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Key Health and Policy Leaders Gather at Sixth Annual Summit on Breastfeeding
Assessing the impact of the Affordable Care Act on breastfeeding in the United States is set to be a topic of discussion among key leaders from health and public policy at the Sixth Annual Summit on Breastfeeding - First Food: The Essential Role of Breastfeeding, scheduled to take place June 3-4 at the Pew Charitable Trusts in Washington, DC. The Acting Surgeon General of United States, RADM, Boris D. Lushniak, MD, heads a line-up of leaders and decision makers in the health and public policy arena - from government, academia, industry, nonprofit, and grassroots organizations.
Making breastfeeding work for you
So, you’ve decided to breastfeed. Great! Now what? And for how long? The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends breastfeeding (PDF file, 498 KB) for at least one year, and that families wait until their babies are six months old to start giving solid foods. Setting long-term goals may seem a bit overwhelming in the first few weeks, so just try to focus on giving breastfeeding a good try. Here are some tips to help you come up with a game plan to make breastfeeding work for you.
American Journal of Public Health publishes special issue on improving birth outcomes
The U.S. has one of the highest infant mortality rates among industrialized nations, and unacceptable racial disparities in rates. In a special issue supported by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), the American Journal of Public Health (AJPH) shares the latest research on ways to reduce racial disparities and improve birth outcomes.
Study Shows Vast Majority of Top-Ranked Hospitals Have Ended Infant Formula Marketing
The vast majority of the U.S. News and World Report’s 2013-14 “Best Hospitals” have ended or substantially limited formula marketing to new mothers, according to a new study released today by Public Citizen and the Ban the Bags campaign.
Breast-Feeding Services Lag Behind the Law
Though the Affordable Care Act require insurers to cover breast pumps and professional lactation support, many new mothers are left frustrated.
UNICEF: Breastfeeding is the cheapest and most effective life-saver in history
During World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7, 2013) UNICEF focused on breastfeeding as the most effective and inexpensive way of saving a child's life. But with less than half of all children under six months benefiting from exclusive breastfeeding, strong leadership in promoting the practice is essential.
Breast Milk is Good for the Brain, Scans Show
Researchers using magnetic resonance imaging have added to the evidence that breast-feeding leads to increased rates of brain development in infants.
Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association Receives Grant to Help Eradicate Racial Breastfeeding Disparities
Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association (BMBFA) has received a $400,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The funds will be used to strengthen organizational capacity by building management systems, expanding existing programs and developing new programs, leading to sustainable growth to improve the quality of life for vulnerable, poverty stricken children, while causing social change for the greater good.
Can Genetic Analysis of Breast Milk Identify Ways to Improve a Newborn's Diet?
PRESS RELEASE FROM BREASTFEEDING MEDICINE Contact: Vicki Cohn Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers (914) 740-2100, ext. 2156 email@example.com Can Genetic Analysis of Breast Milk Help Identify Ways to Improve a Newborn's Diet? New Rochelle, NY, June 4, 2013—The composition of breast milk varies from mother to mother, and genetic factors may affect the levels of protective components in breast milk that could influence a newborn's outcomes. The potential to perform genomic studies on breast milk samples is explored in a Review article in Breastfeeding Medicine, the Official Journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The article is available free on the Breastfeeding Medicine website. Kelley Baumgartel and Yvette Conley, University of Pittsburgh, PA, reviewed the scientific literature to determine whether breast milk is an appropriate source for genetic material—DNA and RNA—to perform gene expression and epigenetic studies. In the article “The Utility of Breast Milk for Genetic or Genomic Studies: A Systematic Review, ” the authors describe the potential value of the genetic information obtained from breast milk, which can be collected easily and noninvasively. It could lead to a better understanding of the variability in breast milk and to strategies for optimizing the neonatal diet through fortification of donor breast milk, supplementation of the mother's diet, or maternal lifestyle changes that would affect breast milk composition. “The great majority of mothers produces milk that matches the needs of her infant amazingly well,” says Associate Editor David S. Newburg, PhD, Professor, Department of Biology, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA. “But for those few infants with exceptional needs, such as premature infants, or for mothers with uncommon mutations whose milk lacks the full complement of beneficial components, genetic and genomic analysis would both identify the mismatch and provide the information to produce a personalize
Celebrity Moms Talk About Breastfeeding: The Benefits and the Bond
Black Health Matters discusses the importance of breastfeeding in the underrepresented minority communities and the many celebrity moms who do breastfeed and their experiences.
