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.

Scotland: quarter of mums ‘uncomfortable’ breastfeeding babies in public

More than a quarter of new mums said they are being made to feel uncomfortable breastfeeding in public, a nationwide survey has found.

England: mums can call on Amazon voice assistant for breastfeeding advice

Public Health England (PHE) is offering mums breastfeeding advice via Amazon’s voice assistant Alexa.

Breastfeeding reduces risk of high blood pressure

Women who breastfeed more children, and for longer, are less likely to suffer from hypertension after the menopause.

Northern Ireland: take pride in breastfeeding, says PHA

The benefits of breastfeeding and helping mums feel confident about doing so in public are the focus of a new campaign launched by the Public Health Agency (PHA).

Probiotic’s potential to help babies with colic

Researchers have found evidence to support the use of a probiotic in babies with colic or excessive crying.

Finger foods from six months ‘do not increase choking risk’

Letting babies feed themselves solid foods from as young as six months does not increase the risk of choking, a new study suggests.

Breastfed babies run lower atopic eczema risk

Breastfeeding could cut a child’s risk of developing atopic eczema, says a study in the journal JAMA Pediatrics.

Breastfeeding and the workplace

Breastfeeding coordinator Sinéad Lynch explains how being on the workplace workstrand of the Northern Ireland breastfeeding strategy has influenced strategic and local support to women who are combining breastfeeding and work.

Why are ‘hard-to-reach’ women not engaging in a breastfeeding peer support programme?

May Patricia Islam investigates the uptake of breastfeeding peer support in two deprived areas in a south-east London borough.

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