WBEZ | breastfeeding http://www.wbez.org/tags/breastfeeding Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Morning Shift: Breastfeeding, politics and Marina City http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-17/morning-shift-breastfeeding-politics-and-marina-city <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//main-images/Breast Feeding - Flickr - DMurray82.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Social media and the issue of sharing breastfeeding photos has brought the debate about whether or not breastfeeding should be public on the web. What do you think? And Curious City explores Marina City and Bertrand Goldberg&#39;s life.</p><script src="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-breastfeeding-politics-and-marina-ci.js?header=false"></script><noscript>[<a href="//storify.com/WBEZ/morning-shift-breastfeeding-politics-and-marina-ci" target="_blank">View the story "Morning Shift: Breastfeeding, politics and Marina City" on Storify</a>]</noscript></p> Wed, 17 Jul 2013 08:10:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/programs/morning-shift-tony-sarabia/2013-07-17/morning-shift-breastfeeding-politics-and-marina-city Jared Logan was breastfed until he was 11, and look how he turned out http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-05/jared-logan-was-breastfed-until-he-was-11-and-look-how-he-turned-out <p><p><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/time%20magazine.jpg" style="float: left; width: 300px; height: 399px; " title="" />We probably don&#39;t even have to introduce <a href="http://www.time.com/time/covers/0,16641,20120521,00.html">this particular magazine cover</a>: <em>Time</em>&nbsp;M<em>agazine </em>really knocked it out of Controversy Park with this one.</p><p>Comedian Jared Logan wasn&#39;t alone in finding this scandel ripe for the joke-picking, but he may have taken the joke further than others.&nbsp;&quot;I breastfed until I was 11 and, as you can see, I&rsquo;m a completely normal, well-adjusted person,&quot; he said at <em>The Paper Machete</em>.</p><p>&quot;My mother died of a severe calcium deficiency,&quot; he continued. &quot;It was very mysterious. The doctors said it was as if every bit of calcium in her body had somehow been stripped away.&quot; Read an excerpt of his biting commentary below or listen above:</p><p><em>On May 10th, 2012, </em>Time Magazine<em> published an issue which featured on its cover Jamie Lynn Grumet, age 26, and her son Aram, age 4. In the photo, Aram has Jamie Lynn&rsquo;s breast inside of his mouth and he is sucking on it.</em></p><p><em>The cover has provoked a lot of controversy. There are a lot small-minded people out there who believe it is wrong to breastfeed a child that can talk and use tools. Those people need to quit drinking from the teat of hypocrisy. The cover has finally given me the courage to reveal to the world that I was breastfed by my mother, Catherine Logan, until I was 11 years old.</em></p><p><em>Like Jamie Lynn Grumet&rsquo;s parents, my mother was also a healthcare professional. My mom was a crystal healer and part-time Tarot card reader, so I guess you could say she cared for the </em>entire <em>body; physical, mental and magical. She was a success in her field and I can proudly say that not one of her patients was ever possessed by a demon or turned into a werewolf.&nbsp;My mother decided to try long-term first decade breastfeeding after it was recommended to her by a witch named Hegetha who lived in a bus. &nbsp;</em></p><p><a href="http://thepapermacheteshow.com/" target="_blank">The Paper Machete</a><em>&nbsp;is a weekly live magazine at the Horseshoe in North Center. It&#39;s always at 3 p.m., it&#39;s always on Saturday, and it&#39;s always free. Get all your</em>&nbsp;The Paper Machete Radio Magazine&nbsp;<em>needs filled&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wbez.org/tags/paper-machete" target="_blank">here</a>, or download the podcast from iTunes&nbsp;<a href="http://itunes.apple.com/podcast/the-paper-machete-radio-magazine/id450280345" target="_blank">here</a>.</em></p></p> Sat, 19 May 2012 08:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/onstagebackstage/2012-05/jared-logan-was-breastfed-until-he-was-11-and-look-how-he-turned-out The Morning Drive Podcast: Wednesday http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/morning-drive-podcast-wednesday-98735 <p><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden"><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><div class="body"><div class="body"><div class="body"><div class="body"><div class="body"><div class="body"><div class="body"><div class="body"><div class="body"><div class="body"><div class="body"><div class="body"><div class="body"><div class="body"><div class="body"><div class="body"><div class="body"><div class="body"><div class="body"><div class="body"><div class="body"><p>Chicago's top headlines, piped straight to your earbuds.