It‘s World Health Day and time to build a fairer, healthier world for everyone, everywhere. Breastfeeding is a crucial element in reaching this goal.
DEDICATED TO BREASTMILK
We are deeply saddened by the passing of Peter Hartmann, who died peacefully on 12 August, 2021.
Peter was probably the most acclaimed research expert in human milk and lactation. He enriched the lives of generations of mothers and children throughout his 50-year career, and his legacy and influence on the field will be everlasting.
Peter was a long-standing mentor and friend to Michael Larsson, our former President and, together with Göran and their father, founder of the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation. At the foundation, Peter shared his wisdom as a dedicated member of the Scientific Advisory Board. For each one of us, it was an honour to learn from him and be inspired by his humbleness and passion for knowledge and teaching others.
Peter’s distinguished career is nicely described in this tribute from Medela, which is just one of countless examples of his profound impact on the world.
We are humbled by his work and forever grateful for his friendship and generous guidance to the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation. We will miss him and remember him always.
In sadness and gratitude,
Göran Larsson, President of the Board, Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation
Dr Katharina Lichtner, Managing Director, Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation
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The birth of each baby is a magical moment, a miracle of new life. Nature has provided well, furnishing mothers with the opportunity to nourish their infants with their own milk – a natural, life-giving gift. Breastmilk is unrivalled in nutritional completeness and benefits for both mothers and children. There is simply no substitute. Breastmilk is not just nutrition for newborns, it is also a virtual umbilical cord that provides babies with everything needed for optimal development after birth.
This is why the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation dedicates all of its energy and activities to supporting and promoting breastfeeding and breastmilk.
We work with leading experts to improve understanding of the factors empowering women to breastfeed, and facilitate the creation of publicly available, sustainable resources and educational tools that help healthcare providers, governments, communities and families foster environments that advance breastfeeding in practice.
The FLRF vision is a world in which every child is granted an optimum start in life through the benefits of breastmilk.
Please join the Foundation as we pursue this vision with wholehearted passion and long-term commitment: a world in which every child is granted an optimum start in life through the benefits of breastmilk.
Check here for a selection of freely available evidence-based resources. Developed by or in collaboration with our partners at world-leading organisations, universities and research centres, these valuable tools and educational materials are designed to cultivate thriving, sustainable breastfeeding environments and robust maternal and child health programmes.
LactaHub – A resource for evidence-based breastfeeding intelligence
LactaHub is an open access knowledge platform featuring scientific and evidence-based information on breastfeeding and breastmilk. Created with The Global Health Network, LactaHub is intended to enable health professionals, decision-makers and researchers to be more effective in their daily work. Here, scientific and evidence-based knowledge about breastfeeding and breastmilk will be brought together in a structured, practice-oriented manner. All content will be reviewed and verified for quality by an independent scientific editorial board, and made freely available.
LactaMap - An online lactation care support system
LactaMap is an online, evidence-based lactation care support system developed with The University of Western Australia to help healthcare providers resolve breastfeeding challenges and ensure consistent care for breastfeeding mothers and their infants. The free resource features over 100 clinical practice guidelines, 20 information sheets that can be printed or emailed to patients, and LactaPedia – a glossary of lactation for science and medicine. LactaPedia is a go-to source for standardised, research-based terminology for lactation, breastfeeding and breastmilk, developed by The University of Western Australia with sponsorship from FLRF.
LactaMedia – A Clinical Image Collection on LactaHub
Newly updated and still growing, this open access resource for health professionals is ready for visitors at its new home on LactaHub. LactaMedia contains 100-plus educational photos and videos of lactating women, in some cases with their breastfeeding infants. Each image depicts a specific lactation or breastfeeding topic. The collection is International Board Certified Lactation Consultant reviewed and approved and is appropriate for training and presenting or when assisting breastfeeding patients. All images have been compiled with the help of various practitioners and produced in strict accordance with ethical and legal requirements for medical photography in which patients are involved. Images are exclusively for nonprofit, educational, medical or scientific use.
Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly: A Guide to Global Scale-Up
Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly (BBF) is an evidence-based programme from the Yale School of Public Health targeting data-driven, concrete measures countries can take to sustainably increase breastfeeding rates. Eight countries have now successfully implemented the BBF process: England, Scotland, Wales, Germany, Myanmar and Samoa, along with pioneers Mexico and Ghana. Led by Professor Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, BBF is expected to continue expanding to other countries, such as China and Mozambique.
Breastfeeding and Breast Milk – from Biochemistry to Impact
This evidence-based reference book presents a holistic, scientifically robust overview of key topics written by experts from a range of disciplines, including medicine, sociology, political science, culture and economics. Published in English and German by the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation at Thieme, Breastfeeding and Breast Milk explores factors surrounding the influence of breastfeeding and breastmilk on children’s health and development, and includes the LactaPedia glossary of lactation for science and medicine. A valuable resource for decision-makers and health professionals alike, it is available from the publisher or as an open-access ebook on LactaHub.
INTERGROWTH-21st Preterm Postnatal Growth Standards and Feeding Protocol
The INTERGROWTH-21st Preterm Postnatal Growth Standards and Feeding Protocol, coordinated by the University of Oxford, are globally validated growth standards, feeding protocols, clinical tools and practical training materials created to improve preterm infant health outcomes globally. The package has been produced by the International Fetal and Newborn Growth Consortium for the 21st Century – a global, multidisciplinary network of more than 300 researchers and clinicians from 27 institutions in 18 countries worldwide led and coordinated by José Villar and Stephen Kennedy of the University of Oxford; distribution and training is being supported by the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation.
PROVIDE – A Training Compendium on Providing Mothers’ Own Milk in NICU Settings
Produced by Rush University Medical Center, the PROVIDE Training Compendium is an open access, evidence-based resource designed to help healthcare professionals implement lifesaving mothers’ own milk feeding practices for infants in intensive care worldwide. It covers the essentials of MOM feeding and lactation care that are specific to NICUs. Included will be:
• Over 40 videos featuring staff, infants and families in live NICU settings, accompanied by evidence as well as clear, step by step guidance.
• Over 20 information sheets appropriate for NICU staff, trainers and families presented in a fact-based, straightforward manner with illustrative artwork.
A Resource Toolkit for Establishing and Integrating Human Milk Banks
Compiled by a group of international experts, A Resource Toolkit for Establishing and Integrating Human Milk Banks is a compendium of standards and best practices that communities can follow to set up and operate safe, high-quality and sustainable human milk banks – a lifesaving alternative for babies that lack access to their own mothers’ milk. The compendium can be used to guide the implementation of human milk banks as integrated programmes within existing newborn and nutrition programming, and consequently, improve survival and long-term health for vulnerable infants.
aha! Swiss Allergy Centre
The aha! Swiss Allergy Centre offers a wealth of educational information about the causes, prevention and treatment of allergies and intolerances, and breastfeeding’s leading role in allergy prevention. Resources for healthcare professionals and the general public are available, covering topics such as allergies/intolerances, asthma, eczema/skin reactions.