South African health authorities educate the public about breastfeeding but without supportive legislation and strong communication, it will never be normalised.
Some mothers in countries such as India and Cambodia sell surplus milk to make maternity leave affordable.
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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
Some women, especially with diabetes, are recommended to express milk while still pregnant and to save it for their newborn. But it’s not for everyone.
Hospitals sometimes recommend women express milk towards the end of their pregnancies. But it's not suitable for all.
Bottle or breast isn’t the only debate.
However mothers feed their babies, there is always some kind of criticism.
Screening and sterilisation processes mean human breast milk can be safely collected and frozen for use at a later time.
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.
It’s not all sunshine and roses for some mums.
Negative breastfeeding experiences can make special drives to encourage it all too painful for some.
Breastfeeding norms vary around the world.
Is there anything wrong with breastfeeding children up to five or six?
Don’t give it to grandad.
Most people are aware of the benefits of breastmilk, but few are aware of the risks.
Breastfeeding reduces the risk of infections in early life.
A Harvard University researcher last week suggested western women stop breastfeeding after a couple of months to reduce the risk of passing potentially harmful toxins on to infants via breast milk.
Those buying and selling human breast milk online could be spreading disease without reaping any of the supposed health benefits.
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