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1/11 Today we celebrate #NationalBreastfeedingWeek sharing our most recent study published in @jnutritionorg #Azadlab @CHILDSTUDY Happy #Breastfeeding Week! academic.oup.com/ajcn/article/d…
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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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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