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
The Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation was established in 2013, born from the vision of a world in which every child is granted an optimum start in life through the benefits of breastmilk.
Based in Frauenfeld, Switzerland, it is one of the world’s only philanthropic foundations dedicated entirely to supporting and promoting breastfeeding and breastmilk.
Backed by sound science, its objective is to drive changes in practice that will increase rates of breastfeeding, and improve the health of mothers and children worldwide. It furthers this objective by contributing to the long-term discovery, dissemination and deployment of evidence-based knowledge.
Together with a global network of leading experts, it is creating publicly available, sustainable resources and educational tools that help healthcare providers, governments, communities and families overcome obstacles and achieve their breastfeeding goals.
Discover the latest in breastfeeding and breastmilk – from new, publicly available resources to critical research findings.
Our partners are leading experts in their fields, all working to educate and empower, and improve the health of mothers and babies worldwide. Learn more about how your patients, organisation or community can benefit from these science-driven advances.
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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
This open access knowledge platform provides scientific and evidence-based information to help health professionals, decision-makers and researchers be more effective in their daily work. LactaHub is a partnership project with The Global Health Network (University of Oxford).
LactaMap – An online lactation care support system
Evidence-based and developed with The University of Western Australia to help healthcare providers resolve breastfeeding challenges and ensure consistent care for breastfeeding mothers and their infants. Included is LactaPedia – A glossary of lactation for science and medicine and go-to source for standardised, research-based terminology on lactation, breastfeeding and breastmilk.
LactaMedia – A Clinical Image Collection on LactaHub
Newly updated and ready for health professionals at its new home. The 100-plus and growing collection of educational photos and videos of lactating women, often with their breastfeeding infants, is appropriate for training, presenting and assisting patients. Images depict specific topics like breastfeeding positions, breast variations, stages of breastmilk or anatomical challenges of mother or infant. Each is IBCLC reviewed and approved and exclusively for nonprofit, educational, medical or scientific use.
Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly (BBF): A Guide to Global Scale-Up
This evidence-informed global initiative from the Yale School of Public Health targets data-driven, concrete measures countries can take to sustainably increase breastfeeding rates. The BBF process helps countries identify the strength of their breastfeeding environment and develop recommendations and plans to scale up their breastfeeding policies and programmes.
Breastfeeding and Breast Milk – from Biochemistry to Impact
The evidence-based reference book presents a holistic, scientifically robust overview from 30 leading experts in medicine, sociology, political science, culture, economics and more. Free online or via PDF in English and German, Breastfeeding and Breast Milk explores the influence of breastfeeding and breastmilk on children’s health and development, and is a valuable resource for decision-makers and health professionals alike.
EFBRI – An Evolving Ethical Framework Informing Breastfeeding Research and Interventions
Built by the University of Zurich to streamline research processes for people working with breastfeeding mothers and children, it compiles ethical principles from established international standards. The aim is to help researchers align their work to universal research ethics standards confidently and efficiently and safeguard the rights and dignity of everyone involved in breastfeeding and lactation research.
INTERGROWTH-21st Preterm Postnatal Growth Standards and Feeding Protocol
Globally validated growth standards, feeding protocols, clinical tools and practical training materials – all created to improve preterm infant health outcomes. The package was produced by the International Fetal and Newborn Growth Consortium for the 21st Century, a global, multidisciplinary network of more than 300 researchers and clinicians worldwide, and coordinated by the University of Oxford.
PROVIDE – A Training Compendium on Providing Mothers’ Own Milk in NICU Settings
Produced by Rush University Medical Center, the evidence-based educational resource is designed to help healthcare professionals implement lifesaving mothers’ own milk feeding practices for infants in intensive care worldwide. It covers MOM feeding and lactation care essentials with information sheets (in English and Spanish) and videos.
A Resource Toolkit for Establishing and Integrating Human Milk Banks
Compiled by a group of international experts, this compendium of standards and best practices can help communities 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 toolkit can guide implementation of human milk banks as integrated programmes within existing newborn and nutrition programming, to improve survival and long-term health for vulnerable infants.
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.