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Thank you @PankhurstEM for giving me the words to describe what has been happening in #breastfeeding groups. 'Forced teaming' as we are coerced to erase mothers & participate in practices which use babies to prop up the identities and feelings of adults.…
As breastfeeding organisations our priority is mothers & babies and enabling them to breastfeed (information, advocacy, counselling). This may be utilised differently by mothers in varying circumstances but the core work is breastfeeding support.
Then, we begin to be told that in order for LGBTIA+ families to access support we need to 'partner' and update our materials. Our language becomes a problem, we are not 'inclusive'. Our goal shifts from breastfeeding support/advocacy which can be tailored to meet individual needs
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Despite efforts to stop the harmful promotion of breast-milk substitutes, countries are still falling short in protecting parents from misleading information: WHO, @UNICEF, @babyfoodaction new report


136 countries have in place some form of legal measure related to the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes aimed at protecting #breastfeeding from inappropriate promotion practices

In the past two years, 44 countries have strengthened their regulations on marketing of breast-milk substitutes.


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Only 19 countries have prohibited the sponsorship of scientific & health professional association meetings by manufacturers of breast-milk substitutes, which incl infant formula, follow-up formula & growing up milks marketed for use by infants & children up to 36-months old.
Breast-milk substitutes should never be promoted in health facilities. Baby food companies should never be allowed to give gifts to health workers.


The aggressive marketing of breast-milk substitutes, especially through health professionals that parents trust for nutrition and health advice, is a major barrier to improving newborn and child health worldwide

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Despite efforts to stop the harmful promotion of breast-milk substitutes, countries are still falling short in protecting parents from misleading information: new report by WHO, @UNICEF, @babyfoodaction


Breastmilk saves children’s lives as it provides antibodies that give babies a healthy boost and protect them against many childhood illnesses.


Of the 194 countries analysed in the report, 136 have in place some form of legal measure related to the Intl Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes & subsequent resolutions adopted by the World Health Assembly (the Code)


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NEW: #COVID19 guidance on preparedness & response in humanitarian situations incl. in camp & camp-like settings #coronavirus

Displaced persons, asylum seekers, refugees & other people in humanitarian situations, as well as migrants and host communities, must be included in all #COVID19 preparedness and response plans
People living in collective sites like camps are vulnerable to #COVID19 because of the health risks associated with movement/displacement, overcrowding, increased climatic exposure, poor sanitation & nutrition, & their health condition
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Updated #COVID19 clinical guidance covers:
🔹Early case recognition
🔹Guidance for care of children, pregnant women, adults & older people
🔹Managing cases
🔹Infection prevention & control
🔹Sample collection & an update on investigational therapeutics
#Breastfeeding helps protect infants from infectious diseases.
Infants born to mothers with suspected or confirmed #COVID19 should be fed according to standard infant feeding guidelines, while applying necessary precautions for infection prevention & control

Mothers with #COVID19 symptoms who are #breastfeeding or practising skin-to-skin contact should practise:
🔹Respiratory hygiene, incl. during feeding
🔹Hand hygiene before & after contact with a child
🔹Routinely clean & disinfect surfaces which they have been in contact with
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@narendramodi Please give 50% of cabinet positions to women. #CabinetShakti @tarauk
@narendramodi @tarauk India's labour force has just 27% women, please help us in increasing the numbers by implementing the existing laws and changing the ones that badly need to changed. #WomensDay, then there will be many more #SheInspiresUs
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Here are our #Top10 health tweets in 2019:

1⃣ #VaccinesWork

💪🏽reduce child deaths and disease
💪🏽protect against outbreaks
💪🏽prevent malnutrition
💪🏽defend against antimicrobial resistance
With vaccines, we are protected together!

#Top10 health tweets in 2019

2⃣ #MentalHealth

Every 40 seconds someone dies from #suicide.
This year, WHO launched the #40seconds campaign to raise awareness about the scale of suicide around the world and roles we can play in prevention.

#Top10 health tweets in 2019

3⃣ #PatientSafety

Every minute, 5 patients die because of unsafe care. This year, we marked the first ever #WorldPatientSafetyDay to speak up for patient safety!

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It’s #WorldFoodDay🍽

Nutrition is essential for health and well-being at every stage of life.

