WABA World AIDS Day Statement 27 November 2015 Breastfeeding: Getting Close to Zero for an AIDS-free generation Thirty years since the first report appeared documenting transmission of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) through breastfeeding, breastfeeding by HIV-Positive mothers has never been as safe as it is now in 2015. So long as several easily achievable conditions are fulfilled, the ...
Check out the special supplement in Acta Paediatrica that includes a series of systematic reviews on the impact of breastfeeding on maternal and child health and interventions to improve breastfeeding practices. It is a free access publication and would be most useful to those protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding. This free publication can be found at http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/apa.2015.104.issue-S467/issuetoc
August 2015 saw the release of the study “Breastfeeding as an Exposure Pathway for Perfluorinated Alkylates” 1 and reports on the finding such as “Breastfeeding exposes babies to water- and stain-proofing chemicals” . These gave rise to sensationalist articles with headlines such as “Breastfeeding can expose babies to toxic chemicals: study links it to cancer, low immunity” and questions such as “How toxic is your breastmilk?” IBFAN therefore sent a letter to the authors of the study and reports, to Dr Philippe Grandjean and to Dr. Brian Bienkowski
Every years, hundreds of thousands of women and children die due to health and nutrition-related issues. In achieving the post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals, this tragedy has to be addressed – fast! Mass mediums such as mobile phones are incredibly effective in not just conveying information, but also to instigate change. Ironically, mobile phones are commonplace and seen as necessities even in rural areas.
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