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“The WHO also says feeding colostrum in the first hour increases the likelihood babies will continue to be breastfed which gives them a head start in the “race against malnutrition”. There are 170 million underweight children in the world and 3 million of them die every year.

Colostrum is a sticky yellow-white substance yielded by the mother’s breast soon after birth. It is rich in antibodies and essential nutrients. Yet, in many cultures, ignorant of its health benefits, the custom is to throw it away. Giving newborns water or other liquids denies them a “good start in life” says the WHO, referring to the WHO Child Growth Standards and how babies fed colostrum within the first hour of being born measure up well against the standards.

Breastfeeding in the first hour or so after birth also confers benefits to the mother, such as improved lactation and less loss of blood. ”

Granted, some babies are just content and not wanting to nurse after birth, but giving them that first bit of liquid gold, colostrum, is vital…especially in countries where wimmin are often told to throw away their colostrum and wait for the milk to come in…or to not nurse at all under the lie that formula feeding is superior.

Well, everyone in our periphery is now aware of Sprout. Rob and I got into a bit of an argument on Sunday, not even really an argument, just a joined frustration, really.

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From: http://www.geocities.com/pwrmommy/breastfeeding_articles_of_interest.htm

Did you know….

1.Human milk has over 300 ingredients, including interferon, white blood cells, antibacterial and antiviral agents, while formula has only 40 ingredients.

2.Human milk has been shown to kill cancer cells in a laboratory dish and has been used in oncology.

3. The human breast “custom-makes” antibodies to fight whatever pathogen the infant is exposed to in the environment.

4. Breast milk has been used to treat eye infections, ear infections, pimples, cold sores, and nail fungus and prevent infection in scrapes and scratches.

5. In some parts of the world, donated organs are bathed in breast milk for the protective factors.

6. There were 22 “significant” recalls of formula for potentially life-threatening situations.

7. Human milk lactoferrin is patented for use in killing E. Coli in the meat packing industry.

8. Donor milk is being used to treat malabsorption and short-gut syndromes, renal failure, inborn errors of metabolism, ulcerative colitis, irritable bowel syndrome, immunodeficiency diseases, burn cases, cardiac problems, and infectious diseases such as intractable diarrhea, gastroenteritis, infantile botulism, sepsis, pneumonia, and hemorrhagic conjuctivitis in both children and adults.

9. Adoptive moms, grandmothers, and yes, even men (!) have been able to lactate for an infant.

You can read more at the site!

A great article, though I am confused as to when it was printed. The date near the header is today but it speaks in past tense. It’s a good article anyway.

BTW, when they say research has shown that breastfeeding exclusively for the first six months….it doesn’t just mean children in Ghana. The World Health Organization recommends exclusive nursing for 6 months for all children and nursing until a minimum of two years of age. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the same except nursing for at minimum of one year.

 http://www.aed.org/Health/linkstoryfall82304.cfm

Check it out: http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/

In honor I give you these beautiful images of Mamas and their nurslings

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Admittedly, some of this is a little bit of first trimester bloat, but not much of it. I guess third babies will do that.

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I have a post for later about SIDS and a recent ‘news’ report that WCCO did about co-sleeping and SIDS, even though the two are not related. Remember, SIDS is UNEXPLAINED death of an infant. Babies who die while co-sleeping with parents tend to die when they get squished and/or are bed-sharing inappropriately. I am not sure what time I will get to it as Rob is helping me with a few things indoors tonight and I amnot sure how long it will take.

I have set up this extra page to focus just on the Mama-hood, pregnancy, birth, birth issues, breastfeeding, etc. that comes with being me. I’ll have a post later when I can type with both hands (nursing Zoe at the moment!)

To recap for potential new readers, I am Tasha, I am married to Rob, we have daughters Grace, 5, Zoe 21 months and are expecting a little sprout this Spring. By my cycle the EDD is March 28, 2008, but if the past rings true, I won’t give birth until many days later.

More to come…