Latest Research on Breast Feeding
Why We Should Breast feed December 2006
On yesterday my wife gave birth to our second child and so
I decided to do some research on breast feeding.
theory of change is "if we knew better, we would do better".
I hope this information informs you and helps you make the
best decision for you, your family, and our community.
Learn, and Teach
Suck On This
Author: Pat Thomas, EcologistOnline
The human species has been breastfeeding for nearly half a
million years. It’s only in the last 60 years that we
have begun to give babies the highly processed convenience
food called ‘formula’. The health consequences
- twice the risk of dying in the first six weeks of life,
five times the risk of gastroenteritis, twice the risk of
developing eczema and diabetes and up to eight times the risk
of developing lymphatic cancer – are staggering. With
UK formula manufacturers spending around £20 per baby
promoting this ‘baby junk food’, compared to the
paltry 14 pence per baby the government spends promoting breastfeeding,
can we ever hope to reverse the trend Pat Thomas uncovers
a world where predatory baby milk manufacturers, negligent
health professionals and an ignorant, unsympathetic public
all conspire to keep babies of the breast and on the bottle.
mammals produce milk for their young, and the human species
has been nurturing its babies at the breast for at least 400,000
years. For centuries, when a woman could not feed her baby
herself, another lactating woman, or ‘wet nurse’,
took over the job. It is only in the last 60 years or so that
we have largely abandoned our mammalian instincts and, instead,
embraced a bottle feeding culture that not only encourages
mothers to give their babies highly processed infant formulas
from birth, but also to believe that these breastmilk substitutes
are as good as, if not better than, the real thing.
formulas were never intended to be consumed on the widespread
basis that they are today. They were conceived in the late
1800s as a means of providing necessary sustenance for foundlings
and orphans who would otherwise have starved. In this narrow
context – where no other food was available –
formula was a lifesaver. Full
Every Sister Should Know About Breastfeeding!
art of breastfeeding one’s young is as old as (wo) mankind.
For aeons, women from all walks of life have provided their
young with nature’s most consummate food, breast milk.
Across the board, pediatricians and nutritionists agree that
the “breast is best” in providing for all of an
infants dietary needs. Research has shown that breastfeeding
transcends infant nutrition. Its benefits also include mother/child
bonding and the prevention of many early childhood illnesses.
its many benefits, the number of American women who breastfeed
has declined since the onslaught of the infant formula revolution
in the early part of this century. In fact, in a recent survey
by the Ross Formula Company, only 41.3% of African-American
women attempted breastfeeding while in the hospital and only
14.5% of them were still breastfeeding at six months postpartum.
The caveat is that many African-American women don’t
receive any breastfeeding education during prenatal visits.
Is In Breast Milk?
milk contains just the right amount of vitamins, minerals,
fats, sugars, proteins and enzymes that a baby needs for optimal
growth and development. Its composition changes with each
baby’s needs. Colostrums, a clear, yellowish substance
produced during pregnancy, is the first breast milk and best
food for newborns. It provides an unmatched level of immunity
to disease and viral bacteria, creating a type of newborn
armor that protects the baby. Infants who receive this “pre-milk”
substance are said to be less inclined to suffer from milk
allergies, hypoglycemia, jaundice and constipation. If a child
nurses for the first 20 minutes after birth, he will receive
more immunities than he’ll ever receive from any other
substance in his entire life. If a child is nursed just six
weeks, he will receive a superior source of nutrients not
found in any formula. Full
Every Parent Should Know About Infant Formula
by Katie Allison Granj
now, every doctor and parent in America has heard the news:
breastfeeding is best for babies. What's not-so-old news is
the growing body of evidence demonstrating that commercial
infant formulas are simply not good enough. While commercial
infant formulas are commonly perceived to be the medically
recommended second-choice infant food after breastfeeding,
the World Health Organization (WHO) actually states: "The
second choice is the mother's own milk expressed and given
to the infant in some way. The third choice is the milk of
another human mother. The fourth and last choice is artificial
quality of infant formula is of paramount importance in the
United States--where, despite the American Academy of Pediatrics'
endorsement of breastfeeding for a minimum of twelve months
and WHO's recommendations to breastfeed for at least two years--only
slightly more than half of all mothers offer their newborns
any breast milk at all. Fewer than twenty-two percent of American
babies are still breastfed at five months of age, and this
figure drops to under ten percent by twelve months. These
statistics mean that the vast majority of American babies
rely solely on the synthetic infant nutrition known as infant
formula for their critical first year of life. Full
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