LEAPing to conclusions: when to introduce foods

Maureen MinchinGeneral News

LEAPing to conclusions about timing of widening the diet. Background Any society’s most common food allergens reflect both the immunological characteristics of the foods, and the cultural use of those foods. The most common western allergens are cows’ milk, egg, peanuts, and wheat, with cows’ milk protein allergy/hypersensitivity negatively affecting (and indeed killing) more children than either egg or peanut … 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

Mastitis: old thoughts

Maureen MinchinMaternal Health

In 1985 I first argued, in Breastfeeding Matters: what we need to know about infant feeding, that mastitis is not (always) synonymous with breast infection, as was commonly said then.  This is by now accepted in the lactation consultant community. But a recent post in a mothers online group made me realise that the old idea is still alive and well, and probably doing … Read More