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Daffodil Study sparks concerns over exclusive breastfeeding

Daffodil Study sparks concerns over exclusive breastfeeding | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it

Pro-breastfeeding groups have rejected research advising that newborns should be fed formula milk, saying such a proposal contradicts the exclusive breastfeeding campaign.

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Odisha govt plans nutrition security for babies up to 2 years - The Times of India

Odisha govt plans nutrition security for babies up to 2 years - The Times of India | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it
Babies up to two years could soon be assured of nutrition.The state government is planning to come up with a 1,000-day strategy to ensure food security for children from the womb until they turn two years old.
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The government is also planning to launch a campaign, Anna Prasanna, for promoting exclusive breast feeding for six months and start providing complementary food after that, said the secretary of women and child development department Arti Ahuja, while speaking at a state-level convention of children's right to food here on Thursday.

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Nutrition: health professionals can advise, but parents have the final say

Nutrition: health professionals can advise, but parents have the final say | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it
If parents find advice from health professionals too dictatorial, it can put them off asking for help in the future, explains Louise Bazalgette
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An interesting study which reveals the gap between theory and every day life... read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/healthcare-network/2012/dec/18/nutrition-parents-should-have-final-say

 

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Keeping abreast of breastfeeding | Bangkok Post

Keeping abreast of breastfeeding | Bangkok Post | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it
To help new mothers adjust to life caring for their babies, and to answer potentially tricky questions, the Thai Breastfeeding Centre has launched The Breastfeeding Atlas Thai Edition.
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Private hospitals may pursue Unicef programme for breastfeeding

Private hospitals may pursue Unicef programme for breastfeeding | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it
Four facilities may pursue a Unicef recognition that uses 10 measures to promote the practice
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The city may get its first private hospitals with a Unicef "baby-friendly" accreditation in a few years, after they take steps to steer new mothers away from feeding their infants milk formula, the UN agency said yesterday.


Unicef's Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (Hong Kong Association) is all about promoting breastfeeding and dissuading mothers from using formula.

 

"Receiving free infant formula samples should be banned entirely because it is a kind of marketing activity to discourage breastfeeding," said Dr Patricia Ip Lai-sheung, chairwoman of the Unicef initiative.

At least four private hospitals are reportedly expressing an interest in applying for the recognition, which requires that they follow 10 measures to promote breastfeeding.

 

One is to stop accepting or giving away free milk formula samples, starting this year. Free samples were banned in the public sector in 2010.

 

In public hospitals, the number of mothers who breastfeed their babies has more than doubled since the government banned distribution of free formula samples, according to a survey by the University of Hong Kong's school of nursing.

 

It found that in 2006/07, 17.1 per cent of mothers fed their babies only breastmilk during their 48-hour stay in hospital after birth. That climbed sharply to 41.5 per cent this year, after the ban. The duration of breastfeeding has also risen, to 11 weeks from eight.

 

But infant-formula makers are still promoting their product, the HKU survey found. Half of the 1,230 mothers they interviewed this year said they had been approached by manufacturers outside the hospitals.

Such marketing activities and advertising will be discouraged by the government's upcoming voluntary code on baby food substitutes, covering the first 36 months of babies' lives. The deadline for the public consultation is December 31.

 

Ip said the code would create a positive environment for promoting breastfeeding. "The advertisement of infant formulas brands are a major obstacle. By removing it, I believe more Hong Kong mothers will have the correct knowledge about breastfeeding", she said.

 

She emphasised that breast milk was the best source of nutrients for infants according to the World Health Organisation, and urged mothers not to be fooled by advertisement on infant formulas, which exaggerated their nutrient benefit.

 

The baby-friendly code will also require hospitals to set up policies to help mothers breastfeed their babies, provide training to medical staff and mothers, and establish assisting facilities.

Many developed countries already have "baby-friendly" hospitals under Unicef.

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1200 trained health workers to sensitize breastfeeding in Pakistan

1200 trained health workers to sensitize breastfeeding in Pakistan | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it

About 1200 health care providers have been trained to discourage the trend of suggesting artificial formula milk to the infants and promote breastfeeding said health practitioners during a session, organized by the Provincial Nutrition Cell in collaboration with the UNICEF, at a local hotel on Monday.

