Medela Muse on the News… January 2015

This year we will be bringing you a snapshot of all of the breastfeeding news that has hit the headlines each month. Please feel free to get involved and share your opinions on some of these very important matters!
Muse on the News
  1. This week the Scottish Government invited mothers to a breastfeeding conference titled ‘shifting the Curve- Sharing the Challenge Breastfeeding Summit’. The conference was ‘open to everyone who works with children and families’ but left many mums feeling angry and upset after they were told they would not be allowed to breastfeed their babies! Huh?! Read the full story here
     
  2. One person who is certainly a breastfeeding favourite this month is Pope Francis! During a ceremony in which 33 infants were being baptised in the Sistine Chapel, Pope Francis told new mothers they should feel free to breastfeed saying ‘’You mothers give your children milk and even now, if they cry because they are hungry, breastfeed them, don’t worry’. Amazing! Read it here.
     
  3. One Mum this month posted a breastfeeding selfie in a bid to ‘normalise it’ in public with the hashtag #FreeTheBoob. The picture has since gone viral and she has received support from people across the world, including Texas! Read it here.
     
  4. This month, Oxford health NHS foundation has been given a certificate of commitment as part of the global baby initiative, set up by Unicef and the World Health Organisation to improve care for mothers. Trust director of nursing RosAlstead said: “Breastfeeding protects babies against a wide range of serious illnesses including gastroenteritis and respiratory infections in infancy as well as cardiovascular disease, asthma and diabetes later in life.”  Find out more information here