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Breastfeeding Report 2021 – Return to Work

Breastfeeding Report 2021 – Return to Work

It’s World Breastfeeding Week! We celebrate #WorldBreastfeedingWeek2022 from the 1st to the 7th of August. The non-governmental organisation World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action has been organising this event for 30 years to raise awareness of breastfeeding, and this year’s theme is “Step up for breastfeeding – Educate and Support”. To mark this special week, we have published a report on returning to work and breastfeeding. The report is our annual report on the state of breastfeeding around the world, and…

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Do I need to give my baby water?

Do I need to give my baby water?

Depending on where you are, it is starting to get hot and you might wonder what you should do. Adults are advised to be careful with their hydration and increase the amount of water they drink to stay well hydrated, but what about babies? Should we offer them water too or is this not necessary?  Here we answer all your questions! Firstly, recommendations about offering water to a baby are very different depending on whether your baby is older or…

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Can I get a tattoo while breastfeeding?

Can I get a tattoo while breastfeeding?

Many mothers would like to get a tattoo during their breastfeeding journey that represents their own motherhood as a lasting special memory. They would like to commemorate their maternity and breastfeeding journey and so have a special tribute to their motherhood. In this post, we answer any doubts you might have about the topic. Can I get a tattoo while breastfeeding?This question is sometimes difficult to answer because tattoo studios, at least most of them, do not specialise in breastfeeding…

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Pain and nipple shields: review of a research study

Pain and nipple shields: review of a research study

Pain and nipple shields: when professional techniques to reduce pain in breastfeeding are not effective, the use of nipple shields can be considered one of the resources for nipple pain management. It is well known that pain, and especially sore nipples, are one of the leading causes of women stopping to breastfeed earlier than they planned to do so (1). To reduce pain, professionals who accompany mothers in their breastfeeding journey should evaluate and help mothers to improve their breastfeeding…

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Racism and Maternity Care

Racism and Maternity Care

Institutionalised racism undermines the quality of health care for black mothers, who have a much higher mortality rate than white mothers, even when they have similar levels of education or socioeconomic background. African-American women living in the United States are nearly four times more likely to die during pregnancy or childbirth than white women, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The CDC reports that while the mortality rate for white women is 12.7…

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International Day of the Midwife: Shortage of Professionals

International Day of the Midwife: Shortage of Professionals

Today marks the International Day of the Midwife! Congratulation to all midwives! Midwives are the best-qualified professionals to monitor pregnancy, childbirth and postpartum care for low-risk births. Numerous studies show that having access to a professional midwife improves health outcomes for mother and baby. What differentiates a midwife from an ob-gyn/gynaecologist? Midwives are specialists in the normality of childbirth, while gynaecologists specialise in the care of pathologies or whenever risks and problems arise. As we said, a low-risk, physiological pregnancy…

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10 Basics About Introducing Solids

10 Basics About Introducing Solids

1 – Why start with solids? Breastmilk is possibly the most complete nutrition and can exclusively nourish a baby up to about 6 months of age. At about this age, breastmilk is still excellent for feeding a baby, but not exclusively, which is why we begin to introduce solids. Iron, zinc and vitamin A are the nutrients that the baby now needs in bigger quantities and so she begins to diversify her diet. 2 – At 4 or 6 months?…

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Breastfeeding on demand?

Breastfeeding on demand?

Breastfeeding works on demand, which means that there is no need for the baby or the mother to wait for a certain amount of time between feeds. The knowledge related to breastfeeding was gradually lost with the introduction of the bottle-feeding culture in our society. What was worse is that practices associated with bottle feeding were simply applied to breastfeeding. Although it later became clear that this was not necessary, bottle-feeding was introduced with a regular schedule, and this mistake…

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Breastfeeding Triplets

Breastfeeding Triplets

Breastfeeding one single baby can be complicated, but how is breastfeeding triplets? We have been lucky enough to hear the first hand experience of our user Laia, who has shared her story with us. Thank you, Laia! “I planned to breastfeed the triplets, just as I did with my older son. In addition, I knew that because they were premature, breastfeeding was a great help for them. In fact, our breastfeeding journey started in the NICU. The first drops of…

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Why is it Not Recommended to Donate Formula Milk for Ukraine?

Why is it Not Recommended to Donate Formula Milk for Ukraine?

It is not the first time that in light of a conflict situation, initiatives are created to provide formula milk to the areas where it may be needed. Despite the fact that these initiatives have a noble and charitable background, they can cause complicated and counterproductive situations. We have received a comment from a person who is an international aid worker and who knows first-hand how formula milk is managed in conflict zones. We would like to share it here…

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