Breast­feed­ing ben­e­fits both moth­ers and chil­dren

China Daily (Canada) - - CHINA - By CHINA DAILY

Aus­tralian-Chi­nese Pri­mary In­dus­try Coun­cil, agreed with Ling’s com­ments and backed her idea of in­de­pen­dent in­spec­tions.

“Pol­lu­tion and a lack of arable land in China mean it is rea­son­able for lo­cal brands to build fac­to­ries over­seas and they should be en­cour­aged to do so. How­ever, be­cause more prod­ucts will be made over­seas it will be nec­es­sary to have a third-party, global qual­i­ty­track­ing plat­form,” he said.

He added that it is es­sen­tial to reg­u­late man­u­fac­tur­ers, and the in­dus­try ur­gently needs to re­as­sure con­sumers be­cause that will be key to re­build­ing con­fi­dence.

“It’s strange that even a decade af­ter the scan­dal, Chi­nese par­ents still don’t use lo­cal for­mula be­cause both do­mes­tic and for­eign-made prod­ucts used to have qual­ity prob­lems. How­ever, a re­cent case in­volv­ing Lac­talis Group, an in­ter­na­tional dairy com­pany based in France, may of­fer some clues on how to han­dle ad­ver­sity,” he said.

On Jan 12, the Lac­talis web­site said the com­pany had re­called all in­fant for­mula prod­ucts man­u­fac­tured and con­di­tioned in its fa­cil­ity in Craon, France, fol­low­ing sus­pi­cions that some were con­tam­i­nated with sal­mo­nella ag­ona.

Two days later, 37 in­fants were re­ported to have been taken ill af­ter drink­ing the for­mula, ac­cord­ing to The Guardian, a Bri­tish news­pa­per.

“The com­pany re­acted swiftly by quickly iden­ti­fy­ing the fac­tory in­volved, fol­lowed by an in­stant re­call of prod­ucts and of­fers of com­pen­sa­tion,” Tong said.

To re­store con­sumer con­fi­dence, he sug­gested that in­stead of in­vest­ing bil­lions into ad­ver­tis­ing their char­i­ta­ble do­na­tions to the poor, Chi­nese for­mula man­u­fac­tur­ers should es­tab­lish a joint in­sur­ance fund to deal with breaches of safety in the in­dus­try na­tion­wide.

“It is im­por­tant to re­build the im­age of Chi­nese com­pa­nies as pro­fes­sional and re­spon­si­ble. We can’t place the en­tire re­spon­si­bil­ity on the gov­ern­ment, whose main role is that of a watch­dog,” he said.

“Find­ing a so­lu­tion to the prob­lem is an ex­per­i­ment in re­shap­ing the ‘Made in China’ brand. If we can make this break­through, I think prob­lems in other in­dus­tries could be solved quickly in the fu­ture.”

Wang Xiaodong con­trib­uted to this story.

Con­tact the writer at li­hongyang@chi­nadaily.com.cn

Re­cent re­search has added to ev­i­dence that breast­feed­ing is ben­e­fi­cial to both moth­ers and ba­bies.

A study pub­lished in JAMA In­ter­nal Medicine, a peer-re­viewed jour­nal pub­lished monthly by the Amer­i­can Med­i­cal As­so­ci­a­tion, on Jan 16 showed that breast­feed­ing can re­duce the risk of di­a­betes among young moth­ers.

The 30-year-long com­mu­ni­ty­based study car­ried out by Kaiser Per­ma­nente, a man­aged care or­ga­ni­za­tion in the United States, sug­gested that women who breast­fed for six months or more across all births had a 47 per­cent lower risk of de­vel­op­ing Type 2 di­a­betes com­pared with those who did not breast­feed at all.

“We found a very strong as­so­ci­a­tion be­tween breast­feed­ing du­ra­tion and a lower risk of de­vel­op­ing di­a­betes, even af­ter ac­count­ing for all pos­si­ble con­found­ing risk fac­tors,” wrote lead author Erica Gun­der­son, a se­nior re­search sci­en­tist with the Kaiser Per­ma­nente re­search divi­sion, in a state­ment.

In ad­di­tion, other re­search sug­gests that breast milk is ben­e­fi­cial to in­fants in more than just a nu­tri­tional sense.

A study pub­lished in JAMA Pe­di­atrics in 2013 showed that early and late ex­po­sure to solid foods may pro­mote the devel­op­ment of Type 1 di­a­betes in chil­dren, but breast­feed­ing com­bined with the grad­ual in­tro­duc­tion of wheat or bar­ley can en­hance pro­tec­tion.

Quoted by China Ra­dio In­ter­na­tional, Wang Dan­hua, pro­fes­sor of pe­di­atrics at Pek­ing Union Med­i­cal Col­lege Hos­pi­tal, said: “Breast milk con­tains some hor­mones which help to pro­mote a baby’s growth and ap­petite. What’s more, the mother’s milk plays an ac­tive pro­tec­tive role in the im­mune sys­tems of pre­ma­ture ba­bies.”

A fact sheet on the web­site of the World Health Or­ga­ni­za­tion rec­om­mends that ba­bies should be breast­fed ex­clu­sively for the first six months of life, fol­lowed by the in­tro­duc­tion of solid foods along with breast­feed­ing for an­other two years or more.

How­ever, only 20 per­cent of women in China breast­feed their child ex­clu­sively in the first six months of life. The fig­ure, based on the lat­est avail­able re­search con­ducted in 2013 by the Chi­nese Cen­ter for Dis­ease Con­trol and Preven­tion, is lower than the global av­er­age of 38 per­cent.

When con­sid­er­ing how to in­crease the num­ber of breast­feed­ing moth­ers, an ed­i­to­rial in The Lancet, a pres­ti­gious med­i­cal jour­nal in the United King­dom, sug­gested pro­tected nurs­ing breaks and in­sur­ance cover for breast pumps.

“More im­por­tant, gen­uine and ur­gent com­mit­ment is needed from gov­ern­ments and health au­thor­i­ties to es­tab­lish a new nor­mal: where ev­ery woman can ex­pect to breast­feed and to re­ceive all the sup­port she needs to do so,” it added.

LIANG LUWEN / FOR CHINA DAILY

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