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Kenya puts in place tougher labelling for baby foods, bottles, teats and pacifiers

Kenya puts in place tougher labelling for baby foods, bottles, teats and pacifiers

THE Kenyan government has provided more stringent measures for the labelling of feeding bottles, teats and pacifier packages. It wants the labels of these products to include a warning that their use can have negative effects on breastfeeding. The new regulations show the government’s commitment to revisiting a law passed in Kenya in 2012 that laid the ground work for key regulations around the marketing of breast milk substitutes. These substitutes include infant formulas, follow-on formulas and any other food or drink, alongside feeding bottles and teats, intended for babies and young children. Author ANTONINA MUTORO, Postdoctoral Research Scientist, African…
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Cambodian policewoman showered with gifts after being shamed for breastfeeding at work

Cambodian policewoman showered with gifts after being shamed for breastfeeding at work

MATT BLOMBERG  A Cambodian police woman has been showered with gifts and messages of support after she was shamed online by superiors and forced to apologise over a photo of her breastfeeding at work went viral on social media last week. The working mother this week received $2,500 from the wife of Prime Minister Hun Sen - the latest public overture to her following intense public backlash over her treatment by superiors at the Stung Treng provincial police department. "The support from Bun Rany Hun Sen instills pride in the woman to be a mother while working and breastfeeding her…
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Breastfeeding trends show most developing countries may miss global nutrition targets

Breastfeeding trends show most developing countries may miss global nutrition targets

EXCLUSIVE breastfeeding, the practice of giving only breast milk (no other food or water), is the ideal for an infant’s first six months. Breast milk contains all the essential nutrients an infant needs at this stage. DR DICKSON AMUGSI, Associate Research Scientist, African Population and Health Research Center Research has illuminated the longer-term health benefits of exclusive breastfeeding for the mother and child. These benefits include reducing the risk of overweight and obesity in childhood and adolescence and certain non-communicable diseases later in life and enhancing human capital in adulthood. Additionally, breastfeeding reduces the risk of breast and ovarian cancers,…
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Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine while pregnant or breastfeeding? Experts explain the safety, evidence and clinical trials

Should I get the COVID-19 vaccine while pregnant or breastfeeding? Experts explain the safety, evidence and clinical trials

TERRA MANCA, Postdoctoral Fellow, Canadian Center for Vaccinology (IWK Health Centre); Department of Pediatrics, Dalhousie University KARINA A TOP, Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Dalhousie University SINCE the COVID-19 pandemic began, public health communications put a special focus on helping high-risk populations, such as seniors, stay safe. Yet, information for pregnant or breastfeeding individuals has been inconsistent and hard to find. Though most pregnant people who become ill with COVID-19 have mild symptoms, pregnancy does increase the risk of being admitted to hospital and intensive care, as well as the risk of preterm birth and dangerously high blood pressure. Click…
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