well. But the reality of Mother’s Day doesn’t seem to be that it inspires us to be more respectful of the needs of mothers – what comes out of Mother’s Day isn’t more calls for breastfeeding stations and child friendly policies, but a “we told you we loved you last Sunday…aren’t we done yet?” The same is true of Valentines Day – there’s no compelling reason to believe that once a year special chocolates and sex really do all that much to lower the national divorce rate.”


Breastfeeding Advocates Red-Flag ABC News Story

(April 21) — An international breastfeeding advocacy group is accusing ABC News of failing to reveal that a pediatrician it quoted in a report critical of a breastfeeding study is a formula industry spokeswoman.

ABC News did not respond to several e-mails sent by AOL News to its media relations department for comment. Beard said she was called by an ABC News reporter for comment and was not asked about her industry ties, which she noted are “open information,” or available online.

She said she does not believe her work for Nestle “had any relevance to this comment” she made in the ABC News report.


Breast Milk Kills Cancer Claim Scientists

Mothers should breastfeed their babies because a substance in their milk kills cancer, researchers claim.

By Richard Alleyne, Science Correspondent
Published: 6:00PM BST 20 Apr 2010

The same compound, Human Alpha-lactalbumin Made Lethal to Tumour cells or HAMLET, could be a common cancer treatment for adults within five years.

Human trials have shown HAMLET can kill bladder cancer and laboratory tests have found it kills 40 different types of cancer. But crucially, the chemical does not kill healthy cells which means it does not cause the nasty side effects of current chemotherapy treatments.  “HAMLET is produced by combining alpha-lactalbumin in the milk and oleic acid which is found in babies’ stomachs,” he said.


Nestle Challeneged on baby milk health claims

By Lorraine Heller, 21-Apr-2010

Related topics: Health claims, Industry, Maternal & infant health

Greenpeace activists cut through the ceiling of the Palais in Lausanne, dropping flyers and absailing above the audience, while shareholders were also addressed by a baby milk activist who claimed the firm is still not abiding by marketing standards adopted by the World Health Assembly.

Patti Rundall, OBE, policy director at Baby Milk Action, said the health claims Nestle was using on its infant formula were misleading and putting the health of babies at risk. She called on Nestle shareholders to “try and find a way to bring an end to this interminable problem that is causing so much harm to children.”

Nestle this morning reiterated to NutraIngredients that it abides by the law in every country where it sells its products.

‘Protect’ is misleading

Rundall, who was able to speak at the shareholder meeting as she owns 200 Nestle shares, said she represented “thousands of citizens and IBFAN (International Baby Food Action Network) groups around the world who monitor the marketing of baby foods”.

Rundall specifically took issue with the health claims being made on the firm’s infant formula and called for the company to remove the ‘Protect’ logo from the product labels. She also said the labels should carry the correct warning language, which alerts parents to potential intrinsic bacterial contamination of the product.

Abiding by laws

Nestle said its ‘Protect’ range of products and its infant formulas are sold in over 100 countries around the world. “To date, other than via Baby Milk Action, no other complaint about the logo’s potential to mislead mothers has been received,” said the company.

It added that the action group was the only one to be calling for the firm to stop making nutrition and health claims. Governments are not making these calls, Nestle abides by the law in every country.”

Nestle told NutraIngredients that “there has been very little pressure (on its infant formula marketing practices) for a number of years” and that calls to stop making health claims on its infant formula are unique to Baby Milk Action.

Rundall responded that 23 health professionals and mother support groups in the UK alone are calling for the removal of health claims, which, she claims, is in line with Codex regulations.  


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August 26th – September 1st, 2009

