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Breast-milk bank highlights anti-raw milk mania

From my latest at the Pittsburgh Tribune Review:

Professionals support O’Connor’s “breast is best” view. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that in cases where premature infants cannot have breast milk from their mothers, they receive donated mothers’ milk instead. Lactation experts and AAP pediatricians also favor breast milk for all babies, with the AAP guidelines promoting exclusive breast-feeding until 6 months and ideally until age 1.

Not everyone can successfully breast-feed their own babies. But there are all sorts of casual and informal breast milk sharing networks.

Meanwhile, the near-universal promotion of breast-feeding, which is raw mothers’ milk, by organizations like the AAP does raise a question about why the same group is so unequivocally opposed to raw animal milk that it advocates a federal ban.

At almost the same time that O’Connor was announcing her mothers’-milk bank, the AAP was issuing a statement endorsing “a ban on the sale of raw or unpasteurized milk and milk products throughout the United States.”


State, Doctor say no to swaddling (Part 2)

As I wrote yesterday, when I asked our pediatrician for a waiver to allow my baby to be swaddled at his state-licensed daycare, I was told that she wouldn’t sign because the American Academy of Pediatrics does not “recommend swaddling past 2 months.”

Dr Harvey Karp has weighed in on Twitter:

@abbyschachter …The AAP does NOT have such a policy…that was just the opinion of a couple of their docs…

Stayed tuned.

State, doctor say no to swaddling

My baby just started daycare. He is 9 weeks old and adorable. We swaddle him at home, for naps and for his nighttime sleep. We swaddled his 3 siblings as well. Indeed, following Harvey Karp’s advice from “Happiest Baby on the Block” we swaddled for as long as we could because it provided us with a bedtime routine, the babies expected it and they were all sleeping through the night (7pm to 7am) by four months of age. Swaddling works.

When I met with the daycare worker a few days before my son’s first day, she asked if there was anything I wanted her to know or any questions I had about the care she and the staff would provide. I said exactly one thing: “I want you to swaddle him”. She agreed, but too hastily as it turns out because when I brought him for his first day I was informed by the daycare administrator that they could not swaddle the baby without a note from a doctor.

According to the rules set out by “Caring for our Children” which is the daycare bible for state-licensed facilities in Pennsylvania (where we live) a baby may not be swaddled in the daycare without written authorization from a physician. The geniuses who write these rules are convinced that swaddling isn’t perfectly safe (what is?) because the daycare workers could do a bad job wrapping the baby, the blanket could become loose, the baby might roll over into the loose material and then the baby might, possibly, die of SIDS (sudden infant death syndrome). Oh, swaddling improperly might also cause hip dysplasia.

I asked our pediatrician to write the note the daycare required to swaddle my baby but the doctor refused. She says that the American Academy of Pediatrics “doesn’t recommend swaddling after two months of age.” Do these geniuses think my baby isn’t crying anymore after two months? No matter, the doctor has refused to sign the letter.

Terrific. I’m having my rights as a parent trampled and my baby isn’t sleeping well at daycare.

In March, Melinda Wenner Moyer wrote about how this was going to be a problem. And presto, she is proved correct.