COVID-19 AND BREASTFEEDING: GUIDANCE BELOW

CURRENT GUIDANCE FOR BREASTFEEDING MOTHERS WITH COVID-19

Here are current recommendations for breastfeeding mothers who have, or who are being tested for, COVID-19. This guidance has been sourced directly from world-leading health organisations and experts. It will be updated as new information becomes available.

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LATEST NEWS

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.  

THE STARK STATE OF BREASTFEEDING IN CONFLICT SETTINGS … AND WAYS FORWARD

Displacement, stress, maternal malnutrition, family casualties, free distribution of breastmilk substitutes: all compromise breastfeeding where it is urgently needed to protect children from malnutrition and infection. Research findings from Aga Khan University and the Hospital for Sick Children, supported by the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation, have just been published in BMJ Open.

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NEW TRAINING COMPENDIUM ON LIFESAVING MOTHERS’ OWN MILK

Rush University Medical Center, with support from the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation, launches PROVIDE – A Training Compendium on Providing Mothers’ Own Milk in NICU Settings, to help healthcare professionals bring this lifesaving intervention to infants in intensive care worldwide.     

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CASE STUDY: MATERNAL AND CHILD HEALTH SERVICES IN AFGHANISTAN AMID LONG-TERM CONFLICT

Aga Khan University and the Hospital for Sick Children, supported in part by the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation, report national resiliency despite the ongoing unrest that has compromised the delivery of health services, and offer recommendations for improvement. Details are in Conflict and Health, as part of a series by members and partners of the BRANCH Consortium (Bridging Research and Action in Conflict Settings for the Health of Women and Children), made available for open access by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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HEALTH INTERVENTIONS FOR WOMEN AND CHILDREN IN CONFLICT SETTINGS: A NEW CASE STUDY FROM PAKISTAN

The BMC journal Conflict and Health has just published details on maternal and child health in Pakistan, conducted with researchers from Aga Khan University and funded in part by the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation. It is one of a series of case studies conducted by members and partners of the BRANCH Consortium (Bridging Research and Action in Conflict Settings for the Health of Women and Children) and made available for open access by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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NOW IN HEALTH FACILITIES AND COMMUNITIES IN ARGENTINA AND KENYA – INTERPRACTICE-21st (IP21) FOR PRETERM INFANTS

Neonatal healthcare settings in Buenos Aires and Lodwar, Kenya are now getting acquainted with the IP21 Project. Designed to promote optimal postnatal growth of preterm infants until 6 months of age, the international preterm growth standards and evidence-based feeding recommendations are coordinated by the University of Oxford in collaboration with Harvard University, with support from the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation.

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ANTIBIOTICS OR NOT? STUDY RESULTS COMING SOON IN THE LANCET GLOBAL HEALTH

Findings from a randomised controlled study conducted by the University of KwaZulu-Natal, with support from the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation, have the potential to change the current practice of giving fully breastfed HIV-exposed but uninfected infants antibiotics to protect them from childhood infectious illnesses and mortality.

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TWO SCIENTISTS WIN 2019 TEP TRAINEE TRAVEL FUNDS

The International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML), supported by the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation, awards Trainee Travel Funds from Trainee Expansion Program (TEP) of up to CHF 10,000 to two young talents to advance their current research into breastmilk.

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HOW TO ACHIEVE BETTER BRESTFEEDING OUTCOMES AFTER C-SECTIONS – CLINICAL STUDY UNDERWAY

The University Children’s Hospital Basel, in close cooperation with the University Hospital of Zurich and with support from the University Hospital Basel, Cantonal Hospital Baden, Cantonal Hospital St. Gallen and the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation, investigates whether the mild induction of labour before caesarean sections helps infant primary adaptation, bonding and lactation, resulting in improved neonatal and maternal outcomes.

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WORLD’S FIRST CENTRE FOR BEHAVIOURAL ECONOMICS OF BREASTFEEDING ENDOWED IN SWITZERLAND

What empowers women to breastfeed? What obstacles to successful breastfeeding do women, families or even entire communities encounter? What are the causal effects of breastfeeding on child development and family dynamics? Researchers will tackle these and other consequential questions at the Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Center for Economics of Breastfeeding (LRF CEB), established by the University of Zurich and the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation.

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BUILDING BREASTFEEDING-FRIENDLY COUNTRIES

Eight countries and counting have implemented Becoming Breastfeeding Friendly (BBF): A Guide to Global Scale-Up, to increase breastfeeding rates around the world. Developed by the Yale School of Public Health, with support from the Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation.

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A NATURAL GIFT

nature at its best

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.

IMPORTANT RESOURCES

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.

Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Clinical Image Collection 
Including approximately 100 educational photos and 10 videos, the FLRF Clinical Image Collection depicts breastfeeding mothers and babies exhibiting specific lactation and breastfeeding topics, and is available for those that would like to include high-quality pictures or videos in their communications. Images are compiled with the help of various practitioners in the Foundation’s name, and produced in strict accordance with ethical and legal requirements for medical photography in which patients are involved. All have been reviewed and approved by an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Images are exclusively for nonprofit, educational, medical or scientific use.

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.

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 2018 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.

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.