 

The health practitioners including Dr. Abid Panezai, Dr Esa Jogezai said that root cause of about 90 percent children’s malnutrition in Balochistan is no exclusive breastfeeding, adding that 30 percent children who suffer acute malnutrition die of simple infection due to their weakness.

 

“Health department in collaboration with UNICEF has trained about 1200 health providers including doctors, nurses and paramedics in rural and urban areas of the province to promote breastfeeding,” they said. The child mortality rate and mother mortality rate in Pakistan they noted that some 72 infants out of 1,000 did not complete their first birthday and die every year while death of 280 women out of 1, 00000 who die during pregnancy annually is an alarming number.

 

They said that there is dire need of taking drastic measures to decrease the ratio of CMR and MMR to achieve the Development Millennium Goals. There is very low level of breastfeeding in Pakistan compared to other countries in Asia, they deplored adding the superstition.—APP

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Come Join The Fight...

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... to protect every feeding mother and her infant from man-made milk as babies need only the Mom-made one.

 

This was the theme of the 1st World breastfeeding Conference 2012 which was hosted jointly in Delhi by the Breastfeeding Promotion Network of India (BPNI), International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN), and World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), in partnership with the Ministry of Women and Child Development, and the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

There is compelling evidence to believe that Mother's milk is the cheapest investment in child survival, growth and investment. It is that magical potion which wards off malnutrition and offers protection against many killer diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia. On the other hand, artificial formula milk increases not only the risk of life threatening childhood infections, but also of non-communicable diseases like diabetes, obesity and cardiovascular diseases.

 

Yet only 38% of the world's infants (92 million out of 136 million born every year) are exclusively breastfed for the 1st 6 months of their lives. An overwhelming 62% of them are fed artificially either totally or partially. Initiating breastfeeding within the first hour of birth can reduce neonatal mortality by 20%, but more than half the world's newborns are deprived of this too. Suboptimal breastfeeding is responsible for 44% of all infant deaths due to acute respiratory infections. The term 'exclusive breastfeeding' has to be understood in the right context, as it entails giving only mother's milk and nothing else (not even water) to the baby during the 1st six months of life.

 

In India, of the 26 million babies born every year, a whopping 20 million are deprived of optimal feeding on mother's milk which is naturally sterilized, packed with nutrients and antibodies, easily available, and is free of cost. There is no other food that is more locally produced, affordable and healthier than mother's milk. In contrast, formula milk, despite being very expensive and not healthy, finds many takers in our country due to aggressive but misleading marketing tactics of baby food manufacturing companies.

 

Read more: http://www.modernghana.com/news/435008/1/come-join-the-fight.html

 

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UNICEF - Nutrition - Breastfeeding

UNICEF - Nutrition - Breastfeeding | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it

Breastfeeding: impact on child survival and global situation

 

Optimal breastfeeding of infants under two years of age has the greatest potential impact on child survival of all preventive interventions, with the potential to prevent 1.4 million deaths in children under five in the developing world (Lancet 2008). The results of a study conducted in Ghana show that breastfeeding babies within the first hour of birth can prevent 22 per cent of neonatal deaths.

 

Breastfed children have at least six times greater chance of survival in the early months than non-breastfed children. Breastfeeding drastically reduces deaths from acute respiratory infection and diarrhoea, two major child killers, as well as from other infectious diseases (WHO-Lancet 2000). The potential impact of optimal breastfeeding practices is especially important in developing country situations with a high burden of disease and low access to clean water and sanitation.

But non-breastfed children in industrialized countries are also at greater risk of dying - a recent study of post-neonatal mortality in the United States found a 25% increase in mortality among non-breastfed infants. In the UK Millennium Cohort Survey, six months of exclusive breast feeding was associated with a 53% decrease in hospital admissions for diarrhoea and a 27% decrease in respiratory tract infections.

While breastfeeding rates are no longer declining at the global level, with many countries experiencing significant increases in the last decade, only 38 per cent of children less than six months of age in the developing world are exclusively breastfed and just 39 per cent of 20-23 month olds benefit from the practice of continued breastfeeding.

 

Read more: http://www.unicef.org/nutrition/index_24824.html

 

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Food for thought|HongKong Focus|chinadaily.com.cn

Food for thought|HongKong Focus|chinadaily.com.cn | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it

A draft code aimed at regulating the marketing of baby food and formula milk has been applauded by international and local groups. But not everyone is impressed with manufacturers, claiming it will confuse mothers and restrict the free flow of information. Hazel Knowles reports.


