Good idea - or just a way to sell more formula?

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Registered: 10-01-2010
Good idea - or just a way to sell more formula?
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Tue, 06-04-2013 - 10:55am

In the article “The Utility of Breast Milk for Genetic or Genomic Studies: A Systematic Review,” the authors describe the potential value of the genetic information obtained from breast milk, which can be collected easily and noninvasively. It could lead to a better understanding of the variability in breast milk and to strategies for optimizing the neonatal diet through fortification of donor breast milk, supplementation of the mother’s diet, or maternal lifestyle changes that would affect breast milk composition.

“The great majority of mothers produces milk that matches the needs of her infant amazingly well,” says Associate Editor David S. Newburg, PhD, Professor, Department of Biology, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA. “But for those few infants with exceptional needs, such as premature infants, or for mothers with uncommon mutations whose milk lacks the full complement of beneficial components, genetic and genomic analysis would both identify the mismatch and provide the information to produce a personalized complementary fortifier or supplement.

Read more: http://bfmed.wordpress.com/2013/06/04/can-genetic-analysis-of-breast-milk-help-identify-ways-to-improve-a-newborns-diet/

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iVillage Member
Registered: 07-11-2006
Tue, 06-11-2013 - 3:30pm

I am using the word "force" the way that we in the debate have used the word force. For example, "Mayor Bloomberg forces women to breastfeed" by having nurses document the distribution of formula. 

Influencing/convincing/forcing semantics

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Registered: 03-16-2010
Tue, 06-11-2013 - 8:12pm

nisupulla wrote:
<p>I am using the word "force" the way that we in the debate have used the word force. For example, "Mayor Bloomberg <span style="text-decoration:underline">forces</span> women to breastfeed" by having nurses document the distribution of formula. </p><p>Influencing/convincing/forcing semantics</p>

Ah.  I don't use, or interpret, "force" in that way.  I think it's important to be precise with language, on all sides of the debate.  If people assign their own meaning to words, or assue that others do,  I'm not sure how anyone can have a meaningful debate.

iVillage Member
Registered: 09-01-2002
Wed, 06-12-2013 - 2:32pm

jessica765 wrote:
  Ah.  I don't use, or interpret, "force" in that way.  I think it's important to be precise with language, on all sides of the debate.  If people assign their own meaning to words, or assue that others do,  I'm not sure how anyone can have a meaningful debate.</p>

Great point!

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