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Breastfeeding in the News March 1st – 8th, 2010

This week’s news certainly had its share of titillation.  From a chef who serves his patrons a cheese made from his wife’s breast milk, the woman in jail who was charged with assault for squirting her milk at a guard, to the mother who admits to breastfeeding her 14 year old.  And let’s not forget that fashion show that Bravado (makers of nursing bras) held in Las Vegas where the pregnant models were banned from walking the runway.

Mixed in with the odd ball articles two very sad stories also caught my eye.  In the Philippines a 31 year old woman was shot dead while breastfeeding her one year old.  The baby was still suckling her breast when they found her.  And in Uganda authorities say they have no proof that a mother who says her husband forced her to breastfeed puppies is telling the truth.  Apparently the scars on her breast were believed to be the result of her epilepsy, and the testimony from her children (ages 5 & 2) was not to be taken seriously because they after all merely children. 

 There were several stories about breastfeeding and the workplace this week and none of it was very encouraging I’m afraid.  Although donating a handmade quilt to a local health department breastfeeding room was a nice gesture of support it appears that combining breastfeeding and work remains a struggle in many places.  Utah failed to pass a bill requiring workplaces to set aside space for breastfeeding.  In Oklahoma where they have a law allowing mothers to express milk at work (during unpaid time) there was no mandate to set aside space to do so.  Officially encouraging businesses to set aside space hasn’t worked either as only 26 offices now have a designated pumping space.  (I find it ironic that the title of this article was “Workplaces Nurture Nursing Moms”.) 

In “To Pump or Not to Pump?” a mother whose office had a designated pumping room explains the dilemma she found herself in when she found it difficult to accept a travel assignment that would have made it difficult to pump.   In Taipei a survey found that less than 4% of businesses had a breastfeeding room and that lack of space was one of the main reasons cited for not doing so.  They too are considering a bill requiring public offices to create such a space which, unlike Oklahoma the bill, includes a provision to fine those who don’t comply.

Meanwhile according to the Wall Street Journal breastfeeding for six months or longer leads to an overall decrease in a woman’s income because they either work fewer hours or they quit.  “We can’t just look at health outcomes. We must look at economic outcomes as well,” says Mary Noonan, an associate professor at University of Iowa’s sociology department and co-author of the paper. “Money also matters for a child’s health.”  I think she has a valid point.  Why should a mother have to decide between her financial security and her child’s health?  Likewise why should business owners have to redesign their workspaces to accommodate the pumping mother? 

To me the answer is obvious.  Women need a nationally guaranteed long term (I’m thinking one year here!) paid maternity leave.  I’m tired of legislators trying to grapple with this problem from state to state with their pathetic attempts to combine breastfeeding in the workplace.  It also annoys me that these laws are promoted as laws to encourage breastfeeding when in reality they are promoting pumping not breastfeeding.  Did you know that Medela’s sales of the “Pump N Style” have quadrupled in the last five years?  Is it any wonder that we now have mothers who plan to “EP” (exclusively pump)?  To really support breastfeeding we need three things; intensive prenatal breastfeeding education, “Baby Friendly” hospitals, and a national one year paid maternity leave.  Work place legislations are a mere band-aid.  And for those of you who feel that I am ignoring the rights of mothers who want to go back to work, yes there should be legislation to accommodate them in the workplace, but I really feel we should be pushing for maternity leave first.  At the very least we should be making a lot more noise about the issue.

And yes I’m totally in favor of legislation to accommodate breastfeeding in public both as way to bring the issue to the foreground and to ensure that no mother ever feels stuck at home because of her decision to breastfeed.  In the Philippines at Manila’s International airport they recently opened a free mother’s breastfeeding room.  I’m so glad it’s free.  They weren’t really thinking of charging mothers for this were they?  Although depending on the price it might be worth it.  The room includes four cubicles each with a bed, a swivel chair, a window, a drawer and a door that locks!  This is the first breastfeeding room that I’ve heard of that offered a bed!  How cool is that?  (Of course the Philippines also have a law preventing companies from promoting formula.  It’s about the culture people!)

