Human or microbial? deception in marketing

Maureen MinchinAllergies, Bottle Feeding, breastmilk, Child Health, Food Intolerance, General News, Immunology, Infant Formula, Infant Health, Lactation, Marketing, Marketing, Maternal Health, Microbiome, Milk Hypothesis, Milk Matters, Weaning

Over the years, many sad stories, but were there happy endings? I often wonder about outcomes long term. One in particular.  Were you the midwife who attended both my infant feeding and allergy and IBLCE exam prep workshops with your newborn baby more than 20 years ago? Workshops were held in Armadale around three weeks apart, and in the first … Read More

Infant Feeding History revised

Maureen MinchinAllergies, Book Reviews, Bottle Feeding, breastmilk, Child Health, Commentary, Complementary Feeding, General News, HIV, Immunology, infant feeding history, Infant Formula, Infant Health, Lactation, Maternal Health, Microbiome, Milk Hypothesis, Weaning

Chapter 14 of Breastfeeding and Breast Milk: from Biochemistry to Impact. What follows is the Content (but not the lovely formatting) of the entire chapter and references, pp. 219-239, as from my galley proofs of the above-titled book, published by Georg Thieme Verlag, Stuttgart in September 2018. Reproduced here with the consent of the publisher, whose book sets it out … Read More

IBFAN Asia Presentations Reading List

Maureen MinchinAllergies, Bottle Feeding, breastmilk, Child Health, Commentary, Complementary Feeding, Food Intolerance, Growth, Immunology, Infant Formula, Infant Health, Lactation, Maternal Health, Microbiome, Weaning

Basic resource: Milk Matters: infant feeding and immune disorder, is also available as two inexpensive e-books, Infant formula and Modern Epidemics (the science and reality of artificial feeding) and Crying Babies and Food in the Early Years.No other book contains what this does. You need access to this. My Milk Hypothesis is available online in shorter forms: An iLactation free online … Read More

Tuteur Push Back: Minchin Review

Maureen MinchinAppearances elsewhere, Book Reviews, Bottle Feeding, breastmilk, Child Health, Commentary, Complementary Feeding, debate, evolution, General News, Immunology, Infant Formula, Infant Health, Lactation, Lactivism, Maternal Health, Milk Hypothesis, Milk Matters, Reviews by MM

Push Back. Guilt in the Age of Natural Parenting by Amy Tuteur. (HarperCollins NY 2016) INTRODUCTION I find it extraordinary for any medical doctor to have written a book containing such sweeping generalisations, allegations of vile motives by other health professionals, and minimally researched, provably untrue, and defamatory, assertions. Sadly, it is no longer rare for global publishers to print … Read More

About altered fats in some formulas

Maureen MinchinBottle Feeding, breastmilk, Child Health, Commentary, epigenetics, General News, Growth, Infant Formula, Infant Health

I wrote to an author of a couple of articles on this topic. My email: Your 2014 Am J Clin Nutr and 2015 JPGN articles are being used to promote infant formulas in Asia and Australia. The marketing message is that your results show that the formulas are now closer than ever to breastmilk, as the outcomes measured are almost … Read More

Evidence streams in infant feeding: ex-debate

Maureen MinchinAllergies, Book Reviews, Bottle Feeding, breastmilk, Child Health, debate, epigenetics, Food Intolerance, General News, Immunology, Infant Formula, Infant Health, Lactation, Maternal Health, Milk Hypothesis, Milk Matters

Breastfeeding has become the centrepiece of public health programmes, endorsed by the health industry and the infant formula industry and philanthropic groups and national governments alike. How did the world arrive at that global consensus about the importance of breastfeeding? It developed from three related, but independent, streams of evidence. 1. The first stream flows from the results of some … Read More

Tuteur debate: Minchin 3

Maureen MinchinBook Reviews, Bottle Feeding, breastmilk, Child Health, Commentary, debate, epigenetics, General News, Immunology, Infant Formula, Infant Health, Lactation, Lactivism, Maternal Health, Microbiome, Milk Hypothesis, Milk Matters

TUTEUR MINCHIN DEBATE  MINCHIN 3: A REPLY TO TUTEUR 2  Thanks to an onlooker, I received a copy of Amy Tuteur MD’s latest reply, which I discovered online at 12.30pm today June 21. It is not a reply addressed to me, but to her supporters. It is they who matter.    And to them I say that in my opinion,  AT has … Read More

Tuteur debate: Minchin 2

Maureen MinchinAllergies, Appearances elsewhere, Book Reviews, Bottle Feeding, Child Health, Commentary, debate, General News, Immunology, Infant Formula, Infant Health, Lactation, Lactivism, Maternal Health, Microbiome, Milk Matters, Reviews by MM

Tuteur debate: Minchin 2  is a two part reply for the historical record. It is in two parts. The first annotates what  Amy Tuteur posted online on her Facebook page.  The second part is a  critique of her reply (Tuteur 1)  to Minchin 1.   Get a cuppa or a glass of wine and read on. See if you agree … Read More

Why am I (still) debating Amy Tuteur?

