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Gentle Weaning: Breastfeeding “Forever” Features

Barbara Higham, West Yorkshire, UK Photo: Liesl Marelli   Early weaning While the prevalent cultural attitude in many countries now is toward weaning babies early, during most periods of history and in most parts of the world babies have been breastfed for years rather than months (Mead & Newton 19671). A breastfed baby depends on his mother for both food and comfort and in societies that...

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Baby Milk Marketing. Who Needs WHO? Features

Updated April 2016 Elizabeth Myler, BS, BSN, RN, IBCLC, LLLL Photo: Leilani Rogers   Breast is best, right? Why is baby milk marketing thriving? Public health messages promote breastfeeding as an unequalled way to provide babies with the ideal food. We know improper feeding can make infants substantially more vulnerable to infectious diseases like diarrhea and pneumonia, the leading causes of infant death worldwide. Contaminated water and...

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Breastfeeding for HIV-Positive Mothers Features

Added reference September 2016 Pamela Morrison IBCLC Photo: Athena courtesy of Lena Ostroff Recommendations from global health authorities endorse exclusive breastfeeding for all babies for the first six months of life and continued partial breastfeeding for up to two years or beyond. (1) Yet it is commonly believed that the one exception to this recommendation is the baby of a mother who has been diagnosed as...

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Still Breastfeeding? Mom to Mom

Mothers’ Letters Photo: Alice Brinkman LJM Photography   Mother’s Situation Still breastfeeding? My son is 11 months old and breastfeeds happily day and night. I’m enjoying this time together and happy with how things are going. He’s reaching all his developmental milestones, is eating well and is healthy. My only difficulty is my mom and sister saying, “Why are you still doing that?!” They keep telling me...

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Breastfeeding: Primary Prevention against Breast Cancer Features

Updated August 2016 Diana Cassar-Uhl, IBCLC, New York, USA Photo: Anna Bondarieva   Breastfeeding protects against breast cancer: primary prevention When experts in disease control talk about prevention, there are three levels: primary, secondary, and tertiary. The aim of primary prevention is to keep the disease from occurring; secondary prevention focuses on those who have the disease, but are not suffering ill effects from it (or perhaps...

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