The picture of the smiling mother playing with her toddler on a sandy beach dominates the side of the MTR carriage traveling the Island Line. She looks blissfully happy. Her daughter glows with health.
In the foreground sits the product being advertised in this heart-warming scene, a blue and gold can of follow-up formula milk.
It is the type of advertisement people encounter several times a day - in MTR carriages, on billboards along escalators and at intervals on the walls of public walkways.


It's an image that soon may disappear from Hong Kong if new voluntary regulations aimed at curbing the marketing of baby food and formula milk are put into action.


Under a set of draft regulations currently the subject of public consultation, marketing or promotion of any formula milk aimed at newborns to 36 month-olds will be banned. The same will apply to baby foods and baby feeding products such as bottles and teats.
The code - called the Hong Kong Code of Marketing and Quality of Formula Milk and Related Products, and Food Products for Infants and Young Children - will also prevent manufacturers from producing educational materials about breastfeeding and feeding for mothers. Similarly manufacturers will be banned from sponsoring educational functions or competitions such as baby crawling competitions or mothers' clubs.


It will also forbid them from handing out free samples at health care facilities and restrict information and health claims on labels to what can be scientifically proven.


Aimed at protecting the practice of breastfeeding in the city, the drafting of the code has been applauded by international and local groups which support breastfeeding.


But manufacturers of formula milk and baby food are not happy, claiming the code contradicts Hong Kong's open, free market economy and will leave parents confused and without the information they need to make informed choices.


The code was unveiled in October by a special task force set up in 2010 to look at the issue by the Department of Health.
It is designed to bring Hong Kong in line with many other countries which already have regulations controlling the marketing of formula milk and the International Code of Marketing of Breast milk Substitutes, adopted by the World Health Assembly in 1981.
For Patricia Ip Lai-sheung the Hong Kong draft code is a welcome step towards making the city more baby friendly - but one which has been too long in coming.

 

Read more: http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/hkedition/2012-12/05/content_15986057.htm

 

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Toxic amounts of aluminium found in infant formulas

Although the unacceptably excessive presence of aluminium in infant formulas has been scientifically documented and proven since the late 1990s and the manufacturing companies are sufficiently warned and very well aware of the health problems it causes, it looks like commercial infant formulas still contain too much of this neurotoxic element.



Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/038220_aluminum_infant_formulas_toxicity.html?noredirect=1#noredirect#ixzz2EA6emx6d

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Attentions aux "laits" végétaux pour les enfants - France Info

Attentions aux "laits" végétaux pour les enfants  - France Info | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it
De plus en plus de bébés sont nourris non pas au lait infantile mais avec des laits végétaux : lait de soja, d'amandes, de noisette ou de riz.


Ces laits ont la couleur du lait, l'onctuosité du lait, mais ce ne sont pas des laits. La réglementation est stricte sur ce point. Les "laits" de soja, d'amandes, de noisette ou de riz sont des boissons végétales ou des jus végétaux.

Des boissons que les parents donnent de plus en plus à leurs enfants en remplacement du lait.

Deux raisons à cela, explique le professeur Patrick Tounian, chef du service de nutrition pédiatrique à l'hôpital Trousseau à Paris: "La phobie du lait et l'incitation par des professionnels de santé à ne plus utiliser les laits infantiles, mais plutôt des jus végétaux."


Les conséquences sur la santé des enfants


L'impact est d'autant plus grave que le nourrisson est jeune.
Entre 0 et 6 mois, les nourrissons ne reçoivent normalement que du lait. S'il est remplacé par des jus végétaux, qui ne sont pas adaptés aux nourrissons, l'enfant risque de souffrir de carences en fer qui peuvent nécessiter des transfusions, de carences en calories, en protéines et vitamines.

Une étude a rapporté que sur l'ensemble de la France, il y a eu deux décès de bébés nourris avec ces "laits" végétaux.

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Obamacare brings breastfeeding out of the bathroom

Obamacare brings breastfeeding out of the bathroom | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it
Local educators are trying to highlight a component of the Affordable Care Act that mandates nursing women get breaks for breast-feeding.


