Employees who want to receive parental leave payments can now use their paid leave (eg annual leave, alternative days, special leave or time off in lieu) first. Their parental leave payment period can start at the end of their leave, even if it is later than the child’s arrival or due date. Before 1st June…Details
This isn’t really a new discovery at all, as scientists first found these cancer fighting cells in breast milk in the early 1990’s. The latest story says “Trials in patients with bladder cancer have already yielded promising results and researchers believe the compound breast milk contains – nicknamed Hamlet – will also help tackle bowel…Details
Generous mum donates 88 litres of much needed breast milk to NZ’s only human milk bank (Christchurch)
Laura Bates donated her breast milk to a milk bank in Christchurch – which is the only milk bank in New Zealand. Since the milk bank was opened in 2014 more than 1300 litres of milk has been donated, which has helped over 700 neonatal unit babies. Here’s the link to the story
Nearly one-third of beneficial bacteria in baby’s intestinal tract comes directly from breast milk.
Another incredible story about mothers, breastfeeding and breast milk. 30% of the beneficial bacteria in the baby’s gut come from breast milk and 10% more from the skin on the mother’s breast. Mothers are amazing!! Read more here
Redz Hair Design in Dunsandel is a breastfeeding friendly business. The Canterbury Breastfeeding Advocacy service congratulate Redz on their great initiative to support breastfeeding women. Here’s a link to their Facebook page
Cochrane Systematic Review: Long chain polyunsaturated fatty acid supplementation in infants born at ter
Jasani et al., 2017 Review question: Does feeding full-term babies with formula milk enriched with long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (LCPUFA) result in improved vision and overall neurodevelopment compared with feeding formula milk not enriched with LCPUFA? Key results: Review authors found that full-term babies fed formula milk supplemented with LCPUFA did not have better outcomes…Details
A very good article from Baby Milk Action. Full article here What to avoid: Messages that suggest that women can’t breastfeed because of stress or malnourishment are not helpful and feed commonly held misconceptions. Mothers need support, protection, encouragement and reassurance – this is far more likely to help them maintain breastfeeding or relactate. Calls for donations…Details
The World Health Organisation has released a new FAQ statement about the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes.
“Breast milk grows babies’ bodies, fuels neurodevelopment, provides essential immunofactors and safeguards against famine and disease — why, then, does science know more about tomatoes than mother’s milk? Katie Hinde shares insights into this complex, life-giving substance and discusses the major gaps scientific research still needs to fill so we can better understand it.” Listen…Details