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2008-09-26 00:00:31

News in brief INFANT HEALTH Britain must adopt a national strategy to encourage breastfeeding, experts say today. The battle cry "breast is best" has been promoted by the childbirth lobby for decades, but 40 per cent of women in the UK who start to breastfeed give up by the time their baby is six weeks old. Only 20 per cent of babies are exclusively breast fed at six weeks. Research shows babies who are breast fed are less prone to allergies, have fewer infections and higher IQs - though...

2008-09-23 18:00:37

A MIDLAND health trust has pledged to make its surgeries and health centres more babyfriendly as it works towards achieving a Unicef accreditation. New mums who want to breastfeed their babies will benefit under the scheme by Worcestershire Primary Care Trust. The Unicef Baby Friendly Initiative aims to inform parents about breastfeeding, which can boost a child's immunity and protect them against chest problems, asthma and ear infections. (c) 2008 Evening Mail; Birmingham (UK)....

2008-09-04 03:00:25

By Stephen Wall San Bernardino County hospitals need to do a better job encouraging new mothers to breast-feed, according to a study released Wednesday. Only 12 counties in the state had lower breast-feeding rates than San Bernardino County in 2007, according to the report by the UC Davis Human Lactation Center and the California WIC Association. In county hospitals, 84 percent of mothers start breast-feeding when their babies are born, but only 38 percent are exclusively...

2008-08-11 12:01:13

UNICEF today thanked the North York General Hospital Foundation, The Canadian International Development Agency, Canada Company and the Toronto Garrison Officers Ball for their generous contribution to help women and children in Afghanistan. The funds raised will help expectant mothers and newborns get the health care they need at the Khairkhana Hospital in Kabul Province. "Women and children in Afghanistan are especially vulnerable right now, and there is an urgent need for more supplies and...

2008-08-09 18:00:25

MOTHERS and babies held a special picnic to raise awareness about breast feeding. The event was held in the grounds of Liverpool Women's hospital to mark National Breastfeeding Week. Members of the hospital's infant feeding team said only 50% of women in the city choose to breastfeed, even though it is better for baby and mother. Breast-fed babies are less likely to become overweight children and have fewer infections, while their mothers have lower rates of breast and ovarian cancer...

2008-08-07 03:00:35

By Debbie Pfeiffer Trunnell COLTON - Eight months into her pregnancy, Marcela Zambrano is eager to do everything she can to ensure her baby is healthy. So Wednesday, the Riverside resident lined up at booths at the Breastfeeding Awareness Carnival at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center to learn as much as she could about the benefits of breast feeding. "I heard there was a fair during my doctor's appointment, so I thought I should stop by to check it out," she said. "This is much better...

2008-08-04 09:01:04

A TEESSIDE Hospital has achieved recognition for its baby friendly services. The maternity unit at the James Cook University Hospital has been commended for the high standard of care it offers to breastfeeding mothers and new born babies. This is the third time that the Middlesbrough hospital has been awarded the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Hospital award - along with 53 other maternity units across the UK. Midwife consultant Anne Holt said: "We are delighted that the maternity service...

2008-07-09 21:00:08

By FAY TINNION MATERNITY services were rated this year (for the first time ever) as to the quality of care provided. We now know that Gateshead's Foundation Trust is one of the best- performing providers in the country. Seven months ago I gave birth in what was rated fair, but I found to be excellent: Oxford's John Radcliffe. What worried me most about after-birth care was something Unicef UK raised as an issue in 2002: our national strategy on breastfeeding. It just isn't very good,...

2008-07-01 15:00:10

By MUSSEN, Deidre THREE INFERTILE women have stunned New Zealand's maternity sector by breastfeeding their babies despite never giving birth. One mum has fully breastfed her baby daughter since her surrogate gave birth 17 weeks ago, a second is partially breastfeeding her adopted baby and a third has induced lactation in preparation for her surrogate baby's birth. "When my body has let me down for so many years and now it's able to give life and health to this little girl, it's pretty...

2008-06-19 09:00:09

By JOHANN HARI Imagine if today, scientists discovered a drug that could save 13 per cent of all the babies who currently die. Now imagine that drug also made your baby cleverer - and dramatically slashed her chances of developing heart disease, diabetes, leukaemia, asthma or obesity as an adult. Oh: and imagine it was free. The "drug" exists. It is called breast milk. Yet in the developed world, we often stigmatise women who give it to their babies as "creepy". In the developing world,...


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