BREASTFEEDING REDUCES CHILD OBESITY RISK BY UP TO 25%, WHO FINDS

A World Health Organization (WHO) study of 16 countries across Europe has found that breastfeeding can cut the chances of a child becoming obese by up to 25%. WHO calls for curbs on the marketing of formula milk which, said senior author Dr João Breda, misled women into thinking breast was not necessarily better. In […]

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Why I share my breast milk with other mothers

As I watched a woman leave my house with a carrier bag full of my breast milk, I felt proud. Although my breastfeeding journey had not worked out as I had imagined, it comforted me to know that my breast milk would be nourishing other babies. When I gave birth to my daughter, five months previously, she did not take to breastfeeding.

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Formula Companies Targeting Poor Mothers

Trixia, 19, bottle feeds her four month-old daughter near her home in a deprived community in Navotas, Metro Manila, the Philippines. ————Photograph: Hanna Adcock/Save the Children ——————– Formula milk companies are continuing to use aggressive, clandestine and often illegal methods to target mothers in the poorest parts of the world to encourage them to choose […]

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To pay or not to pay?

Lactation Consultant Penny Reimers considers the ethics behind paying donor mothers for breast milk In South Africa, paying mothers for breast milk is illegal. Because human milk is classified as a human tissue, it is governed by the Human Tissue Act, which prohibits payment for donating anything deemed to be human tissue. This includes a prohibition […]

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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 Click to continue reading

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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 […]

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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 […]

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