OK, let me get off that soap box for a minute.  In other news we can congratulate actress Angela Kinsey for explaining to the female writers of “The Office” the realities of breastfeeding.  And it is interesting to note that one writer found it to be impossible to believe that there could be male lactation consultants or for that matter baby mix ups in the hospital.  While we’re on the subject I want to give a shout out Tom Johnston who is stationed with the army in New York.   Tom is both a Lactation Consultant and a certified midwife.  Tom’s Facebook profile exclaims “I catch babies for the Army!”  

Speaking of midwives a midwife in the UK has been nominated for a national award for her efforts to help a mother breastfeed following a c-section.  In other news a daycare provider resigned after someone gave a baby in her charge the wrong mother’s breast milk.  In Nigeria due to the fall in breastfeeding rates the government has decided to reach out to religious groups (both Muslim and Christian) in an effort to educate parents.  In health news Breastfeeding has been associated with a lower risk of peptic ulcers (caused by H.Pylori).  And in environmental news it has been suggested that the contamination of breast milk with toxins should be considered a “child’s health issue” rather than a “woman’s issue”.

“Dear Prudence” got an interesting letter from a dad who wasn’t sure what to do about his wife.  It seems that because he was a stay at home dad he was better at noticing their baby’s feeding cues than his wife who was primarily pumping.  Apparently she resented him for it.  “Recently my wife blew up at me and said that her breasts are her body and no other person can tell her what to do with her body. From now on I am not allowed to tell her when I see signs that our daughter is hungry because it then would be controlling my wife’s body.”  “Dear Prudence” replied   “Your wife is in the difficult situation of trying to provide nutrition for your daughter while being at work all day. It doesn’t help that when she’s home you indicate you are more in tune with your baby’s needs than she is.”   And she went on to say; “…It will not harm your daughter to let a few lusty cries for milk, instead of having Dad anticipate her hunger. Just relax and let your wife handle it.”

Do you see now what I mean by pumping taking us down the wrong road?  Do we really want women to be mad at their husbands because their hubbies are more in tune with their babies than they are?  I’m going to say it again people – women need long term, paid maternity leave!

As always I love hearing from you & the links to all the article are below.

Kathy Abbott IBCLC
www.BusyMomsBreastfeed.com 

www.TheCuriousLactivist.Wordpress.com 

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Mothers Who Opt for Breast Milk, Not Breast-feeding (Catherine Sharick – Time Magazine)

Technology has helped fuel the trend. Medela, the Swiss breast-pump maker and industry leader, introduced its first electric-powered, vacuum-operated at-home breast pump in the U.S. in 1991. Five years later, the company launched the Pump in Style, a portable breast pump that comes in a fashionable bag that looks like a purse. Since then, Medela’s sales of the item — not cheap at around $279 — have quadrupled.

http://www.time.com/time/health/article/0,8599,1971243-1,00.html

 Woman Charged in Breast Milk Assault on Jailer  

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OWENSBORO, Ky. — A woman in jail for public intoxication was accused of assaulting a jailer by squirting breast milk at her. WYMT-TV reported that a 31-year-old woman was arrested Thursday on a misdemeanor charge of public intoxication. But as she was changing into an inmate uniform, she squirted breast milk into the face of a female deputy who was with her. …The woman now faces a felony charge of third degree assault on a police officer. Her bond was set at $10,000.

http://www.bnd.com/2010/03/07/1163728/woman-charged-in-breast-milk-assault.html

Nursing my infant child was a gift — to me

Perhaps the favorite piece of advice from grandmothers and random women on the street is that nursing should come naturally. Just let your baby and your body do what they were made to do, they’ll say.

Well, here’s my advice: Look straight in that woman’s face and say, “Nice try, lady. Nice try.”

The truth is — at least for me and every other mother I know — nursing does not come naturally, and you will spend the first month of your child’s life struggling to figure it out.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700014726/Nursing-my-infant-child-was-a-gift-2-to-me.html

To pump or not to pump?

