Breastfeeding

The report called for policies to improve UK breastfeeding rates including tighter regulation of the infant formula market and paid breastfeeding breaks for women in the workplace. ©iStock/Viktorcvetkovic

Report urges UK to improve poor breastfeeding support

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Scotland and Northern Ireland have made improvements in policies that encourage women to continue breastfeeding but England and Wales still lag behind, according to scorecards in a report from the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi).

SNE says experts are increasingly questioning the benefit of strict communication rules in hospitals designed to encourage breastfeeding. ©iStock/Pilin_Petunyia

Censoring choice? SNE concerned about Romanian infant formula plans

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

Restricting mothers’ access to information about infant formula may have negative public health consequences, trade group Specialised Nutrition Europe (SNE) has said following a draft Romanian law banning the marketing of formula for under-2s.

UNICEF calls on governments to enact stricter laws to control infant food marketing. ©iStock/Ritter75

UNICEF cracks down on 'inappropriate' infant food promotion

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

Five in six children under the age of two do not get adequate nutrition for physical and cognitive development during this critical period, says a UNICEF report calling for tighter regulation of infant nutrition products.

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UK criminalises infant formula marketing offences

By Annie-Rose Harrison-Dunn

The UK government has introduced legislation that would make a company’s failure to fall in line with EU infant formula and baby food marketing laws a criminal offence subject to fines.

The WHO says countries aren't doing enough to protect breastfeeding from companies promoting infant formula. Photo: iStock-Renato Borlaza

WHO slams industry over breast milk substitutes

By Jim Cornall

A new report says countries’ efforts to support breastfeeding in the face of infant formula promotion aren’t effective enough, but industry says it is playing by complicated and changing rules.

'It is not very well known among consumers and among the different food and beverage industries that the first 1000 days is a window of opportunity for long term health,' said Einerhand. © iStock

Food Vision 2016 preview

Child nutrition NPD needed to avoid crippling cost of obesity, says expert

By Kizzi Nkwocha

New product development (NPD) is essential to address the nutritional needs of a child during its first 1000 days if health systems are to avoid the crippling cost of treating non-communicable diseases, warns a leading consultant and speaker at Food Vision...

'By defining the role of the HMOS, it helps to understand how human milk protects infants, which has been used by breastfeeding advocates to say human milk is really good for babies,' says researcher. © iStock.com

Unlocking the anti-inflammatory power of breast milk

By Louisa Richards

Researchers have urged further investigation into the anti-inflammatory of galactosyllactoses, which are present in human breast milk during late pregnancy but rapidly decline over early lactation. 

UK Green MEP Keith Taylor tabled three objections to the delegated acts – part of the Food for Specific Groups (FSG) regulation – in December. Photo credits: iStock.com / Wavebreakmedia

European Parliament committee to vote on three objections

MEP urges rethink on ‘outrageous’ new formula marketing rules

By Annie Harrison-Dunn

A member of the European Parliament (MEP) has urged fellow politicians to support his objections to new rules on the marketing of baby foods, formulas and foods for special medical purposes in a vote today, which he says fails to safeguard the practice...

Baby Milk Action & Nestlé back WHO statement on breastfeeding: “...sends the right signals and can help the cause...

Nestlé backs WHO breastfeeding stance

By Shane STARLING

The world’s biggest infant formula maker Nestlé has backed a World Health Organisation (WHO) statement supporting exclusive breastfeeding of infants until the age of six months.

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