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.
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.
Breastfeeding norms vary around the world.
Is there anything wrong with breastfeeding children up to five or six?
Midwives commonly supervise feeds and interject when women do something “wrong”.
The most common complaint is conflicting advice, as well as staff who are "bossy, judgemental and inaccessible" and who undermine women's confidence.
A detail from Stanisław Wyspiański’s “Macierzynstwo” (1905).
What are we really talking about when we criticize women who breastfeed in public?
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.
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?
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.
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.
Only 28% of working women across the globe are fully protected by maternity laws that provide for time off work with full pay.
It’s unclear just how many infants are undergoing these procedures.
Breastfed infants diagnosed with "tongue tie" are being unnecessarily treated with deep laser or scissors cuts under both their tongue and upper lip in the first weeks and months of life.
If health professionals’ interpretations of a baby’s behaviours are negative, a woman may question whether breastfeeding is meeting her baby’s needs.
Women who are not enjoying breastfeeding, or think their baby is not enjoying breastfeeding, are more likely to wean early.
There might still be more art than science in raising healthy children, but science can be useful.
Here are five scientific studies from the last 12 months with simple tips for raising healthy children.
Exclusive breastfeeding until children are six months old is recommended by the World Health Organisation for optimal growth of infants.
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.
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