I was lucky to work for a company that had a designated room for breastfeeding moms, but I couldn’ stick to my routine during my business trip. The courthouse where I was supposed to be covering a story didn’t have a similar room for breastfeeding moms.

I was torn. On one hand, I wanted to tell my boss that I couldn’t go on the trip and that she needed to find someone else. At the same time, I didn’t want to seem incapacitated and incapable of doing my job.

http://www.spokesman.com/blogs/parents/2010/mar/07/pump-or-not-pump/  

Cheers and Jeers: March 8, 2010

CHEERS to the Ladies of the Lake Quilting Club for donating a quilted wall hanging for the Clinton County Health Department employee breastfeeding room. The gift betokens a genuine empathy for motherhood and breastfeeding, certainly both compatible with Health Department goals. Clinton County has taken steps to comply with state legislation to create a space for mothers who are nursing their babies, and the quilt will certainly encourage that activity. For the gesture, the Health Department has presented the club a Community Partnership Award. Through the years, many women and babies will have their experience enhanced by this thoughtful donation.

  http://www.pressrepublican.com/0202_cheers_and_jeers/local_story_066223108.html

Natural Cooking with Human Breast milk Going Too Far

An eco-conscious chef has taken advantage of his wife’s breast, but not in the way my first few words lead you to believe. Instead he is using milk she extracted from her breastfeeding breast and making it into cheese he serves at his restaurant. Shocking? Disgusting? Bizarre? You be the judge.

What if Chef Angerer did not serve human cheese at his restaurant

and instead only served it to his baby? Would that make a difference? Is it less disgusting?

http://inventorspot.com/articles/natural_cooking_human_breast_milk_going_too_far_38543  

WORK PLACES NURTURE NURSING MOMS

BY Paula Burkes – OKLAHOMAN

A 2006 Oklahoma law requires employers to allow nursing mothers the ability to express milk during lunches, breaks and other unpaid times. But there’s no mandate that employers provide breaks or a private room.

In 2008, the state Health Department launched its Breastfeeding Works! initiative to encourage businesses to establish private lactation rooms and policies acknowledging the importance of breastfeeding. But only 26 workplaces, mostly health-care related, have been recognized as breastfeeding-friendly and working moms continue to face difficulties.

http://www.newsok.com/workplaces-nurture-nursing-moms/article/3444530?custom_click=lead_story_title

Nursing: No Free Lunch

“In terms of long-term earnings, women who breastfeed less than six months have similar income trajectories to those who never breastfeed, but those who breastfeed for six months or longer have far steeper declines in income,” mainly due to reduced work hours or quitting, Ms. Rippeyoung says.

Some mothers endure real economic hardship if they miss work hours to pump or breastfeed. “We can’t just look at health outcomes. We must look at economic outcomes as well,” says Mary Noonan, an associate professor at University of Iowa’s sociology department and co-author of the paper. “Money also matters for a child’s health.”

— Ruth Mantell, The Juggle, WSJ.com

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB126791010300157469.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

Bosses in Taipei not keen on setting up breastfeeding rooms: poll

Only 3.9 percent of the companies in Taipei City installed breastfeeding rooms on their premises in 2009, according to the Taipei city Department of Labor.

…According to the draft bill, government agencies and business premises with floor space of more than 500 square meters, as well as public service facilities with over 1,000 square meters of floor space, must be equipped with clearly marked breastfeeding rooms.

Breastfeeding rooms must be established on the premises of such facilities, which include railway and metro stations and airport terminals, within one year of the promulgation of the regulations, the draft bill states

http://focustaiwan.tw/ShowNews/WebNews_Detail.aspx?Type=aSOC&ID=201003070003

New Life for Mother who was Forced to Breastfeed Puppies

… “He added that a test was carried out in Mbale Hospital but it also found no evidence of breastfeeding puppies. “The hospital results only indicated that Ms Alupo suffers from epilepsy illness,” Mr Madiri said

 

…In a separate interview with Mr Awoloyi, he said that his wife Alupo suffered a brain disorder caused by her epileptic condition which could explain the earlier injuries she had suffered on her body and her breasts.