Nursing Tales: Breastfeeding Support for Black Moms
Black Health Matters talked to Kimberly Seals Allers, creator of MochaManual.com and parenting and breastfeeding advocate, about why underrepresented minorities are reluctant to breastfeed and what can be done to reverse this phenomenon.
"High court backs plea of lactating physician"
ABM is Proud to Sign the "Letter to Hospitals: Stop Allowing Infant Formula Companies to Distribute Formula Samples to New Moms"
"Why Pediatricians Say Breast-Feeding is About Public Health, Not Just Lifestyle"
"AAP Reaffirms Breastfeeding Guidelines"
Can Consuming Caffeine While Breastfeeding Harm Your Baby?
Are you a breastfeeding change+maker?
ABC News: Breastfeeding Advocates Protest Facebook With Nurse-In
ABM President responds to Vaccines and Breastfeeding
Letter to the Editor by ABM Member, Brian Donnelly: "Breastfeeding saves"
"Breastfeeding Battle Heard In Mass. High Court"
Mothers Are Not Reaching Breastfeeding Goals— What Needs to Change?
ABM Responds to The New York Times’ “AIDS-Free Generation”
WABA Shares What Women Need to Know about HIV and Infant Feeding
No more free formula at RI Hospitals
A Call to Action from Surgeon General to Support Breastfeeding
"California Passes Groundbreaking Public Health Law Supporting Breastfeeding"
"Bumpy nipple smells guide babies to milk"
Manchester Evening News Reports: St Mary's hospital bans free formula milk to make mums breastfeed instead
NYTimes Reports: Deaths of Infants and Young Mothers Are Declining, but Goals Are Missed
The Philippine Information Agency Reports: Filipino Infants and Young Children Poorly Breastfed
Breast is still best - Jamaica observes National Breastfeeding Week
US ranks low for newborn survival
Babies born in Cuba, Malaysia, Portugal, and the United Kingdom have a better chance of surviving the first month compared to those born in the United States, according to researchers at the World Health Organization and Save the Children. In a 20 year analysis of newborn death rates around the world, the study published in PLoS Medicine revealed the number of infants who die before they are 4 weeks old account for 41% of child deaths worldwide. Newborn deaths in the United States ranked 41 out of 45 among industrialized countries, on par with Qatar and Croatia.
University of the West of Scotland receives UNICEF Baby Friendly Award
University of the West of Scotland has received a UNICEF (United Nations Children's Fund) Baby Friendly award for its commitment to ensuring that its Public Health Nursing students are equipped with the knowledge and skills to advise and support breastfeeding mothers.
Gain Support of Family with Children's Book, "Mommy Breastfeeds My Baby Brother/Mama Amananta A Mi Hermanito"
CHICAGO, Aug. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Commonly, when a mother leaves the hospital with her new baby, she is given samples of infant formula and coupons from the manufacturer. "What they really should be providing her with is a calculator," says Mark Repkin, author of children's book "Mommy Breastfeeds My Baby Brother."
CDC's Breastfeeding Report Card is Now Available!
WSJ Reports on Poor Maternity Center Support for Breastfeeding
Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week with ABM!
130 million babies are born every year around the world and 9.2 million will die before they reach age 5. The good news: exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months can prevent more than a million avoidable deaths each year and has health benefits that extend through childhood and even into adulthood. Only 40% of infants are exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months. Let’s change that stat. Check out 4 ways you can celebrate World Breastfeeding Week this year.