When the bill took effect on March 23, 2010, so, too, did the change to section 7 of the Fair Labor Standards Act. The amendment states that businesses with more than 50 employees must allow nursing women "reasonable" time and private space to use a breast pump.


The space women use doesn't have to be its own room, but it does have to be a different space than a restroom, the provision reads.


Ashton Ibarra, a Women, Infants and Children nutritionist and breast-feeding coordinator with the City of St. Joseph Health Department, says the law is important because it doesn't make women choose between going back to work and breast-feeding their baby.


"I think that was a common issue before the law," adds La'Sherrie Tyes, a breast-feeding peer counselor for the WIC program.


Businesses don't need to provide that much to meet the law's requirements, Ms. Tyes says. If there's not a spare room available, they could partition off part of a seldom-used space. A breast-feeding mother really only needs a chair, a table and an outlet to use her pump. The company could provide a mini-fridge for the breast milk or the nursing woman could put it in a cooler. For most women, the process takes between 15 to 20 minutes. Some women can do it in as little as five minutes, Ms. Tyes says.



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Ireland has lowest breast-feeding rates in Europe

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A scientific report published by the Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI) highlights key recommendations to improve the nation’s baby feeding patterns and nutrition.


The report is based on research into infant feeding practices in Ireland and the latest international scientific opinion. It states that emerging evidence worldwide shows good nutrition during pregnancy and throughout an infant’s first year, can have a significant positive impact on health throughout a person’s life.


According to Dr Mary Flynn, chief specialist public health nutrition, FSAI, research into infant feeding in Ireland over the past few years shows that practices are far from ideal. Ireland has the lowest breast feeding rates in Europe. The weaning of infants from milk to solid food is also found to be an area that needs particular attention as an estimated 71 per cent of babies are being weaned onto solid foods too early.

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NZ infant formula rationed in Australia

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Australian retailers are rationing a popular New Zealand infant formula and shelves in many shops remain empty following bulk buying, the Brisbane Courier-Mail reports today.

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Obesity declining in young, poorer kids

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By Genevra Pittman (Reuters NEW YORK)

 

The number of low-income preschoolers who qualify as obese or "extremely obese" has dropped over the last decade, new data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show.

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The new results can't prove what's behind the progress but two possible contributors are higher rates of breastfeeding and rising awareness of the importance of physical activity even for very young kids.

 

 

 

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Exclusive Breastfeeding On The Rise In Kenya

Exclusive Breastfeeding On The Rise In Kenya | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it
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Kenya has made significant strides in boosting exclusive breastfeeding, even passing a new law banning the promotion of infant formula. Nevertheless, challenges to safe infant feeding – a major part of prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission – remain.

 

The law, passed in September, prohibits the promotion of complementary foods and forbids health workers from accepting gifts from formula manufacturers. It also requires formula packaging to contain “notices, warnings and necessary information with respect to promotion of breastfeeding and proper use of breast milk substitutes”.

 

It is hoped that the law will contribute to the government’s push to encourage all mothers to breastfeed exclusively for at least six months. This is particularly important for HIV-positive women – six months of exclusive breastfeeding is associated with a three- to four-fold lower risk of HIV transmission compared to mixed feeding, according to the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).

 

Kenya has adopted the UN World Health Organization (WHO) recommendation that HIV-positive mothers should exclusively breastfeed their infants for the first six months of life, introducing appropriate complementary foods thereafter, and continue breastfeeding for the first 24 months of life.

 

Following prodding by NGOs and the government, a number of local companies – large and small – have started to provide mothers with environments that enable them to exclusively breastfeed.

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Baby milk ad controls published in South Africa

Baby milk ad controls published in South Africa | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it
The Department of Health has finalised its regulations for the way infant formula milk is promoted, banning images of jolly bottle-fed babies and making it illegal for companies to make negative claims about breastfeeding.
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The new laws are intended to stop advertisements extolling the virtues of infant formula and clear the airwaves for the department to get its own message across about the benefits of breastfeeding, which is at a record low in SA. It hopes that by doing so, more women will nurse their babies and reduce their risk of life-threatening illnesses such as diarrhoea and pneumonia.

"Given the country's low exclusive breastfeeding rates of 8% and high infant mortality rates (40 per 1,000 live births), SA needs to put into place a comprehensive legal framework that protects parents and health professionals from aggressive or inappropriate marketing of breastmilk substitutes," said the department's director for nutrition Ann Behr.