http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/Insight/-/688338/874504/-/7f7ji2/-/

Top Moments: The Office Baby Blues, The Bachelor’s First Dance, and a Monster’s Balls

1. Best Lactation Joke: In the special one-hour Office baby episode, a tender moment in which Pam finally gets the baby to “latch” for breastfeeding is turned on its ear when she realizes that she’s accidentally picked up her hospital neighbor’s newborn. “Wrong baby, wrong baby,” she repeats to panicky dad Jim, who quickly replaces the sated infant in its bassinet before its mother wakes up.

http://www.seattlepi.com/tvguide/416254_tvgif5.html

‘The Office’ Baby — Jim & Pam Welcome Cecilia Marie!

The episode did raise four burning questions, though:

1.) Do hospitals really employ male lactation consultants? Young, handsome ones who offer hands-on breastfeeding counsel to new moms? While new dads watch? Pam accepted the nature of the clinical situation, totally indifferent to anything but the task at hand (getting Cecilia fed) — but we’re with Jim. That’s just not right.

2.) Mistakenly breastfeeding someone else’s newborn doesn’t happen — does it? It seemed beyond credible that Pam would sleepily bring another mom’s baby to her breast, but when you factor in the mind-numbing exhaustion of birthing a child in the first place, it actually makes you wonder how it doesn’t happen more often!

http://www.ivillage.com/office-baby-jim-pam-0/1-a-121935

Angela Kinsey Pitches Nursing Humor to Office Writers

“I … tried to pitch them some breastfeeding jokes,” she revealed to the Toronto Sun, noting that she returned to the set when her own daughter Isabel Ruby, now 22 months, was just eight weeks old.

“Not to over-share, but I had to pump,” she explains. “That’s a working mom’s life if you want to breastfeed.”

“We had to take pump breaks all day. Our female writers on the show don’t have children, so I pulled them aside. I don’t know what they used or didn’t use, but it’s a fun episode.”

http://celebrity-babies.com/2010/03/02/angela-kinsey-pitches-nursing-humor-to-office-writers/

Bridgwater midwife shortlisted for national award  (UK)

Monique Korrs was nominated for The Infacol Baby Bonding Award by Esther Loh, who felt inadequate as a mother after an emergency caesarean last September

More than 150 health professionals across the country were nominated for the award and Monique is down to the last ten.

http://www.thisisthewestcountry.co.uk/news/5045178.Bridgwater_midwife_shortlisted_for_national_award/

Breastfeeding teen

A US woman still breastfeeds her 14-year-old son to “comfort” him.

Jocelyn Cooper, 36, allows her teenage son Billy to suckle on her breasts for 10-15 minutes each day – because it keeps them close.

http://entertainment.stv.tv/showbiz/161459-breastfeeding-teen/  

Daycare director resigns after breast milk mistake

BREMERTON, Wash. – A Bremerton daycare director has resigned after she allegedly gave a baby the wrong breast milk, then tried to hide the mistake.

http://www.king5.com/home/Daycare-director-covered-up-breastmilk-mistake-86111702.html

Pregnant ladies banned for their own Good

Bravado is a company that sells breastfeeding bras for ladies with breasts that are used for breastfeeding babies. But when Bravado goes out to fashion trade shows to have their pregnant lady models model the breastfeeding bras in their pregnant way, can you guess what happens? Yes, they are banned, for their own pregnant good. From a runway show! In a nightclub! At the Wynn Casino, in Las Vegas, the City of Sin!

http://gawker.com/5484608/pregnant-ladies-banned-for-their-own-good  

Breastfeeding facility set up at airport

Manila: Manila’s international airport in Pasay City has opened a private area for breastfeeding mothers, a senior official said, adding it is part of the government’s effort to promote breastfeeding in the Philippines.

“This facility was set up to give mothers a relaxed and secure area where they can nurse their babies free of charge,” said airport general manager Alfonso Cusi.

