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June 2022

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In our latest news and research roundup, we’re sharing a selection of updates and highlights on infant feeding and relationship building from the past month.

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Baby Friendly conference

Visit our conference webpage to learn more about this engaging two-day online event and how you can share your work in the field of infant feeding by displaying a digital poster.

Tools and resources

Our Ukrainian infosheets on breastfeeding and bottle feeding use straightforward language and simple illustrations to aid understanding and can be used to support parents with the basics of feeding and responding to their baby.

UNICEF, the Global Nutrition Cluster and Partners issued a joint statement on protecting maternal and child nutrition in the Ukraine conflict and refugee crisis to help secure immediate and coordinated action on infant and young child feeding.

This Framework and recorded webinar provide guidance for healthcare and perinatal professionals to help prevent the occurrence of SUPC in the first week after birth.

In this case study we explore how new roles across the North East & North Cumbria ICS Public Health Prevention in Maternity Team are helping to keep breastfeeding and infant feeding high on the regional public health agenda.

In recognition of this year’s Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week (2-8 May), we shared a selection of talks and blogs from previous conferences, plus two growing research pages dedicated to infant and maternal mental health and emotional development.

Reports and papers

In their 2022 report, The Access to Nutrition Initiative calls UK retailers’ commitment to infant and young child nutrition ‘sparse’ and calls for stricter adherence to the Code.

This is the second in a series of WHO publications detailing how the $55billion infant formula industry uses pervasive, personalised and powerful methods to target parents and manipulate scientific claims to promote their products whilst undermining parents’ confidence.

The review shares on Baby Friendly: ‘Given the evidence of the benefit of Baby Friendly status upon breastfeeding initiation and continuation, it is important to embed further accreditation and its underpinning evidence to breastfeeding support across Wales.’

The report shares: ‘It is strongly recommended that central funding is considered for the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative neonatal programme to match commitment given to feeding support for the well term infant [and for] structured support for improving family involvement in neonatal care.’

Latest research

Below you can access an overview of recent studies relevant to infant feeding and parent-infant relationship building. Sign up to our email newsletter to receive these updates to your inbox.