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Rebuilding the breastfeeding culture in East Asia

This is the power point presentation from a talk I gave for iLactation which was available during the month of October, 2012. Click here to access the ppt file.

Nutrients of concern in exclusively breastfed infants

This is a powerpoint presentation I gave at the 7th Neonatal Conference, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on February 21, 2012. Click here to access the ppt file.

The Free Lunch Is Always an Effective Marketing Tool: Why WIC Must Change

The mothers of about half the babies born in the USA are offered free infant formula, paid for with tax revenues via the Women, Infants, and Children’s Supplemental Feeding Program, WIC. This dooms the majority of them to receive formula most of the time if not from birth. This is more the result of infant formula company lobbying than wise public health policy-making. It would be simple to fix. Just charge something for the formula, if less than for the cheapest commercial alternative (which at least used to be evaporated milk). If there is concern that these women will not be able to afford it, provide them with more money via welfare. The point is not to deprive them or their babies but to ensure than bottle feeding costs money and breastfeeding does not–just like is the case for everyone else.  Click here to access the full text of this letter to the editor of Breastfeeding Medicine.

Informed choice in infant feeding decisions can be supported for HIV-infected women even in industrialized countries

This article argues that even in industrialized countries HIV-infected women should be allowed to choose how to feed their babies rather than being coerced into artificially feeding, as is now the practice nearly everywhere. This is because when they are on anti-retroviral drugs, have no measurable viral load, and exclusively breastfeed, the risk of HIV transmission is likely similar to the risk of death from not breastfeeding. Unlike what most health professionals and policy-makers assume, this risk is not zero. In fact, in the USA, not breastfeeding is the seventh largest cause of infant death. Click here to access the article.

The Breastfeeding Mother’s Nutrition

This article was written for the lay public and came out in the first issue of the new La Leche League magazine Breastfeeding Today.

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Kenya Infant Feeding Assessment

This reports on two studies done with funding I applied for from USAID Kenya. The purpose was to examine the infant feeding patterns of infants exposed to HIV and to observe the infant feeding counseling the mothers received, as well as doing interviews with a sample of mothers. Click here to open the pdf file.

Vitamin A deficiency and child feeding in Beijing and Guizhou, China

This article in the World Journal of Pediatrics is based on Dr. Jiang Jing Xiang’s masters thesis at Uppsala University. It uses data from China’s first national vitamin A deficiency survey done several years earlier.

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A family affair: getting dad involved

This is a presentation I gave at the First Regional Conference on Human Lactation, Breastfeeding for Healthier Generations on November 14, 2007, Dubai.

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PODCAST: Breastfeeding as the right of the working woman

Recorded at Hot Milk, the Australian Breastfeeding Association’s National Conference at the Melbourne Convention Centre, August 2-4th 2007. Recorded Friday, 3rd August 2007, 5:00 pm
33:56 mins 11.8 MB

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Personal opinions expressed are not necessarily those of the
Australian Breastfeeding Association

Promoting Breastfeeding as an Experience

Prepared for the Australian Breastfeeding Association HOTMILK meeting

I work with nutrition in developing countries, and breastfeeding has always been a major component of my work.

I lived in Sweden for 20 years. My sons were exclusively breastfed for close to 6 months and continued breastfeeding until they were 3.5 years old. When the boys got old enough to understand language, their mother asked them to wait until they were in private-to avoid provoking people, for her and the childrenés sake. We practiced attachment parenting, including a family bed for many years.  more »