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National Breastfeeding Week: What Was That About?

As National Breastfeeding Week draws to a close, let’s reflect on what we have seen.

Well, memorably, healthcare authorities advising partners to fluff up pillows, bring snacks, change nappies, stick their tongues out at babies, sing and talk to them and try baby massage…

Anyone else confused?

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We Ask NICE: What Is The Priority for Infant Feeding ‘Quality Standards’?

We have once again commented on guidance from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) for the postnatal care of women and babies. This time we addressed new draft ‘quality standards’ for infant feeding advice. We asked the NICE panel: what is the priority here?! You can read our full response below:

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How Does Encanto Help us to Imagine Better Infant Feeding Policy?

As parents of small children, many of us are very familiar with Encanto. After watching the movie for the third time in a weekend, one of our co-founders had fun on Twitter imagining infant feeding stories through the lens of the movie and its cast of characters, the gifted members of the Madrigal family. What follows is an edited version of these threads.

Spoilers ahead: If you haven’t seen Encanto yet – are you living under a rock? – read no further!

The whole thing started with Bruno…

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Tell MPs About Your Experience of Breastfeeding Support (and What You Think of This Biased Survey!)

How to conduct a biased survey: Firstly, ask loaded questions that preserve your key assumptions (in this case that breastfeeding ought to be encouraged and stopping or not starting is a bad thing). Secondly, distribute among groups who support your mission (e.g. breastfeeding advocacy groups).

These are the questions asked by MP Alison Thewliss in this survey to inform a debate in parliament on Tuesday 8 March:

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More on NICE Guidelines for Postnatal Care

We recently contributed to a ‘topic engagement’ on the NICE guidelines for postnatal care. We previously submitted detailed comments on the full set of guidelines for postnatal care, which you can read here.

This time, NICE wanted comments on its ‘quality standards’ and areas for quality improvement in postnatal care. We said the following:

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What Do Women Really Think of the Baby Friendly Initiative?

Are you ready to hear what women really think about breastfeeding and pumping in the context of a so-called ‘Baby Friendly’ setting? This recently published paper in the journal Breastfeeding Medicine gives some very interesting insight.

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