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I know there are great cancer fighting benefits with breastfeeding. 

 

I'm dealing with some major custody issues and have a 14 month old who has a genetic disorder that greatly increases his cancer risk. Can anyone send me some good medical articles/research on the cancer reducing benefits of breastfeeding that I can present to the court?

Thanks!

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All the cancer effects I've heard of with breastfeeding are risk reduction for the mother.
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Breastfeeding can reduce the incidence of dozens of different types of cancers in the child, all the way into the breastfed child's adulthood!!!!

 

Here's a good link from KellyMom that has many articles on these protections. http://kellymom.com/pregnancy/bf-prep/bf-benefits/

 

This: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/93952.php

 

http://www.nrdc.org/breastmilk/benefits.asp

 

Prevention of leukemia:   http://www.berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2004/10/26_breastfeeding.shtml

 

Cancer preventing agents found in colostrum and mature milk and NOT found in formula: Result: Breastfeeding reduces the incidence of MANY cancers in breastfed children: (Not "may" IT DOES!) http://www.infantrisk.com/content/breastfeeding-may-protect-infants-against-cancers

 

Here's some data in this list of 101 Reasons to Breastfeed  http://www.notmilk.com/101.html

 

There are scores more studies.

 

Also, La Leche League has Professional Liaison leaders who can help you. I've testified in several custody cases based on these very articles. You can contact LLL to find a Professional Liaison Leader in your area who is knowledgeable in these matters. It's almost always better to have a professional, a Lactation Consultant or a LLL Pro Liaison Leader testify for you, than to present the evidence yourself, make sure your lawyer knows this stuff, too.

 

Good luck.


Edited by MaggieLC - 12/17/13 at 2:07pm
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Thank you Thank you Thank you Maggie! And thanks for the suggestion of looking to LLL for someone to testify!

post #5 of 7

No problem at all. I'm always happy to help.

 

Good luck on your court case. My thoughts will be with you. :Hug

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Also, La Leche League has Professional Liaison leaders who can help you. I've testified in several custody cases based on these very articles. You can contact LLL to find a Professional Liaison Leader in your area who is knowledgeable in these matters. It's almost always better to have a professional, a Lactation Consultant or a LLL Pro Liaison Leader testify for you, than to present the evidence yourself, make sure your lawyer knows this stuff, too.

 

Good luck.

I contacted LLL in my area and the LLL Professional Liason in my area felt like they couldn't contribute to the case and that bringing up breastfeeding could do more harm than good. They gave me some other resources that I could provide to the GAL, but weren't willing to write up a declaration summarizing the information and applying it to our specific situation. :(

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I'm so sorry that happened. Did you ask for the regional Professional Liaison Leader? Because this isn't work a regular LLL group leader can do. Most states have more than one PL I'd try LLL International to try to find one who is qualified to do this kind of work .I did several of these custody cases when I was a PL for LLL.

I would contact LLL International kids n Schaumburg I'LL to get better info and to find a more helpful Professional Liaison Leader. These are HCPs who volunteer time to LLL and are trained or knowledgeable in legal and health info.. I AM sorry that a group leader or your local PL was so lacking in knowledge that she discouraged you.

Also many Lactation Consultants can do this. Of course she will need to be paid for her time and you'll need to find a Private Practice LCD as most hospital based Lactation Consultants won't do legal work. But there is help out there. I'd start with local Lactation Consultants and call LLL International. I don't know if they are still at this number, but you can try 800) 525-3243. Or llli.org

Also, you can put the paperwork together and have your lawyer present it. It may sound better coming from a breastfeeding authority, but if the judge is willing to read the papers on the evidence of benefit of long term breastfeeding, then just make sure your lawyer presents it.

The information is there, even if your lawyer presents it it will be powerful and helpful.
Edited by MaggieLC - 1/16/14 at 10:47am
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