</p><p>In today's episode: boy bands; Bulls; breastfeeding.</p><p>It's all the news that's fit to podcast. Click above to listen, click <a href="http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/wbezs-the-morning-drive/id289088670" target="_blank"><font color="#006896">here </font></a>to subscribe.</p></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div><p>&nbsp;</p></p> Wed, 02 May 2012 06:51:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/bez/2012-05/morning-drive-podcast-wednesday-98735 Bill would push breastfeeding in Illinois hospitals http://www.wbez.org/news/bill-would-push-breastfeeding-illinois-hospitals-98730 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Gabel.JPG" style="margin: 6px 0px 0px 15px; float: right; width: 265px; height: 372px;" title="The measure’s author, Rep. Robyn Gabel, D-Evanston, predicts an impact on mothers who envisioned using formula. (WBEZ/Chip Mitchell)"></div><p>A bill heading toward a final vote in Springfield would make Illinois one of the first states to require hospitals to adopt an infant feeding policy that promotes breast milk.</p><p>Under the measure, which passed a state Senate committee Tuesday, any hospital in Illinois that provides birthing services would develop its policy with guidance from the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a pro-breastfeeding effort of the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund, better known as UNICEF. Hospitals would post the policy “in a conspicuous place” and “routinely communicate” it to all obstetric and neonatal staffers, beginning with their orientation, according to the bill.</p><p>The legislation, HB4968, would allow hospitals to help mothers use formula if medically necessary or if the women preferred it. But the bill’s author, Rep. Robyn Gabel, D-Evanston, predicts her measure would have an impact on mothers who had never envisioned breastfeeding.</p><p>“Once the nurses talk to them and explain the benefits to the children — how it prevents obesity, many acute chronic diseases, [sudden infant death syndrome], asthma and allergies — mothers may be much more likely to breastfeed than they were before,” said Gabel, who modeled the legislation on a California law that will take effect in 2014.</p><p>The Illinois Hospital Association helped craft the bill and supports its passage, according to Nichole Magalis, the group’s senior director of government relations.</p><p>The House approved the measure in a 107-0 vote March 21. Sponsored in the Senate by Kwame Raoul, D-Chicago, the bill passed the Senate Public Health Committee in a 9-0 vote Tuesday. The timing of a Senate floor vote is unclear.</p><p>Gov. Pat Quinn has not taken a position on the bill, according to a spokeswoman. It would take effect January 1, 2013.</p></p> Tue, 01 May 2012 15:32:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/news/bill-would-push-breastfeeding-illinois-hospitals-98730 Women’s hospital aims for ‘baby friendly’ status http://www.wbez.org/story/women%E2%80%99s-hospital-aims-%E2%80%98baby-friendly%E2%80%99-status-96224 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2012-February/2012-02-09/breast feeding_Flickr_thekmancom.jpg" alt="" /><p><p><img alt="Northwestern Memorial’s Prentice Women’s Hospital in Chicago. (AP/File)" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/insert-image/2012-February/2012-02-08/Prentice.jpg" style="margin: 9px 18px 6px 1px; float: left; width: 254px; height: 380px;" title="The facility, part of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, delivers about 12,000 babies a year. (AP/File)">A hospital that delivers more than a quarter of babies born in Chicago is entering an international program that aims to improve the health of both newborns and their mothers. The program focuses on breastfeeding.</p><p>Prentice Women’s Hospital, part of Northwestern Memorial Hospital, is planning to follow 10 guidelines set by the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, a program sponsored by the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children’s Fund, also known as UNICEF.</p><p>The guidelines include helping mothers begin breastfeeding within an hour of birth, providing infants no food or drink other than breast milk unless medically necessary, giving no pacifiers or artificial nipples to breastfeeding babies and allowing mothers and newborns to room together around the clock.