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🤱🏻New research on #Breastfeeding #WorkplaceSupport & practices among healthcare professionals🏥👩‍⚕️

📊37% of mothers felt unsupported at work for breastfeeding. The avg score was 103.48 (SD: 8.93).

Ranjitha, R; @khanamirmaroof; Rajoura, OP; @DheeShah in Indian J Community Med 1/
🕐 54% initiated breastfeeding within an hour, 60% exclusively breastfed for 6+ months, and 64% timely introduced complementary feeding. Workplace support linked to longer exclusive breastfeeding.…
#BreastfeedingSupport #WorkplaceWellness 2/
💼 Workplace support played a significant role in breastfeeding duration.

🤔 Concerning findings: Over 1/3 of mothers (6-60 months) perceived inadequate workplace breastfeeding support. Exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months linked to support. 3/
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@DrTedros "As you know, just under three weeks ago I declared an end to #COVID19 as a public health emergency of international concern.

It was a moment of relief and reflection.

It’s encouraging to see life return to normal – to be able to hug a friend, to travel freely, and to meet…… Image
@DrTedros "But at the same time, many of us continue to carry grief in our hearts – grief over those we have lost, grief at the terrible toll the pandemic has taken on families, communities, societies and economies, and grief that it didn’t need to be this way"-@DrTedros #WHA76
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Great 🧵- my takeaway since having a 👶🏻myself: if a patient comes to the ER postpartum, DO NOT BLOW THEM OFF. The barrier to leave the house is so high, that if they put on pants to come to the ER, they NEED something. HELP.
Women’s symptoms are often seen as histrionic or atypical at baseline by a medical system grown in patriarchy. Postpartum is one of the most vulnerable times in a woman’s life, so if they seek help, do so, without judgement or barrier.
The issue may be social or a knowledge gap or a lack of healthcare access, but it’s our duty to counsel/reassure/coordinate just as much as it is to treat a classic medical complaint.
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LIVE: Media briefing on global health issues with @DrTedros…
"I want to start by expressing my deepest condolences to those affected by the earthquakes that hit Türkiye and the Syrian Arab Republic in the early hours of Monday morning."-@DrTedros
"So far almost 8,000 people have died, many thousands more are injured and we know these numbers will climb.
With the weather conditions and ongoing aftershocks, we’re in a race against time to save lives."-@DrTedros
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“For every health and developmental outcome breastfeeding confers significant benefits, but what’s the point of advising breastfeeding when patients live in a context where it’s nearly impossible.”

@drguddisingh speaking at the launch of @thelancet 2023 series on #breastfeeding
Katie Gilbert, managing director at M&C Saatchi World Services says that this is about caregivers being misled by an industry that spends over $3 billion on marketing every year. “People need to feel angry about this”
Formula milk is vital - it should be cheap and very high quality and parents should have a right to the best information about what it is and how it affects their children.
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#Breastfeeding is systematically undervalued by societies and exploited by industry: A new research series in @TheLancet from WHO & partners.

This compromises the #HumanRights, health and well-being of women and children
#Breastfeeding provides immense benefits for children & societies. It:
⬆️increases survival
⬆️improves physical & cognitive development
⬇️reduces infections, obesity & chronic disease risk.

Yet, less than half of babies are 🤱🏻- per WHO guidance - for the first 6 months
To protect health & support #breastfeeding, women need:
💟 Adequate paid maternity leave - preferably 6+ months - in line with WHO guidance on exclusive 🤱🏻
💟 Time off for 🤱🏻 or expressing milk upon return to work
💟 🤱🏻-friendly workplaces & childcare
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LIVE: Opening of 152nd WHO Executive Board meeting…
"Three years ago today, I declared a public health emergency of international concern over the global spread of #COVID19 – the highest level of alarm under the International Health Regulations, and for the moment, the only level of alarm"-@DrTedros #EB152
@DrTedros "As you know, on Friday the Emergency Committee met to consider whether that remains the case. The committee has advised me that in its view, #COVID19 remains a global health emergency, and I agree"-@DrTedros #EB152
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I'm off on a work trip -- first trip since baby. Since I'm a #breastfeeding mom, thought I'd keep a thread of my experience pumping during travel since it's something I wanted to see while researching this ahead of time. Here we go!
I fly out from Asheville and North Carolina has basically no regulations for pumping/#breastfeeding moms aside from not arresting them for it. So I was pleasantly surprised that there was a @MAMAVA lactation pod in the AVL airport. My first one, what luxury!
Waiting to board so here are some pumping basics: the best (i.e. most powerful) pumps plug into a wall, so a good breastfeeding spot has an outlet. There's also usually some cleanup after - you're technically supposed to wash all pump parts every time - so a sink is also clutch.
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Can anyone explain to me why the recent @WhiteHouse summit on child hunger had no mention of #breastfeeding? The literal food designed for human children? That we make with our bodies while we eat Cheetos and watch Drag Race?

