Category: Pregnancy

  • Allergy Inquiry Submission November 2019

    HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Standing Committee on Health Aged Care and Sport : Inquiry into Allergies and Anaphylaxis submission by Maureen Minchin, Milk Matters Pty Ltd Summary Since 1976 I have lived and worked with allergy, published about it since 1980, and taught health professionals and others about it. I have worked with international bodies such […]

  • The visual Milk Hypothesis

    ‘what we feed them now matters forever’…… www.infantfeedingmatters.com

  • Just how much does milk matter? A Medela interview

    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 […]

  • what happens in pregnancy pre-disposes to food allergy…

    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 […]

  • MILK: THE BIOLOGY OF LACTATION

    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 […]

  • Research shows what parents have known for decades

    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 […]

  • Are baby biotics bugging you?

    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 […]