Maureen MinchinAppearances elsewhere, Book Reviews, Bottle Feeding, breastmilk, Child Health, Complementary Feeding, debate, evolution, General News, Immunology, Infant Formula, Infant Health, Lactation, Lactivism, Maternal Health, Microbiome, Milk Hypothesis, Milk Matters, Reviews by MM

As you wait for my reply to her question, to be posted tonight at midnight, here’s an answer to a question I am being asked. Why would anyone persist through so many unilateral changes ot procedure and topic as Amy has tried to create, though so much rudeness and scorn from her? Well may you ask. I certainly didn’t intend … Read More

Tuteur/Minchin debate procedure

Maureen MinchinBook Reviews, breastmilk, Child Health, Commentary, debate, epigenetics, evolution, General News, Immunology, Infant Formula, Infant Health, Lactation, Lactivism, Maternal Health, Milk Matters, Reviews by MM

Debate procedure Maureen Minchin will follow This process has been independently designed after consulting tech experts to maximise accountability, minimise pointless emotive conflict, clearly delineate what is included and what is not, and create an independent record of all contributions. I am satisfied that the time spent on specialist consultation should achieve the end result of a complete archived conversation presenting both … Read More

Tuteur Debate Update: Progress?

Maureen MinchinBook Reviews, Bottle Feeding, breastmilk, Child Health, Commentary, debate, General News, Infant Formula, Infant Health, Lactation, Lactivism, Milk Hypothesis, Milk Matters, Reviews by MM

An Update: The Skeptical Obstetrician, and her challenge to ‘debate’. What has happened so far. March 3,  2019.  Dr Amy Tuteur intruded rudely on my Facebook page to challenge me to a debate – as she has challenged other breastfeeding advocates, individuals and groups. (Who sensibly refuse to engage with her.)  I agreed to consider making arrangements for a moderated … Read More

Agreed Rules and Common Ground for Tuteur debate

Maureen MinchinBook Reviews, Child Health, debate, General News, Infant Formula, Infant Health, Lactation, Lactivism, Milk Hypothesis, Milk Matters, Reviews by MM

PROCEDURAL MATTERS FOR THE DEBATE Can you agree to these Rules for the debate, Amy Tuteur? Unless you do, I will not go ahead over the three days. As repeatedly stated from March onwards, I am not willing to have the debate hosted on Facebook, your page or mine, or any page you set up for the purpose, and I … Read More

what happens in pregnancy pre-disposes to food allergy…

Maureen MinchinAllergies, breastmilk, Commentary, epigenetics, Food Intolerance, Immunology, Infant Formula, Milk Hypothesis, Milk Matters, Pregnancy, Presentation References

By birth, babies that will be diagnosed as food allergic are already different in immune function. Click on the link to read abstract, and then read my commentary below… https://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 … Read More

The Bottle, the Breast and the State: Oakley review

Maureen MinchinBook Reviews, Bottle Feeding, breastmilk, Child Health, Commentary, epigenetics, General News, Infant Formula, Infant Health, Lactation, Lactivism, Maternal Health, Microbiome, Milk Hypothesis, Milk Matters, Reviews by MM

 The Bottle the Breast and the State. The politics of infant feeding in the United States.  By Maureen Rand Oakley. (Lexington Books 2015) I like this book, which should be  read by those in mother support, breastfeeding advocacy and feminist academia with the time to do so. I  support Oakley’s approach, as I welcome any book which urges feminists to work for … Read More

MILK: THE BIOLOGY OF LACTATION

Maureen MinchinAllergies, Book Reviews, Bottle Feeding, breastmilk, Child Health, Commentary, Complementary Feeding, epigenetics, evolution, Growth, HIV, Immunology, Infant Formula, Infant Health, Lactation, Maternal Health, Microbiome, Milk Hypothesis, Pregnancy, Weaning