The 32-square-metre breastfeeding station is located after the immigration area for departing passengers. It has four cubicles, each with a bed, swivel chair, drawer, a window and a lockable door, said Cusi, adding the facility was opened in time for the celebration of International Women’s Month.

The Philippine Congress recently passed a bill that prevents companies from promoting infant formula.

http://gulfnews.com/news/world/philippines/breastfeeding-facility-set-up-at-airport-1.591070

Moms, babies deserved better from legislators

UNEDITED) Sadly, Utah legislators missed an easy opportunity to make life easier for working families last Friday when they defeated House Bill 252, Workplace Accomodation of Breastfeeding.

This bill would have required employers with more than 15 employees to provide unpaid break time and a private location — other than a toilet stall — where a working mother could express her milk for her baby. This is a simple request and would not be a strain for most employers, if they understood the value of providing this accommodation

http://www.standard.net/topics/opinion/2010/03/01/moms-babies-deserved-better-legislators

Slate’s ‘Dear Prudence’: My European coworkers are calling me a cow, my wife is preparing for the apocalypse, my husband has bad teeth, dad’s breastfeeding dilemmas

Stay at home Dad land: I have a question that I do not think a stay at home mom has faced before. My wife works and is also very intent upon breastfeeding our daughter until she is 1 year old. So she pumps for when she is gone and breastfeeds when she is home. The problem has arisen because I tend to see the signs that my daughter is hungry before she starts to cry. I will then suggest to my wife that she feed our daughter. Recently my wife blew up at me and said that her breasts are her body and no other person can tell her what to do with her body. From now on I am not allowed to tell her when I see signs that our daughter is hungry because it then would be controlling my wife’s body. Feeding a bottle at those times is out because my wife does not want to confuse our daughter by feeding her a bottle while she is present.

How do I be a good stay at home dad without suggesting that my wife use her body to feed our daughter?

Emily Yoffe: Have used a breast pump myself, I do not understand why cows seem so contented, because breastpumping is one of the more unpleasant aspects of modern motherhood. Your wife is in the difficult situation of trying to provide nutrition for your daughter while being at work all day. It doesn’t help that when she’s home you indicate you are more in tune with your baby’s needs than she is. Men constantly complain that women want them to do more of the childcare, then micromanage their every action. That’s what you’re doing with your wife. It will not harm your daughter to let a few lusty cries for milk, instead of having Dad anticipate her hunger. Just relax and let your wife handle it

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/discussion/2010/02/23/DI2010022303485.html

Mom shot dead while breastfeeding baby

MANILA, Philippines—A 31-year-old mother was shot and killed Tuesday morning while she was breastfeeding her one-year-old child inside her home in Manila.

http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/breakingnews/metro/view/20100302-256267/Mom-shot-dead-while-breastfeeding-baby

Breastfeeding and better hygiene may protect against peptic ulcer bacterium infection.

Young children in developing countries are infected at an early age with the bacterium Helicobacter pylori, which can cause peptic ulcers and stomach cancer. New findings show that childrens´ immune responses help in fighting the bacteria. In addition, breastfeeding and better hygiene appear to protect against infection. The results provide hope for a vaccine, according to research from the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden.

http://www.news-medical.net/news/20100301/Breastfeeding-and-better-hygiene-may-protect-against-peptic-ulcer-bacterium-infection.aspx

Breastfeeding rates drop in Nigeria

The Federal Ministry of Health plans to engage the participation of religious mothers to stress the importance of exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months of life, so as to reduce the current high rate of child mortalityn

The method, which is to begin this year, is following Nigeria’s poor assessment in the most recent National Demographic Health Survey where the rate of exclusive breastfeeding dropped from 17 percent in 2003 to 13 per cent in 2008.

