Breastfeeding: the right support

Professor Sally Kendall MBE explores why breastfeeding rates are so low, and how health visitors can support mums to do more of it.

South Africa: Breastmilk protects babies against infection for life

A mother’s milk can provide lifelong immunity against illness, new research funded by the University of Cape Town and other organisations has shown.

USA: Limited formula use may not affect breastfeeding, say researchers

‘A little formula’ in the first days of life may not impact breastfeeding at six months, researchers from the University of California have suggested.

Scotland: Experts rate breastfeeding support in Scotland

Support available to breastfeeding mums in Scotland has scored highly in an expert review of current services.

Why are they waiting?

Tongue-tie can be a problem for mothers and babies when it prevents them from breastfeeding, and long waiting times for the simple fix can make it worse, reports journalist John Windell.

Northern Ireland: more than 700 businesses back breastfeeding

More than 740 businesses are now members of the Breastfeeding Welcome Here scheme, a year after the launch of the #NotSorryMums campaign.

England: baby-weaning campaign will boost mothers’ confidence

A new campaign to help parents introduce their babies to solid foods has been launched by Public Health England (PHE). Its survey revealed that more than one in four mothers lack confidence in doing so.

Korea: breastfeeding could protect against depression in later life

Women who breastfeed their children are almost two-thirds less likely to suffer from post-menopausal depression.

England: breastfeeding crucial for infant dental health, says PHE

Public Health England (PHE) has highlighted how important breastfeeding is in protecting infant dental health.

News in numbers: December

A breakdown of community health news this month, in numbers. Download PDF here.

New Zealand: overweight mothers more likely to stop breastfeeding

Overweight mothers are more likely than their healthy-weight counterparts to stop breastfeeding in the first week after having a baby, a new study says.

‘Austerity is not over,’ says Unite

In response to the chancellor’s budget speech, Unite general secretary Len McCluskey says there is still the ‘horror’ to come of billions of pounds slashed from public spending.
 

UK: babies that eat solids early sleep better

Babies introduced to solid foods early sleep longer and wake less frequently at night than those exclusively breastfed for the first six months, according to a new study.

Great Britian: infant-feeding website aims to help HVs support parents

A new infant-feeding website will help health visitors encourage breastfeeding and bottle-feeding parents to bond with their babies.

Breastfeeding: what's blocking the message?

What’s being done (and what can be done) to improve low breastfeeding rates around the UK? Journalist Radhika Holmström investigates.

Scotland: breastfeeding up by 5% in forth valley

Health visitors who helped raise breastfeeding rates by 5% have been awarded a Baby Friendly Award from Unicef.

Northern Ireland: libraries stock breastfeeding scheme

All 96 public libraries in Northern Ireland have joined the Public Health Agency’s (PHA) Breastfeeding Welcome Here scheme.

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