Contemporary Issues in Practice and Policy

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In recent decades, global healthcare professionals and organisations have formed a wide, evidence-based consensus that breastfeeding is usually the best option for both mother and baby. However, women and professionals alike often face a sea of shifting attitudes and values, and complex social, cultural, political and economic factors that may influence women's feeding decisions. This book examines the global evidence, and the factors that affect women's decisions around initiating breastfeeding and maintaining it through the first year of their children's lives. It outlines potential areas for development and policy change at practitioner and strategic levels, and shows how health professionals can effectively communicate and provide information to help women make unpressured but informed decisions. Breastfeeding - Contemporary Issues in Practice and Policy is essential reading for healthcare professionals, policy movers and shapers, and all those with an interest in breastfeeding who wish to influence the development of related policies, practices and healthcare services.

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In recent decades, healthcare professionals and leading healthcare organizations globally have come to agree that, most often, breastfeeding is best for both the mother and baby. Yet due to a variety of social, political, economic, and individual factors, there has not been a corresponding shift from formula feeding to breastfeeding worldwide. Drawing on current knowledge, research, and reliable websites, Scottish healthcare researchers and academics Dalzell (NHS), Rogerson (U. of Dundee), and Martindale (U. of Dundee) offer a concise discussion to help healthcare professionals understand the issues and effectively communicate key information to their women patients. Coverage includes the politics and practices of breastfeeding, reasons for the current promotion of breastfeeding, initiating and continuing breastfeeding, nutritional benefits, and the importance of evidence-based healthcare practices and policies. Published by Radcliffe Publishing, UK, and distributed in the US by Bookmasters. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Radcliffe, c2010
ISBN: 9781846193613
Characteristics: viii, 170 p. : ill. ; 25 cm
Additional Contributors: Rogerson, Elizabeth
Martindale, Linda


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