“We are taking the campaign to them through this channel because we believe that by the time Muslim mothers, and Christian mothers talk to their various women groups, they will listen to them and thus more women will comply.”

http://234next.com/csp/cms/sites/Next/News/5533490-147/breastfeeding_rates_drop_in_nigeria_.csp

Professors spar about potential risks of breastfeeding

“After her presentation, McKenzie said society is hesitant to address the issue of contaminated breast milk related to environmental pollutants “because it’s still seen as a women’s issue. Maybe we should be reframing it as a child health issue rather than a women’s issue.”

http://news.guelphmercury.com/News/article/603719

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Breastfeeding in the News: July 11th – July 17th, 2009

Hello All,

I came across some really interesting articles this week.  For you scientist types there are two fascinating studies.  One explains why the hind milk is so much fattier.  It’s not that the milk fat globules (MFG) are bigger; instead as the breast empties more milk fat globules (MFG) are released which then increases the fat content. 

The other study is a great look at different foreign chemicals (dioxin, PCB’s, pesticides. etc.) in breast milk and how for some mothers certain chemicals increased over the course of lactation while in other mothers the same chemical decreased. (For you geeks who love this stuff see the story I’ve marked as the “actual study”.)  The authors stated that the trend of the chemical concentration is mother-dependent and does not appear to be related to her initial concentration.” Meaning that no matter how many chemicals a mother’s body has absorbed over a life time other factors influence how much of it gets into your breast milk.   One of those factors may be diet, but it is “a complex issue as one food group that may contain higher levels of one class of the persistent chemicals (e.g., PCBs in fish) might be replaced with another food group containing other chemicals that may be transferred to breast milk (e.g., dioxins in dairy products).” 

These authors also mention another study that shows that different chemicals are attracted to different tissues.  For example, they found “relative concentrations of PCDD TEQs in the following maternal compartments: placenta > maternal blood > breast milk > adipose tissue > cord blood. For PCDFs, a different order was observed: placenta > maternal blood > cord blood > breast milk > adipose tissue. The authors suggest that different chemical groups may have different affinities for specific tissue types” The molecular weight of individual chemicals may determine which areas of the body they like are most likely to leak over into first.  But for us it is important to remember that like it or not, our baby’s first exposure to chemicals actually occurred in utero.

For you advocates there is a terrific story of a 13 year old girl who won a school contest for the best slogan (“The Best Milk’s Under Your T-Shirt, Mam”) to promote breast feeding to young mothers.  I love this story because it 1) it shows an easy way to get into the school system, & 2) it targets teen moms.  Also interesting was the story I found in an advertising journal that looked at why the famous mechanical bull ads missed the mark. 

I was also glad to see breastfeeding being mentioned as a preventive measure in both a Diabetes journal and in a Nursing journal.  This happy trend shows that the word is finally spreading to specific target groups (now if we can only get the breast cancer people on board – that’s where all the money is!).  But I was unhappy with an article that started out by saying that the decision to breast or bottle feed is a choice that all mothers are “forced to make”.  This is not “Sophie’s Choice” people, forced seems like much too harsh a word here. 

And while we’re talking about bottle feeding you may be surprised to learn that the push by health care professionals to get women to breastfeed is now being blamed for putting bottle fed babies at risk!    “NHS’ obsession with breastfeeding is putting bottle fed babies at risk. Although it is true that more instruction needs to be given on how to use formula safely (Marsha Walker has been saying this for years!), to actually blame the breastfeeding movement for babies who have been scalded by formula heated in a microwave is ridiculous! 

That’s it for this week.  And as always I love hearing back from you.

Kathy Abbott, IBCLC

 

 

Path to Good Health Includes Breastfeeding Your Baby, Avoiding Pesticides, and Eating a Mediterranean Diet (Diabetes Health)

http://www.diabeteshealth.com/read/2009/07/16/6280/path-to-good-health-includes-breastfeeding-your-baby-avoiding-pesticides-and-eating-a-mediterranean-/

Breastfeeding: Chemical Concentrations Do Not Decrease During Lactation

ScienceDaily (July 16, 2009)

A new study suggests that lipid-adjusted concentrations of polybrominated diphenyl ethers, polychlorinated biphenyls, polychlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxins and furans and organochlorine pesticides in women’s blood serum and milk do not decrease during lactation as previously thought. This new insight should improve researchers’ ability to assess infant exposures to environmental chemicals via breastfeeding.

