Breastfeeding is Best!
It seems that every year in the summer just before
remember being quite shocked to see an old picture of
Canadians celebrate World Breastfeeding Week there
one of my children bottle feeding when I ‘remembered'
is media coverage of something that undermines
him as exclusively breastfed.
breastfeeding. This year we seem to have gotten an
early start with global media coverage of one American
In addition, the study lacked an operational definition
study. In the UK, headlines in one paper read "Is
of breastfeeding. Babies who breastfed a few times
breast really best? New study suggests
may be classified as "breastfeed".
feeding babies from breast over bottle
Differences between them and
‘doesn't have the impact we think it does."
their non-breastfeeding siblings are
The Globe and Mail, a national Canadian
minimized - comparing apples to
paper had front page coverage with the
apples instead of apples to oranges.
headline "Stop feeling so Guilty" printed over
an oversized picture of a baby bottle. The
Often unreported in the media
reporter then outlined an "exhaustive and
coverage is the conclusion of the
landmark breastfeeding study" which found,
paper. The study's authors mention
among other things, that when breastfed and
the issues that need attention -
bottle-fed siblings were compared there was
development of social policies that
no difference in outcomes.
would enable women to breastfeed,
adequate maternity leaves, flexible
The study called "Is Breast Truly Best?
work schedules, health benefits and
Estimating the Effects of Breastfeeding on
access to quality child care – all
Long-term Child Health and Wellbeing in the
involving a comprehensive approach
United States Using Sibling Comparisons"
to breastfeeding. These issues don't
used data from the National Longitudinal Survey of
grab headlines – but they should. And yes, breastfeeding
Youth (NLSY) to "estimate what a particular child's
is best and we need to enable those women who wish to
outcome would be." Though sited as an "exhaustive
breastfeed their children to be successful in their goals.
and landmark study" it has a number of flaws. The
data, taken from surveys between 1978 and 2006 was
Check out the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
based on maternal self-report of how their children
blog about this study at: http://bfmed.wordpress.
were fed. Retrospective self-reports on activities
7-36 years ago are open to question. As a mother I
Check out our Quintessence Foundation Website: www.babyfriendly.ca
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World Breastfeeding Week 2014
and welcomed – anytime & anywhere. Truly, the road to
lifelong health does begin with breastfeeding.
In Canada, World Breastfeeding Week is celebrated
in the fall- the first week of October. Other countries
Here are the results of the Challenge for last October.
celebrate in August, May and a variety of other
dates. The World Alliance for Breastfeeding
Action has announced that the slogan and theme
for World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) 2014 will be
Countries taking part:
"BREASTFEEDING: A Winning Goal - for Life!" The
Canada, Ireland, Cyprus, United States, Luxemburg,
theme asserts the importance of increasing and
Romania, Hungary, South Africa, Bermuda, Ukraine.
sustaining the protection, promotion, and support of
breastfeeding in the Millennium Development Goals
Sites with the most participant children:
(MDGs) countdown and beyond. The WBW 2014
1. Chilliwack, BC, Canada
• To inform people about the MDGs and how they
2. Nicosia & Nicosia Maternity Units, Cyprus.
relate to Breastfeeding and Infant and Young Child
3. St-Jean-sur-Richilieu du bébé Lactéa et Dèfi
allatment, Quebec, Canada
• To showcase the progress made so far and the key
4. Défi Allatement Mauricle 2013-Center les Rivières,
gaps in Breastfeeding and Infant and Young Child
5. Kelowna Breastfeeding Café, BC Canada
• To call attention to the importance of STEPPING
UP actions to protect, promote, and support
6. Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
breastfeeding as a key intervention in the MDG
7. Dèfi allatementdu Club des mamans de l'Outaouals,
countdown, and in the post 2015 era.
• To stimulate interest amongst young people of both
8. Nourri-Source Montreal-Hotel de ville de Verdun/
genders to see the relevance of breastfeeding in
Verdun's Town Hall, Quebec, Canada
today's changing world.
9. MMBA and HMHB Austin, Texas, USA10. SMA Parish Hall Wilton, Cork., Ireland
The North American 2013 ratings are as follows:
If you haven't participated before, sign up for the
Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge. On October 4,
Category A Regions: More than 50,000 births a year
2014 mothers and children around the world will "latch
on" at 11am. If you have participated before, you know
how much fun this event is. It can be a small affair or a
much bigger event – whatever fits for your community.
