I am thrilled to share part 2 of my interview with human milk researcher, Shannon L Kelleher, PhD. I wanted to share with everyone that Dr. Kelleher is doing exciting studies currently, one right here at the Penn State Hershey Medical Center’s neonatal intensive care unit: http://nutrition.psu.edu/kelleherlab
Dr. Kelleher’s goal is to start a Lactation Research Center here at Penn State Hershey!!! I hope to collaborate with her so that together we can do great things to promote the science of human milk.
I am thrilled to post my interview, with human milk researcher, Shannon L Kelleher, PhD. Dr. Kelleher just published a paper about her research on zinc levels in human milk. She found that zinc in the diet is not correlated to the amount of zinc in breast milk! This suggests that certain breastfed infants, are at risk for zinc deficiency and might benefit from zinc supplements, like is already being done for vitamin D and iron. Adequate zinc levels are critical to develop the immune system, cognitive development and general infant growth. Please read on for the rest of my interview. I promise, there are exciting results!
This is Cheryl’s breastfeeding story. Cheryl was on a strict elimination diet and struggled to keep weight on herself. Cheryl’s baby needed collaboration with me, her Pediatrician, her Pediatric Immunologist, her Dermatologist and finally a Pediatric Gastroenterologist. Together, we were able to support Cheryl, to successfully breastfeed her baby who will turn one, in a few days. Happy Birthday, K! **Sometimes it takes a village of health care providers to help feed your baby:
This is a picture of me with my youngest son, who was born 10 years ago during World Breastfeeding Week. It is hard to believe that just 10 years ago, the method a woman chose to feed her baby was not a heated subject, like it is now! Today, five years after opening my private lactation practice, and during World Breastfeeding Week, I have decided I no longer want to be a lactivist.
That’s right – I QUIT!
I think I should define the word lactivist. This is from Wikipedia: Continue reading