Human Milk Banking and SARS CoV-2 update. March 2021Prof Anna Coutsoudis & Dr Penny Reimers Is there new evidence and what are the current recommendations on donated breastmilk and Covid-19? There were several recommendations in 2020 when the COVID-19 pandemic was first declared. The general recommendation was that COVID-19 positive mothers should not donate breastmilk […]
In an effort to prevent infants being infected with SARS-CoV-2, some governments, professional organisations, and health facilities are instituting policies that isolate newborns from their mothers and otherwise prevent or impede breastfeeding.
The commitment to setting up donor milk banks needs to be harnessed to ensure the focus includes critical breast- feeding support, so countries looking to set up milk banks make it an integral part of their planning and operation.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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
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 […]