Posts Tagged ‘lactation consultant’

HAMLET (Human Alpha-lactalbumin Made LEthal to Tumour cells), was discovered in breastmilk several years ago, but it is only recently been possible to test it on humans.  In 1999, I went to the La Leche League International conference in Washington DC and heard the primary researcher, Anders Håkansson MD PhD, talk about his findings.  They put cancer cells in a dish with breastmilk and they all died, all of them, everytype of cancer, lung cancer, breast cancer, etc.  When they put healthy cells in the breastmilk they just grew, and were happy.  The breastmilk told the unhealthy cancer cells, who were growing uncontrollably to stop/die.  They died by a process called apoptosis, or programed cell death, like the dry/dead layer of skin on our bodies.  There is something in the DNA of the cell that tells it when it is done–to shrivle up and die.   The other kind of cell death is necrosis.  When cells die of necrosis, they explode – like when cells are killed by an antibiotic, or by chemotherapy.  So the cells that died in the breastmilk were told to quit–stop dividing uncontrollably. We were all jumping out of our seats as we listened to him and asked how soon this would be used in cancer treatment.  He said he didn’t know and because he was a researcher it was not his job.  He passed this information along to the people who do clinical trials– tests and then put a treatment into use.  He said it ought to be soon as breastmilk is so safe–after all we feed it in large quantities to our babies!

Until recently, no one that I have ever talked to in the oncology field have even heard of this yet!  I do know people who have used breast milk to help treat their cancer.  Often they do it as a last ditch teatment when the other therapies are no longer effective.

Click this link to go to the news release from researchers at the University of Gothenburg who are focusing on how HAMLET can be taken up into tumour cells.


Also see this link for the original link from Discover Magazine in 1999:  http://discovermagazine.com/1999/jun/featcancer


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by Jane Bradshaw RN, IBCLC, RLC
With all the breastpumps on the market how does a mother decide which is best for her?  When should she consider renting a medical quality pump?

The simplest answer is that basically rental pumps are the ‘cream of the crop’. The medical grade pumps are comfortable, effective, efficient, and easy to use. They would be too expensive for most people to buy, $900 to $1500, but have the best pumping action. They are the best to maintain or stimulate the mother’s milk supply when she is away from her baby or baby cannot breastfeed for any reason. If mother or baby has any medical problems, one of the high quality rental pumps is by far the best choice. Mother’s are more likely to achieve the best milk supply and be able to go on to breastfeed exclusively once everyone recovers with one of these excellent pumps.

PLUS most medical insurances pay for the rental of these medical grade breastpumps when there is a medical problem with mother or baby!

It is far cheaper for an insurance company, or the family, to pay for a pump rental and the baby to receive the health benefits of mother’s milk than for the baby to be formula fed and have the proven increase in doctor visits and medical bills.

A mother may rent a pump if she wants to try pumping when she goes back to work and is not ready to buy yet. This gives her time to adjust and consider her situation. Other mothers love the pumps so much, their ease of use and efficiency they rent their favorite pump for the entire first year or however long they are pumping at work for their baby, and do it again when they have another baby.

To see a chart to help a mother choose the best pump for her situation look at this link:


If you have any questions about renting a Breastpump, call or come in to Best Start and one of our experienced staff will answer your questions.   (434) 384-MAMA (6262)

Click Here to go to our website page about Breastpumps!

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Jane Bradshaw is traveling this week, sharing her expertise at a Clinical Skills Workshop this week in Rockville, Maryland. Lactation Education Resources provides comprehensive online lactation consultant training for those who wish to become eligible for IBCLC certification. Over the past years, Jane has teached Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Women’s Health Nurse Practitioners, Midwives, Obstetricians, Pediatricians, Family Practice MDs, La Leche League Leaders, WIC workers, Breastfeeding Peer Counselors, women who have breastfed their infants, and women who have a degree in an unrelated field — anyone with a commitment to breastfeeding mothers and infants! So you can see that people who come into the field of lactation come from a wide variety of backgrounds.

If you have ever wanted to find out how you can learn more to help moms and babies breastfeed or even get certified as a Lactation Consultant, visit the Lactation Education Resources website and read “Where to Start” by clicking here.

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International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) recently participated in a video production about the IBCLC credential and the public health importance of care provided by IBCLCs.

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Jane Bradshaw recently returned from teaching a group of 45 people in Reston on the latest in lactation education!  Jane has been teaching in lactation programs in Virginia and North Carolina to help other medical professionals who were now recognizing lactation consultants as part of the health care team since 1989.

At this month’s workshop, Jane had OB Nurses with over 30 years of experience attending her workshop in Reston.  They said it was the best workshop that they have attended, and were amazed at the new biological information covered about the natural instincts of the mom/baby interaction in breastfeeding that they were able to take back with them to the OB unit to help moms successfully initiate breastfeeding.

Lactation Education Resources trains doctors, nurses, nutritionists, doulas and others in the skills to become a Lactation Consultant.  To find out more about attending one of these workshops or even attending some online workshops, visit their website at:  http://www.leron-line.com/Where_To_Start.htm

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