Want to take action during World Breastfeeding Week? Check out events sponsored by the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action!
The Joint Commission Launches "Speak Up" Campaign to Provide New Mothers with Breastfeeding Education
"(OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. – August 1, 2011) Pregnant women and new mothers need information and support so they can plan and be proactive if they choose to breastfeed their babies, according to The Joint Commission’s newest Speak Up™ educational campaign. The Joint Commission is launching this campaign during World Breastfeeding Week (August 1-7) to highlight the health benefits of breastfeeding and the importance of support for mothers and babies who are breastfeeding. The campaign is supported by the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, American Academy of Pediatrics, Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, Baby-Friendly USA, Inc., Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, March of Dimes and United States Breastfeeding Committee." -The Joint Commission
"Breastfeeding in Combat Boots Book Wins 2011 National Parenting Publications Award "
"Breastfeeding in Combat Boots: A Survival Guide to Successful Breastfeeding While Serving in the Military has been named a 2011 National Parenting Publications Award (NAPPA) winner. Recognized as a ‘fantastic resource’ for active duty military women, Breastfeeding in Combat Boots joins an elite group of 50 products honored in NAPPA’s 2011 Parenting Resources Competition." Source:PRWeb
PBS NewsHour Feature - New Indonesia Law: Allow Breastfeeding, or Face Punishment
"In the United States, the breast milk versus formula debate tends to center on what works best for the mom and what is most nutritious for the baby. In many impoverished parts of the developing world, the stakes are even higher -- and breastfeeding can be a matter of life or death." Source: PBS NewsHour
LA Times Reports No Link Between Breastfeeding and MS Relapse
"Breastfeeding is often encouraged for women with multiple sclerosis. It's not only good nutrition for the baby, studies have suggested it may protect the mother against a relapse of the disease." Source: Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
3rd Annual Summit on Breastfeeding Captures Media Attention
"One hundred invited health and policy leaders will meet again in Washington, D.C. on June 29-30 to identify targeted strategies for establishing a national breastfeeding agenda as part of our nation's Health Reform, building on the essential recommendations and positive outcomes of the Second Annual Summit held last June." Source:News-Medical.Net Underscoring the import and timeliness of this year's Summit is Nicholas Kristof's Op-Ed in The New York Times yesterday. Breast milk is indeed a "miracle cure," in the words of Kristof, with its capacity to protect against infant mortality and morbidity. It is the "ultimate low-tech solution," he adds, and moreover, it is universally available, free, used since the dawn of time, by all cultures, and even "green".
3 ª Cumbre Anual sobre Lactancia Materna captura la atención de los medios de comunicación
"Un centenar de invitados líderes de la salud y la política volverá a reunirse en Washington, DC, el 06 29 al 30 para identificar estrategias específicas para el establecimiento de una agenda nacional de lactancia materna como parte de la reforma de salud de nuestra nación, sobre la base de las recomendaciones esenciales y los resultados positivos de la Cumbre Anual de Segunda celebrada el pasado mes de junio." Source: News-Medical.Net
3 Vertice annuale su allattamento al seno Attenzione Cattura media
"Un centinaio di leader invitati politica sanitaria e si incontreranno di nuovo a Washington, DC il 29-30 Giugno a individuare strategie mirate per stabilire un programma nazionale l'allattamento al seno come parte della riforma sanitaria del nostro paese, sulla base delle raccomandazioni essenziali e risultati positivi del secondo vertice annuale tenutosi lo scorso giugno." Source: News-Medical.Net
Nicholas D. Kristof Publishes Op-Ed: "The Breast Milk Cure"
"What if nutritionists came up with a miracle cure for childhood malnutrition? A protein-rich substance that doesn't require refrigeration? One that is free and is available even in remote towns like this one in Niger where babies routinely die of hunger-related causes?" Nicholas Kristof, New York Times
Sen. Tom Harkin Joins Key Policy Leaders to Prioritize Breastfeeding at 3rd Annual Summit on Breastfeeding
New Rochelle, NY, June 22, 2011 - One hundred invited health and policy leaders will meet again in Washington, D.C. on June 29-30 to identify targeted strategies for establishing a national breastfeeding agenda as part of our nation's Health Reform, building on the essential recommendations and positive outcomes of the Second Annual Summit held last June.