It's a great way to get some media attention and enable
Category B Regions: 10,000 to 50,000 births per year
communities to learn about the importance of supporting
Gold: British Columbia
breastfeeding, particularly public breastfeeding. This
year's WBFW theme is a great one to get the message
out. It costs nothing to register and it is truly health
promotion in action! Register a site at www.babyfriendly.
Category C Regions: Less than 10,000 births per
Breastfeeding Challenge 2013
Silver: North West Territories
We were please with the participation in the
Bronze: Newfoundland & Labrador
Quintessence Breastfeeding Challenge last fall. There
were 4,560 children from 10 countries who took part
on October 5, 2013 in the Quintessence Breastfeeding
Chilliwack BC: 162
Challenge. This event has now been offered for 13 years
and unfortunately many of the same issues arise year
after year. It is wonderful that so many communities
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Hope you are all registering for this year and
Also, HMBANA now offers a free electronic newsletter.
invite other groups and hospitals to take part
Check out the website at www.hmbana.org for more
and support breastfeeding women and donor
information or send an email to [email protected] to get
on the email distribution list.
Facebook & Quintessence
Doggrell, S Hancox, J. (2014) Cardiac safety concerns
for domperidone, an antiemetic and prokinetic and
galactogogue medicine. Expert opinion on drug safety,
Yes - we are suffering due to lack of "likes". Please "like
Jan13(1) 131-8. This Australian paper involved a review
us" on Facebook. Great feedback has come from those
of the cardiac risk associated with oral domperidone use
who have ‘liked' us so far. Our new page is a business/
including as a galactogogue. The authors concluded that
organizational page. When we started on Facebook we
excluding mothers who have pre-existing cardiac issues
were a "person" because that was all there was - now
such as QT prolongations/LQTS, subjects receiving
there are organizations and business pages available.
drugs that inhibit CYP3A4 (an enzyme found mainly in
We look forward to hearing from you via Facebook.
the liver & intestines) and electrolyte abnormalities or
other risk factors for QT-prolongation , domperidone can
be used as a galactogogue without direct risk to healthy
Canada now has three fully operational HMBANA
member milk banks– BC Women's Provincial Milk Bank
Miracle Milk Stroll
in Vancouver, Calgary Mothers' Donor Milk Bank and the
Roger Hixon Ontario Human Donor Milk Bank in Toronto.
The 1st International Miracle Milk Stroll is being offered
In addition, this spring, Hema Quebec opened the Public
in Canada and the USA at selected malls, parks etc.
Mothers' Milk Bank which plans to dispense milk to
Best for Babes is hosting this event on May10, 2014.
NICUs for infants 32 weeks and younger.
Registration is by donation with the option of purchasing
a $20 T shirt in aid of increasing the amount of mothers'
BC Women's Provincial Milk Bank is celebrating its 40th
milk available to high risk babies. There will be strolls in
anniversary And, after 40 years, is very busy expanding.
Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto. Check out
They are planning to start distribution to all four level
Best for Babes at http://www.bestforbabes.org/miracle-
III NICUs in the province in 2014. In subsequent years
donor milk will be available to all the level II NICUs in BC
– another eight NICUs. This will mean that pasteurized
donor milk will be the standard of care in all NICUs in BC
Please feel free to share the newsletter and
in the foreseeable future. In the meantime, BC Women's
encourage colleagues and friends to sign up for
is working on a major awareness campaign to double
the newsletter by emailing us at [email protected]
the milk processed and is very interested in talking to
ca and "like" us on Facebook! Find us at www.
anyone interested in donating at 604-875-2282.
HMBANA: Human Milk Banking
Association of North America is
HMBANA's biannual conference is in Victoria, BC on
April 28 and 29, 2014. This a great opportunity, includes
the latest information about human milk, human milk
banking and a wide variety of breastfeeding issues.
There is something for everyone included in the
conference with speakers from Sweden, Brazil, Britain,
USA and Canada. Attendance at HMBANA conferences
has changed the attitudes of many health professionals
from neutral or non-supportive to avid supporters of the
use of pasteurized donor milk. Encourage key people to
Grand Forks, Breastfeeding Challenge 2013!
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Repentiginy, Quebec 2013
2013 Breastfeeding Challenge!
St. Quentin, New Brunswick breastfeeds!
Romania, Breastfeeding Challenge 2013
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