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The HSE and WHO both recommend breastfeeding to age two and beyond. Yet a working mother is only entitled to breastfeeding breaks until her child is 6 months old. Given that maternity leave is 26 weeks, there is little or no benefit in this to most mothers.
We are calling for the entitlement to breastfeeding breaks to be extended until the child is two years old. Let the policies support the recommendations and protect children in their right to be breastfed.
Current legislation on Breastfeeding and Employment is detailed in the following link: http://www.citizensinformation.ie/en/birth_family_relationships/after_your_baby_is_born/breastfeeding.html
I am a breastfeeding mother first and foremost. I am a huge lactivist, I attend support groups, nurse ins, I nurse in public, and recently completed breastfeesing peer counselor training.
Recently I was blocked from Facebook, because of breastfeeding photos. Obviously this isn't the first time it has happened to me, nor the first time it has happened to other nursing mommies. In other situations, Facebook has stated breastfeeding photos "violate" their rights because the ENTIRE breast is exposed. It is IMPOSSIBLE to expose an entire breast while breastfeeding. Facebook talks about "their" rights. What about the rights of breastfeeding mothers? What about the rights of our nursing children? How are our rights not violated?
There are more "offensive" photos on Facebook, yet those "half naked men and women" photos have 15,000 likes. We as breastfeeding mothers and our supporters have not only an obligation to ourselves but to our children.
Breastfeeding is a normal, natural and beautiful thing and its about time Facebook realizes that!
I have decided to get the support of the general public to put forward a letter with comments and suggestions to the local MP about the lack of breastfeeding facilities in Eastbourne.
The only one available is between bhs and select and the baby changing/feeding area is disgusting and unclean and is pretty insulting that you have to feed your baby sitting on a bench with people changing nappys right next to you!
Tongue tie in an infant is easy to diagnose and easy to treat. It can cause feeding problems, especially with breastfeeding - baby feeds constantly but does not gain weight, the latch is 'correct' but the mother suffers sore and damaged nipples, the baby is unsettled and unhappy most of the time and suffers with hiccups, wind and brings back milk.
This leads to many mothers giving up within the first few days or weeks, unaware there is a problem. Worse, a problem is diagnosed but nothing is done, leaving a mother struggling and unsure what to do for the best. Treatment currently on the NHS can take weeks or months, depending on your PCT.
Midwives can be trained to recognise and treat tongue tie, upon discussion with the mother, in the first few days after birth, giving women the chance to establish breastfeeding successfully.
This could increase breastfeeding rates, and can only have a positive effect on mother's mental health.
We are seeking your support to encourage the Berita Harian newspaper to apologise for the article “Tawar Susu Ibu di Internet” published on 14th October 2011.
This article, written by Nor Affizar Ibrahim and Nor Afzan Mohamad Yusof, has sadly portrayed the ages-old charitable action of milksharing between families in a negative light. In coming to this assumption, the journalists did not utilise research and resources easily at their disposal which would have shown them the value of human milk to babies’ and children’s development, despite who the milk is derived from.
Further research would have also have highlighted the purely charitable gesture of the donors of human milk – who do not request any funds for their gesture – which is what is claimed by this article.
In particular, we feel that this article has hurt the reputation of the Malaysian chapter of Human Milk 4 Human Babies (HM4HB), a non-profit platform on Facebook which provides a commercial-free online space for families seeking expressed breastmilk from families donating expressed breastmilk.
In addition, there are a number of factual errors in the article which need to be addressed, for the sake of professionalism in their journalism.
If the journalists in question had made an effort to truly research the history and process of milk-sharing, had interviewed donors and recipients of donor milk, and had interviewed the administrators of Human Milk 4 Human Babies Malaysia and read the Frequently Asked Questions provided in the HM4HB Malaysia page, the article would have then demonstrated a truly comprehensive coverage of milk-sharing and milk-sharing in accordance with Islamic principles.
We feel that this article has created unnecessary fear of milk-sharing, has grossly misrepresented the aims of the donors and recipients of expressed breastmilk as well as of HM4HB, and may have contributed to unwarranted discord within Malaysian community.
Please sign this petition and share with others in the community to ensure that babies and children in Malaysian will have free and vital access to human milk and to ensure that breastmilk is understood and maintained as the paramount method of nourishing babies and children in our community.
*Update* February 7, 2011
We did it! Thanks so much to all of you who signed and sent comments. Health Canada has agreed to extend the deadline for online consultation to Aprii 15th, 2011.
It’s SO important now to consider the draft document and to respond.
Please also consider a note of thanks to Minister Leona Aglukkaq and to the department for responding and for expanding the consultation process for this very important document.
Here are some resources that you may find helpful as you prepare your submission:
• INFACT Canada has shared their response publicly
• UNICEF Canada has also released its response. It’s not up on their website but it can be found on PhDinParenting’s blog.
This petition page will now be a repository for other online submissions from individuals and organizations who wish to share. Check back often to see what’s new!
There is also a discussion forum – we encourage you to talk to other stakeholders and individuals about your thoughts, share your draft submissions, ask questions and provide information.
I had a telephone conversation with Health Canada and it is clear they very much want to see written submissions through this online process, including specific suggestions around wording. Please know your participation in this online process is meaningful and valued.
We also asked the minister to expand consultation by offering a series of roundtable discussions across the country, something that was done when revising other guidelines such as Canada’s Food Guide and the National Fitness Guidelines.
As a result of our letter, Janet Pronk, Director , Policy & Standard Setting, Health Canada, has committed to, at a minimum, posting the revised draft document before it is final so participants can see how their comments were received and how their suggestions were reflected in the document as well as to provide an opportunity for reaction, further comments and questions of clarification.