Hello All,
Here in Massachusetts the passing of Senator Ted Kennedy meant the end of an era. It was Ted Kennedy by the way who led the charge against Nestle back in the late seventies (check out the video of him grilling a Nestle’s executive) which for me personally was my first introduction to the politics of breastfeeding. Let’s hope the torch passes on to someone just as tenacious as Ted.
Last week we were celebrating the $46,000 award given to an LA mom who was fired for pumping on the work breaks. This week a mom working for “Totes” in Ohio lost her suit for pumping too often on company time. It should be noted however “that the lead opinion on the case failed to answer whether Ohio law protects breastfeeding mothers.” Elsewhere in the business world Forbes reported that while some companies are promoting lactation support programs they aren’t doing a very good job letting their employees know about it, for example in one company no one in HR even knew that they had a lactation room!
A new poll shows that one out of four Australians feels that breastfeeding in public is unacceptable with the most offensive places being church, work, a restaurant, and the mall in that order. Here in the US, one woman equates the pro-breastfeeding material in her OB/GYN’s office to be as offense as pro-life material would be (“Stop telling me to breastfeed”).
TV Guide published a list of their 8 top celebrity breastfeeding stories which includes everything from Naomi Watts new term for that sleep deprived fog most breastfeeding mothers experience (“lactose lobotomy”) to Kate Beckinsale’s ability to shoot her breast milk across the room. The list of course included Kendra Wilkinson’s news that her augmented breasts were leaking colostrum.
A report from England linking the clotting agents given after birth to reduced breastfeeding rates also links epidurals to lower breastfeeding rates as well. Also from England comes the news that according to Margot Sunderland the author of “The Science of Parenting” that children should sleep with their parents until the age of five (that’s years, not months!). I have to confess that I’ve included a couple of articles that do not mention breastfeeding this week. There is the study about infant sleep which reports that whether or not a baby will sleep soundly at night can be predicted by the mother’s expectations during pregnancy. “If an expectant mom thinks babies who cry at night are suffering distress and need to be soothed and comforted, her baby is likely to have more wakeful, weepy nights later.” Hmm… I wonder who paid for this study? Wasn’t it just last week that an African story listed the fact that a breastfed baby could be easily aroused as one of the benefits of breastfeeding because it reduced chances of sleep? According to Sunderland, “In the UK, 500 children a year die of Sids,” Sunderland writes. “In China, where it [co-sleeping] is taken for granted, Sids is so rare it does not have a name.” And speaking of SIDs I’ve also included a story about the over use of car seats (or as I call it “baby in a bucket”) as yet another link to SIDs.
I also wanted to let you know that the “The Curious Lactivist” now features a weekly poll! This week’s question is: In Your Opinion: Do you think the general media portrays breastfeeding fairly? To place your vote or see the results go to: https://thecuriouslactivist.wordpress.com/todays-poll/
(Remember to scroll down past my signature to see the headlines & click on the links if you want to read the full story.)
Kathy Abbott, IBCLC
On Facebook: “Breastfeeding in the News”
My Blog: http://TheCuriousLactivist.wordpress.com/

Edward Kennedy and Nestlé 1978 Senate Hearing
(You Tube video)
Clip of Senator Edward Kennedy cross questioning Nestlé about its marketing of breastmilk substitutes in the developing world. 1978 US Senate Hearing on the marketing of formula in developing countries. …

Drugs given during labour linked to breastfeeding problems
Analysis of the records of more than 48,000 women who gave birth in South Wales found that use of the clotting agents oxytocin or ergometrine was associated with a 7 per cent decline in the proportion who started breastfeeding within 48 hours of giving birth.
It is thought that the drugs may impede a woman’s ability to produce milk, suggesting that mothers who have them may need greater time or support from midwives if they wish to breastfeed their baby.
The study, by researchers at Swansea University, also confirmed the link between high doses of injected pain relief and lower rates of breastfeeding, an association that has recently prompted revised guidelines for the NHS on the use of epidurals in labour.
Top 8 Celebrity Breastfeeding Stories
TV Guide put together their top 8 favorite breastfeeding stories from the stars. The famous moms include Kendra Wilkinson, Angelina Jolie, Naomi Watts, Gwen Stefani, Mary-Louise Parker, Kate Beckinsale, Elisabeth Hasselbeck, and Salma Hayek. Check out why these celebs deserve a spot in the top eight.
Children ‘should sleep with parents until they’re five’
Margot Sunderland, director of education at the Centre for Child Mental Health in London, says the practice, known as “co-sleeping”, makes children more likely to grow up as calm, healthy adults.
Sunderland, author of 20 books, outlines her advice in The Science of Parenting, to be published later this month.
“What I have done in this book is present the science. Studies from around the world show that co-sleeping until the age of five is an investment for the child. They can have separation anxiety up to the age of five and beyond, which can affect them in later life. This is calmed by co-sleeping.”
Symptoms can also be physical. Sunderland quotes one study that found some 70% of women who had not been comforted when they cried as children developed digestive difficulties as adults.
“In the UK, 500 children a year die of Sids,” Sunderland writes. “In China, where it [co-sleeping] is taken for granted, Sids is so rare it does not have a name.”
Mom’s Sleep Beliefs Affect Baby’s Nights
While a mother is still pregnant, researchers can size up the likelihood that her infant will be a good sleeper by assessing the mother’s beliefs about infant sleep, says a study in the latest issue of Child Development. If an expectant mom thinks babies who cry at night are suffering distress and need to be soothed and comforted, her baby is likely to have more wakeful, weepy nights later, after controlling for other factors. On the other hand, if an expectant mother believes parents must draw boundaries against getting involved with a baby at bedtime, her infant will probably sleep better, assuming other factors are equal.