Third Annual Summit on Breastfeeding, June 29-30, 2011: Key Health and Policy Leaders to Establish New Recommendations for a National Breastfeeding Agenda
New Rochelle, NY, May 25, 2011 - More than 100 key leaders in health and public policy representing government, academia, industry, nonprofits, and grassroots organizations will convene for the Third Annual Summit on Breastfeeding: "First Food: The Essential Role of Breastfeeding" on June 29-30, 2011 in Washington, DC.
IRS decision recognizes that public health begins with breastfeeding
The Internal Revenue Service decision to include breastfeeding supplies as deductible medical expenses is a major step forward for US health policy and infant health.
Undeniable Benefits of Breastfeeding --- Support for Evidence-Based International Guidelines
New Rochelle, NY, January 20, 2011 —A recent challenge to the well-established World Health Organization (WHO) breastfeeding guidelines is not supported by current research findings and unnecessarily questions the clear benefits of exclusive breastfeeding for at least the first 6 months of life. The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM), a global physicians’ organization, supports the 2001 WHO recommendation for exclusive breastfeeding (not supplemented by formula or solid food) for six months after birth and emphasizes the proven health benefits of breastfeeding for both infants and mothers. ABM cautions against unsubstantiated, contradictory messages that create unnecessary confusion.
WABA Press Release: MOST COUNTRIES YET TO “GO GREEN” ON INFANT FEEDING
WABA released the report, “The State of Breastfeeding in 33 Countries: 2010, Tracking Infant and Young Child Feeding Polices and Programmes Worldwide” which shows how babies are missing out on their foundation of development and basic protection from disease. Millions of newborn babies are still not receiving timely breastfeeding within one hour or exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months and timely and appropriate complementary feeding after six months along with continued breastfeeding, a period that is so critical for survival and brain development.
World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative: The State of Breastfeeding in 33 Countries 2010
WBTi is an assessment and analysis of the 10 areas of action of the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding conducted nationally within a participatory framework by several stakeholders including governments, professional organizations and civil society. The process allows countries to identify gaps and build consensus on actions to bridge them. The assessment also documents five optimal infant and young child-feeding (IYCF) practices as recommended by WHO.
New public health goals tackle obstacles to breastfeeding success
For the first time, the barriers to breastfeeding are being addressed at the highest level of government. With the release today of Healthy People 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has targeted the new 10-year goals for our nation's health - and supporting breastfeeding is prominent among them.
Proceedings of the Second Annual Summit on Breastfeeding Published in Breastfeeding Medicine
Proceedings of the Second Annual Summit on Breastfeeding highlighting the urgent need to establish breastfeeding promotion policies at the national, state, and local levels have just been released in Breastfeeding Medicine, the official peer-reviewed journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. The entire issue is available free online.
Two Eminent Leaders in Breastfeeding Medicine Join Program of ABM's 15th Annual International Meeting
Two new presenters will join a slate of world-class speakers in San Francisco to address the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. They will add to an exciting program featuring current research on critical issues in breastfeeding medicine, spanning maternal and child health issues.
WABA Announces Global Breastfeeding Partners Forum (GBPF) in October 2010
WABA is thrilled to announce that for the first time in their history, they are organising the Global Breastfeeding Partners Forum (GBPF) in conjunction with the 20th Anniversary of the Innocenti Declaration. The GBPF will be open to participation of the wider breastfeeding network to facilitate greater networking among participants and our Core Partner organisations – ABM, IBFAN, ILCA, LLLI and Wellstart International. The GBPF is planned over 3 days from 17-19, October, 2010 in Penang, Malaysia. The first day opens with a celebration and revisit of ‘Innocenti 20 years”, which will also review global achievements, progress and action around the Innocenti targets, as well as address the gaps and areas still needing attention. This is followed by a two-day technical meeting on the topic “Enabling Mothering: Keeping mothers and babies together”, focusing on the expanded BFHI and maternity protection and support for working women.
