26 January 2009

central louisiana breastfeeding coalition

the central louisiana breastfeeding coalition has been receiving some publicity in the local press, such as the gannett/shreveport times here and the gannett/town talk here.

we certainly appreciate these mothers, fathers and other interested individuals that make up the coalition; who are working hard to improve the health of the newest, most vulnerable and cherished members of the central louisiana community.

we are thankful as well, to the below businesses who are enrolled in the coalitions "mom at work" program:

Capital One
Roy O. Martin
Christus St. Frances Cabrini Hospital
Proctor and Gamble
Wallace Eye Surgery
Christus Cabrini Pediatric Therapy Center
Rhodes Pediatric Clinic
Easter Seals Louisiana
Lori Brian Photography Studio
Gilchrist Construction Company
Pinecrest Support and Services Center

perusing the coalitions great website we came across their page "breastfeeding facts" and was disappointed to see that not included with their data is one of the most pressing reasons why breastfeeding is so important, especially these days, which is the presence of state mandated *fluoride in our louisiana drinking water.

according to the fluoride action network: health effects: fluoride warnings for infants:

Fluoride Exposure During Infancy

In contrast to recommendations adopted in the 1950s, fluoride supplementation is no longer recommended for newborn children. This includes both fluoride in drops, and fluoride in drinking water.

Not only is fluoride ingestion during infancy unnecessary, it can also be harmful - as suggested by a mounting body of evidence linking fluoride exposure during the first year of life with the development of dental fluorosis. (For pictures of dental fluorosis, click here)

Because of the risk for dental fluorosis, and the lack of demonstrable benefit from ingesting fluoride before teeth erupt, the American Dental Association - and a growing number of dental researchers - recommend that children under 12 months of age should not consume fluoridated water while babies under 6 months of age should not receive any fluoride drops or pills.

Fluoridated drinking water contains up to 200 times more fluoride than breast milk (1000 ppb in fluoridated tap water vs 5-10 ppb in breast milk).

As a result, babies consuming formula made with fluoridated tap water are exposed to much higher levels of fluoride than a breast-fed infant. (A baby drinking fluoridated formula receives the highest dosage of fluoride among all age groups in the population (0.1-0.2+ mg/kg/day), whereas a breast-fed infant receives the lowest).

Dental fluorosis is not the only risk from early-life exposure to fluoride. ~ read more
*in the 2008 regular louisiana legislative session, corrupt lake charles democrat, state senator, willie landry mount aided in the state house by monroe rino, kay "bucket of bolts" katz, pushed through, by stealth, mount's senate bill no. 312 which will mandate the fluoridation of louisiana's water supply.

sb312 was signed into law by that republican fraud of a governor piyush "bobby" jindal.

see the sb312 label in the footer of this post for more information