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Amy Brown

Associate Professor in Child Public Health at Swansea University, UK

Dr Amy Brown is an Associate Professor of Child Public Health at Swansea University in the UK where she leads the MSc in Child Public Health. Her research explores how we can support new mothers better through pregnancy and the first years, particularly around feeding their babies.

Her first book 'Breastfeeding Uncovered: Who really decides how we feed our babies' published by Pinter & Martin brings together over twelve years of her research into understanding the challenges of breastfeeding. It calls for a change in how we view the responsibility of feeding babies, moving pressure away from individual mothers to a collective societal responsibility in supporting, encouraging and protecting new mothers to feed their babies.

Mothering The Mother - The Key To Raising Breastfeeding Rates?

Mothering the mother is a phrase often heard during pregnancy and birth. Look after the mother, care for her, support her emotional needs ... and she will feel more empowered to grow, birth and care for her baby. A phrase (and actions) that makes so much sense and is seen in many cultures across the world.
20/10/2017 16:28 BST

Is Letting Your Baby Feed Themselves The Secret To A Happy, Healthier Eater?

But what if there was a different way? What if babies didn't need a timetable and special foods and books seemingly complicating what parents have been doing for thousands of years? Well it's already here, having quietly crept into the baby feeding world around ten years ago and gathering speed and tens of thousands of followers ever since.
13/09/2017 17:58 BST

'Look At Him Watching You Eat, He's Desperate To Join In!'

Just when you feel you've got the hang of giving your baby milk feeds, suddenly everyone becomes an expert on introducing solid foods. Alongside the questions of what you're going to give and how, a particular favourite topic is when your baby will start.
05/09/2017 15:54 BST

He For She: Why Men Are A Crucial Link In Breastfeeding Support

Thankfully men with these attitudes are rare, but it's not enough for others to simply be silent on the issue. Silence is complicity and all that. But the real reason we critically need men to add their voice to the debate is their very notable absence from it. Breastfeeding works best when women feel supported by those around her and that includes men; potentially her partner but also her father, her brother, her friends... their attitudes matter.
07/08/2017 15:25 BST

Breastfeeding - The Ultimate Jigsaw Puzzle?

Although breastfeeding might be natural, that doesn't mean it is always straightforward. Lots of natural things take practice such as crawling, walking, learning to talk. Likewise, learning how to latch your baby on, recognising those subtle feeding cues and generally feeling more confident in what you are doing can take time.
01/08/2017 16:27 BST

Ten Steps To Laid Back Weaning

Moving your baby onto a solid diet is an important stage, yes. But it's not the rush and precision exercise many will lead you to think it is. In the midst of all the conflicting advice you will likely get, here are 10 evidence based things to think about that will help you make the best choice for you and your baby - and stop you getting too overwhelmed in the process.
19/07/2017 12:17 BST

Does Spoon-Feeding Really Make Babies Overweight?

Deciding when and how to introduce babies to solid foods can be overwhelming for parents. But aside from timing and amount, could how babies are introduced to solid foods also make a difference to their health?
07/06/2017 10:50 BST

Don't We Deserve Fairer Priced Formula Milks?

The bill is NOT about restricting formula sales, but instead providing parents who use formula with better information about its content. If parents wish to buy a car they can refer to independent comparisons of products on the market but the same information does not exist for feeding their babies
03/04/2017 16:59 BST

How The Myth Of The 'Good Baby' Is Damaging Breastfeeding

Being a new parent can be one of the biggest, scariest responsibilities you will ever take on. Growing a whole new tiny person and keeping them alive can be anxiety inducing even for the most laid back. Am I holding them ok? Why are they crying? Am I doing any of this right?
13/10/2016 17:27 BST

Why Fed Will Never Be Best: The FIB Letting Our New Mothers Down

Rather than caring for our new mothers after the birth, helping them recover and care for their new baby, we devalue, isolate and pressurize them to get their 'lives back'. In pain, frustrated, exhausted, isolated and feeling utterly unsupported, formula seems the obvious choice.
05/10/2016 18:06 BST