Professor Amy Brown is a 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 better support new mothers and fathers through pregnancy and the first years, particularly around feeding their babies. http://www.swansea.ac.uk/staff/human-and-health-sciences/allstaff/a.e.brown She has published three books (so far) with Pinter & Martin publishers 1. Breastfeeding Uncovered: Who really decides how we feed our babies http://www.pinterandmartin.com/breastfeeding-uncovered.html 2. Why Starting Solids Matters http://www.pinterandmartin.com/why-starting-solids-matters 3. The Positive Breastfeeding Book: Everything you need to feed your baby with confidence http://www.pinterandmartin.com/the-positive-breastfeeding-book
We have a long history of not being very supportive of breastfeeding and breastfeeding mothers at all. But like many challenges, the start of it – the earliest weeks – often feel the toughest.
Before we even begin to think about men breastfeeding, we should ensure every mother gets the help she needs to do it
02/11/2018 09:07 GMT
Many parents will feel a twinge of concern if their five-year-old can’t sleep without his dummy or their teenager refuses
20/02/2018 10:13 GMT
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
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
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
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
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
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
One of the most common questions asked around sleep is whether giving a baby solid foods will help them sleep through the night. The idea that introducing solids to a baby early, or giving a baby more food, especially before bed will help them sleep is certainly appealing, but sadly a myth
08/06/2017 17:20 BST
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
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
The UK Launch Of The World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative Highlights Why We Must Work Together To Support Breastfeeding
Good quality education about breastfeeding - both for mothers and all staff who support them - is also a critical step. Our high use of formula milk in the 70s, 80s and 90s meant that we have lost a generation of breastfeeding knowledge.
17/11/2016 15:24 GMT
Breastfeeding is sold to pregnant women as straightforward, easy and rewarding but many do not find that description matches their experience. But the reason for this difficulty should rarely be to do with breastfeeding itself, but instead because society in the UK is not set up to support women to breastfeed
02/11/2016 16:37 GMT
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
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
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