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Breast milk reduces risk of sepsis in low-birth-weight infants

Breast milk reduces risk of sepsis in low-birth-weight infants | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it

Feeding human breast milk to very-low-birth-weight infants greatly reduces risk for sepsis and significantly lowers associated neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) costs, according to a study by Rush University Medical Center researchers.

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Promotion of formula milk undermines breastfeeding initiative

Promotion of formula milk undermines breastfeeding initiative | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it
We cannot agree more with your editorial "Nursing mothers need more help" (June 10), which called for more breastfeeding facilities at workplaces and in the community and continued public education about the benefits of breastfeeding....
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Infant formula marketing practices behind breastfeeding decline: IBFAN

Infant formula marketing practices behind breastfeeding decline: IBFAN | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it
Breastfeeding rates have declined significantly in Asia as a result of intensifying competition in the infant formula sector, according to a report from the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN).
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Battle lines drawn over breast milk substitutes

Battle lines drawn over breast milk substitutes | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it

Nearly 40 years after Nestlé found itself in the centre of a controversy over the marketing of infant formula milk to mothers in the developing world, the food and pharmaceutical industry is again locked in a public relations battle with campaigners opposed to the promotion of breast milk substitutes.

Doctors in Australia have called on the government to ban the advertising of baby formula milk after the country's health ministry scrapped an independent panel that oversaw the marketing practices of firms that produce it.

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China 'misled' about breast feeding

China 'misled' about breast feeding | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it
An organisation representing many of New Zealand's infant formula producers believes Chinese mothers are being misled by sellers of the formula.
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Doctors fear drop in breastfeeding if formula firms policed themselves

Doctors fear drop in breastfeeding if formula firms policed themselves | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it
Fearful of a drop in breastfeeding rates now that the Australian government has scrapped an independent panel that overseas on the proper use of breast milk substitutes, doctors are calling for the promotion of baby formula to be restricted.
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Breastfeeding Knowledge, Attitudes, and Intention in a Sample of Undergraduate Students in Mainland China

Breastfeeding Knowledge, Attitudes, and Intention in a Sample of Undergraduate Students in Mainland China | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it

Despite the high breastfeeding initiation rate in China (> 90%), the low exclusivity rate is of concern. Some traditional behaviors, combined with increasing popularity of infant formula, may negatively affect future breastfeeding rates. As suggested by the theory of planned behavior, understanding breastfeeding beliefs of young adults may help identify and address misperceptions of future parents, supporting maintenance of the current initiation rate while increasing rates of exclusivity and duration. No research has evaluated these factors among young adults in Mainland China.

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Inside the Politics of Breastfeeding Promotion

Inside the Politics of Breastfeeding Promotion | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it
It doesn’t make headlines, but every year 800,000 children under five die because of poor breastfeeding practices.
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Yemeni mothers are not breastfeeding enough, experts say

Yemeni mothers are not breastfeeding enough, experts say | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it

Almost all pharmacies in Sana’a sell powdered baby formula that is mixed with water to be bottle feed to infants. Baby formula is meant as a replacement for, or supplement to, breastfeeding. 

The use of baby formula remains controversial worldwide. Breastfeeding proponents cite scientific studies that find unadulterated milk from the mother encourages brain development in infants, defends against infections and prevents allergies. The World Health Organization says “exclusive breastfeeding is recommended up to 6 months of age, with continued breastfeeding along with appropriate complementary foods up to two years of age or beyond.” However, many recognize breastfeeding may not be possible for all women. Comfort levels, lifestyle and other medical factors all play into a woman’s decision to breastfeed.  

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Breastfeeding Linked to Reduced Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk in Chinese Women

Breastfeeding Linked to Reduced Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk in Chinese Women | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it
For women from South China, breastfeeding is associated with reduced risk of rheumatoid arthritis RA, especially a longer duration of breastfeeding.
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Boys and Girls May Get Different Breast Milk: Scientific American

Boys and Girls May Get Different Breast Milk: Scientific American | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it

Milk composition differs based on a baby's sex and a mother's wealt. 

 

Mother's milk may be the first food, but it is not created equal. In humans and other mammals, researchers have found that milk composition changes depending on the infant's gender and on whether conditions are good or bad. Understanding those differences can give scientists insights into human evolution.

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Hospital Discharge Bags and Breastfeeding at 6 Months

Hospital Discharge Bags and Breastfeeding at 6 Months | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it

Using data from the Infant Feeding Practices Study II (IFPS II), we aimed to determine whether receipt of 4 different types of bags was associated with exclusive breastfeeding during the first 6 months of life.

