“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
“I was actually totally astonished by this one. People were suggesting that the giraffe should be made to lie down. They really were. Meanwhile April ignored them all, and just paced about her birth space, flicking her tail nonchalantly, and giving her baby the occasional lick and sniff as it gradually emerged. It isn’t normal…Details
World Health Organisation – Frequently asked questions
Setting the Record Straight: Breastfeeding Saves Lives, Doesn’t Cost Lives; Beyond the Recent Headlines
Kimberley Seals Allers “Most importantly, we must not allow the media or any organization’s desire to sensationalize a rare occurrence turn into a dangerous, broad-based message that exclusive breastfeeding kills. That is categorically untrue and extremely irresponsible. In fact, decades of global research proves that exclusive breastfeeding consistently saves lives. The World Health Organization reports…Details
Kimberly Seals Allers “After her own struggle to breast-feed her daughter, Kimberly Seals Allers began exploring why so many American women opt out of breast-feeding. Why had she been discharged from the hospital with a gift bag full of formula? Why had a pediatrician encouraged her to supplement breast-feeding with formula? And why did she…Details
Seven new breastfeeding peer counsellors graduated at Te Puawaitanga ki Otautahi Trust last Thursday. Congratulations to them all.
Photo – four new peer counsellors and course facilitators Rachel and Jay
A survey of 500 mothers commissioned by Public Health England found that fears about breastfeeding among women included that it could be painful (74%), prevent them taking medication (71%) and be embarrassing in front of strangers (63%).
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La Leche League International’s first on-line global conference with a great line up of speakers including Naomi Stadlen, Adriano Cattaneo, Kajsa Brimdyr, Suzanne Colson, Linda Smith, Kathy Kendall Tackett, Teresa Pitman, James McKenna, Alison Barrett, Gill Rapley and more …
“Breastfeeding Nazis. Nipple Nazis. Breastapo. Breastfeeding police. Psychos. Smug earth mother bitches. Sanctimummys. Bullies. Anti-formula fanatics. Did you hear the one about that mother whose baby died because she’d been BRAINWASHED by lactation consultants? They’re mum-bashing do-gooders. They hate formula. They hate women. They should get rid of Le Leche League. They’re a bunch of…Details
Exclusive breastfeeding, without additional foods or fluids, should be recommended for the first 6 months after birth
Early additional food and fluids for healthy breastfed full-term infants “This Cochrane review exploring the impact of introducing foods and fluids in addition to breastmilk before the recommended age of 6 months supported the current recommendation of the World Health Organization that, as a general policy, exclusive breastfeeding, without additional foods or fluids, should be…Details