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"Yesterday I worked for 14 hours and I didn't have any food"

*** Yesterday (Sunday 21st Nov), I joined a #MarchWithMidwives vigil in Brighton in support of UK midwives and midwifery. This was one of the many vigils happening across the UK to draw attention to the “urgent crisis” in maternity services. Much more support is needed for maternity units...

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Who is helping mothers with expressing milk?

*** Who is helping mothers with expressing breast milk? Expressing breast milk has become more commonplace in recent years. Particularly if a new parent has difficulties breastfeeding, or is looking for more flexible options to feed a baby. But who do you think helps new mothers with...

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Adding mother's own milk to pasteurised donor milk helps make it more personalised

*** SUMMARY: New study shows inoculating 10% volume of mother's own milk added to pasteurised donor milk can help restore the personalised milk microbiome. This could be especially helpful for preterm babies needing donor milk. About personalised milk microbiome Human milk contains many...

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New research: Women who breastfed performed better in cognitive tests in later life

*** Quick Summary: A new study suggests breastfeeding could have long-term benefits for a mother's brain. A new study has found women aged over 50 who breastfed their babies performed better in cognitive tests compared to women who had never breastfed. Indeed, when all the time spent...

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What's special about the breast milk produced by Mennonite mothers?

*** Quick Summary: A new study suggests women living in a traditional farming Mennonite community can generate immunity through long-term exposure to farm animals and foods. The study suggests babies can acquire some of this protection against allergic diseases through their mother’s...

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Studies show breastfed children score higher in IQ and neurocognitive tests

*** Here's something every parent should know. Question: What could significantly improve a child's intelligence? Answer: Breastfeeding. Quite a lot of research has been published in recent years looking at links between breastfeeding and a child’s intelligence. In 2021, at least 3...

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New review: Human milk provides critical immune protection to breastfed infants

*** The story of the connection between breast milk and the infant immune system is absolutely fascinating. Now a new review paper by Bassel Dawod, Dr Meghan Azad (who is featured in our courses) and colleagues gives a brilliant insight into how human milk shapes the innate and adaptive...

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What do infant formula websites say about breastfeeding?

*** Perhaps not that surprising. QUICK SUMMARY: A new study finds direct-to-consumer messages on infant formula websites overtly discourage breastfeeding. The websites have more negative messages about breastfeeding compared to formula feeding. *** The new study by Pomeranz et al....

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New study: How long do virus-neutralising antibodies last in breast milk?

*** A new study reveals the amazing infection-fighting super-power of breast milk against Covid-19. Dr Rebecca Powell, a human milk immunologist at Mount Sinai hospital in New York, presented the results of the study at the Global Breastfeeding and Lactation Symposium on 21...

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New research: Depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder & psychosis have common factors in the gut

*** Fascinating new research reveals a common, overlapping environment in the gut microbiome of people living with mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, psychosis and schizophrenia. The new study by Viktoriya L. Nikolova et al. was published 15 September...

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