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Mon, Jun. 5th, 2006, 04:53 pm
Stepping apart

I will be deleting my journals tonight and am stepping apart from SixApart.

Tue, May. 2nd, 2006, 07:50 pm

I'm crossposting this to alicrehanfeeney and my Human Lactation Blog. I'm not going to post to any communities so as to avoid being a complete crossposting whore. If you know of a community, board or email list where it would be appropriate to post this, please do so!

from the Masachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition's website and mailing list:

The Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition wants you to join concerned citizens at the State House on Friday, May 12 at 10 am. We're gathering on Mother's Day weekend to tell the Administration to keep formula marketing out of our state's hospitals.

In the last two months, the MBC has collected more than 3,000 thousand signatures from across the country urging the Governor to implement the Public Health Council's regulations on formula marketing in hospitals. Passed after extensive public hearings last summer, the rule would stop hospitals from marketing infant formula to new mothers. The Romney Administration put the regulation on hold in February, and a decision is expected in late May. On May 12, health advocates plan to gather at the State House and present the petition to Gov. Romney's office.

Hospital-based formula marketing co-opts health care providers, giving their implied endorsement to formula feeding, and to expensive brand-name baby formula. During their hospital stay, our state's families deserve sound medical advice, not commercial sales pitches. This Mother's Day, let's speak in one voice: Hospitals should market health, and nothing else.

We need a headcount!
Please let us know if you are interested in coming and how likely you are to attend: email us at demonstration@massbfc.org. We will send you talking points, and any last minute details....
(visit the website to read all the details.../)

The Peanut and I will be there... join us? :)

Fri, Feb. 17th, 2006, 04:20 pm
Massachussets governor attemtping to block formula ban

A news flash from the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition just hit my inbox - so please, pardon my cross-posting, but time is very short and it is vital that we get the word out about this threat to the new Massachusetts regulations.

SUBJECT: Governor Threatens Formula Marketing Ban

The governor's office is petitioning the Public Health Council to
strike the section banning direct marketing of formula. There will be
a special public meeting of the Public Health Council on Tuesday at
9:30am in Downtown Boston.

It is important that health care providers and mothers attend!

Location: Daley Room, 5th floor, 2 Boylston Street, Div of Healthcare
Finance and Policy, corner of Washington Street and Boylston.

The AP is already aware. The opposing side is stating that it
interferes with women's choice. We need to stay on message that this
policy is about preventing adverse health outcomes, and is backed by
scientific evidence.

There is a great summary of effects of formula marketing in the
recent GAO report on formula marketing and WIC, at

More updates later. Meanwhile, let's mobilize!

Please help spread the word on this!!!

cross-posted to boob_nazis, breastfeeding, lactivism, and mamasmilk

Fri, May. 27th, 2005, 05:01 pm

Effective immediately, I am moving this journal over to blogger. I just think the blog medium is a much better fit for my purposes.

Yuo can now find me at:


Fri, May. 27th, 2005, 01:49 pm
Action Alert - "The View" Nurse-In

Those of you who have seen the TV show "The View" are certainly aware of their history of bashing breastfeeding. The hosts of the show have made numerous negative comments over the years. The most recent incident has led for members of the breastfeeding activist community to call for a nurse-in.

Where: Monday, June 6th, 2005, at 11 a.m.
Where: ABC Studios, New York City - meet at the corner of Columbus Avenue and 67th Street

Aomg other incidents: Barbara Walters has repeatedly denigrated mothers who nurse their babies in public, and states that millions of babies have been raised on formula and they're just fine, implying that breastfeeding advocates are ill-informed. Elisabeth Hasselbeck claimed to have been harrassed at Disney by sling-wearing La Leche League leaders while pregnant with her child, which led to all the hosts bashing breastfeeding advocates (and which also led to a response from LLL, which was not pleased to have been slandered) as nuts. The final straw? On yesterday's show, the hosts made "a big announcement" - Elisabeth's month old baby has been put onto formula, which was applauded as a huge, wonderful, happy milestone.

"The View" has made it clear that they regard breastfeeding parents with contempt. Spread the word on the nurse-in - let them know that enough is enough.

Thu, May. 26th, 2005, 05:51 pm
follow up on the Breastfeeding campaign....

To the National Breastfeeding Community:

We would like to answer some of your questions about the National Breastfeeding Awareness Campaign.

