Infant Milk Preparation Machines

First steps Nutrition Trust have produced some guidance about these machines, specifically focusing on the market leader which is the only one available in high street outlets. After being asked for something on the subject that staff can share with others, at LIFIB we have condensed this into a one-page information sheet for you to print out for colleagues or put up on noticeboards etc. ...
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Who is buying your loyalty with their study days?

News of some potentially enticing upcoming free study events for health professionals, heavily sponsored by and attended by infant milk manufacturers, in Manchester and Birmingham. Already many of our colleagues have been talking about these study events in forums online, and students from a number of the midwifery / health visiting courses in the NW have been circulating the information online to colleagues saying that they have registered for a place. This is a concern of course as we have experience of this sort of industry event, and the ...
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Pharmacy staff to give infant feeding advice, and increase sales

LIFIB has been made aware of a workbook being circulated by Alliance Healthcare around the Alphega Pharmacies chain, aimed at training pharmacy staff, which is clearly targeting and exploiting new families' concerns, and building relationships to drive up profits. The products and topics discussed include standard infant milks, specialist infant milks, follow on milks, good night milks, growing up milks, colic, adverts for particular infant milk products and health claims about those products, and there's no clear sign of an evidence base being presented. From the workbook: "Baby food ...
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Sleep norms for babies: Swansea University publish research as a cute video

Research by Swansea University suggests that the cultural desire for a baby who sleeps through the night so that parents can get plenty of rest and relaxation time, is not a biologically good thing, and have released a video to help new parents find out about baby sleep and feeding patterns. The video challenges the idea that babies should be sleeping all through the night and seeks to debunk the myth that babies will sleep longer at night if they are given more solid food. More than 700 mothers ...
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Cows’ Milk Protein Allergy Briefing Paper Oct 15

The purpose of this Briefing Paper is to equip Midwives, Health Visitors and partners (including GPs and breastfeeding peer supporters), with information around cows milk protein allergy (CMPA) (also referred to as intolerance), in infants (under 12 months), to A) clarify symptoms of cows milk protein allergy in artificially and breastfed infants; B) outline possible courses of action and ways of supporting families whose babies may be suffering from cows milk protein allergy; and C) examine and evaluate the various forms of medical management of cows milk protein allergy, available ...
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Colic and Reflux Briefing Paper September 2015

The purpose of this Briefing Paper is to equip Midwives, Health Visitors and partners (including GPs and breastfeeding peer supporters), with information around colic and reflux, and their management, in infants (under 12 months), to A) clarify what colic and reflux ARE, and what they are not; B) outline possible courses of action and ways of supporting families whose babies are suffering from colic or reflux; and C) examine and evaluate the various forms of medical management of colic and reflux, available to families and practitioners, and their efficacy ...
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Lactose Intolerance Briefing Paper Jan 2015 V2

The purpose of this Briefing Paper is to equip Midwives, Health Visitors and partners (including GPs and breastfeeding peer supporters), with information around Lactose Intolerance in infants (under 12 months), to A) clarify the differences between: Cows Milk Protein Intolerance (CMPI) and Lactose Intolerance (LI); and differences between Secondary (Temporary) Lactose Intolerance, and Primary Lactose Intolerance / Galactosaemia B) outline possible courses of action and ways of supporting families whose babies are suffering from Lactose Intolerance (LI). This briefing paper has been commissioned to support healthcare professionals in Lancashire and ...
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Assessing the JFHC SMA Event London Nov 2014

‘No such thing as a free lunch’: Assessing the JFHC SMA Event London Nov 2014, by Shel Banks IBCLC, Infant Feeding Information Specialist & LIFIB Chair. On Wednesday 20th November 2014, two members of the LIFIB team attended a ‘free study day’ on infant feeding, in Camden, central London, to critically appraise the event. Set-up by the Journal of Family Healthcare, the venue was snuggled in a very trendy part of town, only a short walk away from the coffee shops for trendy Camden folk. It had been billed ...
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