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Optimal Cord Clamping "Change the World in 90 Seconds"

posted on February 14, 2013 by janet-jones

Many of us have talked about this.  Maybe you had it on your birth plan.  Maybe you have heard about waiting to clamp the cord after birth.  You’ve probably heard that it’s supposed to be good for the baby, but have you ever really heard why?  Take a look at this great TED talk from Dr Greene.  It will change your perspective, raise your awareness, and increase the confidence you have in your body.  Wow, you are amazing Mama and unnecessary intervention may be robbing your baby of some essentials that your complex and awe-inspiring womb can provide to your precious little one.  leave your comments below and pass the info along.

See more about the speaker below.


Alan Greene “90 Seconds to change the World”

Alan Greene on the web

Pediatrician and father of four, Dr. Alan Greene completed his pediatric residency program at Children’s Hospital Medical Center of Northern California and served there as Chief Resident. In 1995, while at ABC Pediatrics in San Mateo, California, he launched, cited by the AMA as “the pioneer physician Web site”. He is the author of Feeding Baby Green, Raising Baby Green and, From First Kicks to First Steps.

He appears frequently in the media including such venues as the TODAY Show, the Dr. Oz Show, Good Morning America, Fox and Friends, The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Time Magazine. In 2010, Dr. Greene founded the WhiteOut Now movement aimed at changing how babies are fed starting with their first bite of solid food. In 2012 he launched a worldwide campaign aimed at changing the practice of Immediate Cord Camping To Optimal Cord Clamping or TICC TICC.

Dr. Greene received the Healthy Child award for Prevention and was named the Children’s Health Hero of the Internet by Intel.

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Sign the petition to get a stamp normalizing breastfeeding in the US

posted on February 5, 2013 by janet-jones

The following is a petition on the White house website asking USPS to develop a series of stamps depicting breastfeeding.  Please follow this link to or the sign petition link below.

we petition the obama administration to:

develop and issue a stamp or series of stamps that depict, promote, and normalize breastfeeding.

The USPS & Citizens’ Stamp Advisory Committee have a history of raising social awareness through the US stamp program. This worthy tradition of promoting positive social changes can be harnessed in support of breastfeeding as it is a very worthy issue to support and promote!

Many countries have issued stamps depicting breastfeeding including Spain, Luxemborg, Guatamala, Uganda, & Greece. Now is the time for the United States to join these countries in increasing awareness of the health benefits & positive social impact of breastfeeding for both mothers & babies as well as inspiring more American families to choose breastfeeding.

Please consider obtaining guidance from the Int. Lactation Consultants Assn., La Leche League Int., and/or Breastfeeding USA regarding stamp design.

Signatures needed by February 10, 2013 to reach goal of 25,000

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Breastmilk good for adults too!

posted on July 23, 2012 by janet-jones

The following blog appeared on the Best For Babes website

Science News: Breastmilk is good for adults–yes, really!

TLC’s show Strange Sex will air an episode on an adult breastfeeding fetish tonight (Sunday).

Since it’s hard to fight the media’s love of  sensationalizing breastfeeding (again), we thought we’d use this opportunity to shift the focus on to  some of the amazing benefits of human milk for adults–other than sex–including some areas of potential medical therapeutic use.    Here are a few:

An article in the UK’s Daily Mail reported a few years ago that components of breastmilk are under study as possible remedies for adults who have the following conditions (component of human milk being researched in parentheses):

  • Cancer (HAMLET)
  • Rheumatoid arthritis and multiple sclerosis (lactoferrin)
  • Dementia, stroke, traumatic brain injury (glyerophosphocholine)
  • Diabetes and Parkinson’s (stem cells)
  • Acne (lauric acid)
  • Diarrhea (oligosaccharides)

Other articles have indicated possible uses of human milk for the following diseases:

Here’s hoping some of the wealthy disease foundations that raise billions of dollars every year to find “the cure” will start putting some of their research dollars towards experimenting on the Miracle Milk™ right under our noses–it could be a veritable rainforest of unknown, natural and effective treatments!   For more lesser-known facts about our mom-made wonder-food, click here.

Image credit:  Wikimedia Commons

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Indonesia emposes heavy fines for anyone hindering breastfeeding for at least the first 6 months

posted on February 4, 2012 by janet-jones

An interesting conversation is underway regarding a new law passed in Indonesia which penalizes anyone standing in the way of a mother breastfeeding her child for at least the first 6 months.  While I think that this law will be extremely difficult to enforce and even as a breastfeeding advocate I think it’s a little over the top, it does send a strong message that breastfeeding is a public health issue and all moms should have the unobstructed opportunity to give their babies human milk.  Read the article and tell us what you think. 