Car Seats are for Cars: Leaving Baby in Carseat Lowers Oxygen, Increases SIDS
By Catherine McKenzie
Published in Mothering Issue 136
One of the main reasons that parents buy portable car seats is so they can remove a sleeping infant from the car without waking him or her. There are certainly times when this is handy, but the strategy can easily backfire. I remember several shopping trips that began with my daughter asleep in her car seat, but only ten minutes later she was awake and screaming to be held. I would end up carrying her and the car seat—separately—for the rest of our trip. I discovered that it was often simpler to wake her and put her into the sling, where she would frequently fall back to sleep again anyway.

Babies weaned early due to breastfeeding stigma
ONE in four Australians think breastfeeding in public is unacceptable, with young people aged 18 to 24 the least approving, a Newspoll survey has found.
And people think the most unwelcome place to breastfeed is in a church, followed by work, then cafes or restaurants and, lastly, a shopping centre.
West Chester breastfeeding case has divided Ohio Supreme Court
COLUMBUS — A West Chester Twp. company did not discriminate against a woman when it fired her for using a breast pump too often on company time, the Ohio Supreme Court ruled today, Thursday, Aug. 27.
Five of the seven justices found that LaNisa Allen of Colerain failed to prove Totes/Isotoner Corp. violated the Pregnancy Discrimination Act and that Allen “was simply and plainly terminated as an employee at will for taking an unauthorized, extra break” and failing to “follow directions.”
Justice Evelyn Lundberg Stratton said in court records that Allen admittedly took unauthorized breaks to pump her breast milk and failed to present a case that would allow justices to rule in her favor.
Justice Maureen O’Connor agreed in part. She went further in her statement, adding that lactating women are protected under the Pregnancy Discrimination Act.
“I would hold that lactation falls within the scope of (the Pregnancy Discrimination Act) that the statute prohibits employment discrimination against lactating women,” O’Connor wrote.
O’Connor also said she was disappointed that Stratton, the lead opinion on the case, failed to address the issue.
“The question of whether Ohio law recognizes discrimination claims based on lactation is one of great general interest. Allen and Isotoner, as well as all Ohio’s employees and employers, are entitled to the answer and to guidance on the contours of Ohio’s employment laws,” O’Connor wrote.
O’Connor continued: “It is our duty to provide that guidance and to answer the questions posed in this controversy.”
Justice Paul E. Pfeifer dissented, saying discrimination against lactating women is unlawful and that Allen deserves the opportunity to prove her claim before a jury.
Pfeifer also expressed disappointment that the lead opinion on the case failed to answer whether Ohio law protects breastfeeding mothers.
Justice Judith Ann Lanzinger dismissed Allen’s appeal, saying the Supreme Court should have denied hearing Allen’s case.
Contact this reporter at (513) 820-2180 or tlatta@coxohio.com.
Stop Telling Me to Breastfeed!
The fact of the matter is, it’s a woman’s choice. It is not my mother’s choice, it’s not the pediatrician’s choice, and it isn’t your choice. It is MY choice. So leave the breastfeeding decision up to me, OK?

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Momlogic’s Talitha: It’s incredible to me that such a personal topic — like breastfeeding — can have such a public outpouring. Frankly, I am beyond over it. I cannot tell you how many times I have had to explain my uncertainty about breastfeeding — especially to doctors: “Can I ask WHY?” they ask me. I always feel like my answer isn’t good enough for them, as they then follow up with: “Well, it’s definitely best for the baby, that’s for sure, so even if you can just do it for X amount of time, that would be great. Even if you could just do it for six months, or three months!” Wait, did you not hear what I just said?
The other day, as my husband and I were meeting our baby’s potential pediatrician, he stuffed a bunch of leaflets in my hands. On the cover: “Our office is pro-breastfeeding!” Immediately, I had a judgment against the office. It’s like going to an OB/GYN appointment and finding, displayed on their door, “We are Pro-Life!” This is the patient’s business, not the doctor’s.

By the way, I am not an uneducated mom, OK? I know the benefits of breastfeeding. But how do you know that I haven’t tried before and it didn’t work for me? How do you know what my family’s financial situation is and who will remain at home with our newborn?! How do you know I am even capable of breastfeeding? How dare you assume!
No matter what I decide to do (and in case you’re wondering, I really don’t even know yet), I am going to play it by ear, see how things go. But no matter what, I’ll try to be the best mom I can be. And isn’t that the most important thing?!

