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Mon, May. 23rd, 2005, 08:52 am
Nursing a growing demand

Business is booming at breast-milk banks, but advocates warn new mothers to steer clear of unlicensed providers on the Internet

LOS ANGELES -- Breast milk is the most natural food on Earth and--some would argue--the most essential for a baby's health. Still, it isn't something every woman can produce. For those who can't, the quest to obtain it can become a mission.

They spend hours a day finding donors. They surf the Internet, go to classes where new moms congregate, visit chat rooms and seek referrals from lactation consultants--all to find a nursing mother who is producing too much of a good thing and has some to spare.

Two factors fuel the trend. One, mothers have learned the many health benefits of breast milk, thanks in part to the American Academy of Pediatrics and the World Health Organization. And two, new mothers have greater access to breast milk sources through the Internet.

Breast-feeding experts agree that the find-it-yourself movement is growing. But the nature of the Internet and word-of-mouth relationships make it difficult to determine whether hundreds, or thousands, of women are seeking breast milk from unlicensed providers.

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Sun, May. 22nd, 2005, 03:10 pm
Birth Weight, Breastfeeding May Affect Breast Cancer Risk

Women who were born with heavier birth weight or were not breastfed as infants may have a higher risk of developing breast cancer before menopause, according to a study reported this week at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting in Anaheim, California.

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Thu, May. 19th, 2005, 05:22 pm

WASHINGTON—Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today unveiled major legislation to transform our health care system and reduce health care costs by giving Americans access to better preventive care and consumer information to encourage healthier lifestyles. The HeLP America Act of 2005 provides all sectors - child care centers, schools, workplaces, health care providers and communities -with incentives and the tools they need to reach the goal of making America a healthier place.

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The following sections are relevant to breastfeeding promotion.
* Section 105 – Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative
* Section 216 – Task force for the promotion of breastfeeding in the workplace
* Section 217 – Lactation accommodation and breastfeeding promotion at work
* Section 303 – Label and disclosure requirements for infant formulas

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Thu, May. 19th, 2005, 05:15 pm
Cafe mums just can't wait to get their boobs out!

THEY are doing it at Mr Espresso and they are doing it at Monkey Nuts - mums just can't stop getting their boobs out in Crouch End.

Cafes and restaurants in the neighbourhood have proved to be bosom friendly in Breastfeeding Awareness Week and have welcomed mums and their hungry babies.

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Thu, May. 19th, 2005, 05:11 pm
Breast Feeding Bill Passes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A bill allowing women to breast-feed their babies in public is headed to Governor Taft.

The House passed the legislation 92-5 on Wednesday. The measure had already unanimously passed the Senate.

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Thu, May. 19th, 2005, 05:05 pm
County pioneers breastfeeding peer counselor program

A group of young women is about to make history. Last Monday signaled the first phase of a seven-county pilot program to train women to become peer counselors for other women who are currently breastfeeding their babies or who are considering doing so.

This program is the offshoot of a series of federal WIC (Women, Infants and Children) grants received by every state in the country. WIC is a program that provides nutrition education and special foods to pregnant women and breastfeeding women, infants and children to age five. WIC looks at family size and income for eligibility.

The state of Minnesota received three of the WIC grants, and Carlton County and its surrounding six-county area were among the three state recipients. The seven-county consortium is the first of its kind in the entire country to receive this type of grant (others are single-county, high-density areas such as Hennepin and Ramsey counties in the Twin Cities metro area).

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Thu, May. 19th, 2005, 04:55 pm
Trying for the best of both worlds

If you've taken even one prenatal class or read one baby magazine while pregnant, you're well aware that "breast is best.''

Breast-feeding is, by far, the healthiest way to nourish a baby … so say the experts, from the American Academy of Pediatrics to every baby book out there.

But what happens when a breast-feeding mother returns to work? What was once the most natural thing in the world now becomes a challenge.

"Working does not have to mean weaning,'' says Karen McGratty, a Brooklyn mom who should know.

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Thu, May. 19th, 2005, 04:51 pm
Mother's milk saves vet set ablaze on bus

A real-life supermom used a bottle of breast milk to douse an amputee yesterday after his wheelchair was set ablaze by punks on a Staten Island bus, cops said.
The nursing mother's fast actions helped save Vietnam vet Francis Abrams, 57, from becoming a human torch, and stopped the fire from engulfing the S-54 bus, police and the victim said.

"It was put out with breast milk," said a police source, who was awed by the bizarre incident that happened just after 11 a.m.

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Thu, May. 19th, 2005, 04:48 pm
Living proof that breast is best

Baby Kyra Richardson was with her mum Cheryl yesterday to launch a wristband campaign aimed at getting more women in Gateshead to breastfeed.

The blue bands, which say "Fit for Life" are an initiative being supported by Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust, Gateshead Primary Care Trust and the town's council to promote the health benefits to new and expectant mums.

They are being given out along with a new booklet called Off to a Good Start which offers information and tips on breastfeeding.

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Tue, May. 17th, 2005, 08:13 am
Cafés give baby a Sure Start in life

Breastfeeding is going through a funny old stage at the moment. Like motherhood and apple pie it is, in itself, so obviously a Good Thing that it is rarely a matter for debate, especially here in the NW-something postcodes.

But, like everything else, you only need a couple of people to go Too Far to ruin it for the rest of us. It started in America, of course, where some mothers seem to see breastfeeding as a kind of competitive sport.

So we've been treated to the pros and cons of breastfeeding children old enough to walk and, in some cases, go to school. It's one way of sorting out school meals, but I can't see it latching on.

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