</p><p>Prentice, one of eight Chicago hospitals to apply for the baby-friendly status so far, delivers about 12,000 infants a year, more than any other facility in the city. The path toward the designation includes extensive staff training and new hospital policies. The process could last years.</p><p>“All the staff in the hospital will get some exposure to what it means to be a baby-friendly hospital,” said Adam Becker, executive director of the Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children, a federally funded group that works with the city to help hospitals enter the international program. “Then there are many categories of staff that do more hands-on training.”</p><p>“If Prentice takes all these steps,” Becker added, “roughly 27 percent of babies born in Chicago and their mothers will have access to the most supportive environment possible to encourage breastfeeding from birth.”</p><p>But the program has a downside, according to Dr. Maura Quinlan, vice chairwoman of the Illinois section of the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. “The main issue is time, especially documenting the whole process and the 10 steps,” she said. “I don’t think many smaller hospitals have the resources to go through the application.”</p><p>“The designation is something the hospital can show on its website but it doesn’t mean that other hospitals don’t provide the same services,” said Quinlan, who delivers babies at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn.</p><p>Prentice’s quest for baby-friendly status marks a turnaround of sorts. Years ago the hospital eliminated many of its lactation-specialist positions.</p><p>Illinois birth-certificate data for the six months ending last July 31 suggest that about 80 percent of Prentice newborns breastfed there. By that measure, the hospital ranked sixth among 19 facilities that deliver babies in the city.</p><p>The first hospital in Chicago to apply for the baby-friendly status was Holy Cross last summer. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/after-wbez-report-hospital-steps-breastfeeding-efforts-90006">A top official there said a WBEZ report</a> about the hospital’s breastfeeding performance made improvement a priority.</p><p>The other Chicago applicants include Mount Sinai Hospital, St. Anthony Hospital, the University of Illinois Medical Center, St. Joseph Hospital, Resurrection Medical Center and Roseland Community Hospital.</p><p>More than 15,000 facilities in 134 countries have earned the baby-friendly status since the program’s 1991 launch, according to UNICEF. In the United States, just 125 hospitals had received the designation by December, according to New York-based Baby-Friendly USA Inc., a chapter of the international program. The only two in Illinois are Pekin Hospital in downstate Pekin and St. John’s Hospital, further south in Springfield.</p><p>U.S. health officials say breastfeeding helps newborns avoid infections, obesity and chronic diseases such as diabetes and asthma. For mothers, they say it reduces risks of breast and ovarian cancer. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies get no solids or liquids other than breast milk for the first six months of life.</p></p> Thu, 09 Feb 2012 11:12:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/women%E2%80%99s-hospital-aims-%E2%80%98baby-friendly%E2%80%99-status-96224 After WBEZ report, hospital steps up breastfeeding efforts http://www.wbez.org/story/after-wbez-report-hospital-steps-breastfeeding-efforts-90006 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-02/HolyCrossHospital.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>A Southwest Side hospital with the Chicago area’s lowest newborn breastfeeding rate is trying to step up its game. Holy Cross has become the first Chicago hospital to register in a United Nations program called the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative.</p><p>Holy Cross opened a new maternity ward in February 2010. A year later, however, less than 7&nbsp;percent of the ward’s 263 newborns had breastfed there, according to Illinois birth-certificate data.<br> <br> A May <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/regulators-let-breast-milk-compete-formula-hospitals-86129">report by WBEZ</a> about Holy Cross’s breastfeeding performance made improvement a priority, says Anna Carvalho, the hospital’s vice president of strategic planning and business development. “Your [report] put it front-and-center for us,” she says.<br> <br> To achieve the Baby Friendly designation, Holy Cross is planning to tap federal help for staff training. “A safety-net hospital like this is scrambling for every opportunity,” Carvalho says. “So this one was a no-brainer.”