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Optimal Cord Clamping “Change the World in 90 Seconds”

posted on Feb 14, 2013 in News, News from Around the World by
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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 DrGreene.com, 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 Feb 05, 2013 in National News, News, News from Around the World by

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
22,423

Total signatures on this petition

2,577

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Breastmilk good for adults too!

posted on Jul 23, 2012 in National News, News, News from Around the World by

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 Feb 04, 2012 in News, News from Around the World by

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:

Read more: http://healthland.time.com/2012/02/01/what-the-u-s-can-learn-from-indonesia-about-breastfeeding/#ixzz1lO5JydAn

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Stem cells in breastmilk confirmed!

posted on Nov 16, 2011 in News from Around the World by
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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

prnews.com– 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….

 

(From i09.com)

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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Disadvantaged mothers should breastfeed their children ‘to improve social mobility’, experts claim

posted on Oct 10, 2011 in National News, News, News from Around the World by

Breastfed babies are smarter and have a reduced chance of behavioural problems in later life, according to a new study.

Researchers from the University of Essex’s Institute of Social & Economic Research (ISER) and the University of Oxford have spent the past two years looking at the impact of breastfeeding on a child’s development.

They found that it can improve a child’s social mobility by boosting its IQ in later life, and reduces the likelihood of a child having behavioural difficulties at age five.

Six per cent of full-term babies breastfed for four months have these issues compared with 16 per cent of formula fed babies, the research shows.

The group is now now urging the government to act on its findings and include the importance of breastfeeding in its plan for improving social mobility.

However,a report produced by the team fails to identify exactly how and why breastfeeding in a baby’s early weeks leads to success in later life.

The document, which will be discussed at a conference at the British Academy in central London on Wednesday says: ‘Aligning breastfeeding with social mobility may seem tenuous, but a body of research shows that an individual’s behavioural and psycho-social outcomes have a significant impact on adult earnings and education,’ as reported in The Observer.

 
Priority: Experts say the government should target disadvantaged mothers and encourage them to breastfeed Priority: Experts say the government should target disadvantaged mothers and encourage them to breastfeed

The report goes on: ‘If research can demonstrate the extent to which positive outcomes are the result of breastfeeding, rather than from social factors, then there is a strong case for encouraging breastfeeding from an early intervention policy that can improve a child’s life chances, particularly targeting young and disadvantaged mothers.’

 

 

 

Health experts have said there is a large social gap in breastfeeding rates with more privileged mothers opting to breastfeed compared with the more disadvantaged, according to the policy document.

Dr Emilia Del Bono, an economist at the ISER told The Observer: ‘We need initiatives to support mothers not just to start breastfeeding, but to continue beyond the early days.

‘We know very little about the effects of breastfeeding at longer durations because so few women breastfeed for more than a few weeks.

‘It’s only when more women start breastfeeding for longer periods that we will have the data necessary to investigate.’

In the same report, a senior Liberal Democrat source said: ‘We expect the social mobility and child poverty commission to report on the progress of the indicators and to tell us whether they are the right ones.

‘The current list is a good start but it does not have to be the final word’.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-2047016/Disadvantaged-mothers-breastfeed-children-improve-social-mobility-experts-claim.html#ixzz1aLyTx0Eo

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Breastfeeding Flash mob in the UK

posted on Jun 22, 2011 in News, News from Around the World by

The ultimate flashmob: Hundreds of mothers breastfeed in front of shoppers

By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 7:59 AM on 21st June 2011

A bold group of mothers gave a new meaning to the term ‘flashmob’ when they bared their breasts at a major shopping centre today to raise awareness of breastfeeding.

More than a hundred mothers of all ages – some accompanied by their partners – descended on the Trafford Centre in Manchester to feed their babies in front of stunned shoppers to promote the start of NHS-backed National Breastfeeding Awareness Week.

The proud women bore all in full view of customers sitting in the shopping centre cafes to highlight the health benefits of breastfeeding.

Flashmob! Hundreds of mothers and their infants descend on The Grand Staircase at The Trafford Centre in Manchester todayFlashmob! Hundreds of mothers and their infants descend on The Grand Staircase at The Trafford Centre in Manchester today

A stunned onlooker said: ‘It’s not every day you see that many breasts while out doing your shopping. I suppose it’s a good way of getting people to listen to the message. I fully support them.’

The Trafford Centre is backing National Breastfeeding Awareness Week 2011 – which runs from Sunday 19th to Saturday 25th June, backed by the NHS Infant Breastfeeding Services – and has recently refurbished its breastfeeding facilities for shoppers.

One mother, Jade Fitzmartin, 18, from Atherton, Greater Manchester, said: ‘It’s great to get together for such a good cause as we all know how important breastfeeding is. The flashmob was a really exciting thing to be part of, although in normal circumstances I would probably prefer to use the breastfeeding facilities here.

