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Supporting breastfeeding is everybody’s business - By Sue Ashmore, Unicef

Two years ago the Lancet, 2016, published powerful evidence that breastfeeding saves lives, improves health and cuts costs in every country worldwide. The publication was a landmark moment for all those working to support breastfeeding – we felt that this …

Building a breastfeeding responsive University for students and staff - Anna Byrom, UCLAN

‘If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together’ (African Proverb) Making a difference It is an exciting time to be an infant feeding coordinator, turned midwifery lecturer, working in the University of …

Making advice and support on breastfeeding accessible 24/7- By Karen Pinder

  We know that getting the right support enables women to breastfeed their babies for longer. As with any new habit, mothers need to learn the ropes, and advice from health professionals plays a critical role in helping them to …

Getting breastfeeding support right for women and their families - Shereen Fisher

With the World Cup upon us I always feel more linked in on an international level. It got me thinking about which countries are getting breastfeeding support right for women and their families, why in the UK have we got …

Using breastfeeding data to inform service development locally - Coleen Milligan

We know the importance of understanding what’s happening locally and how this compares to other areas. Without it how do we know where we need to focus our efforts to have the most impact on improving the health of the …

Celebrating Breastfeeding - Viv Bennett

This week we are celebrating breastfeeding, this gives a real opportunity to focus on the benefits and impact on long term outcomes for both mother and baby including healthy weight, protection from infection and safety. World Health Organisation recommends that …

Healthier weight promotion for children: consistent messages - Loretta Sollars and Charlene Mulhern

We know children who stay a healthy weight and lead a healthy lifestyle tend to be fitter, healthier, have better attendance in school and be more self-confident. Health and care professionals are in a unique position to enable children, young people and …

International Day of the Midwife 2018 - Smoking in Pregnancy - by Jane Scattergood

Smoking during pregnancy is harmful to both the mother and their unborn child.  It is the main modifiable risk factor associated with a range of poor pregnancy outcomes. Although rates are lower than in the past, just under 11% of …

Safe sleeping – supporting parents - Wendy Nicholson

This week it is the Lullaby Trust’s ‘Safer sleeping’  week –  the week aims to raise awareness of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and  evidenced advice on how parents  can reduce the risk of it occurring. SIDS is multi-factorial. However, …