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Breastfeeding vs. Formula: What's Best for Baby?

Breastfeeding vs. Formula: What's Best for Baby? | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it
The decision to breastfeed or formula feed your baby is extremely personal, and you should be able to make this choice without feeling guilty or stres
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A nice picture to explain very simply the reality.

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Fewer mothers breastfeeding for the first time in a decade: 5,000 fewer choose to compared with 2011

Fewer mothers breastfeeding for the first time in a decade: 5,000 fewer choose to compared with 2011 | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it
The number of breastfeeding mothers has fallen for the first time in almost a decade, as 5,000 fewer women chose to breastfeed their babies this year.
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Louise Silverton, the RCM’s midwifery director, said: ‘In England, there is a shortage of 5,000 midwives and a dearth of midwives promoting breastfeeding in the community, as postnatal care is being cut. Women need more face-to-face time with midwives after giving birth.

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2347029/Fewer-mothers-breastfeeding-time-decade-5-000-fewer-choose-compared-2011.html#ixzz2X7QAxXR2 ;

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MRI study: Breastfeeding boosts babies' brain growth

MRI study: Breastfeeding boosts babies' brain growth | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it
A study using brain images from "quiet" MRI machines adds to the growing body of evidence that breastfeeding improves brain development in infants.
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WHO | Breastfeeding policy: a globally comparative analysis

WHO | Breastfeeding policy: a globally comparative analysis | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it

This study analyses how many countries guarantee mothers breastfeeding breaks, how long the daily breaks are, and how often the breaks are guaranteed for enough months so that women can breastfeed for the minimum 6 months recommended by WHO for breastfeeding. We then conduct the first analysis of how labour policies affect breastfeeding rates around the world. Understanding the relationships between national policy and breastfeeding rates is critically important because of the substantial health benefits of breastfeeding to infant and mother, in addition to the facts that the majority of pregnant women are now employed and that a sizable proportion of women prefer to breastfeed.

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Chinese working moms face breastfeeding dilemma - People's Daily Online

Chinese working moms face breastfeeding dilemma - People's Daily Online | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it

BEIJING, May 31 (Xinhua) -- Being a breastfeeding mom and a career woman at thesame time is no easy task for Fu Xiaoli.

Fu, an employee of the Tianjin Post Office, has managed to breastfeed her daughterXiaoxiao for 15 months. After returning to work when Xiaoxiao was just four months old,she decided that the only option was to collect her breast milk during her work hours.

"At the beginning, I was under great pressure, as I was afraid that working would affectthe quality and quantity of my milk," Fu said.

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Are mothers guaranteed breastfeeding breaks at work?

Are mothers guaranteed breastfeeding breaks at work? | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it
Are mothers guaranteed breastfeeding breaks at work in your country? The benefits of breastfeeding for the health of mothers and infants are well documented. For infants, being breastfed reduces the...
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Infant Tooth Reveals Neandertal Breastfeeding Habits: Scientific American

Infant Tooth Reveals Neandertal Breastfeeding Habits: Scientific American | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it

The study's most intriguing data may be those gleaned from the tooth of a Neandertal infant. The results suggest that the infant was exclusively breastfed for a little over 7 months, and then the mother’s milk was supplemented with other food for another 7 months. After that, barium levels dropped rapidly, suggesting a sudden end to breastfeeding.

Arora says that 14 months is relatively early to wean a child: humans in non-industrial societies stop breastfeeding at an average age of about 2.5 years.

 

The team's results were based on a single sample of Neandertal tooth, which makes it difficult to draw broad conclusions. Perhaps Neandertals typically weaned their young more quickly than humans, suggesting that they may have had children at shorter intervals, says Louise Humphrey, an anthropologist at the Natural History Museum in London. But she says it is also possible that the abrupt end to breastfeeding indicates that the infant’s mother may have fallen ill or died.

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"Weaning age affects many aspects of human demographics, including the minimum time between a woman’s pregnancies, says Holly Smith, a palaeoanthropologist at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. That, in turn, affects the overall rate of population growth. Analysis of teeth found at archaeological sites, therefore, could help researchers infer demographic information about ancient populations."

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Chine : une banque de lait maternel au pays des scandales sanitaires

Chine : une banque de lait maternel au pays des scandales sanitaires | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it

C’est une première en Chine: une banque de lait maternel et ici plus qu’ailleurs l’expérience vaut sans doute le coup. C’est dans la ville de Guangzhou au sud du pays que depuis mars ce centre encore expérimental est ouvert. Dans un pays rongé par les scandales sanitaires, notamment lié au lait infantile, les responsables du projet y placent beaucoup d’espoir.

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Hong Kong fails to promote breast milk even amid formula shortage

Hong Kong fails to promote breast milk even amid formula shortage | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it

The government has been accused of squandering an opportunity to promote breastfeeding amid the furore over shortages of infant formula.

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Baby health crisis in Indonesia as formula companies push products

Baby health crisis in Indonesia as formula companies push products | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it

With poor access to clean water, giving up breastfeeding is a serious health risk in this part of the world...

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Education VS Advertisement

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Mothers with HIV and breastfeeding – it’s possible!

