There is immense interest in understanding whether potentially protective SARS-CoV-2 antibodies are provided to the baby via breast milk. This is what we know so far.
Exclusive breastfeeding in the first six months makes more difference to a baby’s health and survival than any other intervention.
Prevalence of exclusive breastfeeding has increased across all countries but few are likely to meet the 2030 goal of 70%.
Despite claims to the contrary, the real thing cannot be replicated.
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Around the globe, 823,000 child deaths could be prevented annually with appropriate breastfeeding. Formula makers continue to defy a 40-year-old international code on marketing their product.
New European laws aimed at regulating trade in human milk products could be used to target person-to-person sharing of milk for babies.
Research shows the breast milk of women who have recovered from COVID-19 offers a source of COVID-19 antibodies.
Researchers don’t fully understand the composition of breast milk and its benefits. Beyond nutrition, it contains enzymes, hormones and the mother’s antibodies — including antibodies for COVID-19.
Community support programs for breastfeeding have changed under COVID-19 restrictions.
There is no evidence that the coronavirus is transmitted through breast milk, and breastfeeding is encouraged during COVID-19. However, the support available to new mothers has changed dramatically.
Researchers investigated 212 commercially available infant formula milk products on sale in 11 countries.
Increased scientific understanding of the role microbes play in humans and other animals has led to the development of probiotics to improve heath.
From dietary supplements to poop transplants, probiotics are now a multi-billion dollar market.
Food safety guidelines for expressed breast milk can be confusing.
If you’re expressing breast milk for your baby, it’s important to understand how to store it safely – particularly when we’re experiencing warmer weather.
Affluent neighborhoods have very different microbes from those in poor ones.
You probably know about the collection of microorganisms that live in, on and around us. But did you know that not everyone in society has equal access to them? That needs to change.
Most UK workplaces aren’t set up for women to breastfeed, so is it any wonder rates are so low.
Proper support for breastfeeding is an environmental imperative.
So many other countries see the value in breastfeeding support but the UK is lagging behind.
Is a bottle of morning milk at night the equivalent of turning on all the lights at bedtime?
Breast milk contains ingredients in concentrations that change over the course of the day. Researchers think milk is chrononutrition, carrying molecular messages to help set a baby’s internal clock.
Breast milk is far more valuable than the competitors we include in the GDP.
If breast milk was made in factories, we’d count it in the GDP.
Ultimately, just as in pregnancy, there is no known safe level of alcohol consumption while breastfeeding.
Does beer help a new mother’s milk come in? Does ‘pumping and dumping’ allow you to drink and breast-feed? A doctor sorts the evidence from the myth.
Breastfeeding is not something women simply choose to do, it is an instinct, a biological imperative.
Breastfeeding is not a logical choice based on some health benefit but an urge, an instinct.
Mothers who cannot breastfeed are absolutely not failing, rather, they are being failed.
Donated breast milk.
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The ability to help save other babies’ lives can make recovering from a big loss easier.
Freezer stash of frozen breast milk.
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Human milk is being traded online in the mistaken belief that it is a panacea.