In @POTUS speech he talks about investing in “startups” and “innovation,” but like…we already invented it? 50% of us carry the technology around in our boobs all day long. It’s a sustainable, cost-effective solution staring us in the face.

I’m a social scientist so I get that the causes of child hunger are complex, and we need multiple solutions. But why are we ignoring this super obvious one?


Good early nutrition can buffer children against stressors in later childhood. But also…

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My brain every time someone says “#fedisbest” at me Image
We need to talk about #breastfeeding like the reproductive right, child right, and public health issue that it is.

She’s not buying a tiny house. She isn’t even just feeding her child…

People have medical reasons for wanting breastfeeding that you may not have considered:

- minimizing their own risk of developing cancer or diabetes
- sensory needs
- bonding with a surrogate child, foster child, or adopted child
- trying to keep a sick child alive

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A study published (6th June, 2021) last year in JAMA Pediatrics mentioned that Vaccine-associated mRNA was not detected in 13 milk samples collected 4 to 48 hours after vaccination from 7 breastfeeding individuals.

#breastfeeding Image
Recent study published (26th Sept, 2022) in JAMA Pediatrics mentions that of 11 lactating individuals enrolled, trace amounts of BNT162b2 and mRNA-1273 COVID-19 mRNA vaccines were detected in 7 samples from 5 different participants at various times up to 45 hours postvaccination.

I’d like to highlight that in the study from 2021 in the conflict-of-interest section, among others, we can see National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, CDC Foundation mentioned.

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Next up: Panel Discussion: Skin-to-Skin Around the World #ABM2022, starting with Maite Hernandez-Aquilar Image
Context: skin-to-skin was not always recommended. Research in the early 1970s included initial contact, followed by 9 hours (!!) of separation... #ABM2022 ImageImage
Based on evidence, skin-to-skin should be standard practice... #ABM2022 Image
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Podium presentations starting now... #ABM2022 First up: #breastfeeding disparities and #SUID Image
Study included 4 years of births in US and linked SUID deaths #ABM2022… Image
Mediation analysis estimated the extent to which breastfeeding disparities explained differences in SUID rates #ABM2022 Image
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Workshop getting started at #ABM2022... Reducing Racial Disparities in Breastfeeding in the USA
Dr. Michal Young kicking off the conversation #ABM2022
Young: The human race began in Africa - and if these African women had not breastfed, none of us would be here today... #ABM2022
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Next up: Ilana Levine on parents’ research priorities for lactation after prematurity #abm2022 Image
Lots of challenges unique to lactation after prematurity - and extra importance for medically fragile infants #ABM2022 Image
Parents invited to co-design intervention for ongoing trial #ABM2022 Image
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Kicking off the conference: Larry Noble on Breastfeeding, Microbiome and Epigenetics #ABM2022
Breastfeeding occurs in the 1,000 Days, a critical window that impacts lifelong health… #ABM2022 Image
This early critical window impacts lifelong development of the microbiome… #ABM2022 Image
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It's world breastfeeding week! #WBW2022
As a haematologist, the most common involvement in breastfeeding is with post-partum anticoagulation advice. DOACs have revolutionised treatment of thrombosis but @ISTH recommend they are avoided in breastfeeding. 1/
I wonder whether this is sometimes interpreted differently. Is it instead interpreted as:
"Breastfeeding is best avoided on DOACs"?
I wonder... are women are put off, or worse - are HCPs advising not to breastfeed so DOAC can be used, avoiding warfarin or injections? 2/
Breastfeeding has so many advantages for mum, baby, and for society but it is not well understood by HCPs. (…) so I really worry that this might be the case. The harm that can result from a woman who wants to breastfeed and is told she can't can be huge. 3/
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#WorldBreastfeedingWeek starts today!

If everyone strives to step up for #breastfeeding, it will become much easier!