A healthy diet and the right nutrients during pregnancy protects the health of mothers and their babies

@WHOSEARO @WHOWPRO @WHO_Europe @WHOAFRO @WHOEMRO @pahowho Babies still get important nutrients through the umbilical cord even after birth.
WHO recommends cord clamping no sooner than 1 minute after birth

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1/11 Today we celebrate #NationalBreastfeedingWeek sharing our most recent study published in @jnutritionorg #Azadlab @CHILDSTUDY Happy #Breastfeeding Week!…
2/11 Human milk fatty acid composition is associated with dietary, genetic, sociodemographic and environmental factors in the @CHILDStudy. We studied determinants and patterns of milk fatty acids using the fountain of @CHILDStudy data, one of the largest Canadian birth cohorts.
3/11 Our study shows that each mother's milk is unique. Milk fatty acid composition varies largely between mothers – especially for polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) (e.g. 39-fold variation for EPA!). n-3 PUFAs were strongly affected by taking fish oil supplements.
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1/ On Thursday, I read @clairecm's @nytimes article about medicine being family friendly:…
2/ Not 12 hours later, at the internal medicine boards:

A #breastfeeding test taker asked about a place to pump and was told by @PearsonVUE staff she needed "official accommodations", but that he would "make an exception" and allow her to pump in the bathroom during her breaks.
3/ Come to find out @ABIMcert requires a breastfeeding physician to apply for accommodations >60 days before the exam with a letter from their physician saying they are lactating in order to get a private place to pump.
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Dear Mothers,
Your baby isn’t adding weight Cos most likely, you’re not #breastfeeding well. It is not spiritual!

Be patient. EMPTY one breast completely during a feed, before the next. When you switch breasts in between feeds, you end up giving WATER and WATER.
The breast milk has all the baby needs. A feed is divided into two:
-Fore milk
-Hind milk
As their names imply. The fore contains 90% water and vitamins, this is the reason why we tell you “No need to give baby water”.
The hind is richer, that’s the main food.
Clearer now?👇🏽
So when you switch in between feeds (give small here and give small here), baby is most likely receiving Fore milk from both sides, which is mostly water.
You: “I am #breastfeeding. I’m doing exclusive.”
Me: Exclusive what? Water?
Be aware.
How do I know I have emptied?👇🏽
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It’s #WorldBreastfeedingWeek!

Being a parent is the most important job in the world. Parents need time to give their child the best start in life. #Breastfeeding is one of them!

Support mums breastfeed anytime, anywhere!
It’s #WorldBreastfeedingWeek!

Mothers need time off from work to recover from birth and get #breastfeeding🤱🏻 off to a successful start.

Support mums breastfeed anytime, anywhere.
@WHOAFRO @pahowho @WHO_Europe @WHOSEARO @WHOEMRO @WHOWPRO Majority of women still face obstacles to continue #breastfeeding their babies when they return to work. Workplace support is a major factor that influences a woman's decision to quit or continue breastfeeding.

Employers – let's make breastfeeding work!🤱
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Breast milk provides the perfect source of early nutrition for babies.
We all can support #breastfeeding mothers to breastfeed ANYWHERE!

People sometimes tell moms to stay home, to cover up, even to leave a place because of #breastfeeding.
This is discouraging and can make some moms give up breastfeeding.

🤱🏼 is the normal way of providing babies with the much-needed nutrients for healthy growth and development
Breastfeeding the best start any mom can give her child.

That’s why WHO is supporting efforts to help moms to breastfeed anytime, anywhere

We are encouraging everyone to do their part to support #breastfeeding mothers.
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1/ EU Commission @Food_EU is responsible for labelling commercial infant foods and asked EFSA for scientific advice on #ComplementaryFeeding (puree or solids) for infants in Europe who are still consuming milk (🤱/🍼/both)

What did we do?
2/ Assessed scientific evidence on #infantnutrition #infantdevelopment & #infanthealth. DYK it’s not EFSA’s job to look at social/cultural aspects? BUT EU decision-makers will consider them because these aspects are important

AND the science says…
3/ There’s no single precise age when to start #ComplementaryFeeding based on the science. For nutrition reasons most infants start at 6 months but it can be earlier depending on #developmentalreadiness, food texture, health effect signs, nutritional need

