Samoa should develop a national breastfeeding policy and ratify international maternity protections to better support women with newborns, says a public health specialist. The United Nations reports 81 per cent of Samoa’s babies are being breastfed from birth, and seven in 10 are being exclusively breastfed for their first six months, which are results to be commended. But the remaining 19 per cent of babies need to be addressed, and Christina Soti-Ulberg believes both national and international plans could go a long way to improve the situation.
- June 04, 2019
A group of experts has rated breastfeeding support in Scotland as “strong” but highlighted the need for more consistent training for all professionals working with mothers and babies, including nurses.
- June 03, 2019
Breastfeeding support in Scotland has scored highly in an expert report reviewing current services.
- February 05, 2019
When Rafael Pérez-Escamilla was a chemical engineer in Mexico he observed many people suffering from hunger and malnutrition.
- November 28, 2018
Why is breastfeeding so controversial?
- October 04, 2018
Se realizó Sexto Foro Nacional de Lactancia Materna 2018. La Transformación empieza con la Lactancia
Al inaugurar el “Sexto Foro Nacional de Lactancia Materna 2018. La Transformación empieza con la Lactancia”, la diputada Martha Tagle Martínez dijo que alimentar al bebé con leche materna durante la primera hora de vida, puede prevenir hasta 22% de muertes neonatales.
- August 20, 2018
In July, the World Health Assembly in Geneva made news when delegates passed a resolution promoting breastfeeding. The controversy wasn’t that the resolution passed (it was expected to, without fanfare), but rather that it almost didn’t due to the energetic efforts of a surprising antagonist.
- July 16, 2018
Breastfeeding (BF) support is one of the most cost-effective interventions to advance mother–child health worldwide. Large-scale BF support may prevent 11.6% of infant deaths and improves cognitive development. Read the joint statement from Dean Sten Vermund and Rafael Pérez-Escamilla.
- July 13, 2018
In poor countries, a mother's decision about breastfeeding can be critical for her baby's survival. That's because formula carries special risks for low-income families. According to Rafael Perez-Escamilla, director of Global Health Concentration at the Yale School of Public Health. "If the water is not clean, formula becomes a death sentence for the infant."
- July 13, 2018
The long-running breast milk vs. formula debate made headlines earlier this week. The first problem arises because powdered formula requires a dependable source of clean water, which is not available to some 780 million people, according to the World Health Organization.