Overselling infant formula: Lactivism

Maureen MinchinCommentary, HIV, Lactation, Reviews by MM

Definitely Overselling Infant Formula:                                                  Lactivism by Courtney Jung           An overdue  review Professor Courtney Jung’s Lactivism is sensationally subtitled: how feminists and fundamentalists, hippies and yuppies, and physicians and politicians made breastfeeding … Read More

Breast intentions: a quick review

Maureen MinchinReviews by MM

          Well, I’ve now read every page of Allison Dixley’s Breast Intentions: how women sabotage breastfeeding for themselves and others, highlighter and pen in hand. And then I read all the reviews I found online, both by people who understood what she was saying, and other people who clearly misrepresented what I heard her saying in those … Read More

Are baby biotics bugging you?

Maureen MinchinMaternal Health, Milk Matters, Pregnancy

I was recently asked to comment on the use of probiotics and prebiotics preconceptionally, during pregnancy, while breastfeeding, and to the newborn. The questioner wanted to know which,  if  any, probiotics I recommend over others. What follows is adapted from my reply. Probiotics, probiotics and synbiotics are discussed in Milk matters at more length than I will do here. The deliberate … Read More

Milk Matters another review

Maureen MinchinBook Reviews, Milk Matters

Another UK review of Milk Matters can be found at https://breastfeeding.support/milk-matters-infant-feeding-and-immune-disorder/ I don’t know the writer, but she has captured what the book says and the flavour of the language quite well. As in the past with my work, the UK still leads the way, with new infant feeding issues able to be discussed rationally. I think this has to do … Read More

TARGETED MARKETING: FORMULAS FOR SUPPLEMENTATION OF BREASTFED BABIES

Maureen MinchinInfant Formula, Milk Matters

(Excerpt from Milk matters: infant feeding and Immune disorder, pp. 512-516) So in the USA breastfeeding is strongly supported by the White House, and data collection routinely collected by the CDC. This probably helps explain the emergence of so much recent industry advertising aimed at positioning the use of infant formula as a way to continue breastfeeding. (Truly, the Abbott … 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

Embarrassing Bodies embarrasses themselves

Maureen MinchinMaternal Health

Imagine you meet a young woman who is embarrassed by the fact that one eye is brown and the other green, to the point where she has worn an eyeshade to conceal what she sees as the odd one. There are many solutions to this problem, beginning with discussion and reassurance that this abnormality is not all that abnormal. One … Read More

Legal risks to health professionals giving formula

Maureen MinchinInfant Formula

LLLI has just published an excerpt from Milk Matters, dealing with the legal issues surrounding early neonatal exposure to foods other than breastmilk. You can link to it via this address: https://leadertoday.breastfeedingtoday-llli.org/milk-matters-infant-feeding-and-immune-disorder/ This is based on Australian law, and was OKed by an experienced lawyer. Think about the issues and contact me with  any extra information relating to your context.

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

A life-changing book you need to read! Some reader responses to date.

Maureen MinchinBook Reviews, Milk Matters

Reader responses to Milk Matters: Professor Mary Renfrew FRSE, Director, Mother and Infant Research Unit; Deputy Dean: Research, University of Dundee; Director, Scottish Improvement Science Collaborating Centre It’s a work of huge vision, based in extensive knowledge and understanding, yet it is easy to read and understand without specialist technical knowledge… A book to change the world, and people’s understanding of … Read More

Recent study: milk fat or vegetable?

Maureen MinchinCommentary, Infant Formula, Milk Matters

Milk Matters argues that industry knows its infant formula products are deeply flawed, which helps explain the pressure to try to improve them. This is confirmed by two recent pieces reported in Splash!, the newsletter of the Milk Genomics Consortium, an industry-funded group. Its April 2015 issue tells of an experimental formula with decreased protein and energy and added milk fat … Read More