This new finding also challenges the idea that early milk should be pumped and discarded as a means of reducing infant exposure to persistent organic pollutants, which can accumulate in a mother’s fat stores over her lifetime and be mobilized during lactation

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2009/07/090714214505.htm

Do Human Milk Concentrations of Persistent Organic Chemicals Really Decline During Lactation?

Chemical Concentrations During Lactation and Milk/Serum Partitioning (The actual study – k.a.)

If current diet is a signficant source of persistent environmental chemicals in breast milk,

this implies that new mothers may be able to take actions that could reduce infant

exposure. However, this is a complex issue as one food group that may contain higher

levels of one class of the persistent chemicals (e.g., PCBs in fish) might be replaced with

another food group containing other chemicals that may be transferred to breast milk (e.g.,

dioxins in dairy products). Further study focusing on measurements of chemicals in diet

and changes in milk concentration is warranted before specific dietary advice can be given.

http://www.ehponline.org/members/2009/0900876/0900876.pdf

Working off the baby fat

The mothers who say they got back down to a size 2 just by breastfeeding. Only after having a baby of my own, did I realize that they were all full of crap.

Tucker is now almost eleven months old and although I eventually lost all of my baby weight, I can assure you it wasn’t from breastfeeding nor did it just fall off. I had to hit the pavement and sweat off every last stubborn pound. And the one thing you’ll never hear from those celebrity moms, is that you can get back down to your pre-baby weight, but you will never get back the same body you had before you became pregnant. Even though it didn’t come easy, I’ve come to terms with my wider hips, stretch marks, and saggier boobs. In fact, I’ve even begun to embrace them as badges of honor for bringing a new life into the world. And I bet you that under all the airbrushing and expensive girdles, those celeb mommies probably have a stretch mark or two of their own.

http://www.examiner.com/x-16116-Indianapolis-New-Moms-Examiner~y2009m7d14-Working-off-the-baby-fat

Tiffany’s designs drive home breastfeeding message

Teenager Tiffany Warriner has an eye for style and her T-shirt featuring the slogan The Best Milk’s Under Your T-shirt, Mam has been used in a city breatfeeding campaign.

The 13-year-old impressed health bosses with her witty and original design, and used the T-shirt to encourage more Sunderland mums to feed their babies themselves as part of National Breastfeeding Week.

Tiffany and a couple of friends came up with the slogan – The Best Milk’s Under Your T-shirt, Mam – during a holiday club at the school.

They met up to design T-shirts and at the request of school nurse Julie Reay, looked at how the NHS could raise awareness of breastfeeding to mothers under 25.

http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/Tiffany39s-designs-drive-home-breastfeeding.5457455.jp

Mums who bottle feed ‘not given safety advice’ 

Health campaigns have stressed the benefits of breastfeeding, but new research says that lack of support for mothers who bottle feed can lead to feelings of guilt or failure. Some parents may make dangerous mistakes when preparing formula milk, because they haven’t been given information about how to bottle feed safely.

What does the new study say?

When asked in surveys, many mothers said they felt guilty for not breastfeeding, and for taking into account their own needs. About 44 percent said they were made to feel guilty for choosing to bottle feed.

Lack of information led to some potentially dangerous mistakes. A study from the United States found that a third of mothers made up formula milk with warm water from the tap, instead of using boiled water. A study from the UK found that only around half of women prepared formula according to the instructions.

The researchers also found surveys showing that between 20 and 48 percent of mothers heated bottles of formula in a microwave. This isn’t recommended, as microwaves heat liquids unevenly, leading to hotspots which could burn the baby.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/besttreatments/2009/jul/14/mums-who-bottle-feed-not-given-safety-advice

NHS’ obsession with breastfeeding is putting bottle fed babies at risk.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1199528/NHS-obsession-breastfeeding-putting-bottle-fed-babies-risk.html

Momfidence: Breastfeeding in a Public Pool: Necessary or Over the Top?

