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We Discuss a New Paper on Experiences of Breastfeeding Pain

We are going to look at a recent study of women’s perceptions of breastfeeding pain using online forums. It starts, as almost all papers about infant feeding do, with a recitation and affirmation of the creed that breastfeeding has many benefits. Oh boy…

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Breastfeeding Insufficiencies: A New Review of the Evidence

We would like to draw your attention to this review of the literature on breastmilk insufficiencies. It was written by a fellow mother, Dr Vera Wilde, whose baby suffered excessive weight loss as a result of insufficient milk intake, while exclusively breastfeeding.

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Our Comment on ‘Reluctant Feeder’ Guidelines

It’s likely that anyone following us will have seen recent news articles about failings at a Nottingham NHS Trust that led to avoidable deaths in their maternity unit. We were alarmed to hear of a baby who died after his parents raised concerns about his poor feeding.  Continue reading “Our Comment on ‘Reluctant Feeder’ Guidelines”

Designing a New Strategy for Women’s Healthcare? Rethink Infant Feeding Policy!

We responded to a recent call for evidence from the government to inform a new women’s health strategy. The public consultation was promoted as an opportunity to ‘shape the future of women’s healthcare’. This is what we said:

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From Claims About Formula Feeding and Obesity to the National Trust: All in a Weekend’s Work!

It has been an eventful weekend in the world of infant feeding. First off, the new president of the RCPCH (the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health), Dr Camilla Kingdon, used the Daily Mail to pronounce that formula fed babies are more likely to grow up to be obese. She also said that formula companies pursue stressed out parents and that the fall in health visiting numbers means parents aren’t getting the support they need to breastfeed.

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We Respond to Baby Friendly About its Plans to Extend Into Children’s Hospitals

Baby Friendly UK recently announced that it is intending to expand its Baby Friendly Initiative into children’s hospitals. It opened a consultation for views on its new standards for paediatrics services. These are some of the comments we submitted: Continue reading “We Respond to Baby Friendly About its Plans to Extend Into Children’s Hospitals”