Quick does anyone know the relationship between Chasing Mercury and The Elephant in the Room:Bioethical Concerns in Human Milk Banking?
By now you all know that a sports illustrated model breastfed her baby on a Runway during Fashion Week a couple of weeks ago right? ( The baby was wearing noise cancelling head phones.)
I’m happy to Share that The Elephant in the Room: Bioethical Concerns in Human Milk Banking is in the top 100 of three amazon ebook areas: And also the print book his holding her own as well. The book is a fundraiser with proceeds going to Mothers Milk Bank San Jose so …. You might want to read the Bridge the Gap
Mothers Milk Bank San Jose is my Fiscal Sharing Partner for this project — The Elephant… http://www.mothersmilk.org In Amazon ebook: The book is available in Ebook and Paper Back. It is currently on Amazon and will be in Ingram Partners distribution (independent books stores too) by the end of November. IT’s a short quick read as well as a bit of a primer on bioethics and narrative. It might be particularly useful for students not just of medicine but psychology, writing, film & TV, sociology Read More
What we do know is that Breast Feeding improves the health of both mothers and babies which far outweighs any toxic effects of mercury-- in most circumstances. IF you are worried and are in an environment where there is know to be high Mercury levels see a clinician. Know that if Mercury is present ( and there is some everywhere) Levels go down within in 2-3 months after birth -- and again there is more mercury in cows milk based formula's than in human breast milk. The damage of not breast feeding an infant is far more lethal in terms of disease than mercury. However-- an environment where a mother is exposed to high levels of mercury during pregnancy -- can be dangerous and cause Minamata disease --but that mercury is passed across the placenta into the blood stream of the baby. But Mercury is poorly transmitted to and through breast milk. If you have the luxury of avoiding mercury ingestion by all means do. But if you have to choose between breast feeding and not -- mercury contamination is not your biggest problem. You might see the film Breast Milk and follow journalist, writer health communicator Kimberly Seals Allers (author of the Big LetDown). Read More