I’m not allowed to eat chips and salsa or a club sandwich between laps, so why should a mom be allowed to breastfeed in a public pool? There’s been a big debate about this in Canada with a bunch of mothers staging a protest.   –Shelley J

It’s a wonder breastfeeding rates are as high as they are (not all that high), given how often the act is confused with other things. Breastfeeding isn’t snacking in the messy sense of crumbs, wrappers, silverware; it’s 24/7 sustenance. Breastfeeding isn’t any more a private bodily function than any other kind of eating. Breastfeeding isn’t exhibitionism. It’s not an unusual event. It’s just a natural part of rearing a baby.

http://dailywd.womansday.com/blog/2009/07/momfidence-breastfeeding-in-a-public-pool-necessary-or-over-the-line.html

Breastfeeding reduces risk of childhood asthma (NursingTimes.net)

Breastfed children are less likely to develop childhood asthma, according to a Dutch study.

The authors found that children who were breast fed for more than 16 weeks were less likely to have asthma symptoms between the ages of three and eight than those who were not breast fed.

This is the conclusion of a study involving 3115 children born in 1996/1997.

The association between breastfeeding and asthma risk was not affected by a family history of allergy.

http://www.nursingtimes.net/whats-new-in-nursing/specialists/respiratory/breastfeeding-reduces-risk-of-childhood-asthma/5003968.article

How Change Happens

Also, advertising can’t create behavior change if the audience cannot act on the message. All the anti-obesity advertising in the world won’t impact the people of downtown Detroit where there are currently few if any supermarkets with healthy foods. Similarly, the Department of Health and Human Services ran ads telling mothers that not breastfeeding was as dangerous to their baby as riding a mechanical bull when pregnant. Not effective for many moms. More than 85 percent of mothers already know breastfeeding is best, but more than 60 percent have to go back to work in workplaces that don’t accommodate it. In both cases communications has to target something more causal to the behavior than the behavior itself — the environments that either help or hinder change.

http://www.adweek.com/aw/content_display/community/columns/other-columns/e3i4c5798b5271bede43ef4026c890b78f9?pn=2

Breastfeeding deserves support

We were at a restaurant for dinner and noticed a mother breastfeeding at a table nearby. We overheard another customer comment on how inappropriate it was and observed customers giving the breastfeeding mother unpleasant looks.

As nursing students, we have learned the importance of breastfeeding and were shocked at the customers’ reaction to this natural phenomenon. This situation led us to examine the issue of breastfeeding and voice our perspective.

The World Health Organization (WHO), the Canadian Pediatric Society and the Public Health Agency of Canada recommend that all infants be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life and that breastfeeding continue up to two years of age and beyond. As a nation, we have an impressive breastfeeding initiation rate of 84.5 per cent; however, the continuation rate of breastfeeding drops to 18.7 per cent within the first six months of breastfeeding initiation.

Statistics Canada shows that British Columbians have a breastfeeding initiation rate of 93.3 per cent (the national high), but only 28.8 per cent of women exclusively breastfed for the suggested six-month period, many stopping within the first few weeks after birth.

http://www.canada.com/newwestrecord/story.html?id=fe5397ed-20eb-4ea0-8795-30217a3aed98

Baby Cafe helps breastfeeding mothers
EL PASO – Choosing to breastfeed or not is a decision all new mothers are forced to make.

Many moms want to do it but are afraid it will hurt; others have problems with technique.

There’s a group of El Paso women dedicated to helping new mothers, and how they’re doing it sets us apart from nearly every other city in the country.

The Baby Café in Central El Paso is run by lactation consultants and breastfeeding experts ready to help new moms take on the sometimes difficult task.

http://www.kvia.com/Global/story.asp?S=10710462&nav=AbC0

Is increased fat content of hindmilk due to the size or the number of milk fat globules? (International Breastfeeding Journal)

Conclusion

The results indicate that the increase in fat content results mainly from the increased number of MFGs, which may be released into the milk flow as the mammary lobe becomes progressively emptied.

http://www.internationalbreastfeedingjournal.com/content/4/1/7

Is breastfeeding advocacy anti-feminist? An essay by Katherine A. Dettwyler

http://www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=105080229287&id=11321945&ref=nf

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