BEIJING AFP - Unregulated, aggressive promotion of formula milk, poor medical advice, short maternity leave and workplaces hostile to nursing mothers mean that China has among the lowest breastfeeding rates in the world and is falling well short of its own targets, experts warn. Just one in five of the nation's babies are exclusively breastfed for the first six months of life, a recommendation set by the World Health Organisation WHO. This is less than half the global average, according to Unicef's breastfeeding scorecard, and far below the Chinese government's aim to have 50 per cent of mothers nursing by this year. Authorities are now launching a push to promote practices including building more baby care rooms in public places such as parks and railway stations as well as teaching doctors and nurses about the benefits of breastfeeding. Experts and mothers, however, say this is not enough.
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The microbiota of breast milk from Chinese lactating mothers at different stages of lactation was examined in the framework of a Maternal Infant Nutrition Growth MING study investigating the dietary habits and breast milk composition in Chinese urban mothers. We have also investigated the impact of the delivery mode and the stage of lactation on the microbiota composition. The microbiota of breast milk was dominated by streptococci and staphylococci for both collection protocols and, in the case of standard collection protocol, Acinetobacter sp. While the predominance of streptococci and staphylococci was consistently reported previously for other populations, the abundance of Acinetobacter sp. Higher bacterial counts were found in the milk collected using standard protocol. Bifidobacteria and lactobacilli were present in few samples with low abundance. We observed no effect of the stage of lactation or the delivery mode on microbiota composition.
Chinese customs seizes 23kg of frozen breast milk from woman returning from Singapore
Traditionally, selected herbs were prescribed to nursing mothers to promote post-natal recovery during the confinement period. These herbs are generally safe for anyone to consume. This is the same blood that was flowing to the placenta prior to delivery. It is normal for new mothers to feel weak after childbirth. Mothers can take some herbs during the confinement period to help the body address this deficiency.
Customs officers in southeast China have confiscated and destroyed 23kg of frozen breast milk from a Chinese woman returning from Singapore, according to local media. The frozen breast milk had been stored in 89 plastic bags, labelled with times and dates, and was discovered as the woman went through customs at the Quanzhou Jinjiang International Airport in Fujian province, Quanzhou Evening News reported on Friday Jan It was not the first such case in the province, but local authorities said the amount of frozen breast milk confiscated was the most they had come across in recent years. The woman, who was not identified, told customs officers the frozen breast milk was for her own baby but could not explain its source, the report said.