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Maureen MINCHIN <[log in to unmask]>
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Wed, 9 May 2018 14:27:10 +1000
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“These guidelines specify a minimum fasting period of 2 hours for clear liquids, 4 hours for breast milk, 6 hours for infant formula and light meals, and 8 hours for solids containing meat or fatty foods.” Thanks Pamela for posting.
Once again, it is clear to me that American medical authorities are sacrificing breastfed babies to the need to ensure that people see formula as “nearly the same as", "almost equivalent to", breastmilk. When breastmilk gastric emptying time is 90 minutes (ct, twice that for formula) and BF infant gastric pH can be as low as 4, (ct. 6+) it would make sense for breastmilk withholding periods to be NO MORE THAN and possibly less than the limits for clear fluids. 

And when infant formula is a soup of cows milk, corn solids, fungal and algal oils, emulsifiers and much much more including pro-oxidants such as the inevitable and inflammatory AGEs, not to mention heavy metals and traces of arsenic, it would make sense for formula to be the same as cows milk (both fatty foods) which would mean 8 hours not 6. 

But hey, that might convey  the message that breast is best! As it is for every child and mother. In fact, a diet of breastmilk before surgery could be a lifesaving regime, as they found in Leipzig in the 1980s. 

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