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Feb 22

It is always very encouraging to read positive news about breastfeeding. I found this report on the CDC issued in April 5th 2008. The research is done by the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys.

In a gist,

Data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys

* The percentage of infants who were ever breastfed increased from 60% among infants who were born in 1993-1994 to 77% among infants who were born in 2005-2006.
* Breastfeeding rates increased significantly among non-Hispanic black women from 36% in 1993-1994 to 65% in 2005-2006.
* Breastfeeding rates in 1999-2006 were significantly higher among those with higher income (74%) compared with those who had lower income (57%).
* Breastfeeding rates among mothers 30 years and older were significantly higher than those of younger mothers.
* There was no significant change in the rate of breastfeeding at 6 months of age for infants born between 1993 and 2004.

Human milk is the ideal food for most infants. Breastfeeding benefits infants and their mothers (1). Breastfed infants receive anti-bodies from breast milk, which protect against infection in the early postpartum period, and breastfeeding is less expensive than formula feeding. This report summarizes information on breastfeeding rates in the United States based on data from the 1999–2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys (NHANES). Results are reported for the total U.S. population and three race-ethnic groups by birth year cohort.

Please continue reading on CDC website. They have a .pdf format which you can pass around to breastfeeding advocates and breastfeeding moms.

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Jan 19

This worrying news just hit the headlines. We know that breastfeeding is the most natural and best milk for the baby. And now, there is one more reason to stick to breastfeeding because experts found that the harmful chemicals in plastic baby bottles may harm our babies.

LOS ANGELES, April 15 (Xinhua) — A chemical in plastic packaging such as baby bottles might be harmful to the development of children’s brains and reproductive organs, a U.S. government report said Tuesday.

There is some concern about bisphenol A, or BPA for neural and behavioral effects in fetuses, infants and children at current human exposures, said a report released by the National Toxicology Program, part of the U.S. National Institutes of Health.

A lot of studies have been done and this is only one of the many news I found on the net regarding the danger hiding in plastic baby bottles.

The report said laboratory rodents exposed to BPA levels similar to human exposure developed precancerous lesions in the prostate and mammary glands. It noted the possibility that BPA may impact human development cannot be dismissed and more research is needed.

The federal institute is the first U.S. government agency to conclude that low levels of BPA could be harmful to humans, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.

Some scientists suspect that exposure to BPA early in life might disrupt hormones and induce gene mutation which increases risks for infants or children of developing breast or prostate cancer, premature female puberty, attention deficit disorders and other reproductive or neurological disorders later in life.

Please read the full news from Xinhua at this URL
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-04/16/content_7988756.htm

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Jan 10

Sometimes, breastfed babies tend to poo more often. So, how do you know if your baby is experiencing loose stool or diarrhea or it is just normal?

Below is a question from one of the mom :

My son who is coming to 5 months now still passing motion almost at each feed. One day is about 5-6, sometimes 7 times. His weight gain is about 400-600gm per month for the last two months. Sometimes the stool is watery too. However, He is still active and happy as usual.

Should I continue to fully breastfeed him or supplement with solid or formula?

And I provided some ideas :

Definitely not supplement with formula! Have you checked with your paediatrician about this? He may want to know the colour of the stool, the consistency, whether it is pasty (like flour mixed with water), totally watery or is there some transparent, jellylike stool. These are all very important indications for doctors.

A food allergy can cause loose stool. Eg, the food you take may not agree with your baby’s digestive system. Is this a daily occurrence? Does your baby get tummy aches, bloated tummy etc? Is there a history of allergy in both you and your hubby’s family?

Your decision whether to start solid depends on your comfort level. Many of us start solid at 4 months (only rice flakes mixed with ebm). But many prefers to wait till 6 months. Starting solid may not solve the problem unless you know the reason. Best to check with your child’s paed, pick up the phone and ask. Otherwise, answer the above questions and write in detail. I will check this out with a paed for you.
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Lilian (co-owner, moderator and mom of 5)

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