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August 28, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi, Los Angeles Times
Keep it short and to the point. And above all, don't embarrass the boss. That's the message of a series of official Saudi directives restricting the activities of clerics who issue bizarre fatwas or deliver long-winded sermons, including some who have been accused of simply ripping off sermons from the Internet and reading them aloud. The kingdom's top cleric this week ordered one preacher to shut up after he issued a fatwa , or religious edict, calling on the faithful to boycott a chain of supermarkets because it employs women as cashiers, according to an article posted Friday on the website of the pro-government Arab News.
March 25, 2013 | By Karen Kaplan
Four out of 10 mothers surveyed began feeding their infants solid food when they were only 4 months old and their still-developing bodies weren't able to process it -- and more than half the moms said they had been advised to do so by a medical professional.  Those are the findings of a survey released Monday by the journal Pediatrics. Considering that the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Academy of Family Physicians and the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology all recommend that parents wait to introduce solid food until their babies are about 6 months old, the results suggest that many parents -- along with the doctors and nurses they rely on -- are woefully out of step with the latest medical advice.  Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention sent questionnaires to thousands of pregnant women and invited them to take part in the Infant Feeding Practices Study II . Then they checked in with them when their babies were 2, 3 and 4 months old. The responses included in the Pediatrics study were from 1,334 mothers.  Overall, 539 of those mothers -- or 40.4% -- said they started feeding their babies solid food before they turned 4 months old. Those foods included yogurt, tofu, infant cereal, fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, eggs, fish, chicken, meat and even French fries.  Mothers who had been feeding their babies formula were especially likely to introduce solid foods before the four-month mark,...
May 6, 2010 | By Julie Wernau
Blogging moms and nutritionists are criticizing a new formula for toddlers that comes in chocolate and vanilla flavors as an early start to obesity. "Is it really a good idea to get our kids hooked on all things chocolate at the same time they're learning to walk?" one blogger posted on "What's next, genetically modifying moms to produce chocolate breast milk?" wrote another. Introduced by Mead Johnson Nutrition Co. in February as a beverage for toddlers who are transitioning from infant formula or breast milk, Enfagrow Premium's toddler chocolate and vanilla formulas are milk-based but contain 19 grams of sugar per 7-ounce serving.
September 8, 2012 | By Jennifer Delgado, Chicago Tribune
Child welfare agencies call them the "milk ladies. " For nearly 30 years, the women have trekked the Chicago area dropping off cases of brand-name baby formula for mothers who can't afford to feed their infants. The original eight women have been friends for years, gathering once a month to rehash high school memories and share stories about their own children while making the deliveries. Now, the founders are joined by their daughters and relatives. Together, they have raised $2.6 million through donations and grants.
May 2, 2011 | By Shari Roan, Los Angeles Times
Breastfeeding is universally recommended as the superior method for feeding infants because it's linked to long-term prevention of various illnesses including asthma, diabetes and obesity. A study released Monday puts more emphasis on breastfeeding by showing it may have a lasting impact on metabolism. French researchers analyzed three years of data following 234 children and how they were fed after birth. One group of children received only breast milk for the first four months of life.
January 15, 2011 | By Karen Kaplan, Los Angeles Times
What could be healthier for a baby than feeding him nothing but breast milk for the first six months of his life? Not relying exclusively on breast milk for the first six months of life, according to a small group of experts on pediatric health from the United Kingdom. Writing online this week in the British Medical Journal, they question whether it makes sense for parents in developed countries to follow the World Health Organization’s advice to provide six months of exclusive breast feeding.
Noriko Matsuo is afraid to keep breast-feeding her baby. "To think that dioxin might be flowing out of me to her is horrible," Matsuo said as her 1-year-old squirmed on her lap. She also wonders if it's safe to let her 3-year-old play in the local sandbox while 38 incinerators within a 2 1/2-mile radius are spewing dioxin-laden smoke into the atmosphere of this leafy bedroom community.
When the American Academy of Pediatrics urged in December 1997 that all babies be breast-fed for at least the first year of life, a 29-year-old mother in Champaign, Ill., cheered: The woman's son, then 2 1/2, was still nursing at least once a day, and seemed a rosy-cheeked testimonial to the health benefits of breast milk. He recovered quickly from stomach flus and colds, and seemed bright, happy and well-adjusted.
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