This week I asked the wonderful people in our private Facebook group to rate the amount of accessible free breastfeeding support in their local area. (1 = no support, 10 = loads of support).

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Some areas seem to have fantastic support - with a shout out to La Leche League South Africa, Islington Breastfeeding Team UK, Suffolk UK, Cornwall UK, Cairns Queensland Australia and north Dublin Ireland.

But in many other areas, there seems to be much less support for breastfeeding, or the breastfeeding support that is available isn't being widely advertised or promoted to new parents.

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The infant microbiome and breastfeeding

All the science is showing that however a baby is born, exclusive breastfeeding can really help promote the optimal "seeding and feeding" of the infant microbiome, which helps a baby have the best possible long-term health.

How does this happen?

Well, exclusive breastfeeding provides the special sugars that feed the beneficial microbes in the baby's gut, which leads to the optimal training of the infant immune system, which can help protect for life.

For more on this - see our full-length Breast Milk and the Infant Microbiome course.

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What can we do?

I feel really strongly that all parents need really good, easily accessible, dedicated one-to-one support to help them meet their breastfeeding goals.

Plus all parents need to know why exclusive breastfeeding is so critically important for a child's health.

For me, good quality education and support could help transform the health of the next generation.

The big question is what can we do?

  • Is a campaign needed for more funding for more one-to-one dedicated breastfeeding support?
  • Or more advertising and promotion for the support that is available?
  • Or more funding for more IBCLCs, CLCs and other lactation specialists?
  • Or more specialist breastfeeding training for educators, health professionals and clinicians?
  • Or more awareness/support for dads, partners or family members?

Here's what I am thinking....

  • Could wider awareness of the infant microbiome help "unlock" support and additional funding for breastfeeding?

Do let me know your thoughts.

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Quick links

To keep you up-to-date with the latest research on pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding and the infant microbiome, here are three new fascinating educational snacks of knowledge for you:

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Short extracts:

New review paper: The gut microbiome during pregnancy

  • If you are like me, you may appreciate this new review paper summarising some of the changes to the gut microbiome that happen during pregnancy. The paper (which is currently in Press*) by Turjeman S et al., (2021) explains that during pregnancy, there are many changes to the mother or...

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  • PRE-PRINT: Reassuring news about the safety of breastfeeding amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. To doubly reassure mothers who want to breastfeed in these worrying times of a global pandemic, a new follow-up paper (IN PRE-PRINT) by Krogstad P et al. confirms that there is no evidence of...

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  • I don't know about you, but I am fascinated by this type of research on the impact of stress before and after conception. This new research suggests stress could play a role in determining the sex of the future baby. New research suggests the sex of a baby could be affected by the motherĀ“s stress levels...

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