Who needs to know about breastfeeding? Should everyone know about breastfeeding? Or just some people? Which people? What should they know?  

World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi) in Australia  – blog by Jen Hocking Indicator 5 – Who needs to know about breastfeeding? Should everyone know about breastfeeding? Or just some people? Which people? What should they know? “This indicator requires that relevant health professionals are educated about their responsibilities to the country’s national policies regarding the WHO Code…

Cabbage leaves can be recommended to postnatal mothers to manage breast engorgement

Application of cabbage leaves compared to gel packs for mothers with breast engorgement: Randomised controlled trial. Wong et al. International Journal of Nursing Studies BACKGROUND: The effects of cold cabbage leaves and cold gel packs on breast engorgement management have been inconclusive. No studies have compared the effects of these methods on breast engorgement using…

Breastfeeding During Infancy Is Associated With a Lower Future Risk of Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis

Breastfeeding During Infancy Is Associated With a Lower Future Risk of Pediatric Multiple Sclerosis. Brenton et al. Pediatric Neurology 2017 BACKGROUND: Risk of multiple sclerosis (MS) is influenced by environment and genetics. Infant breastfeeding appears protective against some childhood autoimmune disorders, but its impact on risk of MS in childhood is unknown. The objective of…

Conflicts of Interest explained – Baby Milk Action UK

Conflicts of Interest explained – Baby Milk Action What is a Conflict of Interest? [Individual] conflicts of interest are defined as circumstances that create a risk that professional judgments or actions regarding a primary interest will be unduly influenced by a secondary interest.’ ‘Institutional conflicts of interest arise when an institution’s own financial interest or…

Modes of Infant Feeding and the Risk of Childhood Asthma

Modes of Infant Feeding and the Risk of Childhood Asthma: A Prospective Birth Cohort Study. Klopp et al, Journal of Pediatrics 2017 “Modes of infant feeding are associated with asthma development. Direct breastfeeding is most protective compared with formula feeding; indirect breast milk confers intermediate protection. Policies that facilitate and promote direct breastfeeding could have…

Breastfeeding Peer Support: Lessons from Design

Breastfeeding Peer Support Heather Trickey, & Gill Thomson et al, have recently published a paper looking at one-to-one breastfeeding peer support experiments conducted in developed country settings. Below is a link to the December issue of the ‘National Childbirth Trust Perspective’ with a summary of the research and key points. The realist review provides an…

New research finds that financial incentives may increase breastfeeding rates

Report from UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative about the financial incentives for breastfeeding research – New research finds that financial incentives may increase breastfeeding rates Offering new mothers financial incentives may significantly increase low breastfeeding rates, new research from the University of Sheffield and the University of Dundee has found. More than 10,000 new mothers…