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Christmas' Missing Icon: Mary Breastfeeding Jesus

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(RNS) At its heartwarming core, Christmas is the story of a birth: the tender relationship between a new mother and her newborn child.
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Indeed, that maternal bond between the Virgin Mary and the baby Jesus has resonated so deeply across the centuries that depicting the blessed intimacy of the first Noel has become an integral part of the Christmas industry.

 

Yet all the familiar scenes associated with the holy family today -- creches and church pageants, postage stamps and holiday cards -- are also missing an obvious element of the mother-child connection that modern Christians are apparently happy to do without: a breast-feeding infant.

 

Jesus certainly wasn't a bottle baby. So what happened to Mary's breasts?

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Food Security for the Most Vulnerable, a Priority in Times of Crisis

In the midst of an ongoing global financial turmoil and rising food prices, a new toolkit designed by the World Bank seeks to assist countries in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region to ensure the health, food and nutritional security of the most vulnerable, especially poor mothers and young children.

LAC is more vulnerable to natural disasters, food price volatility and humanitarian crises than other regions. Against this background, any new crisis and emergency situation represents a heavy toll on the nutritional status of the population, notably children. It is estimated that 7.2 million children under five years of age are chronically malnourished in the region.

 

The study, “How to Protect and Promote the Nutrition of Mothers and Children: A Toolkit for Stable, Crisis, and Emergency Situations,” involved 130 survey participants in 12 LAC countries. It shows that most crisis-response policies and programs have overlooked the essential nutritional needs of mothers and their children in the first 1000 days of life, a critical period for a child's development. In order to eradicate malnourishment in the region, these initiatives need to be improved and prioritize the most vulnerable groups, the study concludes.

 

To help countries improve the efficiency of their crisis and emergency response, the toolkit offers policy and decision makers a clear guidance on cost-efficient measures that can help countries better ensure the nutritional security of the population. For instance, all countries need to reinforce the promotion and protection of breastfeeding. A number of countries would benefit from adapting the food and water rations given in emergencies to the specific nutritional needs of pregnant and lactating women and children under 2 years of age. Other suggested measures include the prevention of micronutrient deficiencies during emergencies, treatment of acute malnutrition, and efficient treatment of diarrhea through the combined use of oral rehydration solution and zinc.

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India lags behind in breastfeeding practices: Report - Health - DNA

Only 8 million of the 26 million babies born in India every year are breastfed within an hour of birth, said a World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative report.

 

It also ranked India at 31 out of the 51 countries surveyed.

In breastfeeding practices from 2008-2012, the report found only 46 percent of newborns in India were breastfed in the first 24 hours of their birth.

The percentage was found higher in neighbouring countries such as Sri Lanka (75.8), Bangladesh (64), Afghanistan (54.3) and Bhutan (58.5).

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World Breastfeeding Conference 2012 “ 'Babies Need Mom-Made Not Man-Made'

Report by India Education bureau, New Delhi

 

The World Breastfeeding Conference 2012, was inaugurated here today. The Ministry of Women and Child Development and Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in partnership with International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) organized this Conference. The theme of the three day conference is ‘Babies need Mom-Made not Man-made’.

 

Addressing the gathering Smt. Krishna Tirath, the Minister for State, Independent Charge, Women and Child Development said, “The benefits of a simple practice cannot be ignored and adequate breastfeeding support for mothers and families should be provided. She mentioned “Taking stock of policies and programmes the theme for World Breastfeeding week this year was apt and timely preceding this World Conference. It is time for all of us to act and look back and set the stage for change of behavior, mindsets and make an honest attempt to improve the unacceptable levels of breastfeeding .”

 

The Minister also mentioned that The ICDS programme currently reaches out to about 80 million children under six years of age and 20 million pregnant and lactating mothers through a network of 1.3 million child development centres called ‘Anganwadi centres’.

The Minister also mentioned the initiatives taken by the Ministry of Women and Child Development for supporting breastfeeding like the inclusion of IYCF as a component in the redesigned service package ICDS scheme and introduction of an additional dedicated worker in 200 high burden districts to address the critical issues of IYCF for under 3s with special focus on under 6 months children.

