The Hartmann/Hale Human Lactation Research Conference starts in nine days. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear about the latest research on vitamin D, oxytocin, endocrine treatment for postpartum depression, and breastfeeding and maternal cardiovascular disease and metabolic syndrome, just to name a few.
Dear Dr. Hale, I have a family member who is very interested in breastfeeding, but she is hesitant due to the Calcitriol she is taking. She is currently taking 0.5 mcg of Calcitriol - down from 0.75 mcg when she became pregnant. I'm afraid information out there will scare her out of wanting to nurse. She's also read that it's an L3 - which I have explained, but she insists "research has not proven it safe." Can you offer any help?
Calcitriol is the active form of Vitamin D. It is virtually all bound to plasma protein and is unlikely to ever reach the milk compartment (99.9% bound). Milk levels of Calcitriol reported by the manufacturer are only 2.2 picograms/ml. In essence, virtually none of the calcitriol gets to the milk. I do not think it would ever reach levels in milk to produce clinical effects on the infant.
May 24, 2010 – The Atlantic reports that Mead Johnson has introduced a chocolate formula for toddlers, ages 12 to 36 months. This product is chocolate-flavored and has 19 grams of sugar (4 ½ teaspoons) per 7 oz serving. The company advertises that it has over 25 nutrients, Omega-3 DHA, and prebiotics. The authors of the article, Kelly Brownell, a director of the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity, and Mary Story, a professor in the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota, were appalled that Mead Johnson would exploit parents’ vulnerabilities, especially in light of the obesity epidemic. They feel that infants need to transition from mothers’ milk to eating nutritious table foods, drinking milk, and developing healthy eating behaviors.
May 22, 2010 – CBC News reports on a rally of 12 women at a city pool in Winnipeg after Jenna Baker, who was breastfeeding h
One of the most useful classes I ever took was “The Psychology of Creativity.” The professor, Teresa Amabile, now at Harvard Business School, has spent most of her career researching creativity. You may think creativity is only relevant to “creative types,” such as artists or musicians. But creativity is highly important in all types of work and has special relevance to writers. So what are some things that can kill creativity? Here is a summary of what Terri Amabile has found in her studies.
Lack of Autonomy: When people don’t have control over what they do and how they do it, they are less likely to come up with creative solutions.
WABA - announces the theme for World Breastfeeding Week 2010 – Towards a Baby-Friendly World Event. For every pledge to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week by organizing an event, WABA will place a “Baby Step” on the world map on the WBW website.
Were you around at the beginning of the Ten Steps and BFHI? WABA is inviting anyone who helped implement the BFHI and the Ten Steps to submit articles and historical reflections on how they or their organizations were involved in these momentous projects. Send your entries to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The conference is coming up next week! We are very excited to see everyone there!
We were recently informed that the Ambassador Hotel is completely booked, so we have arranged for Sleep Inn West to be the overflow hotel this year. They are offering a special rate of $89 per room per night.
For reservations call 806-242-7777 and mention Lactation Conference
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