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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Articles - Basics

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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Articles - Basics

Infant feeding: Supporting young mothers who want to breastfeed

MIDWIFERY BASICS Infant feeding Supporting young mothers who want to breastfeed This article is a discussion of some of the current knowledge on how to best support young mothers who wish to breastfeed. It includes practice points taken from Phoebe’s own qualitative research on young mothers and infant feeding and also a discussion of the […]

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Articles - Evidence

Infant feeding: 1. Anatomy and physiology

MIDWIFERY BASICS Infant feeding 1. Anatomy and physiology ‘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 first article of the new series, Joyce Marshall […]

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