Health Canada is clear – they view this process as collaborative.
They have asked for a list of stakeholder groups who wish further consultation.
There is a thread in the forums below for stakeholder groups to put forward their names for participation in a further consultation process, or you can email me directly at email@example.com.
You may wish to familiarize yourself with the department’s definitions of public consultation terminology. There is also a list of the types of consultation the department undertakes. The department also provides information on their consultation process.
*UPDATE* February 1, 2011 -- This message was received via Twitter late yesterday afternoon from @TimVail, Director of Communications for the Minister of Health Canada: "We will be extending our Nutrition for Healthy Term Infants consultation past this week - more details in the next few days #breastfeeding"
*UPDATE* Jan 31, 2011 -- we have heard from an unofficial source that the department is going to extend the deadline for online consultation to March 6, 2011. Will post details once this is confirmed.
Health Canada has opened up its draft nutritional guidelines for children from birth to six months in an online consultation.
The period of time for response is very short, Feb 3 is the deadline. There are no cross-country consultations or opportunities for input beyond this online consultation.
We are asking Health Canada to extend the deadline for the online consultation and to implement cross-country consultation meetings as they have done recently for revisions to Canada's Food Guide and Canada's Physical Activity Guideline.
(Note: Please indicate your organization or affiliation when you sign.)
Join Connected Childbirth and Mothers of Change in protesting infant formula advertising via Google.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has specifically stated in its International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes that infant formula companies should not advertise or give away formula samples.
Marketing infant formula to consumers is prohibited because breastmilk is the optimal complete food for infants, while infant formula poses many health risks and should only be used under the advice of a health care professional when breastmilk from the mother or a donor is not available. Companies who advertise infant formula care more about making a profit than promoting the health of babies.
Connected Childbirth offers online prenatal classes in realtime, and empowers women to make informed choices. www.connectedchildbirth.com
Mothers of Change is a Canadian consumer advocacy group advancing mother and baby-friendly care. www.mothersofchange.com
These two organizations have created this campaign, to harness the power of our voices to stop infant formula advertising on Google. Google depends on its users, and we have strength in numbers. Together we CAN make a difference!
Cincinnati state provides a partitioned area in a women's bathroom at the end of a hallway in the bottom floor of the main building for women to pump. This is not sanitary or suitable by any means.
The Current shared parenting laws are forced on babies diminishing their right to be breast fed. Some mothers have been told not to breastfeed so that the father can have overnight contact.
According to the breastfeeding association, breastfeeding:
* protects your baby from illness and infection;
* provides the correct food for your growing baby;
* aids the development of your baby's eyesight, speech and intelligence;
* promotes a special loving bond between mother and baby.
We are proud of the way the BBC has taken a stand to reflect our society in all its diversity in the past . We feel this is the right time for the BBC to show a large portion of our society that has been ignored for pretty much the entire history of broadcasting.
Women have fed their babies the normal way for ever , yet the british culture has sadly portrayed bottle feeding in every single section of the media and entertainment for so very long that bottle is now veiwed as the norm . It is not. It is in fact recognised as the forth best method of feeding an infant.
We would request that you consider making Heather a breastfeeder ,we dont ask any story changes at all , you dont even need to show her feeding , in fact we would prefer no dramatic storylines as that isn't how breastfeeding happens, its just a natural choice .
You could have Heather say " I'm going to lie down and feed the baby ", just show that she isn't spending hours at the sink washing and making bottles, let her be able to leave the flat in a minutes notice as all she has to do is grab a spare nappy go - in short Please BBC - Make Heather Trott a proud breastfeeding woman
Thank you for your consideration.
The World Health Organisation states that babies should be exclusively breastfed for the first six months of their life and as part of a mixed diet beyond. The risks of babies not being breastfed are well documented and have a significant impact on the health outcomes of children.
The Infant Feeding Survey identified anxiety of breastfeeding in public as a barrier to breastfeeding.
Cornwall's Local Area Agreement has highlighted improving the duration of breastfeeding as one of the recent stretch targets to help Cornish Children to get the best opportunities in their life.
Cornwall NHS has already successfully achieved Stage 1 of the UNICEF Baby-Friendly UK assessment to help better support women in Cornwall with good information and support from their health professionals.
Real Baby Milk CIC originated in Cornwall to promote and suport breastfeeding in Cornwall and continues to do so with a network of over 125 volunteer mums suporting other mums.
Recently, I attended a film screening at ACMI with my 6 week old daughter. After being shown to our seats in the cinema I was asked to leave because the film to be screened was unclassified and thus restricted to 18+ audience.
I was told it was against the law to have my daughter in the cinema and that they would not screen the film until we had left. I believe this discriminates against nursing mothers and an exemption from the age restrictions should be made.
Nursing mothers should have the right to view any film in any cinema at their own discretion.
July 26, 2006
Fox 8 Morning News (Cleveland) aired a story on July 21, 2006 in which a local nursing mother (who wishes to remain anonymous) was refused permission to nurse her baby before paying for her purchases at the Aeropostale store in Great Northern Mall (which is owned by Westfield).
The mall representative who spoke to the reporter indicated that this kind of situation is why they put in the Family Room.
Westfield Corp. owns four area malls in addition to the malls they own in twelve other states and three other countries (the UK, Australia and New Zealand).
Some of those areas have much stronger protections for families who breastfeed in public than Ohio does, especially New York State (where Westfield owns two malls) - there the right to breastfeed is written into the Civil Rights section of the state laws, with specific penalties if violated.