‘All new mums should take it seriously as an option when midwives and health visitors discuss it with them.’

Nature's best: The event is to help publicise National Breastfeeding Awareness Week, which runs until June 25 Nature’s best: The event is to help publicise National Breastfeeding Awareness Week, which runs until June 25

Organiser of the flash mob event, Alison Healey, Breastfeeding Coordinator at NHS Ashton, Leigh and Wigan, said there were a number of advantages linked to choosing to breastfeed.

These included a lowered likelihood of common health complaints in babies such as diarrhoea, ear and chest infections and eczema and an improved immune system.

‘The likelihood of a healthy life for babies is greatly enhanced by parents choosing to breastfeed instead of feeding their baby with formula milk.

‘When a new mum chooses to breastfeed she is also greatly benefitting her own health as it can also help her to lose the weight she might have gained in pregnancy and lower the risk of some cancers.

‘New mums should feel proud of their decision to breastfeed and know that they can get support from their local Midwives and Health Visitors.’

Gordon McKinnon, Director of Operations at The Trafford Centre, said: ‘We’re a family friendly centre, which means we’re fully supportive of mums who make the decision to breastfeed. If they require a comfortable, private space in which to feed their child we have four sets of dedicated facilities including our new Laura Ashley-designed breastfeeding suite, but we consider most public spaces appropriate and our retailers are equally understanding.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2005874/Breast-best-Hundreds-nursing-mothers-surprise-shoppers-awareness-flashmob.html#ixzz1PyZK4JnL

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Genetically Modified Cows made to produce a more “human milk”

posted on Jun 19, 2011 in News, News from Around the World by

Where is technology leading us?

I’m all for technological advances but this line of research is frankly SCARY!  This is still a few years away from being on the market but can you imagine the advertisements and health claims that will follow if the formula companies decide to procure this product?  The implications for future generations may not be known until it’s too late as our babies will be the test subjects.  Please read the article below and let us know what you think. 

Submitted by Dominika Osmolska Psy.D. on 2011-06-16
source: emaxhealth.com

The news should send shock waves of incredulity and delight through the medical community and mothers around the world – at last, the ability to purchase real breast milk instead of formula is music to the ears of mothers who cannot or will not breastfeed. Exclusive breastfeeding has been linked to a number of important health benefits in the baby, everything from a lower incidence of allergies and colds, to a reduced risk of ear infections and, most dramatically, death from SIDS. Many studies also demonstrate that breastfed babies have higher IQ’s, a trait that persists through childhood. With such impressive credentials, it is no wonder that many new mothers try, despite full time working schedules and low milk supply, to provide their newborns with Mother Nature’s original and natural baby food.

In response to such a potentially lucrative product need, Chinese scientists have produced a herd of genetically modified cows that make milk that could substitute for human breast milk — a possible alternative to formula in a nation rocked by tainted milk powder scandals. In 2003, after years of testing on mice, researchers created, via modern genetic engineering technology, the first cow that produces human breast milk. They are also proud to have produced a milk that tastes even sweeter and stronger than the original.

Li Ning, the project’s scientific director and lead researcher, says that the milk is 80% genetically human.

“Our modified cow milk contains several major properties of human milk, in particular proteins and antibodies which we believe are good for our health and able to improve our immune system,” he said. His team is set to have the product available on the market within three years.

Behind the project’s efforts, supported by a major Chinese biotechnology company, is a series of poisonings and toxin scandals that have shaken consumer trust in China’s dairy sector and its products. In 2008, at least six children died and nearly 300,000 fell ill from drinking powdered milk laced with melamine, an industrial chemical added to low quality or diluted milk to fool inspectors checking for protein levels.

The new milk, Li Ning says, will undergo stringent safety testing before it is submitted to the government for approval to distribute in the human population. Given China’s checkered record for food and other product safety, and the on-going debate about the safety of genetically-modified foods (GMO’s), enthusiasm for the new “breast milk” ought perhaps to be tempered with caution.

Greenpeace notes that China has been investing considerably in genetically modified food research in recent years, despite the lack of a credible, independent system of supervision and inspection, which is troubling. It also insists that genetically modified products should not be allowed to enter the human food chain.

Indeed, GMO’s are implicated in many adverse environmental outcomes, such as displacing natural crops and reducing bio-diversity by mixing into and taking over the genetic pool of natural plants and animals. Such an impoverishment in genetic variation might imperil future food security.

The benefits of breastfeeding are not strictly limited to the static chemical properties of the milk. The act of nursing an infant is at least a partial protective factor in and of itself. Also, nursing mothers’ bodies continuously modify the precise immunologic and nutritional content of their breast milk in direct response to the biochemical information transmitted from the suckling infant. This effect cannot be replicated in commercially produced breast milk.

