Influential 2016 article against Baby-Friendly based on a false claim. Dr Melissa Bartic

Influential article against Baby-Friendly is based on a false claim. Dr Melissa Bartick “In their famous August 2016 article in JAMA Pediatrics, ‘Unintended Consequences of Current Breastfeeding Initiatives’ Dr. Joel Bass and colleagues cite data from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health showing a disturbing proportion of Sudden Unexplained Infant Deaths (SUID) in the first 5…

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…

The mysteries of milk (human)

“Far from being an easily synthesised mixture of nutrients, breast milk contains a multitude of microbes, stem cells and biological molecules that scientists are still trying to understand. Dr Natalie Shenker MRSB explores what we do and don’t know about the white stuff.” “Breast milk contains thousands of different molecules, growth factors, hormones, microorganisms and…