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There’s lots of advice on what mums can and can’t eat during pregnancy, but what about during breastfeeding? from www.shutterstock.com.au

Health Check: what should breastfeeding women eat?

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?
Modern debates around breastfeeding would be eerily familiar to someone from the 18th or 19th century. The Fashionable Mamma, James Gillroy, 1796. The British Museum.

A decent woman? The breastfeeding and visibility debate is nothing new

Regular controversies over breastfeeding might seem like a quirk of contemporary life. But 18th and 19th century clothing reveal that women have been handling the issue of visibility and practicality for centuries.
What are the hormones that cause cravings during pregnancy? from www.shutterstock.com.au

Chemical messengers: how pregnancy hormones affect the body

Multiple hormones produced by the mother, placenta and the foetus drive and coordinate the amazing biological changes and development of the baby that occur with conception, foetal growth and birth.
I don’t want to change public attitudes. I just want to feed my baby. Ververidis Vasilis/Shutterstock.com

Stop shaming mothers who want to breastfeed their babies

Breastfeeding rates in the UK are among the lowest in the world. What can we do to improve them? Stop shaming women, might be a good start.
Employers should provide an enabling environment at work for women to continue breastfeeding their infants. shutterstock

Better maternity leave laws are needed to protect African mothers

Only 28% of working women across the globe are fully protected by maternity laws that provide for time off work with full pay.
Exclusive breastfeeding until children are six months old is recommended by the World Health Organisation for optimal growth of infants. Nureldien Abdallah/Reuters

Kenya is a breastfeeding success story but still has its challenges

In 12 years Kenya has managed to dramatically improve its exclusive breastfeeding rates from 13% to 61%. The success has not come without challenges, and some persist.
They’re everywhere! Peter Byrne/PA Wire

UKIP isn’t the only party failing women

UKIP has not had a good week when it comes to women. Nigel Farage kicked things off by suggesting that mothers should think twice about breastfeeding in public, managing to offend a rather large proportion…

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