What does the upcoming Australian election have to do with breastfeeding?

Featured image artist Katie M. Bergrenn (found http://naturealmom.com/tag/breastfeeding-art/) Australians will go to the polls on May 18th for our Federal Election. Some people know exactly who they are voting for and why, while others like to make decisions around issues that are important to them. Regardless, if you know that how babies are fed is … Continue reading What does the upcoming Australian election have to do with breastfeeding?

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The 10 WBTi Indicators for Policies and Programs

World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi) - What are countries assessed on? “The World Health Assembly (WHA) and the UNICEF Executive Board adopted the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding in the year 2002. The Global Strategy has a framework of action on 10 indicators of policy and programs to improve optimal breastfeeding and … Continue reading The 10 WBTi Indicators for Policies and Programs

10 things you need to ask about women in Australia right now.

Image found: https://goo.gl/znMg9x Do policies and programs in Australia respect, protect and fulfil the rights of women and children to access information and support for health and nutrition: through policies and programs that recognise the economic and cultural value of raising children; through the provision of unobstructed access to evidence-based woman-centred care in the health system; … Continue reading 10 things you need to ask about women in Australia right now.

Indicator 3 – Sowing the Seeds of Doubt

Ever allowed yourself the fantasy that just one spritz of perfume was going to whisk you into a black and white Parisian romance or that by eating one bite of a breakfast cereal and you’d be a star athlete? It’s no secret that corporations have one goal - to sell their product. To do so … Continue reading Indicator 3 – Sowing the Seeds of Doubt

Indicator 6 – Mother-to-Mother Support and Community Outreach

Indicator 6 of the WBTi provides a score for Mother Support and Community Outreach - Community- based support for the pregnant and breastfeeding mother. It asks if there are systems in place to protect, promote and support optimal infant and young child feeding through evidence-based public health policies, health providers and particularly the support of … Continue reading Indicator 6 – Mother-to-Mother Support and Community Outreach

Indicator 10 – Mechanisms of Monitoring and Evaluation

  On the same page Despite various strategies to achieve global targets for breastfeeding indicators, Australia is still struggling (Hull et al 2017, Department of Health 2010).  From our national health report card, our breastfeeding initiation rate is good (92%), but dwindles rapidly so that by 6 months of age, few babies (14%) are exclusively … Continue reading Indicator 10 – Mechanisms of Monitoring and Evaluation

Indicator 5 – Who needs to know about breastfeeding?

  Image found at https://goo.gl/ADWVxv Should everyone know about breastfeeding? Or just some people? Which people? What should they know? Indicator 5 of the Assessment Tool is primarily concerned with the initial and ongoing education and training of health professionals with respect to breastfeeding and infant and young child feeding. The indicator requires, first and … Continue reading Indicator 5 – Who needs to know about breastfeeding?