Thursday, May 7, 2009

Babies to Get New Growth Charts

Babies are about to get new growth charts, in a bid to combat obesity and also boost breastfeeding.

See, the UK (as well as most countries, including ours) still uses growth charts based on formula-fed babies, which usually grow bigger quicker than breastfed babies.

Hopefully, before these charts are used worldwide, all pediatricians would at least be required to undergo a refresher on breastfeeding. It is important to correct old notions and misconceptions as well as keep them abreast of the benefits (based on new research), the safer drug alternatives (in case nursing moms need medication) and the cases that are not really conducive for breastfeeding (in cases of serious illnesses like mesothelioma). This is one of the biggest stumbling blocks to breastfeeding that I know of, mothers with non-supportive doctors.

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