October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point in their lives, and early detection remains the most important means of slowing or stopping its impact.
The marketing efforts that surround this cause can be a bit overwhelming. Suddenly everything that isn't pumpkin spice is pink, and I've heard the criticism that there is too much emphasis on awareness and not enough on the resources needed for research.
In western countries and those countries influenced by western eating habits, coconut oil has recently risen to superfood status. Coconut oil has invaded our supermarkets, with barely a food or drink category untouched. Various claims have been made for different coconut products, such as coconut milk, virgin coconut oil, and coconut cream.
An Australian observational study followed more than 5000 children from infancy to 11 years old--approximately 4700 were ever breast fed. Infants whose mothers drank alcohol while breast-feeding had lower cognitive scores by age 6. These differences were no longer significant by age 10-11, and were independent of prenatal alcohol use.
PositiveTip: Alcohol use while breastfeeding can significantly impair the mother's ability to self-regulate and make safe choices for herself and/or her child.