<br> <br> Carvalho points out that many Holy Cross maternity-ward patients did not receive prenatal care. “We’re trying to figure out ways to work with the community so that the first conversation about breastfeeding isn’t happening at the time of delivery but is happening in advance,” she says.<br> <br> The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that babies get nothing but breast milk for their first six months to avoid health problems such as obesity and diabetes.<br> <br> But a federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/Breastfeeding/index.html">report out Tuesday</a> says nearly 80&nbsp;percent of U.S. hospitals give babies formula when not medically necessary.</p></p> Tue, 02 Aug 2011 20:30:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/after-wbez-report-hospital-steps-breastfeeding-efforts-90006 Hospital regulators let baby formula vie with breast milk http://www.wbez.org/content/hospital-regulators-let-formula-vie-breast-milk <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Vanessa3.JPG" style="margin: 4px 0px 0px; float: left; width: 266px; height: 199px;" title="Lactation consultant Vanessa Stokes says Cook County’s Stroger Hospital has a long way to go. (WBEZ/Chip Mitchell)" /></div><p>A new French study shows that breastfeeding may have lasting benefits for a child&rsquo;s metabolism. Other studies suggest breastfeeding helps prevent infections, chronic diseases and obesity. Evidence like this has moved the American Academy of Pediatrics to recommend giving babies no food or drink other than breast milk for their first six months. At many Chicago-area hospitals, though, breast milk competes with baby formula. At some of them, the real stuff usually loses. From our West Side bureau, we compare how the area&rsquo;s hospitals approach breastfeeding and see whether watchdog agencies are paying much attention.</p><p>MITCHELL: Certified lactation consultant Vanessa Stokes landed a job in December.</p><p>STOKES: I was excited just to get to that place to really make a difference.</p><p>MITCHELL: That place was the maternity ward of Cook County&rsquo;s Stroger Hospital. Stokes was there to encourage and train moms to breastfeed. But she noticed the hospital giving them signals it was OK to feed newborns formula.</p><p>STOKES: I saw bottles in the cribs.</p><p>MITCHELL: Then Stokes met one of the hospital&rsquo;s newest mothers. Like many patients on the ward, she was young and black. What was less usual was her file. It showed she&rsquo;d been planning to breastfeed.</p><p>STOKES: The baby was born and then, at night, she had some problems with latch-on, which happens. She said, &lsquo;The nurse told me to give the baby a bottle.&rsquo; That&rsquo;s what she told me.</p><p>MITCHELL: You believe her?</p><p>STOKES: Yes, I do. Most nurses, they just don&rsquo;t want to take the time to help moms. They have a million other things to do.</p><p>MITCHELL: And there was no breastfeeding peer counselor or lactation consultant on duty overnight?</p><p>STOKES: No.</p><p>MITCHELL: One of Stokes&rsquo; supervisors at Stroger confirms that the hospital keeps bottles in cribs and that the nurses sometimes give out formula without any medical reason. <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/baby-formula/breast-feeding-disparities-sharp-chicago-area-hospitals">Birth-certificate data</a> show that less than 60 percent of infants born at Stroger get to breastfeed there. And there are more places like this. A dozen Chicago-area hospitals have even lower rates. The data show there&rsquo;s one on the South Side where just 10 percent of newborns start breastfeeding.</p><p>SOUND: Elevator door closes.</p><p>MITCHELL (on site): I&rsquo;m inside that hospital now. It&rsquo;s called Holy Cross. I&rsquo;m taking an elevator to the 6th floor to see Anita Allen-Karriem. She directs what Holy Cross calls its Family Birth Center.</p><p>SOUND: Elevator door opens. Intercom voice. Birth Center door opens.</p><p>MITCHELL: Allen-Karriem shows me around the ward.</p><p>ALLEN-KARRIEM: And, as you can see, this is our rooming-in. And our moms are here and they can have their baby here 24/7...</p><p>MITCHELL: She says Holy Cross initiates breastfeeding within an hour of birth.</p><p>ALLEN-KARRIEM: My nurses have the tools that they need to assist with breastfeeding the mom. And we encourage breastfeeding on demand.</p><p>MITCHELL (on site): How many lactation consultants do you have on staff?</p><p>ALLEN-KARRIEM: We don&rsquo;t have any. Our volume does not support that at this particular time.</p><p>MITCHELL (on site): Any peer counselors that come in as volunteers? Breastfeeding peer counselors?