May 27, 2013 – AsianScientist reports that a study from the University of Western Australia has found that the number of leukocytes in breastmilk not only changes during the course of breastfeeding, but also in response to maternal and infant infection. They recruited 21 breastfeeding mothers/babies at different stages of lactation and established the normal range of leukocytes in the milk of healthy mothers. They found that this range increased rapidly when either the mother or the baby had an infection, and returned to normal when the infection was over. The study also found that exclusive breastfeeding was associated with a higher baseline of leukocytes in breastmilk under healthy conditions, indicating the babies not exclusively breastfed not only receive lower breastmilk volumes, but also fewer leukocytes in the milk they do receive. This study was published in the journal Clinical and Translational Immunology.
April 18, 2013 – Medical News Today reports that a new study published in the journal Science Translational Medicine found that HIV-infected mothers who exclusively breastfed for more than four months had a lower risk of transmitting the virus to their babies through their milk. In the study of 950 mothers infected with HIV in Zambia, 50% stopped breastfeeding at four months and the other 50% continued breastfeeding. The babies were analyzed on a regular basis. The highest HIV concentrations were found in the breastmilk of mothers who stopped breastfeeding at four months. No differences had been noted when the milk of both groups was tested two weeks earlier. Mothers who kept breastfeeding, but not exclusively, had higher HIV concentrations in their milk than mothers who were exclusively breastfeeding. The researchers concluded that even subtle alterations in the frequency of breastfeeding can impact HIV concentrations in breastmilk
March 20, 2013 –The Star Online reports that Hong Kong has restricted the purchase of baby formula by visitors. Due to the melamine scandal on mainland China, many parents looked for a safer infant formula and Hong Kong became an important source. Due to scores of buyers clearing the shelves of infant formula, Hong Kong parents protested, resulting in a restriction on visitors buying formula. The side effect is that breastfeeding rates are increasing in China.
March 19, 2013 – The Guardian reports that a study published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood found that only seven in every 100,000 live births in the UK and Ireland from May 2009 to June 2010 resulted in cases of severe neonatal hypernatremia due to babies not getting enough breastmilk. All the babies admitted to the hospital were discharged within two days to two weeks and none suffered long-term damage.
Feb. 18, 2013 – Scoop reports that Pakistan’s Sindh province has passed into law the “Sindh Protection of Breastfeeding and Child Nutrition Bill 2013.” It makes clear that no commercial formula company can assert that their product is a substitute, equivalent, or superior to mother’s milk. Formula companies are required to put in bold letters on the formula can that “Mother’s milk is best for your baby and helps in preventing diarrhea and other illnesses.”
Feb. 17, 2013 – BusinessWire reports that Save the Children’s new campaign could save 830,000 babies a year. The campaign encourages all women to breastfeed their babies immediately after birth.
Jan. 20, 2013 – The Advocate reports that David Koch, a popular morning television host in Queensland, was slammed for urging breastfeeding mothers to be more discreet when breastfeeding their babies. This followed an uproar over a Queensland woman being asked to move away from a public pool and cover up when she breastfed her child.
Dec. 19, 2012 – NZCity reports that two babies have died from asphysia when their mothers fell asleep while breastfeeding them in the hospital. One was a two-month-old boy who died after his mother fell asleep while breastfeeding him in the NICU parent room. The other was a two-day-old girl who died while being breastfed by her mother in the early morning hours as she lay on a hospital bed. Even though the nurse checked on the baby a number of times, no one realized anything was wrong with the infant until about 8:00 am. Neither hospital had a safe sleeping policy in place.
Nov. 20, 2012 – WOWT reports that the State of Nebraska is recognizing breastfeeding-friendly businesses. The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, the Breastfeeding Coalition, and the Women’s Advisory Council have partnered to launch the new program.
Nov. 17, 2012 – NewKerala.com reports that a new study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology has found that breastfeeding can affect the fat mass and obesity (FTO) gene. Previous studies have connected the FTO gene to increased risk of obesity in young adults. This study found that breastfeeding can help reverse the effects of the FTO gene if a child is exclusively breastfed for at least three months.
Oct 25, 2012 – 3 News New Zealand reports that a mother breastfeeding her 18-week-old baby was asked to leave a courtroom by the judge. Although the Human Rights Act makes it illegal for anyone to stop a mother from breastfeeding in a public space, a judge can impose their own rules in a courtroom, despite it being open to the public. Earlier this year, a reporter was asked to leave a courtroom for wearing gold sequined pants.
Oct 18, 2012 – Science Daily reports that the Fourth Annual Summit on Breastfeeding brought together experts in maternal/child health and policymakers, with the support of an educational grant from the Kellogg Foundation. The highlights of the Summit are available in a special edition of Breastfeeding Medicine. This issue is can be viewed on the Breastfeeding Medicine website (www.liebertpub.com/bfm).
Sept. 25, 2012 – The CelebrityCafe.com reports that Snooki credits breastfeeding for helping her lose the weight she gained during pregnancy.
Sept. 25, 2012 – Fox News reports that a new law in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, makes it illegal for a business owner to ask a breastfeeding mother to leave, cover-up, or say something embarrassing to her. Violators won’t face criminal charges, but will have to settle the issue with the city’s human resources department and will have their names printed in the paper.
Sept. 25, 2012 – TheCelebrityCafe.com reports that Two Broke Girls starts out their season opener with the diner staff staring at a patron breastfeeding an older child. The child is concealed under the mother’s large sweater. Several jokes are made before the mother is waited on.
Aug. 21, 2012 – Yahoo! News reports that La Leche League of Canada has denied a transgender father’s request to become a group leader because he identifies himself as a father. The father is lactating, although not making a full supply. He supplements with donor breastmilk. The father wanted to help other transgender men in their efforts to breastfeed their children. A spokesperson for LLLC said that a leader is defined as a mother who has breastfed a baby. A man cannot become a leader. The group is worried some women might not be comfortable working with a male leader. They say there are alternate ways fathers can share their experiences with others.