Beware Of Breastfeeding Misinformation During Coronavirus Pandemic

Breastfeeding practices are apparently on a significant downturn since the coronavirus outbreak began, for the most part due to a great deal of misinformation. The fear is that it could damage development in newborns. There is no reliable information to support this fear. The World Health Organization (WHO) advises new parents who wish to breastfeed to do so for at least six months to a year. This advice has yet to change in response to the outbreak.

But rumors have caused breastfeeding to plummet across the globe.

Alex Iellama, global adviser at Save the Children UK, said, “In certain hospitals the breastfeeding rates…dropped by 40 to 50 percent.”

Nutritional legal specialist David Clark said, “When babies are born, their immune systems aren’t really functioning yet. Nature has intended that they get their initial immunity from the mother’s breast milk. We know that up until now…there’s been no evidence of transmission of active of active COVID virus through breast milk, so breastfeeding is still very important and to be protected.”

Some rumors say that coronavirus can spread through a mother’s milk. Others that the viral load in the air can land in pumped milk and contaminate it. There is no reason to believe in these rumors or any others. Trustworthy information will continue to be disseminated by the WHO and CDC and other reputable organizations.

Clark added, “Each country will determine what is the best way to reach the policymakers, but then of course it has to get down to the mothers, the caregivers. We’re trying to ensure that we’re all getting the same message. We’re making sure that we have the same information that is consistent and that it’s using whatever media is appropriate in the context.”

Keep in mind that babies have no natural immunity to COVID-19, the disease caused by coronavirus. But the disease seems to be much more dangerous to older generations, unlike the flu, which targets both younger and older.

Are Women More Likely To Be Infected By The Novel Coronavirus Covid-19?

One news story recently pointed out the impact that Covid-19 is already having on American families by describing the events that led to one breast cancer survivor’s death due to the virus. That story led a lot of people to ask the question: Could women be more susceptible to the virus than men? The short answer is that we just don’t know yet. Covid-19 is just beginning to spread in the United States and the data doesn’t support any conclusions.

That’s because scientists are still learning how the virus is spread. They believe that traces of Covid-19 can survive on surfaces for up to three days, but have no proof that any cases involved this kind of transmission. They also believe that victims who have yet to display any symptoms of the virus can infect others for days before they get sick themselves.

That’s a problem when it comes to preventing transmission.

The United Nations is currently mobilizing its response to the virus that is ripping across Europe. Thousands have already died in Italy, where the number of deaths actually surpassed those in China. 

Acting Head of the Health Section of UNICEF Luwei Pearson said, “China is not a conventional recipient of UNICEF aid anymore. However, it is a strategic partner. That’s why we always pay attention to what happens in China… In light of the lessons learned from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa we are prepared in terms of programs, planning, supplies, and stockpiling of key commodities to deal with common diseases and threats. This preparedness is really critical to allow for timely action.”

Many have pointed out that reactions in Europe and the United States have been blunted by misinformation. For Chinese citizens, this is the third such pandemic that has threatened their physical and financial wellbeing. That’s why they were able to react to it as quickly and efficiently as they did. But Americans and Europeans have utterly failed in that regard, and the virus shows no signs of slowing down or stopping as soon as it did in China.

UNICEF believes that at-home schooling via the Internet is one of the best ways to prevent transmission from child to child. Pearson said, “As early as January, UNICEF — both in China and in New York — worked together to support healthy home learning so that children could continue to interact with others, have a healthy space, and be mindful.”

She added, “And we interact with children on social media on how to deal with stress. So it’s a really important learning curve.”

Hopefully we can all learn about Covid-19 quickly in order to prevent its seemingly inevitable spread.

Milk Could Increase Your Chance Of Breast Cancer

New studies have shown that some women are more likely to come down with breast cancer later in life if they were big dairy milk drinkers earlier. Shockingly, the rate of breast cancer increased up to 80 percent. Isn’t that ironic? The very organ that produces milk can be destroyed by it! Still, readers should understand that one study doesn’t result in definitive conclusions. Additional science is required.

The study was conducted by the Loma Linda University of Health.