She also informed that the Indira Gandhi Matritiya Sahyog Yojana (IGMSY) a maternity benefit scheme with conditional cash transfer of Rs 4000 for maternal care with provision of promoting breastfeeding is being implemented in 52 districts.

She said that “To address the critical area of education and building awareness of adolescent girls, the Rajiv Gandhi Scheme for Empowerment of Adolescent girls (SABLA) is been implemented in 200 districts.”

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Formula milk producers' association defends adverts

Formula milk producers' association defends adverts | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it

I am writing on behalf of the Hong Kong Infant and Young Child Nutrition Association in response to letters by Caroline Carson ("Code aims to curb formula producers' outrageous claims", November 28) and Maggie Holmes ("Health benefits of breast milk are obvious", December 4), in order to clarify some misconceptions.

We would like to stress that the association has always supported the idea that breast milk is the best food for infants and that quality formula is the only safe alternative to breast milk, a statement supported by the World Health Organisation.

 

Both Ms Carson and Ms Holmes fail to acknowledge the main reasons mothers do not breastfeed.

According to a survey by the University of Hong Kong's Public Opinion Programme this February, as well as studies in 2000 and 2010 conducted in several Hong Kong hospitals, the major factors for not breastfeeding include inadequate breast milk supply, returning to work, fatigue or health problems and inadequate breastfeeding facilities.

Marketing activities by infant milk formula manufacturers are not mentioned.

We would also like to draw attention to the fact that there has been no ruling from the Office of the Communications Authority against claims in our advertising or against the promotional activities of formula manufacturers for "providing wrong information to the public" in the past five years.

The association supports the WHO recommendation that exclusive breastfeeding should be encouraged for the first six months of life.

 

And in line with the practices in other developed countries such as New Zealand, Singapore and nations in the European Union, we believe that marketing of breast milk substitutes for infants up to six months of age should be governed by legislation in Hong Kong - but there is no need to extend this to children up to three years old.

The proposed code would ban manufacturers entirely from providing information on breastfeeding or formula feeding, or any information on formulas, for children up to three years old.

Thus, once a child starts weaning, there would be a complete absence of information on options for follow-on formulas and food, which include some of the best supplemental nutritional choices for children of that age group.

Not only would this run contrary to Hong Kong's free-market economy, it would also limit the fundamental right of consumers to the free access of information.

 

Clarence Chung, president of the Hong Kong Infant and Young Child Nutrition Association

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KENYA: Exclusive breastfeeding on the rise

KENYA: Exclusive breastfeeding on the rise | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it
Kenya has made significant strides in boosting exclusive breastfeeding, even passing a new law banning the promotion of infant formula.


Nevertheless, challenges to safe infant feeding - a major part of prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission - remain.

The law, passed in September, prohibits the promotion of complementary foods and forbids health workers from accepting gifts from formula manufacturers. It also requires formula packaging to contain "notices, warnings and necessary information with respect to promotion of breastfeeding and proper use of breast milk substitutes".

It is hoped that the law will contribute to the government's push to encourage all mothers to breastfeed exclusively for at least six months. This is particularly important for HIV-positive women - six months of exclusive breastfeeding is associated with a three- to four-fold lower risk of HIV transmission compared to mixed feeding, according to the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF).


Read more http://www.plusnews.org/Report/96959/KENYA-Exclusive-breastfeeding-on-the-rise


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Barb's Daily Dose: Avoid Simply Thick for Infant Formula

Barb's Daily Dose: Avoid Simply Thick for Infant Formula | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it
Recently the FDA issued a warning to parents about using SimplyThick, a product that thickens baby formula.


It was developed to help prevent babies from spitting up, however preemies are much more likely to develop a potentially life-threatening condition from using it.


The condition, Necrotizing Enterocolitis, NEC, developed in 22 infants who used the product.


It's important that every parent consult with their health care provider about whether the benefits of this thickening agent outweigh the possible risks to infants. It's always a good idea to read the labels carefully and consider the pros and cons with any medication or treatment.

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Can I Mix Different Baby Formula Brands For My Baby?

Can I Mix Different Baby Formula Brands For My Baby? | Breastfeeding Promotion & Scandals | Scoop.it
It's okay to mix and match infant formula for your baby. Here's some tips about mixing formula and the Goldilock's just right bottle.
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