MILK: THE BIOLOGY OF LACTATION by Michael L Power and Jay Schulkin (Johns Hopkins Press, 2016) This relatively small book aims to inform, stimulate and even challenge thought about milk and lactation, its evolution, and its importance to modern life. It achieves those aims. The structure is clear, the authors adhere to it, and summarise succinctly at the end of … Read More

What 3-4 months means…

Maureen MinchinAllergies, Bottle Feeding, breastmilk, Child Health, Commentary, Complementary Feeding, Food Intolerance, General News, Immunology, Infant Formula, Infant Health, Maternal Health, Milk Matters, Weaning

There should be no recommendation for change to the age of introduction of other foods to breastfed infants. For formula fed infants, there may be a case for widening the diet from 3-4 months onwards, as total dependence on a single dehydrated industrial powder is inherently risky; moderation and variety are the keys to dietary safety. Infant body stores are … Read More

Why are we getting so fat? a letter to Prof Giles Yeo

Maureen MinchinBottle Feeding, Child Health, Complementary Feeding, General News, Growth, Immunology, Infant Formula, Infant Health, Microbiome, Milk Hypothesis, Milk Matters, Weaning

Dear Prof Yeo, I enjoyed the SBS-screened documentary, Why are we getting so fat? It was great to see an academic getting out to where people are, and listening. I would really like to make a time to chat by skype or meet when in the UK on a lecture tour. You just might listen to what I have to … Read More

ELF Feeds: a fairy story analysed: part 1

Maureen MinchinAllergies, Bottle Feeding, breastmilk, Child Health, Commentary, Complementary Feeding, General News, Immunology, Infant Formula, Infant Health, Lactation, Microbiome, Reviews by MM

EARLY LIMITED FORMULA FEEDS: A FAIRY STORY ANALYSED (from Milk Matters, p.113-6) [Another post will comment on this group’s newest published research asap.]  … a tiny study of just forty mothers336 may have persuaded some (who didn’t read it carefully) that infant formula is harmless, even beneficial, because it supports maternal breastfeeding…. The study authors’ conclusion: giving early limited formula … Read More

Milk Fats and Fantasies: MFGMs

Maureen MinchinAllergies, Bottle Feeding, breastmilk, Child Health, General News, Infant Formula, Infant Health, Lactation, Microbiome, Milk Matters

In some ways formula has come full circle. The 1980s banishing of “animal fats” is now seen by some scientists as a mistake. Companies are likely to reintroduce processed milk fat in formulas where it presently does not exist.  Of course bovine and human milk fats are not identical[ii], as calves have different needs from babies. As they have for … Read More

Formula Perfection and Additives: Forever Imperfect

Maureen MinchinBottle Feeding, breastmilk, Commentary, General News, Infant Formula, Infant Health, Milk Hypothesis

Milk Fats and Fictions  Forever Imperfect Formula  Protected by the ignorance or silence of health professionals, gullible and trusting parents have always believed infant formula to be perfect, a totally safe replacement for women’s milk. Why? Because infant formula has always been marketed as perfect. One company still claims to have “the perfect mix of science and love,” dreamed up … Read More

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

Amazon reviews of Milk Matters!

Maureen MinchinAllergies, Appearances elsewhere, Book Reviews, Commentary, General News, Infant Formula, Milk Matters, Responses to the book

An eye opening lightbulb moment read that should be essential reading for health professionals By Amy Brown   (Author Of Breastfeeding Uncovered) on 27 September 2017 We all know that ‘Breast is best’ right? Posters tell us, health professionals tell us, even the tin of formula says it (albeit in tiny writing). That message doesn’t work though, in part because it doesn’t … 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

Hard to swallow: a book review

Maureen MinchinBook Reviews, Bottle Feeding, Child Health, General News, Infant Formula, Reviews by MM

Swallow This: serving up the food industry’s darkest secrets by Joanna Blythman (Fourth Estate London 2015) There are many interesting books on food. There are few fascinating detailed readable ones on food processing. This one is a must read for those feeling brave or curious. It is not a reassuring one for those who believe that regulators guard our food supply, … Read More

Mixed messages mislead mothers: Danone does it.

Maureen MinchinAllergies, Bottle Feeding, breastmilk, Child Health, Commentary, General News, Infant Formula

Some time ago I checked the Amazon page for my book Milk Matters: infant feeding and immune disorder, curious to see what sponsored advertisements might turn up. I was not very surprised to find advertisements for three infant formula companies. A Danone link listed what seemed like 10 positive facts about breastmilk. How factual where the statements made and what … 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

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

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