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A mother breastfeeding her infant. Breast milk is considered the best source of nutrition for babies. Lopolo/Shutterstock.com

Breastfeeding has been the best public health policy throughout history

As US mothers returned to breastfeeding, the market for infant formula dried up, leading formula makers to seek new markets in developing nations. Here's how that led to a recent outcry.
In Mozambique, gender-based violence, early marriage and early pregnancy all play a part in compromising the health of mothers and infants. (Nazeem Muhajarine)

New research partnership makes childbirth safer in Mozambique

Mozambique has one of the highest maternal death rates in the world. Researchers hope to reduce this, with an ambitious project aimed at empowering women and girls.
It’s not suitable for women with heart problems, but otherwise is a safe and effective option. Alex Pasarelu

Domperidone can boost breast milk supply – here’s what you need know

Domperidone raises levels of prolactin, which increases the production of breast milk. It's safe for mothers and babies, but not all women will experience the same increase in milk volume.
The health scare surrounding nanoparticles might lead to people abandoning formula unnecessarily, with serious impacts on babies’ health. from www.shutterstock.com

No, nanoparticles in baby formula will not harm your baby

A widely publicised study that cast doubt on the safety of milk formula was misleading, based on dubiously reported studies and may have serious consequences.
The number of children with flat head has risen in recent years in part due to SIDS guidelines, which recommend placing babies on their backs to sleep. from www.shutterstock.com

Do you need to worry if your baby has a flat head?

Parents who notice their child has a flat head should talk to a GP or specialist to see if any treatment is needed.
‘Baby talk’ has shorter sentences, simpler words and more repetition. Shutterstock

Why ‘baby talk’ is good for your baby

People often tell new parents to avoid 'baby talk' because it will slow down the child's language development. But evidence shows it does the opposite.

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