</p><p>ALLEN-KARRIEM: No, we don&rsquo;t have that at the present.</p><p>MITCHELL: Allen-Karriem says convincing her patients to breastfeed is not always easy. She says most have not received any prenatal care before showing up in labor. Even more than Stroger Hospital, Holy Cross lets breast milk compete with formula. Allen-Karriem says her hospital sends moms home with a few days worth of formula. The idea&rsquo;s to tide them over, until they get into a federal nutrition program that provides more.</p><p>ALLEN-KARRIEM: Is it the best method of nutrition? No, it is not. Breastfeeding is. However, it&rsquo;s the mom&rsquo;s choice. If she wants to exclusively breastfeed, we do not send her home with formula. However, because she has not chosen to breastfeed, would you send her outside your doors with no way to feed her infant and no way to buy any formula?</p><p>MITCHELL: Again, Holy Cross is at the bottom when it comes to breastfeeding rates in Chicago-area hospitals. Experts say that&rsquo;s not a big surprise since it doesn&rsquo;t have lactation consultants and gives out all that formula. But some hospitals are taking a different tack.</p><p>INTERCOM: Stroke alert for the Emergency Room...</p><p>MITCHELL: Like Stroger and Holy Cross, Mount Sinai on Chicago&rsquo;s West Side serves mostly low-income patients. Last year about half the babies born at the hospital were getting breastfed there. To lift that rate, Mount Sinai says it&rsquo;s planning to apply for a pro-breastfeeding designation from the United Nations called Baby Friendly.</p><p>SAIDEL: This is the room where the hearing screen is done...</p><p>MITCHELL: Lou-Ellen Saidel is one of two half-time lactation consultants on Mount Sinai&rsquo;s maternity ward. She says you can see the effect of the Baby Friendly program right in this room. Saidel says the nurses used to quiet down babies for hearing tests by giving them formula. Now, she points to a big sign at eye level.</p><p>SAIDEL: It says, &lsquo;Bottles should only be given for a documented medical reason.&rsquo; So now they don&rsquo;t use formula on breastfeeding babies anymore in here.</p><p>MITCHELL: Saidel says Mount Sinai puts almost every staffer who comes into contact with new mothers or infants through breastfeeding training...</p><p>SAIDEL: ...from registered nurse to secretary. This is a process of people acquiring skills that were not taught in nursing school and medical school.</p><p>MITCHELL: For the Baby Friendly designation, some Sinai staffers will need more training. The sessions won&rsquo;t cost the hospital much money but will eat up staff time. That could explain why no Chicago hospital has applied for the designation. But a lot of breastfeeding experts say the hospitals should give it a try.</p><p>ABRAMSON: Breastfeeding is one those priority areas that are life-and-death for their patients.</p><p>MITCHELL: Rachel Abramson is a former post-partum nurse who heads a Chicago nonprofit group called HealthConnect One.</p><p>ABRAMSON: Those of us who grew up thinking that formula feeding is the norm and perfectly adequate have a hard time shifting our vision to see the risks of illness in the first year of life, juvenile diabetes, of breast cancer for mother, of obesity and diabetes &mdash; lifelong &mdash; for mothers and babies.</p><p>MITCHELL: Abramson says the costs for treating these diseases often ends up on the shoulders of taxpayers. If that&rsquo;s the case, you might think the government and hospital oversight groups would push hard for better breastfeeding rates. But they don&rsquo;t push. They mostly nudge.</p><p>MITCHELL: One group with some accountability is the Oakbrook Terrace-based Joint Commission. It accredits hospitals. Ann Watt helps direct the commission&rsquo;s quality-evaluation division. Watt says about a year ago the commission published some standards for hospitals to measure whether newborns were breastfeeding.</p><p>WATT: Our medical experts have indicated to us that this is a best practice.</p><p>MITCHELL: But these commission standards are voluntary. In fact, just three Illinois hospitals have adopted them.</p><p>MITCHELL (on phone): Could a hospital be performing poorly by these measures and still get accreditation?</p><p>WATT: Yes.</p><p>MITCHELL: Another group with some say is the Illinois Hospital Association. I asked the group whether it would support more public oversight of hospital breastfeeding practices. A spokesman declined to answer on tape but sent a statement saying the rules should not be rigid. The statement says breastfeeding management should begin with prenatal care, not the mother&rsquo;s hospital stay. The hospital association also points out that the decision to breastfeed is personal.