The suggestion that Haiti is in urgent need of breastmilk donations has apparently launched a thousand breast pumps. However well-intentioned, the effort appears to be misguided. Fueled by press releases from breastfeeding advocates, parenting blogs and even The Los Angeles Times 's health blog have been encouraging donations to milk banks to be sent to needy babies in Haiti.
Support and promotion of breastfeeding should be part of epidemic control efforts in Haiti. Washington, D. According to research, immune factors against cholera are present in the breast milk of mothers who have contracted the disease.
Jump to navigation. From the outset of the Haitian earthquake, I was a bit turned off by the coverage of white American families adopting Haitian children. It's just that major news networks seemed to devote more time to white Americans trying to adopt Haitian children than Haitians in America seeking information about the well-being of their loved ones on the island-nation.
Stronger focus on nutrition within health services could save 3. Concern Worldwide, Dublin, Ireland. Gent, Belgium.
I got up and walked over to the hospital entrance. Because the emergency room had only two beds, and the hospital itself had limited resources, patients were sent through triage at the gate, and only those who could be treated were brought in. The others were turned away to seek care elsewhere.
When lactation consultant Faith Ploude heard that babies in Haiti might need donated breast milk, she made sure to get the word out to her classes at Mercy Hospital in Miami — and her database of more than 1, nursing moms. Rates of women who are opting for preventive mastectomies, such as Angeline Jolie, have increased by an estimated 50 percent in recent years, experts say. But many doctors are puzzled because the operation doesn't carry a percent guarantee, it's major surgery -- and women have other options, from a once-a-day pill to careful monitoring.
Haiti experienced a devastating earthquake in February Since then, we all have been working tirelessly to provide desperately needed medical assistance. The ongoing cholera epidemic is a testament to the many disturbing consequences of the earthquake on this beloved country. The substantial positive impact of breastfeeding is immeasurable because breast milk, and the associated practices designed to support the breastfeeding mother, are crucial to infant survival.
The call had gone out across the U. Haitian babies need your milk. Through a complicated chain of communication involving various members of Congress, the U.