Lead author Gary E. Fraser said, “Consuming as little as ¼ to ⅓ cup of dairy milk per day was associated with an increased risk of breast cancer of 30 percent. By drinking up to one cup per day, the associated risk went up to 50 percent, and for those drinking two to three cups per day, the risk increased further to 70 percent to 80 percent.”

That means even a small amount of dairy consumption can wreak havoc on the body, if the conclusions of the study are proved true. Fraser said there is “fairly strong evidence that either dairy milk or some other factor closely related to drinking dairy milk is a cause of breast cancer in women.”

That means that drinking dairy is not necessarily the direct cause. For example, milk drinkers might be more inclined toward other types of foods or activities that could be the actual link to cancer. 

Although the United States Dietary guidelines recommend that adults drink around three cups of milk each day, this study urges milk drinkers to air on the side of caution. It’s also worth noting that dairy is no longer on the food pyramid, which has changed. Dairy was not originally going to be placed on the pyramid at all but for the lobbyists who spent millions putting it there.

The study included dietary information on 53,000 North American women over a period of eight years. All these women were cancer-free at the beginning of the study. At the end of the eight-year period, 1,057 cancer cases developed. 

Fraser said, “Dairy foods, especially milk, were associated with increased risk, and the data predicted a marked reduction in risk associated with substituting soymilk for dairy milk. This raises the possibility that dairy-alternate milks may be an optimal choice.”

When asked why milk might increase the risk of breast cancer, Fraser said that there is a sex hormone present in dairy milk because of when cows are normally milked and cancer responds to hormones. “Dairy milk does have some positive nutritional qualities,” he said. “But these need to be balanced against other possible, less helpful effects. This work suggests the urgent need for further research.”

The Breast Conspiracy Theory You Ever Heard

People will do whatever it takes when it comes to refuting the terrifying claims of climate change scientists. Burger King recently began selling the “Impossible Whopper” as a way to combat climate change, which is in part caused by our dependence on cattle. Cows, in case you didn’t know, burp and fart methane, which is a greenhouse gas. Cutting our reliance on meat could very much reduce the amount of this gas we put into the atmosphere.

Like clockwork, though, people have found a way to cast doubt on the Impossible Whopper. According to conspiracy theorists, eating too much of the burger will result in bigger boobs — but only if you’re male. 

One tweet said: “Healthy young man goes to Burger King, gets pumped with a massive shot of Impossible Whoppers, doesn’t feel good and changes – BREASTS. Many such cases!”

It’s almost like the Twitter user pulled from the exact syntax and diction that Trump uses when he lies about something for no reason.

Another user tweeted: “Sure, let’s turn our boys into girls fast!!! What a great agenda!”

One more wrote: “Social engineering is not enough apparently these days, so let’s do it with the food that we eat!”

Tri-State Livestock News reported on December 20, 2019 that the burgers contain an abundance of estrogen: “There are 1 million nanograms (ng) in one milligram (mg). That means an impossible whopper has 18 million times as much estrogen as a regular whopper. Just six glasses of soy milk per day has enough estrogen to grow boobs in a male.”

One has to wonder if the source of information is reputable, though…After all, Tri-State Livestock News sounds like an organization with a slight bias toward, well, livestock. 

And experts say differently as well. 

New York University nutrition professor Marion Nestle had this to say: “Asians have been eating soy products for millennia and don’t seem to be any worse for it. They have among the longest lifespans and best health, at least in classic diets.”

Plus, Asian males don’t seem to be growing boobs at a high rate when compared to their Caucasian counterparts, especially here in the United States where obesity rates continue to skyrocket out of control.

Nestle said, “There is a special concern about…men and boys who eat soy products, but again, if you look at populations that eat a lot of soy products, there is no evidence of particular problems. No, they don’t grow breasts.”

And the health benefits surely outweigh the outrageous concerns. 

Nestle concluded: “My take on soy products is that they’re foods like any other, and like any other, they should be eaten in moderation.”