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Update: Georgia nursing ban for older infants

posted on Jun 07, 2011 in News from Around the World by

Way to go Forrest Park!  Age limit lifted on public breastfeeding.

About three hundred woman and children staged a "Nurse In" on  May 23 at the Forest Park City Hall. Here, Grace Campbell, 2, sits with a sign saying  "We Eat At Mom's."

Phil Skinner, pskinner@ajc.com About three hundred woman and children staged a “Nurse In” on May 23 at the Forest Park City Hall. Here, Grace Campbell, 2, sits with a sign saying “We Eat At Mom’s.”

The city council voted Monday night to amend the public indecency ordinance that banned public breast-feeding of children over the age of 2, Channel 2 Action News reports. The new ordinance drops the age limit, allowing mothers to nurse their children for as long as they wish.

City leaders told Channel 2 that the ordinance was changed as a result of the public’s reaction.

More than 300 breast-feeding women and their supporters participated in a “nurse-in” May 23 in front of the Forest Park City Hall to protest the new law.

Protest organizers, some calling themselves “lactivists,” said the law interfered with letting the child determine when he or she will stop nursing.

City attorney Robert Mack Jr. previously said the ordinance was aimed at public nudity and not breast-feeding.

Updated June 9

Source www.ajc.com

 http://athens.patch.com/articles/will-breastfeeding-become-a-crime

One local Athens mom, Natasha Cummings, made the trip to Forest Park . The issue is near and dear to her heart because she still nurses her almost three-year-old son Emmet. She is not alone in her goal to continue nursing her son. The The World Health Organization and the American Academy of Pediatrics recommend breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond.

Cummings is well aware of the social stigmas that can come with extended nursing. She feels strongly that as a parent, she has every right to  do so, and she does not appreciate City Council members challenging that right. 

“The assumption they were making is that nursing up to two is okay, but beyond that is odd, weird, creepy…” Cummings said. “Mothers who nurse their children beyond what is the social norm don’t want to make people uncomfortable. They just want to rear their children as they see fit.”

The original ordinance was passed to deal with strip clubs, and the nudity exemption was for breastfeeding mothers. The city created a breastfeeding exemption for mothers with children up to age two.  

Extended nursing is a controversial topic that could be made more acceptable with the right kind of consideration. Events like the nurse-in that took place last week could be a step in the right direction. Cummings says,  ”I think first it takes real mothers nursing real children in public, without incident.” Hopefully, the bare-breasted moms that took on city hall will inspire change. A meeting to address the issue is scheduled for June 6, 2011.

If not, many breastfeeding ladies are prepared to take legal action. Cummings said several mothers contacted attorneys, who told Forest Park officials they will sue if the law isn’t changed.  The same group of moms will be attending the City Council meeting on June 6. 

Are you a breastfeeding mom who feel impassioned about this issue? Would you ever attend a nurse-in? Are you non-nursing citizen who feels uncomfortable with public nursing for toddlers over the age of 2? Please share your experiences and opinions in the comments.

The City Council members of Forest Park, Georgia, angered nursing moms when they passed an ordinance banning public breast feeding for children over the age of two. Over 200 irate moms armed with hungry toddlers, snacks, sippy cups, strollers, blankets, and exposed breasts, when nursing, camped out in front of City Hall to protest.

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Longer maternity leave needed in the US?

posted on Jun 07, 2011 in News from Around the World by

 Researchers found that mothers who returned to work 13 weeks or more after giving birth were twice as likely to breastfeed beyond three months than were mothers who took only one to six weeks of maternity leave. (Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

Adorable baby cartoon by Neil. 

Researchers at the Georgia Department of Community Health and the University of South Carolina assessed data from 6,150 women who had been working in the year before giving birth. Interviewed nine months after delivery, about 75% of women who had as much as seven weeks of paid maternity leave reported that they breastfed, compared with 67% who had no paid leave or didn’t take any. And mothers who returned to work 13 weeks or more after giving birth were twice as likely to breastfeed beyond three months than were mothers who took only one to six weeks of maternity leave. 

In slicing the data other ways, researchers found that women were more likely to breastfeed, and for longer, the longer they weren’t at work. The research was published online Sunday in Pediatrics.

The authors’ conclusion is simply stated:

“If new mothers delay their time of return to work, then duration of breastfeeding among U.S. mothers may lengthen.”

For a quick refresher of the ways in which breast-feeding benefits an infant, check out this list from WomensHealth.gov.

And for tips on how to pump breast milk at work, check out this article from the American Academy of Family Physicians.

It begins:

“It is possible to continue giving your child breast milk while you work. The easiest way to do this is to make a breastfeeding plan before you return to work. This plan can help you deal with possible problems that could keep you from breastfeeding your baby. … Also, take as much maternity leave as you can. This will allow your milk supply to become strong before you return to work.”

Source: latimes.com

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