Statement from Surgeon General, Dr. Regina M. Benjamin, Regarding World Breastfeeding Week (Aug. 1-7, 2010)
World Breastfeeding Week provides an opportunity to highlight the benefits of breastfeeding and to make people aware of how we can lend support to mothers who want to breastfeed. [Dr. Regina M. Benjamin is] committed to promoting and supporting optimal breastfeeding practices with the ultimate goal of improving the public's health. This is because breastfeeding is the best source of infant nutrition, and it provides immunologic protection and health benefits both to breastfeeding mothers and to the children they nurse.
ABM Joins Key Medical Societies in Support of High Ethical Standards With Commercial Entities
The ABM board of directors has voted unanimously to endorse and sign the recently released Code for Interactions with Companies, adopted by the Council of Medical Specialty Societies (www.cmss.org).
outlines the guidelines medical societies should observe in their financial dealings with for-profit companies, and coincides perfectly with the ethical principles already drafted by the ABM ethics committee.
Best For Babes Releases an Ad Promoting Breastfeeding
Health Policy Leaders Prioritize Breastfeeding at 2nd Annual Summit on Breastfeeding
One hundred key health and policy leaders will meet in Washington, D.C. on June 16-17 to identify targeted strategies for establishing a national breastfeeding agenda as part of our nation's Health Reform, building on the essential recommendations and positive outcomes of the First Annual Summit held last June.
2nd Annual Summit on Breastfeeding, June 16-17, 2010: U.S. Surgeon General Joins Key Health and Policy Leaders To Assess Progress in Establishing a National Breastfeeding Agenda
Key leaders in health and public policy representing government, academia, industry, and grassroots programs will convene for the 2nd Annual Summit on Breastfeeding, "First Food: The Essential Role of Breastfeeding" in Washington, DC on June 16-17, 2010. The Summit will address the unmet health needs of underserved mothers and their vulnerable children associated with low rates of breastfeeding, and work proactively toward reducing barriers to breastfeeding.
Preference for Formula Feeding Plays Key Role in Lower Breastfeeding Rates for African-American Women in the U.S.
African-American women have the lowest breastfeeding rate among the major racial/ethnic groups in the United States, and this may be explained mainly by their comfort level with formula feeding rather than any aversion to breastfeeding, according to a new study published in Breastfeeding Medicine , the Official Journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
CPSC warning on slings misses the mark
The Consumer Products Safety Commission's warning on baby slings provides vague and misleading information for parents. The popularity of slings has increased tremendously in recent years, as more and more mothers report that slings facilitate parenting and breastfeeding on demand. "All slings are not created equal," says Arthur Eidelman, MD, vice president of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. "Unfortunately, however, the CPSC issued a blanket warning about all types of sling carriers."
ABM Reacts to Misleading Breastfeeding Study
Reporters are parroting a press release from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology that begins, “Feeling guilty that you didn’t breastfeed your children enough – or at all? Relax. New research shows that breast milk is not as important for either the mother or the child's health.”
ABM Board Member Featured on National Spanish-Speaking Broadcast to Promote the Benefits of Breastfeeding
The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine will be reaching out to the Spanish-speaking community to promote the benefits of breastfeeding. HITN-TV, the nation’s largest holder of educational broadband service for the Hispanic population reaching 30 million households, will broadcast a program about breastfeeding issues featuring Academy Board Member Ana M. Parrilla-Rodríguez, MD, University of Puerto Rico, live to the US, Mexico, and Canada on August 4th, from 12-1 pm, Eastern Time. Following the broadcast, the tape will be available on the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine’s website.
Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Responds to Fox News Statement on Breastfeeding while Intoxicated
In a Fox News Broadcast Sunday, June 28, 2009, Dr. Svetlana Kogan advises that even minimal consumption of alcohol by a breastfeeding mother can have serious adverse effects on her infant, including liver and brain damage. She recommends that a mother wait a full day after consuming any alcoholic beverages before breastfeeding her infant.
1st Summit on Breastfeeding Attracts Health Policy Officials to Hear Experts, and Leaders from Foundations, Nonprofits and Business
New Rochelle, NY, May 29, 2009? The Honorable Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand and other leaders in health care and health policy will meet in Washington, D.C. on June 11-12 for the 1st Annual Summit on Breastfeeding, “First Food: The Essential Role of Breastfeeding,” to develop recommendations for a national breastfeeding agenda under the new administration’s health reform plan.
Breastfeeding / Swine Flu Recommendations for Physicians from the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
Breastfeeding can limit the severity of respiratory infections in infants and is particularly important for minimizing the risk and effects of infection during an influenza outbreak, such as the current H1N1 influenza virus (also known as the “swine flu”) outbreak, according to recommendations released by the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM).
1st Annual Summit on Breastfeeding, June 2009, Will Mark 25th Anniversary of Surgeon General’s Workshop on Breastfeeding and Human Lactation
New Rochelle, NY, April 27, 2009—Experts in maternal and infant health and health policy leaders from the Obama Administration will present timely information and recommendations for new policy initiatives to support a national breastfeeding agenda at the 1st Annual Summit on Breastfeeding, to take place June 11-12, in Washington, D.C. The Summit, "First Food: The Essential Role of Breastfeeding," is being presented by the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, and its official peer-reviewed journal, Breastfeeding Medicine, published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. (www.liebertpub.com/bfm) and supported by a grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The proceedings and recommendations emanating from the Summit will be published in Breastfeeding Medicine this fall.
Strong Evidence Base for Benefits of Breastfeeding, According to Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
New Rochelle, NY, March 19, 2009—Breastfeeding offers irrefutable and long-lasting health benefits for both mother and baby, which are supported by a comprehensive body of scientific research, including original articles and reviews such as those in Breastfeeding Medicine, the peer-reviewed journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) The Academy is a global organization of physicians dedicated to the promotion, protection and support of breastfeeding through education, research, and advocacy (www.bfmed.org)
Breastfeeding Guidelines Now Available on Government Website
New Rochelle, NY, February 5, 2009—The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine’s (ABM) clinical protocols for the care of breastfeeding mothers and infants are now readily available for physicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals on the National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) website. NGC, an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, the federal agency responsible for improving the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of healthcare, offers providers a comprehensive database of clinical practice guidelines covering a wide range of diseases and conditions, from “animal diseases” to “viral diseases.” Essentially these guidelines serve as generally accepted prescriptions to assist providers in the delivery of healthcare.
ABM 14th Annual International Meeting to be held in Williamsburg, VA
New Rochelle, NY, January 26, 2009—The 14th Annual International Meeting of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) (www.bfmed.org) will take place in Williamsburg, Virginia from November 6-8, 2009. The meeting titled “Breastfeeding: Lessons from History, Implications for Tomorrow,” will include world-class speakers providing key research on current and critical issues in breastfeeding medicine. ABM speakers are among leaders of clinical medicine and research in the world of breastfeeding and human lactation. The meeting will focus on the most authoritative and up-to-date clinical information on breastfeeding, spanning both maternal and child health issues. A significant educational opportunity, the ABM Annual International Meeting is an ideal context for physicians, and other healthcare providers to continue their professional education in a highly respected stimulating environment, while earning continuing education credits. This year’s meeting will also include the updated one-day breastfeeding medicine course, “What Every Physician Needs To Know About Breastfeeding” on November 5, 2009.
