Weekly Wednesday Wire: October 23, 2013

Please note: Inclusion of an item in this e-newsletter does NOT imply endorsement or support of such item by the United States Breastfeeding Committee, unless specifically noted.

Federal News

Breast Cancer Infographic, from CDC

In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has published the "Protect Yourself from Breast Cancer" infographic. The infographic lists risk factors that can increase a woman's chance of getting breast cancer, highlighting breastfeeding as an important protective measure.

Member News

Response to Online Milk Sharing Study, from AAP & ABM

A new study published in the journal Pediatrics found that breast milk purchased online had more bacteria and viruses than unpasteurized samples of milk donated to a milk bank, reflecting poor collection, storage, or shipping practices. Responding to extensive media coverage on the study, the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine published the blog post, "Online milk sales, beyond 'buyer beware'", analyzing the study design and news coverage and offering recommendations. AAP News, the official newsmagazine of the American Academy of Pediatrics, published the article "Breast milk is best from mom or milk bank, not bought online", highlighting the study and related  recommendations from national health authorities. Also see the USBC Statement on the Safe Use of Donor Human Milk.

Partner News

First Food Desert Resources, from First Food Friendly

The First Food Friendly project has published a new infographic explaining the concept of first food deserts, also available as an animated video. The project defines first food deserts primarily by assessing the access to and scope of meaningful and consistent breastfeeding support. "First Food Deserts: Rethinking Food Access for Infants", a post published in the blog The Broad Side, highlights the impact of first food deserts and how the project will address them.

Breast Milk Research, from UMass Amherst

Breast cancer researchers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst are focusing on the use of breast milk to assess breast cancer risk, with the goal of developing new early detection methods and therapies for breast cancer. Researchers are currently seeking breast milk donations from breastfeeding mothers living in the U.S. who have had or are expecting to have a breast biopsy. For information on participating in the study, visit the UMass Breastmilk Lab website or contact Beth Punska at epunska@vasci.umass.edu

News Clippings

The Kansas City Star: "Breastfeeding mom faces penalties for bringing child to jury duty without child care"

The Ottawa Citizen: "Breastfeeding poster draws praise for Health Canada"

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