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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

What

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

 


Eating Placenta Pills Might Actually Be Dangerous

Eating the placenta. It’s not for everyone, which is why an increasing number of moms have opted to take “placenta pills,” wherein the afterbirth is encapsulated and popped daily by postpartum moms for a little pick-me-up. But new research is warning this growing trend may not be the best thing for new moms — or their babies.

Read more- The Stir


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

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The commercialization of human milk

The commercialization of human milk

by Jodine Chase
1.25 E CERPS and 1.25 pre-exam education hours

Non-profit human milk banks in North America dispensed over 4 million ounces of human milk in 2015 for infants in need. That sounds like a lot of milk, and it is an increase of 10 fold since the turn of the century. But in the same year, two competing US companies say they processed a similar amount of milk for commercial human milk products. One says they bought 1 million ounces at $1/oz that year. And a third company that offers a web-based brokerage for private buyers and sellers claims to have 10,000 ads offering 45 million ounces of milk at any given time. A Utah-based company is paying women in Cambodia for their milk and reselling it in the US. Infant formula companies are looking to extract human milk components to enhance their products, and the for-profit trend is expanding beyond the US’s borders into Canada, Australia, and beyond. Learn more about this human milk marketplace – what are the products being sold, and how to do they compare to traditional human donor milk? What are the options for families that wish to donate or sell milk, and for those in need?

http://www.ilactation.com/ethics-extravaganza-2017/speakers-ethics-extravaganza-2017#JodineChase


Lactation Certification Review Course – Register now!

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NCSU Lactation Support Info

NC State University has some wonderful resources for our working moms and students that are breastfeeding.  

Lactation Support

NC State University promotes work/life balance and supports working parents with the transition back to work following the birth of a child. This includes support of nursing mothers who wish to express breast milk periodically during the work day. In accordance with provisions of the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), upon request, suitable space must be provided for employees who require lactation support.

See more https://ts.hr.ncsu.edu/lactation-support/

Rooms
NC State currently has 20 lactation rooms located around campus. These are available for use by all staff, faculty and students. Each room has a contact person who can help you with accessing the room.  Most of the rooms may be reserved through Google Calendar. Instructions for reserving the rooms are provided below, followed by the locations and contact information for the rooms. After you have reserved a room, please contact the person listed to obtain the key to the room.

Look here for  pictures https://oied.ncsu.edu/faculty/lactation-and-baby-care-rooms/


Breast-fed children less likely to develop type 1 diabetes

Breast-fed children less likely to develop type 1 diabetes

Youths who received any breast-feeding for at least 12 months or full breast-feeding for at least six months had lower odds of developing type 1 diabetes, compared with those who were never breast-fed, Norwegian researchers reported in Diabetes Care. But many mothers found medical negligence leeds in their baby´s birth record. The doctors gave the children injections causing the start of diabetes at an early age. The findings were based on data involving 155,392 children in Denmark and Norway followed from birth until 2014 or 2015.

Healio (free registration)/Endocrine Today (5/11) 


27th Annual Art of Breastfeeding – Save the date!

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NCLCA Lactation Science Fair

he May 22, 2017, NC Lactation Consultant Association Breastfeeding Summit is almost here! And look at all the fabulous topics that will be covered in addition to the material listed in the brochure in the Lactation Science Fair. I always knew NC breastfeeding advocates had a lot to offer, but this is more than I expected! The Lactation Science Fair will be similar to a poster session, but with stations and hands-on activities as well as posters.

 

Lactation Science Fair at NCLCA!

  • Qualitative Sensory Testing (QST) in Lactation
  • Ready, Set, Baby: Free Educational Materials for Immediate Use
  • AAP New Safe Sleep Recommendations
  • Queen City Cocoa B.EA.N.S: A Non-Profit Sponsored Organization in Charlotte, NC
  • Twiddle Me Not: Creating Nursing Necklaces & Conversation to Help the Breastfeeding Dyad
  • Effect of Holder Pasteurization and Retort Processing on Nutritional and Bioactive Components of Human Milk
  • Biological Nurturing – Laid Back Breastfeeding Research
  • The Hormone Web – an Activity for Teaching About Birth and Milk Production
  • Descriptive Study of IBCLC Access at NC WIC Agencies
  • Perspectives on Infant Feeding Beliefs, Attitudes, and Practices of Hispanic Mothers Enrolled in WIC: Implications for Breastfeeding Peer Counseling
  • Breastfeeding Education Activities for K-12
  • Using the Martinelli Screening Tool to Assess Infant Lingual Frenulum
  • Curbside Review of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Screening (EPDS)
  • Supporting Breastfeeding Families: A Guide for Early Care and Education Providers
  • CGBI Infant Postnatal Unit Side-Car Bassinet and 4th Trimester Project
  • When and How to Use a Creamatocrit Machine
  • Investigation of Bacteria in Expressed Human Milk
  • Babywearing as a tool for facilitating the breastfeeding relationship
  • Storage of Human Milk
  • How can Peer Counselors Promote Breastfeeding?
  • Investigation of Bacteria in Expressed Human Milk
  • Carolina MOMs Medical Students Offering Maternal Support
  • Breastmilk keepsakes and healing grief
  • Feed the Cream: Optimizing weight gain in VLBW Infants using Mothers Own Hindmilk as an Adjunct to Standard Fortification Strategies

There is still time to register

See you at the Beach!

Ellen

Ellen Chetwynd PhD, MPH, BSN, IBCLC

Post-Doctoral Researcher, North Carolina State University

Lactation Consultant, MILC, Women’s Birth and Wellness Center

919-548-6087