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

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

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

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. 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 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

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