</p><p>MITCHELL: The folks with the most to say about hospitals breastfeeding rates are at the Illinois Department of Public Health. The department is in charge of enforcing the state&rsquo;s hospital-licensing code. The code requires hospitals to follow basic breastfeeding guidelines that two physician groups published in 2007. In a statement to WBEZ, the Illinois Department of Public Health says it investigates breastfeeding infection-control issues. Otherwise, though, the department says it does not enforce the guidelines. That leaves public policy on breastfeeding largely up to individual hospitals &mdash; places like Stroger, Mount Sinai and Holy Cross.</p><p><em>Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the status of Mount Sinai Hospital&rsquo;s Baby Friendly effort. Chicago officials announced in August 2010 that Mount Sinai was seeking the international designation. The hospital registered to begin that four-phase process in September 2011.</em></p></p> Thu, 05 May 2011 16:23:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/content/hospital-regulators-let-formula-vie-breast-milk Report: Breastfeeding in Illinois hinges partly on race, income http://www.wbez.org/story/report-breastfeeding-illinois-hinges-partly-race-income-85662 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//story/photo/2011-April/2011-04-25/breastfeeding.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Almost half of African-American mothers in Illinois never breastfeed their newborns, according to a report by state and university researchers and a nonprofit group called HealthConnect One.</p> <p> Among new black mothers in 2008, about 45 percent did not start breastfeeding their infants, according to the report, “<a href="http://www.ilbreastfeedingblueprint.org/">Illinois Breastfeeding Blueprint: A Plan for Change</a>.” That figure compares to 21 percent for whites, 14 percent for Latinas and 3 percent for Asian-Americans.</p> <p> The report also shows income disparities. The rate of low-income white mothers in the state who never started breastfeeding babies born in 2008 was 36 percent.</p> <p> “Hospitals should be doing more to encourage breastfeeding,” said University of Illinois at Chicago epidemiologist Deborah Rosenberg, who analyzed data for the report.</p> <p> Looking at all new Illinois mothers, the report says the number who did start breastfeeding was almost 78 percent by 2008 — up about 8 percent from 2000. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has set a national goal of almost 82 percent by 2020.</p> <p> Starting breastfeeding does not mean keeping at it. Twelve weeks after giving birth, just 47 percent of Illinois mothers were breastfeeding, according to the report. Of those, almost half were not breastfeeding exclusively.</p> <p> “Many women go back to work then,” Rosenberg said. “It means that employers need to be supportive of breastfeeding.”</p> <p> Rosenberg said resources for lactation consultants and peer counselors are also falling short.</p> <p> HealthConnect One, based in Chicago, published the report Monday in collaboration with the Illinois Department of Human Services and the University of Illinois at Chicago’s School of Public Health.</p> <p> Next month the group and its partners plan to begin formulating a five-year action plan for hospitals, government agencies, employers, insurers and community groups.</p> <p> <a href="http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/topics/breastfeeding/calltoactiontosupportbreastfeeding.pdf"> Federal health officials</a> say breastfeeding helps babies avoid obesity, infections and chronic diseases. The <a href="http://www.aap.org/advocacy/releases/feb05breastfeeding.htm">American Academy of Pediatrics</a> recommends exclusive breastfeeding for six months.</p></p> Tue, 26 Apr 2011 22:44:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/report-breastfeeding-illinois-hinges-partly-race-income-85662 Is tonight the biggest night in Chicago sports (bar) history? http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-26/tonight-biggest-night-chicago-sports-bar-history-85695 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org//blog/photo/2011-April/2011-04-26/AP9106131353.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="caption" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-April/2011-04-26/AP9106131353.jpg" title="Could tonight be bigger than this night, back in 1991? Nice TV! (AP/File) " width="512" height="345"></p><p>I have a feeling tonight is going to be a good night (hit Black Eyed Peas bed music). I'm tailgating, starting now. <a href="http://www.csnchicago.com/">CSN will be earning their local cable dollars</a> and local bars will have the good fortune of back-to-back playoff games. If you own a bar, maybe you should change the genre just for tonight to be a 'Hawks/Bulls headquarters. Then you go back to being Reggae tomorrow. I'm looking your way, Exodus II.