5, Dec 2009 Gathering

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Dear MMPS members,

The next monthly gathering will be held on Saturday 5 Dec 2009, starting at 4.15pm ending at 5.30/6pm. It will be held at our usual place: The Caring Complex, Rumah Nur (1st Floor).

Come and share your views, ideas and questions on breastfeeding and listen to those of other members too!

We hope to keep things light and fun so come along and join in.

We have a core-team of trained mums plus doctors and a lactation consultant so please come with any breastfeeding queries for the Q&A session at the end.

Also invite your pregnant or breastfeeding friends and colleagues along too.

An email to pgmmps@gmail.com to confirm your attendance would be much appreciated. Thanks.

See you there,

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Breastfeeding Decreases Infant Mortality

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Research Triangle Park, N.C. — Data analyzed by scientists at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences suggest that breastfeeding can reduce the risk of death for infants in their first year of life. Looking at infants between 28 days and one year of age, researchers concluded that promoting breastfeeding can potentially prevent up to 720 postneonatal deaths in the U.S. each year.

Researchers compared CDC records of 1,204 children who died between 28 days and one year of causes other than congenital anomalies or cancer with those of 7,740 children still alive at one year.

Children who were breastfed had 20% lower risk of dying between 28 days and one year than children who weren’t breastfed. Longer breastfeeding was associated with lower risk. The effect was the same in both black and white children.

Breastfed infants in the U.S. have lower rates of morbidity, especially from infectious disease, but there are no contemporary US studies of the effect of breastfeeding on all-cause mortality in the first year of life.

The study appears in the May issue of the scientific journal, Pediatrics, and will be released at the 2004 Academic Pediatrics Societies meeting in San Francisco on May 2.

Aimin Chen, MD, Ph.D. and Walter J Rogan, MD (both in the Epidemiology Branch at NIEHS, one of the National Institutes of Health) are the authors of the study. Dr. Rogan said, “Although we knew that breastfeeding in the developing world was lifesaving, since it prevented diarrhea and pneumonia, we had no nationally representative data from the US on this very basic outcome. These data show that, even in the US, there is a modest decrease in mortality for breastfed children.”


FSA ‘ignoring’ evidence on baby bottle chemical bisphenol-A

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16th November, 2009

Health campaigners say suspected hormone disrupter should be banned in baby bottles food and drink containers

Health campaigners have criticised the Food Standards Agency (FSA) for dismissing evidence about the impact of bisphenol-A (BPA) on human health, particularly younger children.

Bisphenol A (BPA), a plastic additive, is used in the coating applied to the insides of food cans and allows it to be heated to kill off bacteria without the metal in the can contaminating the food contents. It is used on a wide variety of food containers including baby bottles and training cups.

Its safety has again been called into question by a recent report published in the US consumer magazine Consumer Reports, which found the chemical in a wide range of canned food in the US.

The report said current guidelines in the US were outdated and did not reflect the more recent studies on the health risks from small doses of BPA.

Different standards

But the FSA said the same concerns do not apply to the UK or Europe. It said a review of the evidence in 2007 estimated the amount of BPA people consumed through their daily food intake was ‘well below tolerable levels’.

‘The European Food Standards Agency (EFSA) has said it will be looking at bisphenol-A again because of pressure from two European member states – Denmark and Belgium. We don’t know what this will entail – if another review of the evidence then there won’t be much new to consider that has come to light since 2007,’ said an FSA spokeswoman.

Low dose evidence

However, health campaigners say the FSA should look again at the evidence.

‘A significant number of studies on BPA have been published on BPA since 2007 that point to potential adverse health effects from BPA, but the FSA point about a lack of scientific evidence is disingenuous as there is over a decades worth of scientific evidence on the low dosage effects of BPA that they just ignored,’ said Clare Dimmer, the Chair of Trustees at Breast Cancer UK.

Breast Cancer UK is launching a national campaign in December calling for a ban on the use of BPA in babies bottles and for better labeling on other products.

‘We hold the view that while further studies on the impact of BPA on human health are warranted, that the available scientific evidence necessitates the Government to act on this chemical.

‘Significantly only last month, the head of the US Environmental Protection Agency announcing their review stated that, “Every few weeks, we read about new potential threats: bisphenol A (BPA) – a chemical that can affect brain development and has been linked to obesity and cancer – is in baby bottles”,’ said Dimmer.

MMPS Nov Gathering

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