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Post by Squiglet on Thu Jan 07, 2010 5:34 pm

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8443904.stm

what do you guys think... ? I think its a government cop out for not getting better with their support and funding more pro breastfeeding groups... While I think it may have some effect, I don't think its the only reason... Tash and bumps recent story is proof of that...
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Post by kay on Thu Jan 07, 2010 6:12 pm

sorry - but what a load of utter bullcrap!!!

A study of 180 women?? and then they have to take out those that smoke etc.

and i love his quote that breastmilk has no proven benefits above formula, backed up with, oh, NO evidence!!

I think this 'study' needs shoving back where it came from - his backside!!

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Post by ldnug on Thu Jan 07, 2010 6:14 pm

kay wrote:sorry - but what a load of utter bullcrap!!!

A study of 180 women?? and then they have to take out those that smoke etc.

and i love his quote that breastmilk has no proven benefits above formula, backed up with, oh, NO evidence!!

I think this 'study' needs shoving back where it came from - his backside!!


My sentiments exactly - well put (esp the backside bit Laughing )
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Post by Natasha on Fri Jan 08, 2010 12:06 am

kay wrote:sorry - but what a load of utter bullcrap!!!

A study of 180 women?? and then they have to take out those that smoke etc.

and i love his quote that breastmilk has no proven benefits above formula, backed up with, oh, NO evidence!!

I think this 'study' needs shoving back where it came from - his backside!!

exactly how i feel! what effin crap!

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Post by Drusilla on Fri Jan 08, 2010 4:35 pm

It's already been debunked by UNICEF.

UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative statement on new breastfeeding research News item 07 January 2010

A number of newspaper articles have today reported on a Norwegian study which has found an association between higher levels of male hormones in pregnancy and the ability to breastfeed after birth. The authors are reported to have extrapolated from their findings that mothers’ ability to breastfeed is entirely down to these hormone levels. They are also reported to have claimed that exposure to high levels of testosterone before birth account for the differences in health outcomes between breast and bottle fed babies. The findings of this small study are of interest and may warrant further investigation. However, the claims made in relation to these findings do not account for the large differences in breastfeeding rates between countries, with some having 99% of mothers successfully breastfeeding. They are also contradicted by the large body of evidence which shows that levels of successful breastfeeding can be increased by a range of improved support interventions.

The claims made relating to the health outcomes of breastfeeding do not account for the dose response found in many studies, which show that babies breastfed exclusively or for longer periods have the best overall outcomes.

The study does not account for or tally with the known mechanisms for how breastmilk protects against illness. For example, breastmilk contains a range of anti-infective properties including immunoglobulins, white cells, anti-inflammatory components, enzymes and non-antibody factors such as lactoferrin and the bifidus factor.

The body of evidence for the benefits of breastfeeding is very large and comes from a wide range of studies into many different illnesses, carried out by numerous researchers in many different universities. Systematic reviews of the literature have also been carried out and are especially useful, as they are able to eliminate weak studies and combine the findings of all the high-quality papers in order to demonstrate with the greatest reliability whether a protective effect truly exists. It is important to note that there is variability in the quality and depth of evidence in relation to some illnesses which is why the authors of these reviews tend to call for further research to clarify the finding. It remains the case, however, that the evidence for the advantages of breastfeeding is strong.

The two most recent and influential reviews were carried out by the Agency for Health and Research Quality and the World Health Organization and are summarised below:

Ip S, et al (2007) Breastfeeding and Maternal Health Outcomes in Developed Countries. AHRQ Publication No. 07-E007.Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality.

This review carried out in the USA screened over 9,000 papers and used evidence from 400. It refers only to health outcomes in developed countries. The review found that breastfeeding is associated with a significant reduction in the incidence of: acute otitis media, non-specific gastroenteritis, severe lower respiratory tract infections, atopic dermatitis, obesity, type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes, childhood leukaemia, sudden infant death syndrome, necrotizing enterocolitis, maternal breast cancer and ovarian cancer. Link.

Horta B et al (2007) Evidence on the long-term effects of breastfeeding. WHO.

This paper reports on a series of systematic reviews to assess the effects of breastfeeding on blood pressure, diabetes and related indicators, serum cholesterol, overweight and obesity, and intellectual performance. It found a significant reduction in the incidence of obesity and overweight and type 2 diabetes. It also found that breastfed babies had lower systolic blood pressure, lower cholesterol and better performance in intelligence tests. Link.

Although the protective effects of breastfeeding on gastroenteritis and respiratory infections have not been questioned, attempts have been made to dismiss these in developed countries as mere ‘tummy upsets’ or ‘coughs and colds’, whereas in reality a reduction in severe infection resulting in hospitalisation has been found. The Millennium Cohort Study is a nationally representative longitudinal study of 18,819 infants who were born in the UK in 2000-2002. Data on infant feeding, infant health, and a range of confounding factors were available for 15,890 healthy, singleton, term infants who were born during this period. This study found that 53 per cent of diarrheal hospitalisations each month could have been prevented by exclusive breastfeeding and 31 per cent by partial breastfeeding. A total of 27 per cent of lower respiratory tract infections could have been prevented each month by exclusive breastfeeding and 25 per cent by partial breastfeeding. Quigley M et al (2007) Breastfeeding and Hospitalization for diarrheal and respiratory infection in the United Kingdom Millennium Cohort Study. The full paper can be found here.

It is important to be aware that the protective effect of breastfeeding is stronger in relation to some illness, notably gastroenteritis, than it is for other illnesses such as allergies. This does not mean that there is no protective effect against those other illnesses, rather that the risk to the bottle-fed baby is greater for some illnesses than for others. Importantly, where the evidence shows a slight protective effect of breastfeeding, this can still be the result of well performed research. Therefore, to describe the evidence as weak because of a lower degree of protection is inaccurate and misleading. It is important to note that a small protective effect of breastfeeding against a significant illness will have a dramatic effect across a population.

The role of the Baby Friendly Initiative and of health professionals is to give pregnant women and new parents the full facts about infant feeding based on the best available evidence in an objective and non-judgemental manner in order to allow informed decision making. We then need to help mothers to make decisions appropriate to their circumstances and to support them in their decision whatever that may be.

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Post by Squiglet on Fri Jan 08, 2010 10:37 pm

Please please give me the link for this ... I'm also discussing this topic with someone else and would like to quote it Smile
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Post by Drusilla on Sat Jan 09, 2010 8:48 am

UNICEF statement

Sorry copied and from Mumsnet, but the OP didn't post the link. Managed to find it though!

Article about the Norwegian study

I find it interesting that this study has been done in Norway where 98% of mothers initiate breastfeeding...

I am also wondered about any screening for environmental factors in the Belarus study. 17,000 is a large sample size, but was there any comparisons done in relation to the likelihood of childhood asthma in Belarus, compared to other countries?

Sorry but I prefer to take stock in the UNICEF study which looked at a far wider range of economic, social and environmental factors over a much longer period - surely that is going to give a better overall picture that a study done in one country?

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