&nbsp;</p><p>I would like to make the argument that tonight should be the biggest (and longest) night in Chicago sports (bar) history. You would have to go back to 1991-'92 to get a crossover between the 'Hawks and Bulls. There are also some crossover games that included big regular season Bears games and baseball playoff games. Those are big days. But in terms of back-to-back night games (and throwing in two night baseball games - one at Wrigley and the other against the Yankees) you may have a case for tonight being special.</p><p>Now, Chicagoans, will tonight be as big as the end of May, 1992? The Bulls and Blackhawks both went to the finals that year. Here's the entry from Wikipedia:</p><blockquote><p>The <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chicago_Blackhawks">Chicago Blackhawks</a> were in the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1992_Stanley_Cup_Finals" title="1992 Stanley Cup Finals">Stanley Cup Finals</a> at the same time the Bulls won the NBA championship, but got swept by the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pittsburgh_Penguins">Pittsburgh Penguins</a>. This was the only year that both the Bulls and the Blackhawks reached their respective league's finals.</p></blockquote><p>But, according to my research, the 'Hawks and Bulls never overlapped in their finals appearances on the same night. The 'Hawks were swept out of the Stanley Cup Finals by June 1, 1992. The Bulls began their series with the Trailblazers on June 3, 1992. So there was definitely excitement, but no evidence of overlap. Now, they most certainly overlapped in their playoff run, but not elimination games.</p><p>The downside to tonight's lineup is that it is only the first round of the playoffs. There is a Game 7, but the bigger picture is that these games are not for all the marbles.</p><p>Two wins tonight might force me to write this up all over again.</p><p><strong>B story:</strong> <a href="http://www.wbez.org/story/report-breastfeeding-illinois-hinges-partly-race-income-85662">Chip Mitchell has a nice story today on breastfeeding disparities in Chicago</a>. According to a new study, African-American mothers have a much lower rate of breastfeeding. The story also cites federal officials talking about how important it is to breastfeed. What gets me about this debate is that we rarely ever hear from the pro-formula side. Is there such a thing? Are there reports coming out that say, "Nah, breastfeeding is cool but it doesn't hurt you if you don't do it. Formula has all the same nutrients." If so, they aren't getting the same press opportunities.</p><p><strong>C story</strong>: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/soundopinions/sets/72157626583786470/">Arcade Fire was here yesterday</a>. I hope they played their hits! The live performance on Sound Ops should be out in the near future. Arcade Fire actually sang the 7th inning stretch in Chicago on Saturday. <a href="http://www.salon.com/news/music/?story=/ent/tv/feature/2011/04/25/cubs_game_arcade_fire">Salon wrote up the appearance</a> and claimed that Cubs fans and Arcade Fire fans don't overlap. Obviously, she hasn't driven past the UIC Pavilion while fans lined up (plenty of Cubs overlap). Or go to Lollapalooza last year when they were the headliners. And the article also cites that the Cubs lost that game on Saturday. Duh, the Cubs came back in the 8th. Next time, file after the game ends.</p><p><strong>D story</strong>: There was a <a href="http://www.chicagotribune.com/entertainment/theater/ct-ae-0424-second-city-20110422,0,6071815.story">Trib article this past Sunday about the groundbreaking new Second City revue</a>. The article is all about how this new cast had heartbreak and disappointment during the writing of the show. That's why it's so dark and brilliant. Nina Metz (great writer, btw) wrote cast members faced hardships related to miscarriages, deaths (Sloane, Scruggs), illnesses and were <strong>bummed about the blizzard</strong>. Seriously? The line is "The show must go on, they told each other. And it did — until February's blizzard shut the theater down for two days, along with the cast's spirit."</p><p>C'mon, unless the cast was stuck on a bus on LSD for 12 hours without food and water, it is not considered a hardship or a morale killer that you couldn't go to work and improvise.