Breast-feeding Could Save Lives and Money
A cost analysis published in the journal Pediatrics, estimates that the lives of 900 babies per year would be saved, along with billions of dollars, if 90 percent of U.S. women fed their babies breast milk for the first 6 months of life.
The findings suggests that there are hundreds of deaths and costly illnesses each year from health problems that breast feeding may help prevent. These include stomach viruses, ear infections, asthma, juvenile diabetes. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and even childhood leukemia.
Breast milk contains antibodies that help babies fight infections, and can affect insulin levels in the blood, which may make breast-fed babies less likely to develop diabetes and obesity.
The analysis studied 10 common childhood illnesses, costs of treating those illnesses, including hospitalization, and the level of disease protection other studies have linked with breastfeeding. The $13 billion in estimated losses due to the low breast-feeding rate includes an economists' calculation partly based on lost potential lifetime wages - $10.56 million per death.
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This document updates previously posted information for parents about infant feeding and novel H1N1 flu (swine flu). It now more clearly addresses parents who are formula feeding as well as breastfeeding, suggests that parents sick with novel H1N1 flu (swine flu) find someone who is not sick to feed the baby, and provides more detailed strategies for breastfeeding mothers to maintain breastfeeding throughout the course of infection. This document is based on current knowledge of the novel H1N1 flu outbreak in the United States, and may be revised as more information becomes available.
What is this new flu virus?
This novel H1N1 flu virus (sometimes called “swine flu”) was first detected in people in April 2009 in the United States. This virus is spreading from person-to-person, probably in much the same way that regular seasonal influenza viruses spread.
What can I do to protect my baby?
Take everyday precautions such as washing your hands with plain soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand rub before feeding your baby. More tips on good health habits for preventing sickness from the flu virus can be found at this website: http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits.htm. In addition, try not to cough or sneeze in the baby’s face while feeding your baby, or any other time you and your baby are close. If possible, only family members who are not sick should care for infants. If you are sick and there is no one else to care for your baby, wear a facemask, if available and tolerable, and cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. For more information, see the Interim Recommendations for Facemask and Respirator Use.
Is it ok to for me to feed my baby if I am sick?
Infants are thought to be at higher risk for severe illness from novel influenza A (H1N1) infection and very little is known about prevention of novel H1N1 flu infection in infants. If you are breastfeeding or giving your baby infant formula, a cautious approach would be to protect your baby from exposure to the flu virus in the following ways:
- Ask for help from someone who is not sick to feed and care for your baby, if possible.
- If there is no one else who can take care of your baby while you are sick, try to wear a face mask at all times when you are feeding or caring for your baby. You should also be very careful about washing your hands and taking everyday precautions to prevent your baby from getting flu (http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits.htm). Using a cloth blanket between you and your baby during feedings might also help.
- If you are breastfeeding, someone who is not sick can give your baby your expressed milk. Ideally babies less than about 6 months of age should get their feedings from breast milk. It is OK to take medicines to treat the flu while you are breastfeeding.
Does breastfeeding protect babies from this new flu virus?
There are many ways that breastfeeding and breast milk protect babies’ health. Flu can be very serious in young babies. Babies who are not breastfed get sick from infections like the flu more often and more severely than babies who are breastfed.
Since this is a new virus, we don’t know yet about specific protection against it. Mothers pass on protective antibodies to their baby during breastfeeding. Antibodies are a type of protein made by the immune system in the body. Antibodies help fight off infection.
If you are sick with flu and are breastfeeding, someone who is not sick can give your baby your expressed milk.
Should I stop breastfeeding my baby if I think I have come in contact with the flu?
No. Because mothers make antibodies to fight diseases they come in contact with, their milk is custom-made to fight the diseases their babies are exposed to as well. This is really important in young babies when their immune system is still developing. It is OK to take medicines to prevent the flu while you are breastfeeding. You should make sure you wash your hands often and take everyday precautions (http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits.htm). However, if you develop symptoms of the flu such as fever, cough, or sore throat, you should ask someone who is not sick to care for your baby. If you become sick, someone who is not sick can give your baby your expressed milk.
Is it okay to take medicine to treat or prevent novel H1N1 flu while breastfeeding?
Yes. Mothers who are breastfeeding and taking medicine to treat flu because they are sick should express their breast milk for bottle feedings, which can be given to your baby by someone who is not sick. Mothers who are breastfeeding and are taking medicines to prevent the flu because they have been exposed to the virus should continue to feed their baby at the breast as long as they do not have symptoms of the flu such as fever, cough, or sore throat.