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Study: Fewer hospitals market infant formula to new moms

Study: Fewer hospitals market infant formula to new moms | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it
Fewer goodie bags at the maternity wards of the nation's top hospitals include infant formula.
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Early skin-to-skin contact linked to higher breastfeeding rates

Early skin-to-skin contact linked to higher breastfeeding rates | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it

Skin-to-skin contact between mother and infant in the delivery room is associated with an increased likelihood for exclusive breastfeeding, according to an abstract presented Oct. 28 at the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) National Conference and Exhibition in Orlando. When combined with a mother's intent to breastfeed, the likelihood was even greater.

 
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Infant Formula Manufacturers Urged To Stay Out Of Delivery Wards

Infant Formula Manufacturers Urged To Stay Out Of Delivery Wards | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it
Breastfeeding rates are back on the rise after decades of decline, despite formula manufacturers’ best efforts to get new mothers hooked on their products early.
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Maternal breast milk benefits establishment of preterm infant gut microbiota

Maternal breast milk benefits establishment of preterm infant gut microbiota | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it

Preterm infants in the neonatal ICU reap more benefits from maternal breast milk than pasteurized human milk or infant formula, according to data presented at the 2014 Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting.

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Baby formula marketing to health field under scrutiny

Baby formula marketing to health field under scrutiny | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it
The Sudbury and District Health Unit is being asked to join a movement to create laws about the marketing of baby formula.
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Infant formula marketing debate as doctors respond to government moves (Australia)

Infant formula marketing debate as doctors respond to government moves (Australia) | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it
Paediatricians from Australasia’s largest specialist college, The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (RACP) have urged the Federal Parliament to legislate to restrict the marketing of infant formulas in Australia so that more new mothers are encouraged to breastfeed.
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Call to ban baby formula ads after drop in breastfeeding

Call to ban baby formula ads after drop in breastfeeding | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it
Doctors are calling on the federal government to ban the promotion of baby formula, fearing a drop in breastfeeding rates if manufacturers are allowed to oversee their own marketing practices.
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Non-profit photographs men in breastfeeding poses to raise awareness

Non-profit photographs men in breastfeeding poses to raise awareness | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it

Hector Cruz never thought he’d become a breastfeeding advocate. But after the birth of his first child, Cruz had a wake-up call about how important fathers are to the process.

Cruz, 33, and his wife, Nicole, had been trying to conceive for 10 and a half years before Nicole finally became pregnant in 2013. Cruz was eager to learn everything he could about raising an infant; but when Nicole signed up for breastfeeding class, Cruz wasn’t allowed to attend.

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Breastfeeding should be a choice, not a legal obligation, say UAE mothers

Breastfeeding should be a choice, not a legal obligation, say UAE mothers | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it
Mothers say breastfeeding should be a choice and not forced, following a clause passed in UAE's Child Rights Law last week making nursing mandatory.
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Milk Banks Popping Up Locally As Need Increases

Milk Banks Popping Up Locally As Need Increases | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it
When the smallest and sickest of premature babies needs lifesaving breast milk, where can he turn to?
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Longer breastfeeding tied to better development

The new study doesn't prove breastfeeding is responsible for better development, but it shows a strong association, researchers said.

Most evidence "pretty clearly shows there are significant medical benefits of breast-feeding," Dr. Dimitri Christakis told Reuters Health in an email.

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Breastfeeding is a good investment for government

Breastfeeding is a good investment for government | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it
A global investment of USD17.5 billion a year in comprehensive breastfeeding support programmes can protect millions of babies and their mothers from premature death and illness, and save on health costs, suggests a report by the International Baby...
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Breastfeeding ‘critical’ to baby’s survival in calamity areas

Breastfeeding ‘critical’ to baby’s survival in calamity areas | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it
Save the Children says breastmilk is the 'most powerful defense' against disease, illness, and death in times of disaster
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Good Intentions that Lead to Bad Outcomes: Home-Made Infant Formula

Good Intentions that Lead to Bad Outcomes: Home-Made Infant Formula | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it

Out of fear, some advocates have convinced parents that they should be concerned and that they should take matters into their own hands. While it is understandable that parents would want to take any measure possible to minimize a potential risk to their child, good intentions can sometimes lead to dangerous outcomes.  For example, various individuals and organizations have taken to the internet to endorse homemade infant formula recipes as a way to avoid products containing ingredients produced with biotechnology; however, there are serious food safety risks of doing so that far outweigh any perceived risk of food biotechnology.

Consumption of homemade formulas can lead to potentially serious health consequences for babies. There is no nutritional analysis for these home recipes, and consuming improper quantities of nutrients can cause poor growth and development.  Some recipes call for the use of unpasteurized or raw milk, raising the risk of the presence of E. coli, Listeria, Campylobacter spp, or Salmonella—pathogens that can cause serious health risks.

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