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The Business Of Breastfeeding
Meghan Casserly, 08.27.09, 08:30 PM EDT FORBES
Companies are offering lactation policies, but often fall short on the carry-through. Women are at the forefront of reform, from the corporate closet to the Congress floor.
Upon returning to work after having her first child, Gina Ciagne, a public relations specialist, was told by her supervisors that she should feel free to pump on company time. To which she responded: “Great–now where do I go?”
With no directives from her supervisor, Ciagne made numerous phone calls to human resources and others, but to no avail. The only solution seemed to be cleaning out a hardly used book closet and installing a mini-fridge (on her own time and dime). As it turns out, she didn’t have to. “I didn’t call the one person who knew about it,” she says. After four months of pumping breast milk in a closet, Ciagne was flabbergasted to learn that there were actual lactation rooms on the corporate campus.
Crosley-Corcoran became increasingly aware that there was a major communication block between returning mothers and the corporate powers-that-be. “I saw more and more mothers coming back to work and hauling their own breast pumps back and forth every day. No one had told them that the pump in the room was provided for them by the company–I guess they thought it was mine.”
“We were having extremely high turnover rates,” she says. And so Matzigkeit and her team launched Great Expectations, a strategic initiative to educate new mothers in 2004. But more so, she adds, “To show them that we care. We are always sure to say, ‘We want you back,’ and a lactation program was a huge component of it.”
Since the launch of Great Expectations, Matzigkeit has seen the retention rate jump from 64% to 95%. As a champion of working mothers, she is more than pleased with its success: “62% of my employees are working mothers. It’s a big population here.”
“I don’t think that employers are hostile,” Lansinoh’s Ciagne says. “But when they think of an employee coming back, the top question in mind is never, ‘So where will they breastfeed?’ It’s just not occurring to them. But once you do talk to them [the employers], they definitely become more amenable.”

Kourtney Kardashian, Kendra Want to Breastfeed Despite Implants
Kourtney Kardashian and Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett are both pregnant, and both excited about breastfeeding. Will their implants impede this dream? Docs say, maybe not!
Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett and Kourtney Kardashian are two of the hottest reality starlets on cable television. Now that they have conquered E!, they are ready to conquer motherhood.
Wilkinson, star of Kendra and The Girls Next Door, has a Christmas due date, while Kourt, who stars in Kourtney and Khloe Take Miami, is also due in December.
The real juice about these cable queens is the issue of breast feeding. Both bun-in-the-oven babes have previously undergone breast augmentation surgery. When asked if they are planning to breast feed their children, both have answered yes. Hugh Hefner’s ex, Kendra, told US Weekly that her doctor informed her it was safe to breastfeed her baby even with her silicone implants. Kardashian also spoke with the gossip mag, noting, “They say usually you can [breast-feed with implants]. I want to.”
A 1999 Institute of Medicine (IOM) study found that any kind of breast surgery, including breast implant surgery, makes it at least three times more likely that a woman trying to breastfeed will have an inadequate milk supply. An earlier study led by Dr. Marianne Neifert, likewise indicated that “women who had breast surgery were three times more likely to have lactation insufficiency than those that did not have breast surgery.”
Researchers have noted that, based on these findings, although the implants themselves may not keep a new mom from lactating, undergoing breast augmentation surgery may make it more difficult for women to breastfeed successfully.
GMA pays tribute to Sen. Kennedy
MANILA, Philippines (Xinhua) — President Arroyo on Thursday paid tribute to the late US Senator Edward Kennedy for his pivotal role in the global breastfeeding movement.
The president announced that she would be presenting to Kennedy’s family the highest presidential award for his contributions to human rights and public health promotion.
“For his singular role in promoting human rights and public health, including the passage of that international milk code, we honor the late Senator Edward Kennedy,” Arroyo said at the celebration of the World Breast Feeding Awareness Month in Malacañang.
Kennedy, a long-time US advocate of health reform, died on August 25 after battling brain cancer for more than a year.
She said that, Kennedy, as chair of the US Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions in 1979, heard the testimony of Filipino doctor Dr. Natividad Clavano, about a study that showed a 95 percent decrease in infant mortality in Baguio City as a result of exclusive breastfeeding.

Lactation Consultant Hall of Excellence,
Carole Peterson of Fort Wayne has been selected as one of three inductees to the 2008-2009 Lactation Consultant Hall of Excellence. The program, now in its third year, recognizes U.S.-based lactation consultants who exemplify best practices, hard work and outstanding dedication to their profession. She was one of three inductees nationwide.
“I hope this recognition will bring more awareness to the field of lactation consulting,” said Peterson. “I have witnessed how our system abandons mothers once they leave the hospital after birth. Specifically, I hope I can bring more attention to the fact that our mothers need more support when returning home. I hope to focus my energies to promote more support to increase breastfeeding duration and assist mothers to achieve their breastfeeding goals.”

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