COVID-19 Infant Feeding Update – March 2020

Infant feeding leads and peer support co ordinators from across the Lancashire and South Cumbria area have brought this information together in March 2020 to support good decision making during the COVID-19 crisis. We have provided information for formula feeding and breastfeeding support on separate pages, but of course it may be that as a family you need to access … Read More

Why isn’t powdered formula milk sterile?

Alison Sauer, LIFIB member Unlike ready to use liquid formula milk, powdered formula is never sterile. This is because of the way it is produced. Firstly, this is a food, not an intravenous medicine. Food production conditions are not sterile. They limit the number of microbes and contaminants allowed in the product rather than prohibit them. This means microbe levels …

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The truth about breastfeeding and risk

In recent weeks there has been media attention given to the somewhat distorted version of a sad story of a family in The United States of America whose baby was born in hospital and unfortunately died three weeks later from complications. These complication are thought to have resulted from insufficient feeding. This was a particularly complicated medical case and there … Read More

CPHVA conference this coming week – WHY the industry funding and bias, still?

Here is the line up for the 2016 CPHVA conference, taking place on 15th and 16th November in Telford. Here are some pictures of the layout in their magazine ‘Community Practitioner’, received by a LIFIB member recently. Just have a look at the ‘supported by’ organisations for a large proportion of the talks: Colief for the colic talk, Bio-Oil for …

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Stop Press! Milk Matters is available as 2 inexpensive e-books!

       You may have read our earlier piece about the life-work of Maureen Minchin ‘Milk Matters’ published in 2015 and which she toured the UK to speak about earlier in 2016. “This book is a revelation”, said one  reader.  The revelations are solidly based on decades of research and working with families of allergic children. In fact, there are … Read More

Scary Mommy? Scary indeed…

Another instance of Similac targetting mothers with emotional trickery has risen up and is being shared on Facebook groups throughout the land. LIFIB are loathe to link to the piece but if you really want to read it, it’s here. Entitled “8 Thoughts That go Through A Mom’s Head During A Night Feeding” it is an attempt to build the ‘all …

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One-piece Silicone Breastpumps

By Shel Banks, Chair of LIFIB, Infant Feeding Information Specialist and IBCLC An earlier version of this piece was first published on the blog for Growing Families ahead of their conference in Manchester in October 2016. This current piece has been amended and updated as new information has been made available, and to the best of our abilities we will … Read More

How The Baby Friendly Initiative Supports Feeding of ALL Babies

I have just come across an article I absolutely do not agree with. I won’t link to it as the website promotes the sale of a book I suspect is as dreadful as the article, and I have no wish to promote it further: but I SHALL cut n paste here and then reply below. (Shel) “When the ‘Baby-Friendly Initiative’ … Read More

Maureen Minchin: Milk Matters

Those of our readers who have been involved in breastfeeding support for many years, will no doubt remember Maureen’s earlier books “Breastfeeding Matters” and “Food For Thought” – virtually mandatory for all breastfeeding counsellors in the 1980s and 1990s. Since then, whilst some subsequent editions of those two valued texts have been published, Maureen has gone to ground, working on … Read More

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 …

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