Women Around The World Celebrate Breastfeeding

Research shows that breastfeeding lowers death rates among children, helps to protect them from infection and promotes intellectual development. As world breastfeeding week begins, women from Ivory Coast to Myanmar share their pictures and experiences

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London V&A Museum Apologises To Breastfeeding Mother

In a post on Twitter, the woman said she was “perplexed” by the request and posted several images of naked female statues from the museum’s exhibitions.

She went on to say she had a lovely day at the V&A “exploring depictions of breasts through the ages”.
Its director Tristram Hunt said women may breastfeed “wherever they like”.

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Pope Francis encourages mothers to breastfeed in Sistine Chapel

Pope Francis has encouraged women attending a ceremony in the Sistine Chapel to feel free to breastfeed their children in the church.


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Report On The Human Milk Banking Workshop March 2016

Report on the Human Milk Banking Workshop
ISRHML Conference
Stellenbosch, South Africa
3rd of March 2016 9am-12pm

Human Milk Banking (HMB) was highlighted in a pre-conference workshop on the 3rd of March 2016 at the International Society of Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML) Conference. Held every two years, the conference was hosted this year for the first time African continent, in an effort to encourage a more global perspective and representation. It was also the first year to host an entire pre-conference workshop on Human Milk Banking, highlighting a trend seen throughout the conference to focus on public health research in addition lab-based research.

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The Global Launch of The Lancet Breastfeeding Series

The Lancet Breastfeeding Series is the first of its kind to evaluate global breastfeeding levels, trends and inequalities, in addition to the short- and long-term consequences for both mother and child, regardless of where they live or their income. The Series underscores the importance of policy interventions to increase and sustain breastfeeding levels. This interactive launch event will highlight key findings as well as present success stories and opportunities to eliminate barriers to breastfeeding in high- and low-income countries.

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Benefits Of Donor Milk

Benefits of maternal and donor human milk for premature infants

Howard Heiman a,1, Richard J. Schanler a,b,⁎

a Division of Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Schneider Children’s Hospital at North Shore, North Shore University Hospital, 300 Community Drive, Manhasset, NY 11030, USA
b Department of Pediatrics, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, USA


Nutrition support of the premature infant must be designed to compensate for metabolic and gastrointestinal immaturity, immunologic insufficiency, and the demands of associated medical conditions. The beneficial effects of human milk extend to the feeding of premature infants. While human milk enhances immunity, nutritional concerns arise because the milk may not meet the expanded nutrient requirements of the very low birth weight (VLBW, less than 1500 g) premature infant. Human milk fortifiers are available to provide optimum nutrition. This review summarizes the benefits and limitations of human milk for the premature infant. © 2006 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Best Practise Guidelines for Donor Milk Bank

Best practice guidelines for the operation of a donor human milk bank in an Australian NICU

B.T. Hartmann a,c,⁎, W.W. Pang d, A.D. Keil b, P.E. Hartmann d, K. Simmer a,c


Until the establishment of the PREM Bank (Perron Rotary Express Milk Bank) donor human milk banking had not occurred in Australia for the past 20 years. In re-establishing donor human milk banking in Australia, the focus of the PREM Bank has been to develop a formal and consistent approach to safety and quality in processing during the operation of the human milk bank. There is currently no existing legislation in Australia that specifically regulates the operation of donor human milk banks. For this reason the PREM Bank has utilised existing and internationally recognised management practices for managing hazards during food production. These tools (specifically HACCP) have been used to guide the development of Standard Operating Procedures and Good Manufacturing Practice for the screening of donors and processing of donor human milk. Donor screening procedures are consistent with those recommended by other human milk banks operating internationally, and also consistent with the requirements for blood and tissue donation in Australia. Controlled documentation and record keep requirements have also been developed that allow complete traceability from individual donation to individual feed dispensed to recipient and maintain a record of all processing and storage conditions. These operational requirements have been developed to reduce any risk associated with feeding pasteurised donor human milk to hospitalised preterm or ill infants to acceptable levels. © 2007 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

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Cost Saving Of Using Donor Milk

The Cost-effectiveness of Using Banked Donor Milk in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit: Prevention of Necrotizing Enterocolitis
Lois D. W. Arnold J Hum Lact 2002 18: 172
DOI: 10.1177/089033440201800210


Necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC) adds significantly to the cost of care for premature infants and to negative long-term and short-term outcomes for these infants. It is thus in the best interest of the health care system to prevent the occurrence of NEC through feeding protocols that foster NEC prevention (ie, use of breast milk in the neonatal intensive care unit). Banked donor milk has been shown to be as effective in preventing NEC as mother’s milk. Three models of cost analysis are presented to show savings that could accrue to a health care system or individual family if banked donor milk were provided as first feedings when mother’s milk is not avail- able. The cost of using banked donor milk to feed premature infants is inconsequential when compared to the savings from NEC prevention. J Hum Lact. 18(2):172-177.

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Human Milk Banking Research Summary

Reduction in Necrotizing Enterocolitis

In preterm infants, feeding with human milk (HM) is a very effective intervention for the prevention of infections and necrotizing enterocolitis (NEC), and for potentially improved neurocognitive and cardiovascular outcomes in the long term. Banked donor milk should be promoted as standard component of health care for premature infants….

Safety of donor milk

One of the main concerns regarding the use of donor milk is the potential for transmission of infective agents….

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