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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
WHO, UNICEF and ‘Alive and Thrive’ are very concerned about the labeling and marketing of milk products for infants and young children currently on sale in Viet Nam. Currently, the price of breast milk substitutes products is a controversial and hot issue in the mass media in Vietnam. Not only are they being sold at vastly inflated prices, but the health of Vietnamese children is potentially at risk.
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.
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.
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...
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.
Scientists have identified a milk protein called Tenascin C that binds to HIV and prevents it from injecting its DNA into human cells
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Still, the researchers say that other natural elements in milk might play a role in fighting HIV as well. “It’s clearly not the whole story, because we do have samples that have low amounts of this protein but still have HIV-neutralizing activity,” Permar says. ”So it may be acting in concert with other antiviral and antimicrobial factors in the milk.”
Beijing: Unicef China has launched a mobile application that enables its users to locate breastfeeding rooms in public places in different cities.
The mobile application is part of the "10 Square Metres of Love" breastfeeding advocacy campaign launched by Unicef and the National Centre for Women and Children' s Health under the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention in June 2013, Xinhua reported.
The drive aims to locate, register, certify and publicise breastfeeding rooms, both for employees during work hours and for patrons and customers in public buildings and stores.