Experts say a huge drop in the sudden deaths of high-risk babies is all down to one new innovation.
They say 25 babies are being saved every year by being placed in hand-woven or plastic pods on their parents’ beds and even more lives could be saved.
Parents want to bond with their babies but up to half of sudden unexpected deaths in infancy are down to unintentional suffocation in bed. The sleeping pods offer a solution.
“[It] enables mothers to take their babies to bed with them and sleep with them, giving the advantages of bonding and breastfeeding, but it also is protecting the babies from accidental suffocation,” says child health researcher Professor Ed Mitchell.
The kuia of Ngati Porou helped come up with the idea of the wahakura, which were a hit from the start.
“Partly because the baby can still sleep with Mum and Dad in their bed, in the bed with Mum and Dad, and also because the baby’s safe, it’s easy for breastfeeding,” says Kathrine Clarke.
It’s so easy they can hardly make them fast enough.
A BBC radio DJ thinks that fat, ugly chicks shouldn’t be allowed to breastfeed, only yummy mummies.
A BBC local radio DJ sparked an outcry after claiming unattractive mothers should be banned from breastfeeding in public.
Alex Dyke said the practice was indulged by “librarian-type, moustached” women.
He claimed he was embarrassed after seeing a “big girl” breastfeeding on a bus and claimed “yummy mummies” know it’s “not a great look”. But following an angry backlash from listeners the BBC has suspended the broadcaster pending an investigation and is facing calls to sack him.
By yesterday more than 5,000 people had signed a petition calling for him to be axed from his job at BBC Radio Solent. Read more »
This has set off a bit of outrage since yesterday
A woman has sparked a controversy after posting a picture on social media showing her breastfeeding a friend’s toddler son – but the boy’s mother says she has nothing but gratitude for the wet-nurse.
Jessica Anne Colletti, from Pennsylvania, shared the photo – which shows her feeding both her own 16-month-old son, Lucian, and her friend Charlie Interrante’s 18-month-old son, Mateo – on a pro-breastfeeding page.
The picture of Mrs Colletti, 26, and the two boys, who she dubs ‘milk siblings’, has divided users on Facebook. Read more »
Some people just will never get it. Case in point the $416,250 taxpayer funded The Breastapo.
They’re all in a flutter about Lewis Road Creamery repackaging its milk “breast milk” for charity.
3,2,1 and out comes the Breastapo representative Julie Stufkens who says “the move was disrespectful towards women” and “labelling a cow’s milk product as breast milk is not acceptable.”
“she was concerned mother’s could mistake the product as breast milk”
Really? Does she think mothers are that dumb? Or is it just Stufkens that’s dumb?
Here’s some feedback for Stufkens;
Now that got your attention didn’t it. Boobs tend to have that effect for some strange reason even if they are being used for what nature intended, to feed a baby.
If I had used the word ‘ Hands ‘ as my heading I doubt as many of you would have read the post but it is women’s hands that are now having legal restrictions put on them rather than women’s breasts.
Islam is an idology that loves to control every aspect of a woman’s life and body. In Saudi Arabia a woman has been kicked out of a shopping centre for not covering her hands with gloves and in total contrast in Australia an Australian male who told a breastfeeding mother to cover up was kicked out of the cafe.
All I can say is, Aussie Aussie Aussie Oi Oi Oi!
I’ve covered the adventures of Josie Cnningham before. She got boobs paid for by the tax payer. At some point she felt she should return the money to the tax payer, but found that she could only make sufficient cash through prostitution. THEN she fell pregnant and didn’t know which client was the father.
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Would-be glamour model Josie Cunningham has called breastfeeding ‘vile and borderline incest’ in an online dig at new mother, singer Kimberley Walsh.
Cunningham, who sparked outrage after undergoing a £4,800 ($9600) breast enlargement on the NHS, gave birth to her third child, daughter Grave Neiv, last month, but she went onto Twitter this morning to say she was not breastfeeding her.
In an apparently unprompted jibe, the 24-year-old from Leeds told her 58,700 followers: ‘Wish people would stop asking if I’m breastfeeding like Kimberley Walsh.
‘No I’m not! I think the idea is vile and borderline incest!’
It takes a while to get your mind around it. At first, I’m thinking… well, drinking human milk is more akin to cannibalism, she’s got the wrong word. And only then it sank in: she thinks breast feeding has a sexual component to it. Read more »
Most of us these days concede that ‘ Breast is best ‘ when it comes to feeding a newborn baby but most of us also do not judge or have a problem with Mothers who choose to bottle-feed for whatever reason. It is so sad when the most natural and the most beautiful thing in the world, (breastfeeding) is seen as some how obscene or dirty because a boob is involved in the process.
A careless mother has fed expired milk to her kid and it is all the fault of the supermarket.
If she’d ben breast-feeding then this issue would never have arisen…and how snobby buying”organic” milk for her kid…yeah the cows haven;t been treated with antibiotics, dosed, milked days earlier,m processed, pasteurised or anything else…but it’s organic…bullshit, the only organic milk is breast milk.
A child was sick for 48 hours after her mother inadvertently fed her baby milk from Tesco that was ten months out of date.
Jerri Lee gave two-month-old daughter Milan a bottle of organic milk she had bought on the way home from work.
But within moments the baby was sick and then remained ill for two days.
Photographer and model Miss Lee checked the bottle as Milan had never been sick before and had been healthy since she was born.
To her horror she found that the milk she had just given her was from a box of six small bottles whose sell-by date had expired ten months earlier. Read more »
A woman is complaining about not being fed at Waikato Hospital. When you read the article you are led to believe that the breast-feeding nazis are at it again, but then when you think about it some more you get the feeling that this woman seems to have an entitlement mentality that is so prevalent in New Zealand.
The mother of a sick baby in hospital was told she didn’t qualify for meals because she wasn’t breastfeeding.
The woman, who did not want to be named, said she would complain to the Waikato District Health Board over its policy.
She is staying at Waikato Hospital’s paediatric ward in Hamilton while her premature 5-month-old son recovers from a lung infection.
On her first night in the ward, a nurse told the mother of three that she would not receive meals because she did not breastfeed her baby.
“It was the way she worded it. She said, ‘Because you’re not breastfeeding, you won’t get meals here’,” the mother said.
The 32-year-old said it hurt because she wanted to breastfeed all three of her children but had struck severe food allergies and reflux, making bottlefeeding with prescription formula the only option. Read more »
Now there is evidence to suggest that breast really is best.
Mothers have been urged to breastfeed for longer, with new research indicating it improves child intelligence and language.
Scientists have found that longer breastfeeding, even when it is not exclusive, leads to higher intelligence scores at age seven.
Compared with bottle-fed children, seven-year-olds breastfed for the first year of life were likely to score four points higher in a test of verbal IQ. Read more »