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Vitamin supplementation and nutrition during pregnancy and breastfeeding

The developing baby in the womb is completely dependent on its mother for its nutrient supply, so the quality of the maternal diet is extremely important During pregnancy, increased intake is required...

Hand expressing in pregnancy and colostrum harvesting—preparation for successful breastfeeding?

Breastfeeding initiation rates in the UK have risen; in 2010, 81% of mothers chose to breastfeed their babies at birth, compared with 76% in 2005 However, breastfeeding is often short-lived as 24% of...

Alcohol consumption in pregnancy and its implications for breastfeeding

Lifestyle choices before and during pregnancy can have a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of both a woman and her unborn child (O'Keeffe et al, 2013) Women are often advised by health...

Candida and breastfeeding

Candida albicans is the most common naturally occurring candida species found as a commensal on the mucosal tissue of mother and child It is also a pathogen that can cause fungal infections in both...

Health professionals’ attitudes towards the promotion of breastfeeding

The health advantages of breastfeeding are widely documented (Fishman, 2010; Oddy et al, 2011), and the role health professionals play in promoting breastfeeding is also well established (Lawrence,...

Women's experiences of body image and baby feeding choices: Dealing with the pressure to be slender

Women's bodies undergo many physical changes during pregnancy that may take them further away from their ideal body shape (Grogan, 2008), and some of these changes will carry over into the postpartum...

The role of the midwife in breastfeeding: Dichotomies and dissonance

The role of the midwife in breastfeeding is extensive and includes relaying knowledge about the subject, promoting, encouraging and supporting breastfeeding mothers, complying with policies and...

Midwifery services in South Africa and the UK

Maternity services differ across the globe due to access to healthcare provision, political stability, education and population This comparative study will discuss HIV in pregnancy, and attitudes to,...

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