Mothers with HIV and breastfeeding – it’s possible! | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it
There are some good ideas being implemented in Africa, we should look at more closely. Giving HIV-positive mothers different feeding choices to care for their newborns is one of them.
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UNICEF - In Mali, information about breastfeeding is saving children's lives

UNICEF - In Mali, information about breastfeeding is saving children's lives | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it

SIKASSO, Mali, 8 April 2013 – Exclusive breastfeeding saves lives. Aminata Coulibaly, from the village of Kesso, Sikasso region, has seen its impact first-hand.

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Information + education = lives saved 

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Protective Cells in Breast Milk: For the Infant and the Mother? — Milk Research Community

Protective Cells in Breast Milk: For the Infant and the Mother? — Milk Research Community | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it

Babies are well protected and nourished while still in the mother’s womb, but what happens after they are born when they are suddenly exposed to a challenging environment full of new and invasive bugs? The mother steps in again by providing breast milk.

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Venezuela busca prohibir las mamaderas

Venezuela busca prohibir las mamaderas | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it
El oficialismo promueve la reforma de una ley para obligar a las madres a amamantar a bebes menores de seis meses; la iniciativa ya despertó controversia en el país
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New Study Reveals Baby's IQ Linked to Weight Gain: The Importance of Breastfeeding

New Study Reveals Baby's IQ Linked to Weight Gain: The Importance of Breastfeeding | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it
How smart is your baby? A new study reveals that weight gain and increased head size in the first month of a child's life is linked to a higher IQ at early school age.
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The study doesn't just show an interesting correlation between IQ and weight, though. It also shows the importance of making sure babies are fed properly in general. It could have major implications for poverty-stricken areas where children are sometimes not able to receive the nutritional benefits that they need, especially when a mother has difficulty breastfeeding her child.

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Mexico finds breast-feeding woes as rate drops

Mexico finds breast-feeding woes as rate drops | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it
Despite the well-known advantages to breast milk and vigorous campaigns around the world championing breast as best, Mexican mothers say the bottle is better.
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This bank gives out mother's milk, saves many frail and preterm babies : India, News - India Today

This bank gives out mother's milk, saves many frail and preterm babies : India, News - India Today | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it
The Divya Mothers Milk Bank in Udaipur, has provided 173 units of mother's milk in about two months to infants in immediate need as they have been hospitalized with life threatening diseases or are suffering from other problems.
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An example to follow in many countries where the infant mortality rate is too high.

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How Breastfed Babies Control Their Own Appetite

How Breastfed Babies Control Their Own Appetite | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it

In contrast to breastfeeding, which allows infants to feed on demand, bottle feeding enables parents to provide set volumes of milk to babies. Latest evidence shows that breastfed babies control their appetite better than formula-fed babies, and although the mechanisms through which this occurs are not yet clear, it has been shown that this has long-term effects on appetite regulation and weight management.

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More on http://milkgenomics.org/newsletter/how-breastfed-babies-control-their-own-appetite?utm_source=Newsletter_June2013&utm_campaign=SPLASHjune2013&utm_medium=email

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Breastmilk fights infant infections: study

Breastmilk fights infant infections: study | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it
BREASTMILK helps fight infections in babies and their mothers, international research led by the University of Western Australia has revealed.
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Can breastfeeding protect against ADHD?

Breastfeeding has a positive impact on the physical and mental development of infants. A new study in Breastfeeding Medicine suggests that breastfeeding may protect against the development of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) later in childhood.

 

A team of Israeli researchers led by Aviva Mimouni-Bloch, MD compared breastfeeding history and other factors in a group of children 6-12 year of age diagnosed with ADHD to control groups of children who did not have ADHD. The results demonstrated that overall, the children with ADHD were less likely to have been breastfed at 3 and 6 months of age than the children without ADHD. They found the association between ADHD and lack of breastfeeding was statistically significant.

 

"Breastfeeding has been shown to have a positive impact on child development, good health, and protection against illness. Now, another possible benefit of breastfeeding for three months and especially six months or longer has been identified," says Ruth Lawrence, MD, Editor-in-Chief ofBreastfeeding Medicine and Professor of Pediatrics, University of Rochester School of Medicine. "This study opens another avenue of investigation in the prevention of ADHD."

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Breastfeeding in time of crisis

Breastfeeding in time of crisis | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it
During a disaster, breastfeeding not only ensures that babies get proper nourishment but also makes them resistant to illness
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"Policies restrict the distribution of formula milk during crises for a reason. Formula milk can be extremely dangerous for babies in difficult circumstances due to lack of clean water.

If the mother is bottle-feeding, sourcing clean water for mixing with milk and to clean feeding bottles is a problem. This is avoidable though through breastfeeding."

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Incredible facts about babies, breast milk, and breastfeeding

Incredible facts about babies, breast milk, and breastfeeding | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it

Facts to better understand how amazing women’s bodies truly are.

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10 good breastfeeding tips from our lactation experts

10 good breastfeeding tips from our lactation experts | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it

http://www.annerley.com.hk/blog/10-good-breastfeeding-tips-from-our-lactation-experts/

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The debate about public breastfeeding

While we were waiting to sit, we saw a young woman breastfeeding her child in the corner of the room, and I remember thinking how precious the moment was. It wasn’t long before a man approached the woman and asked her to stop the “inappropriate and disgusting behavior.” I thought he was joking, considering she had a blanket covering her entire upper body while she was feeding the baby.

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Interesting point of view

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