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Thursday September 30, 2004

Resource for nursing mums
CHAN Lilian’s web development adventures do not just concentrate on grief, pain and illnesses. Last February, Chan helped a fellow breastfeeding mother to start a breastfeeding support group for mothers in Malaysia. (Ten months after her son Vincent’s death, Chan and her husband were blessed with another baby boy, named Matthew.)

“I actually stumbled onto the breastfeeding group by accident,” explains Chan.

It all began with an article she wrote on breastfeeding for Star Two’s Parenting column, which she contributes to occasionally.

“When the article was published, a few mothers started writing to me. One of the mothers, Sze Sze, said that she was interested in starting a breastfeeding support group. I thought it was a good idea and so I agreed to help her set up the group.

“We were surprised when the group’s membership started growing. It grew so big that within six months, we could not handle the bulk of the e-mail anymore,” she says. “That’s when I decided to create a website on breastfeeding (www.mymomsbest.com) with a forum.”

According to Chan, MyMomsBest.com was set up with the help of Johannes Tjoa, the husband of one of the group’s members.

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Apr 23

A few months ago, I read about this worrying news that baby bottle containing the chemical bysphenol A is unsafe. The experts recommended glass bottles. However, it is so hard to find glass bottles. Moreover, to me it is so unsafe because when a baby is of certain age, they love throwing things and I wonder how many glass bottles have been broken to shreds.

Now, they have come up with another new findings. As parents, I do not know what to believe anymore. So, do just read this news found on ConsumerAffairs :

Although parents, consumer groups and many retailers are shunning bisphenol A — commonly called BPA — the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has once again asserted that the chemical is safe.

BPA is a “hardening agent,” widely used in baby bottles, canned food and other consumer products. It acts as both a seal to keep contaminants out of canned goods and makes plastics shatterproof.

Its defenders say it makes modern life safer, especially for infants. Its detractors say babies would be safer without it.

The FDA has previously found that the substance was not cause for concern. And now, after revisiting the question, it has come to the same conclusion. An outside committee of experts will study the FDA’s latest findings in September and issue recommendations. But that’s not likely to settle the question.

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