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…

An implementation algorithm to improve skin-to-skin practice in the first hour after birth

This paper introduces a novel algorithm to analyse the practice of skin to skin in the first hour using two data sets and suggests opportunities for practice improvement. The algorithm considers the mother’s Robson criteria, skin-to-skin experience, and Widström’s 9 Stages. Using data from vaginal births in Japan and caesarean births in Australia, the algorithm…

80 + infant health organisations sent the ‘Fed is Best Foundation’ an open letter … this is what happened

“Your silence on engaging in constructive dialogue speaks volumes.” Kimberley Seals Allers “A few months ago, over 80 infant health organizations sent the Fed is Best Foundation an open letter asking to have a constructive dialogue regarding their concerns and vocal campaigns about the treatment of insufficient breastmilk supply—a legitimate issue that merits due attention.…

Sugars in human mother’s milk are a new class of antibacterial agent

“Mother’s milk, which consists of a complex and continually changing blend of proteins, fats and sugars, helps protect babies against bacterial infections. In the past, scientists have concentrated their search for the source of its antibacterial properties on the proteins it contains. However, an interdisciplinary team of chemists and doctors at Vanderbilt University have discovered…