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Supporting breastfeeding in emergencies: protecting women's reproductive rights and maternal and infant health.
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PMID:  21401710     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Women have the right to support that enables them to breastfeed. Supporting breastfeeding in emergencies is important because artificial feeding places mothers and children at risk. In emergencies, artificial feeding is dangerous to the infant, difficult and requires substantial resources. In contrast, breastfeeding guards infant health. It is also protective against postpartum haemorrhage, maternal depletion, maternal anaemia and closely spaced births and should therefore concern not only nutritionists, but also those involved in reproductive health. However, it is common for women's ability to breastfeed to be undermined in emergencies by the indiscriminate distribution of breast-milk substitutes and the absence of breastfeeding support. Controlling the distribution of breast-milk substitutes, providing supportive environments, and appropriate medical and practical assistance to breastfeeding women safeguards the health and well-being of mothers and babies. Greater collaboration between the nutrition and reproductive health sectors is required to promote best practice in protecting breastfeeding women and their children in emergencies.
Karleen D Gribble; Marie McGrath; Ali Maclaine; Lida Lhotska
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Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-3-14
Journal Detail:
Title:  Disasters     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1467-7717     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-3-15     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7702072     Medline TA:  Disasters     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2011 The Author(s). Disasters © Overseas Development Institute, 2011.
PhD is an Adjunct Fellow at the School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Western Sydney, Australia Co-director of the Emergency Nutrition Network, United Kingdom MA (Hons) MSc is an independent nutritionist with a special interest in infant and young child feeding, United Kingdom PhD is International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) Regional Coordinator for Europe at the Geneva Infant Feeding Association (GIFA), Switzerland.
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