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Breastfeeding at 6 to 8 weeks after birth

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Financial incentives may increase breastfeeding rates

 

baby-21167_1920Research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association has found that offering new mothers financial incentives may significantly increase low breastfeeding rates.  Effect of financial incentives on breastfeeding: a cluster randomized clinical trial reports on the study which involved more than 10,000 new mothers across South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire being offered shopping vouchers worth up to £120 if their babies received breast milk at two days, 10 days and six weeks old. A further £80 of vouchers was available if their babies continued to receive breast milk up to six months.

Effect of Financial Incentives on Breastfeeding: A Cluster Randomized Clinical Trial
Clare Relton, PhD; Mark Strong, PhD; Kate J. Thomas, MA; et al
JAMA Pediatr. Published online December 11, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamapediatrics.2017.4523

“As the scheme was tested in areas with low breastfeeding rates (just 28 per cent of babies were receiving any breast milk at six-eight weeks), we were delighted that 46 per cent of all eligible mothers signed up to the scheme and over 40 per cent claimed at least one voucher. The trial found a significant increase in breastfeeding rates in areas where the scheme was offered”
Principal investigator Dr Clare Relton, from the University of Sheffield’s School of Health and Related Research (ScHARR)

Read the Sheffield University press release here
Read the full paper here

Tracking Progress for Breastfeeding Policies and Programmes: Global breastfeeding scorecard 2017

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WHO and UNICEF have established recommendations for breastfeeding practices. Although every mother decides how to feed her child, this decision is strongly influenced by economic, environmental, social and political factors. The Global Breastfeeding Scorecard analyzes indicators on how countries protect, promote and support breastfeeding through funding or policies. The research shows that the UK has one of the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world. 34% of babies in the UK are breastfed for six months.

Download the executive summary and the full report here

Breastfeeding statistics: 2016/17 Quarter 4 (July 2017 release)

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This update gives the number and proportion of infants who have been fully, partially or not at all breastfed at 6 to 8 weeks after birth. Public Health England collected the data through an interim reporting system set up to collect health visiting activity data at a local authority resident level. Data was submitted by local authorities on a voluntary basis. Information is presented at local authority of residence, PHE Centre and England level.

To view the statistics click here

RCPCH Breastfeeding guidance

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The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has published Position statement: breastfeeding in the UK.   This guidance gives advice on how long women should consider breastfeeding. It also sets out the health benefits of breastfeeding for mother and child, and the cost savings to families and health services.

Access the position statement here

The state of infant feeding support services for mums and babies

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This briefing and infographic from Unicef based on their 2017 survey of infant feeding leads, highlights how support services for mothers and babies are changing in England, and how this could impact breastfeeding rates.

“Special attention is needed in policies designed to protect and support the most vulnerable, such as babies born preterm or sick, into the most disadvantaged families, or to mothers suffering with poor mental health, as these are the babies who are least likely to be breastfed, while needing it the most”.

Download the infographic here
Read the briefing here

 

Breastfeeding at 6 to 8 weeks after birth: 2016 to 2017 (including Q3, April 2017 update)

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Image Source : NHS Photolibrary

This update gives the number and proportion of infants who have been fully, partially or not at all breastfed at 6 to 8 weeks after birth. Public Health England collected the data through an interim reporting system set up to collect health visiting activity data at a local authority resident level. Data was submitted by local authorities on a voluntary basis. Information is presented at local authority of residence, PHE Centre and England level.

Check the statistics here