If my baby is sick, is it okay to breastfeed?
Yes. One of the best things you can do for your sick baby is keep breastfeeding.
Do not stop breastfeeding if your baby is sick. Give your baby many chances to breastfeed throughout the illness. Babies who are sick need more fluids than when they are well. The fluid babies get from breast milk is better than anything else, even better than water, juice, or Pedialyte® because it also helps protect your baby’s immune system.
If your baby is too sick to breastfeed, he or she can drink your milk from a cup, bottle, syringe, or eye-dropper.
Why Breast Milk is the Best?
As a mother of twins, I can tell you with 100% assurance that it is not easy to keep up with breast-fed babies who are on the same feeding schedules. And as a mother of now 3-year old twins who are so healthy in many ways, I can say with 100% assurance that it’s worth it and I’m thankful (with extra thanks to Renee my post-natal doula) that I could make it all work for them because it was challenging in many ways. So here’s kudos to Angelina Jolie who is apparently not only breastfeeding Knox and Vivienne but also promoting it.
Written by Rachel S.
Since ABC's "Nightline" aired a story last week about Salma Hayek's goodwill trip to Sierra Leone, there has been a world-wide outpouring of reaction. Newspapers from Europe to Australia have made headlines out of a portion of the story in which Hayek breastfeeds another woman's newborn son on camera.
Star actress breast-feeds infant whose mother has no milk.The clip of Hayek nursing a very hungry baby boy (ironically born on the same day as her own daughter) has surfaced on YouTube as well as on dozens of other web sites, drawing thousands of comments.
The actress and producer was told by doctors in Sierra Leone that many mothers stop breastfeeding their infants within the first few months after birth because of pressure from their husbands. Tradition has it, in some areas, that it is not acceptable to have sexual relations with breast feeding women.
Sierra Leone has the highest infant mortality rate in the world, in part fueled by malnutrition. Physicians there told Hayek they would like to see mothers breastfeed for a full two years but that stigma too often gets in the way.
Salma Hayek on Breastfeeding
Hayek said her decision to breastfeed another woman's child was an attempt to diminish the stigma placed on women for breast feeding. At the time she was still breastfeeding her 1-year-old daughter.
She told "Nightline" co-anchor Cynthia McFadden that she thought her daughter wouldn't mind sharing her milk. "Am I being disloyal to my child by giving her milk away?" Hayek said. "I actually think my baby would be very proud to share her milk. And when she grows up I'm going to make sure she continues to be a generous, caring person."
Hayek told McFadden that that the idea of helping a child in this way had a long tradition in her family. She related a story about her great-grandmother many years ago in Mexico saving the starving baby of a stranger by breastfeeding the child.
What Others Are Saying
A blogger on EW.com, the web site for Entertainment Weekly, declared the video clip winner of the "biggest eyebrow-raiser award" and called Hayek cool "because her left breast has now done more for humanity in a few minutes than I've done in roughly my life."
What’s the difference between a Baby Bjorn and Beco
Here is a email which a customer asked about the difference between a Baby Bjorn and a Beco Baby Carrier.
She asked: What’s the difference between a Baby Bjorn carrier and Beco, apart from design?
I replied: Ah I could write on and on about this, I wanted to post an article on my site about this for a long long time. Now let me explain.
Firstly the Baby Bjorn hangs the baby from the crotch which is really no good for the baby. There are many articles on this on the internet. The crotch of the Baby was never meant to be a weight bearing position it was simply not designed to be. Hanging by the crotch puts undue lateral pressure on the Baby’s spine and hips, affecting lateral development of the spine. Correct and optimal weight bearing position is the buttocks, humans are designed to sit and bear our body weight on our butts. A correct optimal babywearing position will support healthy postural development of your Baby’s hips and spine. Can you imagine yourself hanging from your crotch for any period of time?
Read this about spinal stress with incorrect carrying position:
Secondly, the Baby Bjorn doesn’t distribute the Baby’s weight properly making it uncomfortable for the parent. The uneven weight distribution throws the parent of her/his centre of gravity causing her to straighten her/his back and lean backwards more to balance the weight. It simply isn’t good for the back or spine in the longterm no matter how short a period of time you wear the Baby.
Hope that helps in answering your questions.
That’s why the Beco Baby Carrier is ergonomically correct for both the parent and the baby. The baby is seated properly in the carrier properly supporting Baby’s weight. Optimal proper position provides support for the hip and spine of the Baby. Proper weight distribution that the Beco Baby Carrier provide ensure even distribution to the parent’s shoulder’s and waist eliminating undue physical stress for the parent.