5 #breastfeeding facts for mothers:
1⃣ Your body is ready to 🤱🏻 from the moment your 👶 is born
2⃣ 🤱🏻 lowers stress & anxiety
3⃣ 🤱🏻 sets up a 👶’s immune system for life
4⃣ 🤱🏻 fights infections
5⃣ The more you 🤱🏻 in the early days, the faster your body makes milk Image
Many women do not 🤱🏻 for as long as they would like.
Here’s how we can ALL step up for #breastfeeding mothers anytime, anywhere.

#WorldBreastfeedingWeek Image
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The world is moving backwards in efforts to eliminate hunger & malnutrition with 828 million people affected by hunger globally in 2021: UN State of Food Security and Nutrition report

An estimated 45 million children under five years old were suffering from wasting*, the deadliest form of malnutrition, which increases children’s risk of death by up to 12 times

*wasting: when children are too thin for their height
149 million children under five years old had stunted* growth & development due to a chronic lack of nutritious food in their diets, while 39 million were overweight.

*stunting: when a child is too short for their age, due to a failure to grow both physically & cognitively
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Adding my voice to the "breastmilk isn't free" conversation around the formula crisis we're suffering in case my story is at all helpful to others. #breastfeeding #pumping #formulafeeding 1/🧵
My child was born prematurely in January and spent his first three weeks in the NICU. Premature babies and NICU babies frequently have difficulty latching, and my child is no exception. 15 weeks postpartum and I have never been able to get him to latch without a nipple shield. 2/
Thus I have become an "exclusive pumper." This was not the plan, I was excited about bonding with my baby through nursing. But that quickly became impossible. I was diagnosed with preeclampsia with severe features, and had a traumatic labor and delivery. 3/
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🧵Re baby formula #shortages:
@PressSec us pediatricians cannot conjure up baby formula.
We will do whatever we can to help our patients but you and @POTUS need to own the colossal supply chain mess that now threatens babies.
@PressSec @POTUS @RogerMarshallMD @RepKimSchrier @MartyMakary @Rosemary100 @ab_peds @MedscapePeds 🧵While hospitals have been better at purchasing and distributing less formula, in an effort to encourage #breastfeeding , they still distribute a LOT of formula . Love to know how much @ahahospitals
🧵As for how baby formula and other supplies get into nursing homes, learn about #GPO, medtwitter !
GPO control supplies of the hospitals in 🇺🇸 including masks, drugs, medical devices, solutions, and.....
@CourierTimes @SenBlumenthal @ChuckGrassley…
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We need to end the narrative that breastfeeding depletes mothers. 

Breastfeeding reduces post partum haemorrhage, postnatal depression, heart attacks, strokes, dementia, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, and autoimmune disease.  It's a sound investment and one most families want.
Instead we should focus attention on the midwifery crisis, overstretched GPs and health visitors, the determinants of birth trauma, gender based violence, a paternalistic medical culture, a lack of fully funded maternity leave, health and social inequality, systemic racism,
lack of flexible working, lack of high quality affordable childcare,barriers to parental leave, a gender pay gap, fuel poverty, formula poverty, food insecurity AND a society that doesn't value the caregiving that only they can give.
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What does "full spectrum" #ReproductiveRights mean?

A #MothersDay2022 educational thread.

🙅🏽‍♀️ Protect the right not to be pregnant if you don't want to be.

Did you know? Most abortions in the U.S. are obtained by PEOPLE WHO ARE ALREADY MOTHERS.

This: 👩🏻👩🏾‍🦱👱🏼‍♀️ not the face of abortion.
This: 🤱🏿👩‍👧‍👦👨‍👩‍👧‍👦👩🏽‍🍼👩‍👩‍👧‍👦…
🤰🏾 Protect the right to decide if, when, how, where, and with whom to give birth

Did you know? Pregnant people are OFTEN hospitalized, cut open, and restrained against their will, and are coerced, ignored, restrained, and shouted at.…
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[THREAD] Black and Native babies, as well as their mothers, experience worse health outcomes than their white counterparts in #NorthCarolina.

Here’s how @ncatsuaggies, the nation’s largest #HBCU, is making a difference.

#healthcare #BlackLivesMatter…
Encouraging more parents to breastfeed in the first few days and months of a child’s life can help enormously, with research showing there’s a lifetime of health benefits for both moms and babies.

But less than 2% of certified lactation consultants are Black even though research shows people respond best to health messages from those of similar backgrounds.

#northcarolina #healthcare…
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