News in numbers: September/October 2020

A breakdown of recent community health news, in numbers. Download the PDF, here

Breastfeeding helps children at high risk of obesity

For those at risk of becoming obese, being exclusively breastfed as an infant can help ward off weight gain later in life, a study in PLOS Genetics has found.

Infant feeding: the Covid effect

The pandemic has caused breastfeeding support in some areas of the UK to be stripped back to the bare minimum, writes Francesca Entwistle of the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative. But it’s still crucial for infant health.

Breastfeeding and frequency of pregnancy may reduce risk of early menopause

Women who breastfed their infants for seven to 12 months may have a significantly lower risk of early menopause than those who breastfed for less than a month. 

Better together

Health visitor Alison Spiro looks at three local authorities in England that provide integrated pathways between hospital and community services for breastfeeding support.

The first 1000 days

Jane Barlow says we need new sorts of evidence to enable CPs to play their role in equalising the life chances of all children and giving them the best start in life.

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.

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