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Art of Breastfeeding Conference 2017


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Baby Matters: Topics in Prenatal & Pediatric Medicine – Register now!


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USLCA’s live webinars provide participants the opportunity to gain valuable education and engage in real-time discussion with the presenter. Earn CERPs and CNEs from the convenience of your own home, workplace, or on-the-go with your mobile device. Register now or check this page throughout the year for a list of our upcoming webinars. Registration for each webinar closes the day before the live webinar takes place.

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New Resources to Support Breastfeeding

The NC Breastfeeding Coalition just sent this message about new resources:

In celebration of World Breastfeeding Week, the WHO and UNICEF unveiled a new partnership called the Breastfeeding Advocacy Collective that brings together more than 20 organizations around one goal: increase attention and investment on breastfeeding worldwide.

Newly released materials include:

  • A Call to Action that calls upon governments, development partners and civil society to focus on seven priorities for action to improve breastfeeding rates worldwide.
  • The Investment Case for Breastfeeding, which highlights why breastfeeding is an investment in children’s survival, growth and development and in human capital formation.
  • The Global Breastfeeding Scorecard, a first ever report that evaluates and compares 194 low, middle, and high-income countries on the seven priorities for action on breastfeeding.

All materials and more can be found at www.unicef.org/breastfeeding. We encourage you to make good use of these materials during World Breastfeeding Week (… and beyond!) to make the case for increased attention to breastfeeding, one of the smartest investments a country can make.

2017 World Breastfeeding Week

2017 World Breastfeeding Week

World Breastfeeding Week “Sustaining Breastfeeding Together” –you might think “what has that got to do with me in my everyday life?”

Working toward the 2030 UNICEF Sustainable Development Goals of the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA)http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/ may not be on most of our radar screens BUT – knowing the benefits to the mother, her baby, her family and our entire community (and, indeed, the world) – we all have a social responsibility to create the supportive US “village” that values the needs of babies to be breastfed and of mothers to be enabled to breastfeed. Everyone can work to make this possible.

Read this Huffington Post article “It Takes A Village To Raise Breastfeeding Rates” http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/sue-ashmore/breastfeeding_b_17598862.html and get excited about helping in whatever way you can. Here are some simple ways to start:

Print out the NC Breastfeeding Law and keep copies in your bag to give one to each mother you see nursing in public or including one in your baby shower gifts. The NC Breastfeeding Law: states: “a woman may breastfeed in any public or private location where she is otherwise authorized to be, irrespective of whether the nipple of the mother’s breast is uncovered during or incidental to the breast feeding” – NC Gen. Stat. § 14?190.9

Check out other breastfeeding laws at www.ncbfc.org

Suggest the places where you shop apply for the NC Breastfeeding Friendly Business or the NC Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace awards http://ncbfc.org/ncbc-projects/the-business-case-for-breastfeeding/

Encourage the practices where your family gets healthcare by nominating them for the  Mother-Baby Friendly Healthcare Clinic Award http://ncbfc.org/mother-baby-friendly-clinic-award/

Learn about local resources by simply entering the ZIP code athttp://www.Zipmilk.org    

If you provide breastfeeding resources, be sure you are listed at  http://www.Zipmilk.org    

Donate extra milk to the Mothers’ Milk Bankhttp://www.wakemed.org/mothers-milk-bank 

Breastfeeding alters maternal metabolism and protects against diabetes for up to 15 years after delivery

An interdisciplinary team of scientists at the Helmholtz Zentrum München has studied the metabolism of women with gestational diabetes after giving birth. Along with partners at the Technical University of Munich (TUM) and the German Center for Diabetes Research (DZD), they were able to show that breastfeeding for more than three months brings about long-term metabolic changes. The research findings have been published in the journal Diabetologia.

Four percent of all pregnant women in Germany develop gestational diabetes before the birth of their child. Although their blood sugar levels initially return to normal after delivery, one in two of the mothers affected develops type 2 diabetes within the next ten years. While it has been shown that lactation can lower this risk by 40 percent, the reasons for this are not yet understood.

Read rest of article-Medical News Today


Is formula the same as breastmilk?   

There are some people out there that argue that there is no difference between breastmilk and formulas now that so many “improvements” in formula have occurred.  At the biochemical level, formula is not the same as breastmilk, not even close. If you take a look at a can of formula and the list of ingredients, it is patently obvious that breastmilk contains at least 20 times more “ingredients” than formula. Breastmilk contains live cells, stem cells, white cells, immune factors and antibodies which cannot be added formula and that’s just the beginning. In every other situation people would readily admit that powdered milk which is then re-constituted with hot water is not the same as fresh milk.

Formula and breastmilk are not at all the same, not even close.

Formula company advertising has tried to convince parents for years that their formulas are the same are the same as breastmilk.  Photo 1 shows an ad, probably from the late 1890s or early 1900s, which states, in French “Artificial Milk Feeding”, using the word normally used for “breastfeeding” (allaitement).  Sneaky no?

Read rest of article-IBC

Rise in donated breast milk raises questions of fairness across Alabama

In the past few years, the use of donated breast milk in hospitals has skyrocketed across the country. Alabama is no exception.

The nonprofit Mothers’ Milk Bank of Alabama, which opened in November 2015, accepts donated breast milk, screens it, pasteurizes it and packages it to dispense to hospitals for a processing fee that helps defray costs.

Many hospitals use it for critically ill and premature babies who aren’t able to breastfeed.

Yet Medicaid and private insurance don’t cover donor milk in Alabama, so hospitals have to budget for it. At a time when smaller and rural hospitals are struggling to stay open, donor milk for their babies can be an unaffordable luxury.

AL news

Contaminated breast milk pump leaves preterm infant severely ill

A preterm infant developed severe meningitis and was left with destroyed brain tissue after being fed milk from a contaminated breast pump, say U.S. public health officials.

The Pennsylvania girl was born prematurely, at around 29 weeks. Doctors consider a baby preterm if born before 37 weeks of pregnancy.

The baby showed signs of a severe infection at about three weeks old. Tests showed she had Cronobacter sakazakii growing in her spinal fluid. She developed severe meningitis and was left with profound developmental delays, said Dr. Anna Bowen, a medical epidemiologist with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta.

CBC News

Blood of SIDS infants contains high levels of serotonin


Blood samples from infants who died of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) had high levels of serotonin, a chemical that carries signals along and between nerves, according to a study funded in part by the National Institutes of Health. The finding raises the possibility that a test could be developed to distinguish SIDS cases from other causes of sleep-related, unexpected infant death. The study, led by Robin L. Haynes, Ph.D., of Boston Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School, appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. NIH’s Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) provided funding for the work.

SIDS is the sudden death of an infant under one year of age that remains unexplained after a complete autopsy and death scene investigation. In the current study, researchers reported that 31 percent of SIDS infants (19 of 61) had elevated blood levels of serotonin. In previous studies, the researchers reported multiple serotonin-related brain abnormalities in SIDS cases, including a decrease in serotonin in regions involved in breathing, heart rate patterns, blood pressure, temperature regulation, and arousal during sleep.

Read rest of article-NIH