The Scientific Studies Attempting To Determine Why Men Love Breasts

Biologically, most men are geared to be attracted to women — in part because of pheromones, which are natural love juices each of us gives off to attract the opposite sex. It’s Mother Nature’s way of playing Cupid. Obviously, this doesn’t always hold up under scrutiny. There’s no actual study that suggests humans are a primarily heterosexual species (or that such a thing even exists), while there’s plenty of evidence that homosexuality or, rather, a spectrum of sexuality is perfectly natural.

But all that aside, why are men so attracted to specific body parts? Women certainly don’t seem to hold the same attraction to penises, for example. It turns out that a number of studies have been devoted to fully exploring this question.

Statistically, men are more likely to like medium breasts as opposed to small or large breasts. Biologically, this seems to make the most sense. The most average set of breasts is more likely to attract the widest range of mates. 

Oddly enough, another study found that fatherhood is often connected to that aforementioned desire for larger breasts — which also might make biological sense. After all, bigger breasts are usually associated with milk. We might find milk-filled boobs more appealing because we want our kids to grow up strong!

Another study determined that men who like bigger breasts (aside from would-be fathers) were probably one of two things: one, hungry, or two, sexist. Go figure. 

One somewhat sketchy study “discovered” that men who stare at breasts are more likely to live longer (maybe because they’re happier?). A German study seemed to strengthen this argument when it found that men who stared at boobs for just ten minutes a day were more likely to have exceptional cardiovascular health. Not surprisingly, experts are very skeptical of both studies. 

Men who are wealthier prefer smaller breasts, says one study. Scientists speculated that a person’s excess wealth might be connected to a biological instinct that says “I don’t need the extra fat on my wife.”

Eye-Tracking Tech Employed In Boob Creation

Sounds like an April Fool’s Day headline, right? But it’s real. Scientists want to know exactly what people are staring at when an attractive breast is in sight — or rather, they want to know exactly which breasts are aesthetically pleasing and which are not. This, they say, is the first step in using science to create the perfect man-made boob for those who require plastic surgery (or elect to have it: it’s your own business after all).

The Polish-led study analyzed what 50 men and 50 women were looking at by using the eye-tracking technology. Sexual preference was not a factor in deciding which men and women were allowed to join the oddball study. Instead, they were described only as Caucasian or male and female. 

Scientists published the study in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

Lead author Piotr Pietruski said, “Terms such as ‘beauty’ or ‘aesthetics’ are subjective and thus poorly defined and understood. Due to this fact, both aesthetic and reconstructive breast surgery suffer from the lack of a standardized method of postoperative results analysis…Eye-tracking technology enables quantitative analysis of observer’s visual perception of specific stimuli, such as comprehension of breast aesthetics and symmetry.”

A variety of breast shapes and sizes were used: saggy boobs, perky boobs, big boobs, small boobs, etc. Participants were asked to rank each boob on a scale from 1 to 10, with 10 being the most mouth-watering, errrr, we mean, “attractive.” Interestingly, though, all breasts utilized white pigmentation. Doesn’t seem fair, but we’ll wait for other scientists to judge before we try to understand the reasoning behind the decision.

Pietruski said, “Personally, I believe that the most important potential application of eye-tracking technology could be the development of an artificial intelligence-based algorithm for the analysis of various body regions’ attractiveness.”

It seems that belief is venturing into dangerous waters, however, because humans’ appeal slides back and forth on a spectrum depending on the day and age. It doesn’t stay put. One century we might prefer our men more muscular, our women more big-boned, the next we might prefer our men more metrosexual, our women more stick-thin. 

If we teach AI software to recognize what someone finds attractive, then we risk standardizing the exact type of physical appeal for all future generations based on what applications we use for that AI — such as deciding on physical traits for babies before they’re even born.

Either way, the eye-tracking tech might be a boon to boob reconstruction or augmentation for those individuals who need it for whatever reason. They might be able to choose the exact characteristics they desire before a surgery is performed — or maybe they’ll be provided a set of images and let the eye-tracking software decide for them.

Is Breast Cancer Prevention On Track To Outpace Diagnosis?