The National Breastfeeding Awareness Campaign is currently supported by a contract with the Ad Council. All Ad Council sponsored campaigns start with a required 3 year contract, which includes the development of the creative pieces ( TV, Radio, out-of-home, magazine and newspaper ads and internet banners) for the campaign. Our contract with the Ad Council started in 5/1/2002 and ends 9/30/2005, a few months over the 3 years. However, the TV ads will be able to run through December, 2005 and the Radio Ads through April,2006. The billboards can be put up as long as the supply lasts-and OWH will send them to companies who need them after September,2005. Likewise, the magazine and newspaper ads and internet banners can be run as long as there is an interest, and OWH will have the electronic files to send to media outlets after September 30,2005. For your information, most Ad Council campaigns have a shelf life of about 18 months. After that time, a brand new set of creative elements have to be designed.

OWH will continue to update our breastfeeding section on the National Women's Health Information Center's(NWHIC) website (www.4woman.gov) and publish the 5 Easy Guides to Breastfeeding. Our current NWHIC contract ends in December 2005. We plan to have a new contract up and running in January 2006. However, as a result,we can only officially say that the breastfeeding helpline services will be available through December, 2005. The OWH co-sponsored evaluation of the campaign continues over the next 2 years through the FDA's Infant Feeding Practices Survey- which was just launched this month. We have also recently awarded a new contract to a major PR firm, Hager-Sharp, who will be supporting the National Breastfeeding Awareness Campaign, helpline and website through media, public, and corporate outreach over the next 2 years, through April, 2007. The Outreach Plan for this contract is being developed now.

In support of the campaign, we have also funded up to 18 Community Demonstration Projects to provide breastfeeding services and promote the campaign components in their geographic areas. Many of these great projects end on May 31, 2005, but some will be active beyond that date due to no-cost extensions, and funding from other sources.

So, yes while the Ad Council contract ends in September, our commitment to, breastfeeding will continue through our marketing, education and promotional efforts. In addition, we have made significant changes in knowledge and attitudes- based on the one year post-wave survey- so stay tuned. We plan to use this information to encourage others to join us in promoting this important message.

Please contact your media outlets in June to play the ads during World Breastfeeding Week in August. Babies Were Born to be Breastfed- let the world know it. Thanks

Susan Haynes Ph.D.
Senior Science Advisor and

Valerie Scardino
Acting Director,
Division of Communications
Office on Women's Health

Wed, May. 25th, 2005, 07:54 pm
Infant formula may need to carry warning-WHO

GENEVA (Reuters) - Powdered infant formula may need to carry clearer instructions on how to prepare it and avoid germs that could cause serious disease and kill high-risk babies, health ministers agreed on Wednesday.

They adopted a resolution on the final day of the World Health Organization's annual assembly of 192 member states amid growing international concern at potential bacterial contamination of powdered milk for feeding babies.

Two low-weight babies died last year in hospital in France and one in New Zealand after receiving formula contaminated by bacteria, according to the United Nations health agency.

The resolution said babies should be breastfed exclusively for six months and called for precautions in preparing formula for those deemed to be high-risk, such as pre-term, low birth-weight or immune-deficient infants.

(click to read more...)

Tue, May. 24th, 2005, 04:29 pm
Breastfeeding baby upstages lazy Tory favourite

Yesterday was the big chance for David Davis, the bookies' favourite for new Tory leader, to show what he was made of. And he did.

But our attention was engaged by something quite different. In the public gallery, a woman was breastfeeding her baby. This was no protest or demonstration, since she was watched by a female attendant with an indulgent look on her face.

I would hardly bother to mention this, except that I have never seen it before, and because of the fact that women MPs were banned from nursing their own children in the chamber by the then Speaker, Betty Boothroyd. Many of them objected strongly, even those who did not have children of the appropriate age.

(click to read more...)

Tue, May. 24th, 2005, 04:26 pm
Breast milk lowers blood pressure

Being breastfed as a baby has a beneficial impact on blood pressure, a study suggests.

Researchers found it was as good for children's blood pressure as exercise and cutting salt intake is for adults.

And the longer a baby was breastfeed, the more impact it had on the child's blood pressure.

The study, of more than 2,000 children by the University of Bristol, is published in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood.

(click to read more...)

Mon, May. 23rd, 2005, 08:57 am
Breastfeeding advocates help communities latch onto a good idea

In a city where barely 20 % of impoverished women breastfeed, changing attitudes toward breastfeeding has become a matter of course for students from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Since 1995, Nursing 361 has required students to take part in a community advocacy program of their own design.
This month in the Journal of Human Lactation, the course's instructor offers guidelines for others to conduct such projects, as well as a model to demonstrate how advocacy can change communities.

"Many problems women have with breastfeeding stem from a lack of knowledge and support in their environment," said Diane Spatz, associate professor at the School of Nursing. "Our student programs not only reach out to expectant mothers, but also to those who need to support them whether the audience is comprised of the children, the fathers and the rest of the community."

(click to read more...)

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