On January 6, 2005, the Wall Street Journal published a story on the growing trend of mothers sharing breastmilk, either by selling it or donating it, including offering milk over internet sites such as Craigslist. The Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition is offering some suggestions to help mothers make their decision.
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Recently, the Centers for Disease Control announced the results of breastfeeding data from the National Immunization Survey. This survey, conducted by the CDC, includes breastfeeding data in addition to vaccination data. Prior to this survey, detailed national data on breastfeeding practices came from the formula industry, and had methodologic flaws and was subject to commercial
On December 4, 2003 The New York Times ran an article by Melody Petersen, “Breastfeeding Ads Delayed by a Dispute Over Content.” The article brought to light a serious ethical conflict of interest between the formula industry and several entities which promote public health, including the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Department of
Recently, increasing rates of peanut allergy in children have been linked to breastfeeding. Allergies involve a reaction to a substance that someone has been exposed to at least once in the past.
The appearance of documented peanut allergy in very young children has led scientists to wonder how the children may have gotten their first exposure
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Michigan Department of Community Health have reported that a woman received a blood transfusion containing West Nile virus (WNV) shortly after she gave birth to her baby on 9/2/02. The mother was breastfeeding her baby for the first 17 days, until she was hospitalized for severe
A study by Malcolm Sears and others, recently published in the September 21, 2002 issue of the British medical journal, The Lancet concluded that “breastfeeding does not protect children against atopy [allergic diseases] and asthma and may even increase the risk.” The Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition has reviewed this study and finds it to be flawed,