New forms of non-invasive breast cancer treatments are appearing in science magazines on a routine basis — but what about prevention methods? There’s good news on this front, too. Scientists say that we know enough about breast cancer to prevent most cases based on a combination of lifestyle changes and other methods. Early detection might not be the best weapon available to us anymore.

And thankfully, the five-year survival rates have skyrocketed over the past few decades as well. If the cancer can be detected and completely contained the breast tissue, then the survival rate is an awe-inspiring 99 percent. When it spreads to the lymph nodes over time, the survival rate drops to a more dangerous — but still hopeful — 85 percent.

At least one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Even with the high survival rates, the pervasiveness of this insidious disease makes in the second most deadly cancer. 

Women who have a family history of breast cancer might find that certain medications reduce the risk of diagnosis. According to the United States Preventive Services Task Force, the medications tamoxifen, aromatase inhibitors, and raloxifene can help women avoid the disease.

Dr. Lydia E. Pace from Brigham and Women’s Hospital said, “A lot of studies of preventative medications have shown a moderate reduction in risk of developing breast cancer.” Even so, the medications only prevent the least deadly forms of cancer. Certainly better than nothing.

Pace also said that “for many women these medications are an important option, but the decision to take them is very individual. Some women don’t want to take medication every day for five years. For some, the lack of a mortality benefit is really important, but other women want to do everything they can do to reduce their risk of getting breast cancer.”

It also doesn’t help that all of the aforementioned drugs come with side effects no one wants to experience.

Risk factors for breast cancer include: age, family history, unhealthy lifestyle, etc. 

Even though women are living longer and going through puberty earlier, they aren’t having their first pregnancy, on average, as early as women once did. Mothers are also reducing the amount of time that they breastfeed in addition to going through menopause later in life as well. These factors all increase the cancer-promoting hormones present in women’s bodies, which make them more prone to developing the disease as they age. 

Also: more women are consuming more alcohol, and that can have a disastrous effect on the body’s cancer-fighting properties.

Do Most Men Really Prefer Bigger Breasts?

There’s a widespread stereotype about men: they don’t just love breasts (which of course they love a lot), but they love big breasts. The bigger the better, or so the story goes. Certainly a lot of women feel that this is the case. Certainly many feel they could have larger breasts or at least wished theirs were a little perkier. But is it the truth that men prefer bigger breasts? Turns out that the truth might just be a lot more complicated than a simple yes or no answer. 

It depends on which studies you like to read.

Researchers in France conducted a study with women whose bosoms were padded to increase breast size to various degrees. Those women went into a public area. According to the research, men were far more likely to approach those with progressively bigger boobs. One point to big boobs.

Researchers in New Zealand took it to a whole new level by actually tracking the eyes of men as they passed women whose boobs were sized differently. They did it with specialized eye-tracking technology. Some men seemed more attracted to the women with smaller boobs, but more men were magnetized by the bigger breasts. Two points to big boobs!

Perhaps it’s because of these and similar studies that bra sizes have gone up on average since about 1990. More women are getting breast augmentation surgery to better adhere to the stereotype that men prefer bigger bosoms. Then again, obesity has increased quite a bit as well. We’re getting fatter.

A number of researchers from England and Malaysia decided to conduct studies by showing various men women whose breasts were of varying sizes. The men would then rate their attractiveness. It turns out that medium-sized boobs took the prize in this study. Not exactly a point to small boobs, but still: that’s one point anywhere else but big boobs.

But there’s one place where we can find a lot of the right kind of evidence — in the industry that knows best. After all, who knows what men really prefer better than those who cater to all sorts of men and their many perversions? That’s why porn makers are such a great source of specific intel. All you have to do is type in “flat-chested women” and you’ll know immediately that there’s a huge market for every bosom size.

Of course, there’s always the chance that maybe we all like to look at huge breasts. But that doesn’t necessarily mean men are automatically most romantically attracted to big boobs. Perhaps it would make more sense to conduct a study where men describe the types of attraction on which they’re rating these boobs. Certainly there’s a difference between physical, romantic, and even aesthetically pleasing appearances.