Let’s be clearer…
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A thread about infant readmissions to hospital in the UK. Prompted by a recent paper in @bmcseries #bmcpediatrics. I’ll talk thru the data & some wider issues that are the focus of debate in #infantfeeding - 1/n…
Why is this important? Well, there is a lot of discussion going on, mainly in mass media and social media, about possible relationships between #infantfeeding policy & practice and sufficiency of #breastfeeding in the early days/weeks of life 2/n
My personal interest in this area: while having my own kids, I trained & volunteered to provide #breastfeeding support locally and continue to follow the research and evolving discussions 3/n
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#WHWWeek - in the practice of effective #breastfeeding , colostrum acts as immune therapy to reduce necrotising enterocolitis, a major cause of neonatal morbidity. We must view human milk as a medicine and vital resource for new-borns.
Speaking at the #Medela Symposium, I believe that, when it comes to ensuring that human milk is used effectively immediately after birth, co-investment from communities is necessary and the value of human capital is paramount. #WHWWeek
#Medela Symposium: “In Nigeria, we teach lactation support through our #MamaCare midwives teaching women and caregivers the best way to establish lactation in the first year, conducting a postnatal visit and teaching on contraception through accessible heuristics.” #WHWWeek
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So many of these stories are so sad & paint a bleak portrait of UK culture of infant feeding, with poor support for #breastfeeding (so few successes) & awful stigmatization. The pivotal question is *why* this is - something I saw little attention to in the linked article.
UK women are not fundamentally different from nearby others who have much higher #breastfeeding rates. It is not women "failing" - these are not issues of #individualresponsibility. They are matters of #structures & #culture that facilitate or hinder #breastfeeding.
True support requires not simply telling people what to do, but enabling, supporting, and facilitating. That means committing resources (financial & social) to making change. Supporting families in making an informed decision, and then supporting them throughout.
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I have been thinking quite a bit about the issues raised by the BMJ article below (& others) and the language of #commercialdeterminantsofhealth or #CDoH
It is so important that #socialscientists , including #anthropologists participate in these conversations
It is so important that we think about the role of #industry interests in shaping #health & #socialscientists can help frame these conversations in broader terms
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@sophiejrigney @elizabethmoya @makesmilk @babyfriendly Anthropologist here - I have written about changing ideas about #time and about the regulation of infants quite a bit. These are #culturalideologies that came about in late 19th-early 20th century in response to social changes 1/n
@sophiejrigney @elizabethmoya @makesmilk @babyfriendly the rise of industrial #capitalism changed labor practices and emphasized efficiency and predictability. The #clock was particularly important in this regard.
@sophiejrigney @elizabethmoya @makesmilk @babyfriendly There was a fundamental reworking of #time from a very different understanding - agricultural labor has a very different rhythm (EP Thompson famously wrote about this)…
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This piece is getting a lot closer to key issues we discuss in the #anthropology of #reproduction. A few key issues I would like to note.
1) The concept of #stratifiedreproduction is helpful here. Originally described by Shellee Colen, #stratifiedreproduction describes systematic ways in which some people's #reproduction is valued & nurtured, while others' are devalued & hindered.
2) We've been working w/ this concept since it was put at the center of our emerging field of the #anthropology of #reproduction in 1995 when Faye Ginsburg & Rayna Rapp published the pivotal edited volume "Conceiving the New World Order"
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This #ManufactureOfDoubt script has been used by the #formulaindustry from the very beginning. You can see it from 19th century advertisements through today. The script is a #social one, exactly as @prof_goldberg says - and where #culturalideologies & #politicaleconomy intersect.
Perfect for some #anthropological analysis. In case of #formulamarketing, the social script for #ManufactureofDoubt exploits & enhances existing #culturalideologies of anxiety abt #breastfeeding which have been around since late 19th cent among white, upper class women & spread
#Biomedicalization of #childbirth & #infantfeeding played a key part in deepening these anxieties & facilitated the #normalization of #infantformula by mid 20th cent, esp via medical experts & hospital practices that entailed routine separation & scheduled feeding
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We’re LIVE with partners delivering 80K+ petition signatures to @Nestle’s headquarters demanding the company stop unethically and aggressively marketing infant formula and undermining global health policies. Watch:…
Recent reports have exposed what we've known for years: The infant formula industry is doing everything in its power to weaken global health policies, undermine #breastfeeding and rake in more profit. Now Trump's helping his industry friends get their way.…
This should be old news, left behind in the 1980s after the World Health Assembly passed a Code prohibiting the unethical marketing of infant formula and formula industry lobbying.

37 years later, we’re still waiting for @Nestle and others in the industry to follow the rules.
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The WHA breastfeeding resolution was just the tip of the policy iceberg- language in an obscure int'l food standard will have huge implications for infant nutrition. You bet formula companies are in on the fight. @juliaoftoronto provides a primer:…
Advocates are preparing for a mtg on the Standard for Follow-Up Formula this November. The voices of rich countries tend to drown out all others in these policy forums. Here's a brief on the issues, and what positions are in the interest of public health:…
Confused about "follow-up" formula or "toddler" milk and how it's different from infant fromula? So are a lot of people. That's by design:
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