Thursday, April 29, 2010
Naima is almost 2.5 years old and still shows no signs of weaning.. so this blog remains as chronicles of a nursing mom :D
Aside from this blog, I'm sure a lot of readers know that I also have an online store, Mama.Baby.Love, focusing on nursing moms - with several brands of nursing bras, clothes and accessories plus other fab, fun finds for moms and babes. May is actually my online store's birthday month with my blogiversary being 2 months earlier.
However, since I wasn't able to celebrate in March, I'm celebrating my 1st blogiversary with weekly give-aways for the whole month of May!! Contests will posted every Saturday (that's May 1, 8, 15 and 22). Here is a sampling of the prizes I have in store for my readers:
Instructions on how to join the contests will be posted every Saturday and will run for the entire week. So make sure to visit and check out the contest for each week. Meanwhile, back to regular programming :)
Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Saturday, April 24, 2010
Some comments in the article are just plain irritating and ignorant but seriously, I think serving food made out of breast milk to adults is just strange. I have no qualms about serving food made out of my breast milk to my daughter or my niece. But I believe that breast milk is for babies and there are other better uses for extra milk than making breast milk cheese or breast milk cupcakes for sale! If you have extra milk, please choose to make food for YOUR baby or donate your milk instead.
Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Sunday, April 18, 2010
Earlier, I read that long term breastfeeding is tied to more aggressive cancer. Although breastfeeding was reduces risks of cancer, it also stimulates prolactin which promotes tumor growth. BUT, the study authors themselves admit that "the relation between breast-feeding, prolactin and breast cancer is complex and not fully understood."
Although the special substance, known as HAMLET (Human Alpha-lactalbumin Made LEthal to Tumour cells), was discovered in breast milk several years ago, it is only now that it has been possible to test it on humans. Patients with cancer of the bladder who were treated with the substance excreted dead cancer cells in their urine after each treatment, which has given rise to hopes that it can be developed into medication for cancer care in the future.
HAMLET was discovered by chance when researchers were studying the antibacterial properties of breast milk. Further studies showed that HAMLET comprises a protein and a fatty acid that are both found naturally in breast milk. So far, however, it has not been proven that the HAMLET complex is spontaneously formed in the milk. It is speculated, however, that HAMLET can form in the acidic environment of the babies´ stomachs. Laboratory experiments have shown that HAMLET kills 40 different types of cancer, and the researchers are now going on to study its effect on skin cancer, tumours in the mucous membranes and brain tumours. Importantly, HAMLET kills only cancer cells and does not affect healthy cells.
Researchers at the University of Gothenburg are focusing on how HAMLET can be taken up into tumour cells. The researchers, Roger Karlsson, Maja Puchades and Ingela Lanekoff, are attempting to gain an in-depth understanding of how the substance interacts with cell membranes, and their findings were recently published in the prestigious journal PLoS One.
Women who breast-feed for six months or more face a higher risk of developing the most aggressive types of breast cancer, but it's not clear whether there's a cause-and-effect relationship, a new study finds.Aside from fight breast cancer cells and reducing cancer risks, breast milk was found to also fight acne with one of its component - lauric acid.
Researchers also don't know if these women are more likely to die of cancer than others. Overall, breast-feeding is thought to reduce the risk of breast cancer.
The miracles of breastmilk are really astounding - from health to aesthetic purposes, new benefits are continuously being discovered - all the more reason to call it liquid gold.
American scientists found that a component of mother's milk, called lauric acid, which also is found in coconut oil, had acne-fighting qualities.
They found the new treatment has no side effects because it comes from natural products unlike current available treatments which can cause redness and burning.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
According to CNN, in page 1239 of the health care bill that President Obama recently signed into law, employers are required to provide "a place, other than a bathroom, that is shielded from view and free from intrusion from co-workers and the public, which may be used by an employee to express breast milk." [The local counterpart would be lactation stations mandated by Republic Act No. 10028, which are "private, clean, sanitary, and well-ventilated rooms or areas in the workplace or public places where nursing mothers can wash up, breastfeed or express their milk comfortably and store this afterward" and shall not be located in a toilet.] Noticeable is the fact that the authors of the law have realized how unsanitary it is to express milk in the toilet, yet so many working moms end up doing so because of the lack of available facilities.
However, depiste the grant of the breastfeeding station, the rights given to nursing moms by the law is still limited. Among the limitations enumerated in this New York Times blog are exemptions for companies with less than 50 employees [if company can show undue hardship], no guaranteed pay for time spent expressing milk and no requirement for access to a place where expressed milk can be stored. Also, there is an upper limit that the reasonable break time is only for employees nursing her child for 1 year after birth. I think the upper limit is based on the American Academy of Pediatricians' recommendation to breastfeed babies up to 1 year. But some moms, like me, continue to do so even after their babies turn one. In my case, I continued to express milk for Naima at work until she turned 2 years old. So does this mean that women who continue to breastfeed their babies beyond 1 year are no longer given reasonable break time to express milk for their toddlers?
I'm glad to note that our own law defines a nursing employee as "any female worker, regardless of employment status, who is breastfeeding her infant and/or young child (who is defined to be a child up to 36 months old). Also, the exemption for employees do not specify any number of female employees. Rather it is whether the establishment of the lactation stations "is not feasible or necessary due to the peculiar circumstances of the workplace or public place taking into consideration, among others, number of women employees, physical size of the establishment, and the average number of women who visit." I'm not sure if this is a better provision as it would depend on how the implementing rules and regulations will be construed.
In any case, having the requirement of breastfeeding stations clearly written in law is a major step. Hopefully, a detailed lactation program will be set-up in my workplace by the time I have my second baby.
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Essentially, based on Pulse Asia’s classifications, they estimate that categories “A/B/C” make up just the top 7% of all families in the Philippines, while another 67% fall into the “D” category, and 26% are in the “E” category.
The $2.83 billion company gets about two-thirds of its sales outside the United States and its Enfamil brand was the global leader with 11.7 percent of the $22.3 billion baby formula market in 2008, the last year a ranking is available, according to Euromonitor International.
The company is gaining market share in China and is also in a host of other emerging markets, including Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam. It is starting to move into India.
Formula is used much less widely in emerging markets than in the United States. In China, children ages 0 to 3 years consume about 8.8 kilograms of formula a year, according to Euromonitor International. In India, that figure is only 0.4 kilograms, while in Brazil it is 1.6 kilograms. That compares with 12.9 kilograms in the United States.
Friday, April 2, 2010
Finally, a study entitled Breast Ptosis: Causes and Cure which will come out in the Annals of Plastic Surgery confirms that sagging boobs are not caused by breastfeeding. At every other L.A.T.C.H. lecture, there is always a pregnant mom who will ask whether breastfeeding causes sagging breasts. Just last Saturday, when I was sharing my breastfeeding experience during a Parenting 101 class, I was again asked the same question. I usually just reply that sagging breasts are caused by pregnancy and by genes.
In this study, experts state that significant risk factors for sagging breasts would be age, history of significant (more than 50 lbs) weight loss, higher body mass index, larger bra cup size, number of pregnancies, and smoking history (everyone should really stop smoking!). The authors also clearly state that "history of breast-feeding, weight gain during pregnancy, and lack of participation in regular upper body exercise were not found to be significant risk factors for ptosis."
So much for that old wives' tale and now, I have something to back me up when I tell pregnant women that sagging breasts are NOT caused by breastfeeding! :)