Yes, L-Cup Sized Breasts Do Exist…And They’re Going To Science

Alice Whiskin of Dartford, England is a 26-year-old with an unusual problem: her already enormous H-cup breasts grew to L-cup over the past twelve months. What is a young woman to do when huge boobs prevent her from…well, doing anything? Whiskin says she has trouble walking, carrying her 3-year-old child, or completing simple tasks around the house.

She said, “I have been given a lovely gift of having big boobs.”

She was being disingenuous: “I am so limited [in] what I can do and it is affecting my mental health. That has hopefully given me the greatest opportunity: to donate my breast tissue to cancer patients.”

Breast reduction surgery isn’t all that uncommon for big-bosomed women, but doing it in the name of silence is slightly less common. “I also wanted to help anyone I can,” she said. “It is going to benefit others who need it more. Boob’s are a woman’s identity.”

The National Health Service will perform the breast reduction, after which Whiskin plans to give the excised breast tissue to patients looking to reconstruct their breasts after breast cancer-related mastectomies. But that’s not what it will be used for, according to Breast Cancer Now Tissue Bank and Komen Tissue Bank. Such donations are almost always used for research purposes.

Either way, Whiskin is happy to do her part.

She has a new lease on life since her boyfriend died during a cardiac event earlier in the year. Even though she’s scared about the upcoming surgery, it didn’t stop Whiskin from kickstarting a Facebook fundraising campaign to raise a few hundred dollars for Cancer Research UK. Her ultimate goal is to increase awareness about the dangers of breast cancer and the issues survivors face.

She said, “I want to give something to those suffering from cancer. The surgery is four hours and afterwards a month of not doing much.”

Symptoms of breast cancer include lumps or tissue changes in size or shape, dimpling of the skin, inverted nipple, peeling, flaking, redness, or pitting. This form of cancer begins with the abnormal growth of cells located in the breasts. Often the disease is hereditary. 

Risk factors include old age, being female, history or breast cancer or breast-related ailments, family history of breast cancer, certain gene mutations (it’s possible to scan for them), exposure to radiation, obesity, never getting pregnant, hormone therapy, and excess alcohol consumption.

What Is The “Free The Nipple” Movement, And Is It Time?

Let’s face it: most men wouldn’t really mind if women started to take their tops off in public as much as men do. And why should the male nipple be exposed to the free air more often than the female nipple is? What’s the difference? It’s one thing to believe it immoral for a woman to be shirtless, but it’s another entirely for it to be illegal — and women across the country are still arrested on a daily basis for letting their boobs hang out.

Some law enforcement don’t even seem to know that women are legally allowed to breastfeed in public no matter where they are — it’s legal in every state — and the average person probably doesn’t either. There are a constant stream of controversial new articles discussing the subject.

And then there’s the women who don’t believe breastfeeding should have anything to do with it.

Associate Justice Anna Barbara Hantz Marconi of New Hampshire’s highest court said laws that “prohibit women but not men from exposing their breasts” are “generally upheld…against equal protection challenges.”

This was the issue when three women were arrested for appearing topless on the beach. They contended that allowing men to appear topless but not women violated their constitutional right to equal protection under the law. The court disagreed.

Marconi continued, “We have found that the ordinance does not violate the defendants’ constitutional rights to equal protection or freedom of speech under the State and Federal Constitutions. As such, it does not unduly restrict the defendants’ fundamental rights. Accordingly, we agree with the trial court that the city had the authority to enact the ordinance.”

Not everyone agreed. Associate Justice James P. Bassett and Associate Justice Gary E. Hicks both agreed that the ordinance in question obviously treats men and women differently — thereby denying the defendants the right to equal protection under the law

The three women who were arrested for indecent exposure are aligned with the “Free the Nipple” global campaign to allow women to appear topless in public places. 

The lawyer who represented the three women in court, Dan Hynes, made a statement after the decision was made: “We are extremely disappointed in the court’s ruling that treating women differently than men does not amount to sex discrimination. The court has effectively condoned making it a crime to be female.”

They may decide to appeal the decision to the United States Supreme Court. For now, they hope that New Hampshire’s government officials work to correct the unjust law through new legislation.