Just how much does milk matter? A Medela interview

Maureen MinchinAppearances elsewhere, breastmilk, Child Health, Infant Health, Microbiome, Milk Hypothesis, Milk Matters, Pregnancy

This 4 minute interview came after doing a talk at a Medela conference.  I asked to speak at the conference, and the speaker fee was donated to charity, as Medela makes infant-feeding related goods, and is a commercial entity. However, the talk enabled me to reach a wider audience than those who usually come for local breastfeeding conferences. My message … 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

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

Tuteur debate: Minchin 1

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

PREAMBLE FOR ANY SPECTATORS It is because infant feeding is such a powerful issue, and so important to global health, that I agreed to spend the time on this question set by Amy Tuteur, and to create a time-stamped secure permanent record on a dedicated website for future reference by historians of the “the Mommy Wars”, in which  Amy has … 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

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

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

Milk Matters review by Joy Anderson, expert dietitian

Maureen MinchinAllergies, Book Reviews, General News, Milk Matters, Responses to the book

” New Book! ‘Milk Matters’ by Maureen Minchin Maureen Minchin’s new book Milk Matters: Infant Feeding & Immune Disorder is now available. It is the culmination of many years of hard work and studying the scientific literature by Maureen. I highly recommend this book to parents, health professionals, really everyone! It focuses on the profound effects of deviating from the … 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

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

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

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