Since 2009, Indonesia has had a law promoting exclusive breastfeeding, but it was recently strengthened. Anyone who stands in the way of a mother nursing her baby for the first six months of life — an employer, for example, or a relative — is subject to a year behind bars and $11,000 in fines. What’s more, the law bars formula manufacturers from advertising to mothers of babies who have yet to reach their first birthday.

According to PBS Newshour, Indonesia hopes that its legislation will slash mortality rates for children under 5:

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Stem cells in breastmilk confirmed!

posted on November 16, 2011 by janet-jones

In 2007 researchers in Australia found an interesting component in breastmilk that looked like stem cells.  The big question has been wheather or not the act like stem cells and have the ability to differentiate.  The answer to that question has recently been confirmed with a resounding yes.  This new development in the research of human milk has far reaching implications.  There are so many other ingredients in human milk that can not possibly be replicated and mass produced for commercial formula including:

SIgA, IgM, IgE, T cell and B cell Lymphocytes, Lactoferrin, Lysozyme, Human Alpha lactalbumin (which actually has a great acronym describing its important attributes: HAMLET – Human Alpha lactalbumin Made Lethal to Tumor cells) over 150 LCPUFAs (Long Chain Poly Unsaturated Fatty Acids) only 2 of which are DHA and ARA.

Even with all of these ingredients known and well documented, many new moms exposed to the advertising of infant formula have the perception that breastmilk and formula are equal.  This new discovery in breastmilk is just one more addition to the long list of amazing ingredients in human milk that will hopefully give moms more confidence that the product that their body naturally makes is spectacular and can not be replicated by any pharmaceutical company– The theory developed in 2007 by scientists at the University of Western Australia (UWA) that breastmilk contains stem cells has been taken to a higher level with the latest discovery by one of the team’s newer members.  UWA Ph.D. candidate Foteini Hassiotou has proven that stem cells from breastmilk can now be directed to become other body cell types such as bone, fat, liver and brain cells. Could this finally be the answer to ethically and easily obtaining pluripotent stem cells in a non-invasive manner? And what does this mean with regard to the unique power of breastmilk for the growth and development of babies?

Stem Cells in Breastmilk – Theory Becomes Reality

Following  Hassiotou’s  recent win of the 2011 AusBiotech-GSK Student Excellence Award for her research into breastmilk stem cells (Oct.17, 2011), Medela is proud to announce Hassiotou’s first presentation of her findings of stem cells in breastmilk in Europe early next year. She will share her findings during Medela’s 7th International Breastfeeding and Lactation Symposium to be held in Vienna, Austria from  April 20-21, 2012.

This discovery by Hassiotou, who is part of the Human Lactation Research Group under the direction of Professor Peter Hartmann at the University of Western Australia, may well be the answer to ethically and easily obtaining stem cells in a non-invasive manner. The value in harvesting stem cells from breastmilk lies in their incredible potential to develop into many different cell types in the body during early life and growth. They have the ability to act as a type of “internal repair system.” With both types of stem cells (embryonic and adult), however, well-documented hurdles exist both from an ethical as well as from a practical harvesting perspective….



In particular, these breast milk stem cells can develop into any of the three embryonic germ layers, known as the endoderm, mesoderm, and ectoderm. In embryonic stem cells, it’s from these three layers that the cells can then develop into any of the 220 different cell types found in the body. This quality, known as pluripotency, is what makes embryonic stem cells specifically so powerful as a tool in regenerative medicine.

Now it seems that breast milk stem cells could be just as pluripotent as their embryonic counterparts, with few to none of the ethical concerns that have engulfed the use of embryonic stem cells. Team member Foteini Hassiotou comments:

“They can become bone cells, joint cells, fat cells, pancreatic cells that produce their own insulin, liver cells that produce albumin and also neuronal cells. What is really amazing is that these cells can be obtained in quite large amounts in breast milk.”

This is all exciting news, but there is room for some skepticism here. The key test hasn’t happened yet — and that’s to inject these breast milk stem cells into mice to see whether they develop teratomas, which are tumors that feature tissue from all three embryonic germ layers. If the researchers can find that, then we really will have an adult-derived stem cell that is every bit as versatile and potent as embryonic stem cells. Such a breakthrough might not kill the stem cell debate entirely, but it would take a lot of the wind out the sails of the opponents of such research.

Assuming this research holds up, one other question to explore will be just why breast milk unexpectedly contains such pluripotent stem cells. Hassitou speculates:

“It has been shown in mice that live immune cells in breast milk pass through the intestinal mucosa into the blood circulation of the pups and engraft in various tissues. If these cells are in human milk and in such high amounts they probably have a role. They might contribute to tissue regeneration and development of the baby or play certain roles if there is a disease.”


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