Facebook Flack Regarding Breastfeeding Mothers
New Rochelle, NY, January 12, 2009—The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine feels that the social networking website, Facebook, would be well advised to review its policy banning photographs of breastfeeding mothers. Such a policy perpetuates the notion that breastfeeding is an unseemly bodily function best kept from public viewing, a misguided and antiquated concept that has no place in contemporary society. It further perpetuates the idea that formula feeding is normative when breastfeeding is, and should be considered, normative infant and young child feeding. Health professionals widely acknowledge that breastfeeding is biologically unique and appropriate for the mother and infant.
Thousands of Infants in China Sickened by Contaminated Formula
The number of infants in China who have fallen ill as a result of formula tainted by melamine, has reached 53,000 and is responsible for the deaths of at least three infants. (New York Times, September 24, 2008)
Letter to New York Times regarding Vitamin D Deficiency
ABM's Response to New York Times article, "Vitamin D Deficiency May Lurk in Babies": It is clear that vitamin D content of human milk is variable and directly related to maternal vitamin D status. Human milk is not deficient in vitamin D per se; rather, it is deficient in vitamin D when mother is deficient. Vitamin D transfer into mothers’ milk is predictable: a deficient woman has little to transfer to her infant via her milk; if her status improves, transfer of vitamin D in her milk to the baby will also. Maternal vitamin D deficiency and resultant nutritional rickets in her nursing infant is preventable: supplementation of the infant with vitamin D will ameliorate deficiency in that age group, but does not address maternal needs..Adverse effects associated with vitamin D deficiency affect bone development and innate immunity such that no woman and her baby should be deficient. We must prescribe a safe intervention that will achieve sufficiency in both mother and infant and not blame human milk as the culprit, but rather, see the problem as the larger public health issue that it is.
Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Provides Complimentary Online Access to Breastfeeding Medicine for the Month of August for World Breastfeeding Week
New Rochelle, NY, July 31, 2008—In Recognition of World Breastfeeding Week, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. (www.liebertpub.com) will provide free online access to Breastfeeding Medicine for the entire month of August. Breastfeeding Medicine, a MEDLINE journal, is the official publication of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, is an international peer-reviewed medical journal providing physicians with the evidence-based information they need to further educate themselves, their hospital staff, and patients on all aspects of breastfeeding to ensure optimal care for both mother and infant. All published issues are available free online at www.liebertpub.com/bfm
ABM Response to NPR Broadcast regarding breastfeeding benefits in question
ABM ADVOCACY COMMITTEE RESPONSE TO NPR BROADCAST: The broadcasting of Study Puts Breastfeeding Benefits in Question on NPR (April 1, 2008) has resulted in the dissemination of faulty information that ill suits the health care interests of its listening audience. The broadcast is based upon a study from Belarus, the results of which failed to demonstrate a favorable long-term beneficial effect of a hospital-based breastfeeding promotional initiative on childhood behavior or the quality of maternal feelings toward child and family. On the basis of this study, Dr. Sydney Spiesel suggests that it is “hard to find the powerful benefit (from breastfeeding) that people are claiming.” A hard look at the data, however, fails to justify such a conclusion.
ABM President, Caroline Chantry's Letter to New York Times regarding WIC
Response to New York Times editorial, “Rethinking Help for Children,” February 29, 2008: For many years, the funding of WIC has not kept pace with the increasing needs of the population. When WIC began in 1974, there were only 88,000 participants. WIC now provides nutritional supplements for eight million people every day, clearly demonstrating an ongoing need.
Ruth Lawrence's Eradication of Poverty
New Rochelle, NY, October 22, 2007—A provocative editorial on “The Eradication of Poverty One Child At A Time Through Breastfeeding” in Breastfeeding Medicine by Ruth Lawrence, MD, Editor-in-Chief, is a contribution to the Global Theme Issue on Poverty and Human Development, a special worldwide publishing event on October 22, 2007 to raise awareness and stimulate dialogue to address this worldwide challenge. The Council of Science Editors has organized this unique simultaneous publication event with the participation of over 230 key journals throughout the world. The paper is available free online at www.liebertpub.com/bfm
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