Let me know if you need more information. I could write on and on but I don’t like reading lengthy emails so this is it.
Beco vs. Ergo
Ding Ding Ding.. Every time I see these words (vs.) I get that sound in my head. LOL.
Here is a review I’ve written. Just to say that I’ve both the Ergo NG and the Beco’s thus able to do a reasonable comparison.
The Beco is more popular in Singapore but my preference is still the Beco Butterfly specifically Version 2.0 aka Butterfly II.
The Ergo and BECO are known as Soft Structured Carriers (SSCs) for short. These two carriers are being compared constantly. I have used the two carriers and definitely prefer the Beco for one main reason, it just feels different, slimmer, closer, more comfortable definitely. The Ergo not that bad and is close behind.
Let’s start with the Ergo. When you are looking at the Ergo it looks like a backpack, definitely more on the rugged side. The body of the Ergo is also shorter then compared with the Beco, it also feels heavier. It’s straps are very padded and looks quite bulky. It has a zippered pocket that is handy for holding a change of diaper and perhaps your small wallet or some notes and change but if you put in something hard the child will “feel” the items in the pocket since the pocket is located behind their backs so for me even a mobile phone in there will be “felt” by my daughter. (I carried her on the Ergo when she was about 1 years old.)
In terms of functionally, the Beco and Ergo is basically similar but in my opinion, the feel of the Ergo is very different from the Beco, each person will have their own preferences.
An older child will be more suitable for the Ergo then an infant. The infant insert will never work in Singapore it is quite a useless piece of accessory and not suitable for Singapore’s weather. If you would want to use the infant insert in a cradle position in the Ergo I then would suggest you go get a Ring Sling from Moms in Mind to use for the first few months.
If you have worn the Ergo before you will realize that your child is sitting deeply in her seat a little further from you then when she is seated in the Beco Baby Carrier (this also depends on the child’s age. I am using my #3 a 8 months old baby boy in this comparison) The straps of the Ergo aligns at the further end of my shoulders and will occasionally fall off my shoulder even when the chest strap is fasten. This makes it a little uncomfortable for me. But to a suitable sized parent this shouldn’t be a problem at all.
Now for the Beco Baby Carrier, a few simple words to why I promote the Beco so actively is because I think it is a wonderful invention, I have used both the Beco and the Ergo and to me the Beco is one of the most comfortable Baby carrier I have and tried and am still using. I have not used a large variety of SSCs before but I have been through many Baby wearing equipment from the Combi front carriers to locally made Moms in Mind slings and other various types of Taylormade, SBP, Maya slings and even a Satchi Mei Tai. The one I reach for is always a Beco Baby Carrier.
I love their variety of designs. It’s really pretty! I love it when people stare at the Baby Carrier and ask where I bought it. *vain I know!*
The Beco Baby Carrier has a slightly taller, slightly slimmer and a less padded body then the Ergo and seems to be more balanced and stream line and just rightly padded.
Being lightly padded is an advantage to the Beco Baby Carrier, it makes it less bulky to bring about and allows it to be folded and tie up to fit into a large diaper bag (think large tote bag.)
The narrower shoulder straps sit nicely on the shoulders and doesn’t look like they are about to fall off the shoulders and it is nicely fitting for an Asian. Thought the last month I just fitted a 6ft 5 guy with a Jacob Butterfly II and he said that it was “MUCH BETTER then the Baby Bjorn and there was no significant pressure points and he pretty much liked it.”
Some petite-sized Mamas do feel that the Ergo wide straps are always falling off their shoulders, this also happens to me with the 4th Generation Beco Baby Carriers I need to keep the chest strap on tightly for that matter.
The Beco feels softer because it uses twill instead of canvas that the Ergo are made of. The higher body that the Beco has is also a plus point with the younger infants and newborns as it offers a light head support when the baby is asleep, don’t need to put up sleeping hood.
The Ergo will never be able to provide any head support because of it’s shorter body. With the Ergo the sleeping hood is a must if you want support for the head. The sleeping hoods are removable on the Beco but fixed on the Ergo.
A new feature since 2007 is that the Beco Baby Carriers namely Butterfly Original (Ver. 1) and Butterfly II (Ver 2.0) now has a in-build infant insert! How cool is that! NO more need to purchase a additional accessory.
For more opinions read these reviews: