South African health authorities educate the public about breastfeeding but without supportive legislation and strong communication, it will never be normalised.
In an era when opinion often trumps evidence in public health issues, it's time to support and invest in evidence-based medicine to protect the public from dangerous, poorly informed beliefs.
Breastfeeding has many health benefits for both baby and mother. But it can also can be difficult to sustain exclusively without support.
The potential for exploitation is rife in the international market for breast milk. Fair trade and fair pay regulations are crucial to protect consumers in Australia and suppliers abroad.
The UK isn't doing enough to help mums breastfeed successfully
Hospitals sometimes recommend women express milk towards the end of their pregnancies. But it's not suitable for all.
However mothers feed their babies, there is always some kind of criticism.
Family, friends and even strangers are judging pregnant women's and new mothers' behaviour.
Banked breast milk is a safe source of shared human milk, and can be a life-saver for very premature babies.
The bacteria in a mother's breast milk are important because it helps develop a baby's gut. Research shows this bacteria are different depending on where mothers live and what they eat.
Breast really best makes many mums feel bad.
Breastfeeding is a cultural taboo in the UK, and the prevalence of bottles in children's books doesn't help.
Childhood obesity is increasing and is most common for children living in disadvantage. But it's preventable if we begin from the start of life.
Breastfeeding mothers often receive a variety of well-intentioned advice about what and what not to eat during this period. But what does the science say?
The pressure on new mums can be overwhelming, but culturally they are expected to go it alone.
Negative breastfeeding experiences can make special drives to encourage it all too painful for some.
South Africa, despite its bold commitments to improve breastfeeding, does not have national data to monitor breastfeeding rates to ensure that its policies are being effective.
Is there anything wrong with breastfeeding children up to five or six?
The most common complaint is conflicting advice, as well as staff who are "bossy, judgemental and inaccessible" and who undermine women's confidence.
What are we really talking about when we criticize women who breastfeed in public?