UNDOING THE MYTH THAT SUSTAINS FORMULA FEEDING

Maureen MinchinAllergies, Book Reviews, Bottle Feeding, Complementary Feeding, General News, Infant Formula, Infant Health, Maternal Health

Food in general has never been more extensively and intensively investigated, and recently three books have added to my knowledge of the reality of food processing. I commend them to anyone interested in the politics and science of food. And I hope the authors of all three books will in future address the topic of infant formula, as it is … Read More

THE MYTH THAT SUSTAINS ARTIFICIAL FEEDING

Maureen MinchinBottle Feeding, Child Health, General News, Infant Formula, Infant Health, Lactation

  “I don’t see the difference really between breast-feeding and bottle-feeding. If bottle-feeding wasn’t good for a baby,  no-one would have ever invented this formula we are feeding our children”. Quote from a thesis which grossly misrepresents my writing as condemning women who formula feed.  What creates such naïve unwillingness to believe that modern infant formula could possibly be damaging … Read More

Intolerant Bodies: a history of immune research

Maureen MinchinAllergies, Book Reviews, breastmilk, Child Health, Food Intolerance, General News, Immunology, Infant Formula, Infant Health, Lactation, Microbiome, Milk Hypothesis, Reviews by MM

Intolerant bodies: a history of auto immunity. Anderson W, Mackay IR. (Johns Hopkins Press 2014) A focussed partial review and commentary.. This readable and illuminating text by an historian and an immunologist outlines the historical process of uncovering the workings of the immune system. Finding this book was for me finding a missing piece of the jigsaw puzzle that is … Read More

Formulas for obesity and altered development: an excerpt about cows and soy formulas

Maureen MinchinBottle Feeding, General News, Growth, Immunology, Infant Formula, Infant Health, Milk Hypothesis, Milk Matters

An excerpt about formulas and obesity, from pages 37-49 of Milk Matters: infant feeding and immune disorder. Also e-book Infant formula and modern epidemics: the Milk Hypothesis Author note: The previous section of this first part of the 800+ page book discussed the ways that breastmilk directs and supports normal infant development. The subsequent pages after this extract discuss other … Read More

Fever is a Friend

Maureen MinchinChild Health, Infant Health

Paying attention to the baby requires constant (though not uninterrrupted) adult presence. Two really important signals all caregivers need to notice in all children, especially young ones, are pain and fever. Both are indiscriminate responses to a wide range of problems that activate the immune system, among them allergy. And let it be said upfront, both pain and fever are … Read More

Research shows what parents have known for decades

Maureen MinchinAllergies, Child Health, General News, Immunology, Infant Health, Pregnancy

OK, here’s what’s been in the news. http://stm.sciencemag.org/content/8/321/321ra8 “Now, Zhang et al. report that infants who later developed food allergy had altered immunity at birth. Cord blood from these infants had more monocytes compared with CD4+ T cells and decreased numbers of regulatory T cells. Moreover, the monocytes from food-allergic infants secreted more inflammatory cytokines than those from healthy infants. These … Read More

I’m going nuts about peanuts: or are other people?

Maureen MinchinAllergies, Child Health, General News, Infant Health

The LEAP trial looking at prevention pf peanut allergy in Jewish children in the UK and Israel is interesting, but is being widely misquoted in the media and by health professionals as justification for 4 rather than 6 months for the introduction of solid food. Why is this inappropriate? Where to start… Inclusion criteria were children between 4 and 11 … Read More

FOUR MONTHS OR SIX OR NEITHER? when to widen the milk diet.

Maureen MinchinAllergies, Commentary, Complementary Feeding, Food Intolerance, Growth, Infant Formula, Infant Health, Microbiome, Milk Matters, Weaning

What follows is an excerpt from my latest book, Milk matters: infant feeding and immune disorder. It is much easier to read in the book itself, which also deals with practical matters related to this issue. Copying the text from an In Design file to this version has been a time-wasting nightmare, and there will be typos: please read the book….  … Read More