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February 2013: BfN Policy Statement in response to Save the Children Report 'Superfood for babies - How overcoming barriers to breastfeeding will save children's lives'

February 2013: BfN Information sheet on Vitamin D and Breastfeeding

January 2013: BfN  Information sheet on Norovirus (winter vomitting bug) 

November 2013: BfN Positional statement in respect of breastfeeding and incentives in response to news story that Breastfeeding Mothers in Sheffield would be offered £200 in shopping vouchers




January 2012: BfN Information sheet on (PDF 76KB) Silicone Implants and Breastfeeding 

Research from the Baby Friendly Intitiative on the impact of support on breastfeeding outcomes. All forms of extra support together had a positive effect on the duration of exclusive breastfeeding. 


 21st June 2011 RCPCH publishes position statement on breastfeeding

June 2011: Breastfeeding and reduced risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: A meta-analysis

20th January 2011: The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding

14th January 2011: Guideline on timing of introducing solid foods; BfN Questions the wisdom of timing of BMJ article




 30th November 2010: Breastfeeding and Returning to work press release

November 2010: Department of Health breastfeeding care pathways The Department of Health, with support from the Baby Friendly Initiative, has produced two breastfeeding care pathways for mothers and health professionals.


July 2010: Baby Friendly Initiative: GP decision making regarding prescribing for breastfeeding mothers See related: New elearning pack: Breastfeeding for General Practitioners


June 2010: National Breastfeeding Week 20th to 27th June see NHS Breastfeeding for more information.


May 2010: World Health Assembly adopts two landmark Resolutions on the promotion of junk foods and baby foods. Visit Baby Milk Action for more information.


April 2010: Equality Act 2010 The Equality Bill, which includes clauses prohibiting discrimination against breastfeeding in public and being treated unfavourably because of pregnancy, received royal assent.


April 2010: Alison Spiro presented with the Julie Crawford Award for Breastfeeding Support


February 2010: New NICE guideline aims to promote consistent safety standards for donor breast milk. Read press release


January 2010: UNICEF, WHO and WFP Call for support for appropriate infant and young child feeding in Haiti

January 2010: BFI statement on recent newspaper articles reporting Norwegian study. More discussion on this on NHS Choices and on Mike Brady's Blog (Baby Milk Action's Campaigns and Network Co-ordinator) and NHS


October 2009: The International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) Celebrates it's 30th Anniversary and launches the global Breastfeeding Initiative for Child Survival read more


May 2009: The Breastfeeding Network welcomes the Department of Health release of the new growth charts for children from birth to 4 years of age.


April 2009: Information on "Swine flu" and Breastfeeding


March 2009: New Drug Information Sheets: Anticoagulants and Vaccinations


13 November 2008: Funding announced for Primary Care Trusts to improve breastfeeding rates

18th July 2008: Government confirms that proposed legislation strengthens existing protection for breastfeeding in public (Word 29kB)

8th July 2008: Press Release, BfN Breastfeeding and Thrush leaflet: Update on use of miconazole oral gel

9th June 2008: Press Release, BfN Breastfeeding and Thrush leaflet

Integrated UK/WHO Growth Charts Stakeholder meeting brief (word 48kB) May 2008

NICE Maternal and Child Nutrition Guidelines - March 2008

26th March 2008: NICE (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence) has issued guidance on Maternal and Child Nutrition for midwives, health visitors, pharmacists and other primary care services to improve the nutrition of pregnant and breastfeeding mothers and children in low income households. Read summary

15th February 2008: National Breastfeeding Helpline Launched


14th November 2007: Read Annalisa Barbieri's account in The Independent on why she still breastfeeds her four-year-old and check out our information page on breastfeeding older babies and children

New World Health Organisation Growth Charts adopted for UK use - Aug 2007 (PDF 24kB)