Responsive Feeding Part 1: Breastfeeding

Responsive Feeding Part 1: Breastfeeding Ali Monghan – Joint Editor of The Student Midwife Journal and Student Midwife at University of West London Regardless of how women choose to feed their babies, growing evidence demonstrates that a strong and loving relationship between parents and their baby is the best way to promote brain development and […]

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Midwifery basics; anatomy and physiology 3. Understanding the impact of birth and the early postnatal environment on breastfeeding initiation and continuation

Midwifery basics; anatomy and physiology 3. Understanding the impact of birth and the early postnatal environment on breastfeeding initiation and continuation Amy Brown – Professor of Child Public Health at Swansea University Scenario Rose is a first-time mother attending a breastfeeding support clinic you are running. Rose gave birth three weeks ago after a complicated labour. Although […]

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Birth is not Porn

Birth is not Porn Laura Godfrey-Isaacs – Artist, Birth Activist and Midwife at King’s College London Powerful images of childbirth posted by mothers, artists and organisations that advocate for women, are being censored on social media, and labelled as ‘porn’. During World Breastfeeding Week (2018), I posted a number of brelfies (selfies of women breastfeeding), referencing […]

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Infant feeding; changing the conversation

Infant feeding; changing the conversation Francesca Entwistle – Midwife and Professional Advisor (Policy and Advocacy) to the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative Francesca Entwistle, Midwife, RCM member and professional advisor to the Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative, explains how the Royal College of Midwives’ (RCM) recent position statement on infant feeding and the media response (RCM 2018) […]

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Normal? Breastfeeding Art Exhibition

We are holding a breastfeeding art exhibit right in the centre of Leicester. We want to challenge the stigma around breastfeeding by showing the the beauty and reality through art & photography. We have an opening night on the 4th of September at 7:30pm. The exhibit runs from the 5th-7th of September at the Gallery, […]

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Midwifery basics; why do so many women struggle to breastfeed?

Midwifery basics 1. Why do so many women struggle to breastfeed? Exploring psychological, social and cultural influences on infant feeding decisions Amy Brown – Professor of Child Public Health at Swansea University Public health messages encourage new mothers to breastfeed, but breastfeeding rates in many Western regions remain low. Given high maternal intentions to breastfeed, and […]

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What are women’s ‘rights’ when it comes to infant feeding?

Professor Amy Brown, Swansea University Yesterday, there was one of those media storms. It all started out innocuously enough. The Royal College of Midwives made a slight tweak to their breastfeeding position statement and … bam … suddenly the tabloids were in a shark feeding frenzy, all seeking to outdo each other with how derogatory […]

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Gathering gold: antenatal colostrum COLLECTing with the use of a milk-collecting shell

Gathering gold: antenatal colostrum COLLECTing with the use of a milk-collecting shell Case study Mary was a 23-year-old primigravida woman who was very keen to breastfeed her first baby. She lived with her mother who was a midwife and who had shared her knowledge and experience of the importance of colostrum as the ideal food […]

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Attending the UK UNICEF Baby Friendly Conference 2017 – my thoughts!

By Rachel Evans, 3rd Year student midwife, Swansea University   As a self confessed breastfeeding geek, the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative Conference is one of my dream gatherings. I was fortunate enough to receive a grant from the Swansea University Student Midwifery Society enabling me to attend the 2017 conference. It was great to […]

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Infant feeding: 3. Skills to support infant feeding

MIDWIFERY BASICS Infant feeding 3. Skills to support infant feeding ‘Infant feeding’ is the 12th series of ‘Midwifery basics’ targeted at practising midwives. The aim of these articles is to inform and encourage readers to seek further information through a series of activities relating to the topic. In this third article Joyce Marshall considers the […]

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