</p><p><strong>Weather</strong>: It's nice and warm today. Keep that sun out and we got ourselves a day!</p><p><strong>Sports</strong>: And now, for your starting storylines!!!!</p><p>Derrick Rose was in a walking boot. Will he pull an MJ (I refuse to let Michael Jackson have MJ, btw) and hobble in and drop 50 points tonight?</p><p>Roberto Luongo will be in goal tonight for the Canucks. I predicted mind games when this series started, and I was right on. Will the all-star goalie step up and shut down the Hawks, or will he buckle under the pressure?</p><p>Nice to have the Sox <a href="http://sports.espn.go.com/chicago/mlb/recap?gameId=310425110">almost no-hitting A-Rod and Jeter last night</a>. How bout a series win in the Bronx? That would be a nice way to start the turnaround.</p><p>Cubs v. Rockies. Um, Quade walks to work? That's all I got.</p><p><strong>Kicker</strong>: I want to get a softball league together. Or at least join one. And since the only people that read this blog are other bloggers and editors, will someone let us in? We got a good team, we got a couple guys that will put on the real softball socks and gym shorts. And we have a couple lefties. Here, check this out - our wiffle ball matchup from a few years back.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe src="http://player.vimeo.com/video/7088154?title=0&amp;byline=0&amp;color=c40215" width="450" frameborder="0" height="338"></iframe></p></p> Tue, 26 Apr 2011 14:20:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/justin-kaufmann/2011-04-26/tonight-biggest-night-chicago-sports-bar-history-85695 Breast Milk Ice Cream A Hit At London Store http://www.wbez.org/story/breastfeeding/2011-02-25/breast-milk-ice-cream-hit-london-store-82981 <p><p>Anyone pining for some ice cream in London now has an unusual option to consider: ice cream made from mothers' breast milk. The Icecreamists shop has made headlines for using milk from as many as 15 women to make its new "Baby Gaga" flavor.</p><p>The rare offering proved a hit with customers at the Covent Garden store — the first batch sold out within days of being introduced. A serving of Baby Gaga, which is reportedly flavored with vanilla and lemon zest, goes for 14 pounds — or about $22.50.</p><p>The milk came from women found on an Internet advertisement. And the folks at Icecreamists say all the milk "was screened in line with hospital/blood donor requirements."</p><p>In an interview for British TV, store founder Matt O'Connor says, "It's pure, it's natural, it's organic, and it's free range — and if it's good enough for our kids, it's good enough to use in our ice cream." Watch the video here:</p><p>The case reminded me of the <a href="http://www.eatsonfeets.org/">Eats on Feets</a> campaign, which started out on Facebook after a breastfeeding mother sought ways to put her surplus milk to use. Teaming up with a like-minded activist, the movement has spread — and now includes Antarctica, according to the <a href="http://www.facebook.com/eats.on.feets?v=wall">EoF Facebook page</a>. Emma Kwasnica, one of the women behind Eats on Feets, was interviewed by NPR member station KOPN — for its <a href="http://kopn.org/progdesc1&u=/pp/mommarap.php">Momma Rap</a> program. (click "Podcasts" to hear the interview</p><p>The U.S. FDA is a bit leery of using "donor human milk." On its website, it explains why:</p><p><blockquote></p><p>Risks for the baby include exposure to infectious diseases, including HIV, to chemical contaminants, such as some illegal drugs, and to a limited number of prescription drugs that might be in the human milk, if the donor has not been adequately screened. In addition, if human milk is not handled and stored properly, it could, like any type of milk, become contaminated and unsafe to drink.</p><p></blockquote></p><p>Still, the FDA isn't categorically against sharing breastmilk. It points people to the <a href="http://www.hmbana.org/">Human Milk Banking Association of North America</a> as a good source of information and possible contacts. Copyright 2011 National Public Radio. To see more, visit <a href="http://www.npr.org/">http://www.npr.org/</a>.<img src="http://metrics.npr.org/b/ss/nprapidev/5/1298659080?&gn=Breast+Milk+Ice+Cream+A+Hit+At+London+Store&ev=event2&ch=103943429&h1=Food,Foreign+News,breastfeeding,The+Two-Way,Europe,Commentary,Opinion,World,News&c3=D%3Dgn&v3=D%3Dgn&c4=134056923&c7=1124&v7=D%3Dc7&c18=1124&v18=D%3Dc18&c19=20110225&v19=D%3Dc19&c20=1&v20=D%3Dc20&c31=129009726,127602464,125947674,103943429&v31=D%3Dc31&c45=MDA0OTc2MjAwMDEyNjk0NDE4OTI2NmUwNQ001"/></p></p> Fri, 25 Feb 2011 11:50:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/breastfeeding/2011-02-25/breast-milk-ice-cream-hit-london-store-82981