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Jul 30 2010

Breastfeeding Key to Saving Children’s Lives

Note for the Media WHO/16


Ten steps to successful breastfeeding highlighted during World Breastfeeding Week

30 JULY 2010 | GENEVA – During World Breastfeeding Week, celebrated from 1 to 7 August in more than 170 countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) reiterates its call on health facilities and health workers to implement ten steps to help mothers breastfeed successfully and improve their babies’ health and chances of survival.


Breast milk is the ideal food for newborns and infants. It is safe, gives babies the nutrients they need for healthy development and contains antibodies that help protect infants from common childhood illnesses. While exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life is on the rise in many countries, further improvement of breastfeeding rates is critical to improve the nutrition and the health of infants and children. For a variety of reasons, including the lack of breastfeeding counselling, still too many mothers stop exclusive breastfeeding within a few weeks after delivery.


“It is estimated that around 35% of infants aged 0 to 6 months are exclusively breastfed in the world today,” says Dr Elizabeth Mason, Director of WHO’s Department of Child and Adolescent Health and Development. “But if all babies and young children were breastfed exclusively for their first six months of life and then given nutritious complementary food with continued breastfeeding up to two years of age, the lives of an additional 1.5 million children under five would be saved every year.”


The “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding” were developed by WHO and UNICEF to ensure maternity services are providing the right start for every infant and the necessary support for mothers to breastfeed. Today this check-list is used by hospitals in more than 150 countries.


The Ten Steps for health facilities to take towards ensuring successful breastfeeding are as follows:

  1. Have a written breastfeeding policy that is routinely communicated to all health care staff.
  2. Train all health care staff in the skills necessary to implement this policy.
  3. Inform all pregnant women about the benefits and management of breastfeeding.
  4. Help mothers initiate breastfeeding within half an hour of birth.
  5. Show mothers how to breastfeed and how to maintain lactation even if they should be separated from their infants.
  6. Give newborn infants no food or drink other than breast milk unless medically indicated.
  7. Practise “rooming in” – allowing mothers and infants to remain together – 24 hours a day.
  8. Encourage breastfeeding on demand – whenever the baby is hungry.
  9. Give no artificial teats or pacifiers (also called dummies or soothers) to breastfeeding infants.
  10. Foster the establishment of breastfeeding support groups and refer mothers to them on discharge from the hospital or clinic.


Malnutrition is responsible for one-third of the 8.8 million deaths annually among children under five. It can be a direct cause of death but is also the most important single risk factor for disease in young children. Over two thirds of these deaths, which are often associated with inappropriate feeding practices such as bottle-feeding or untimely and inadequate complementary foods, occur during the first months of life.


“Increasing breastfeeding rates is a key component of the plan to improve infant and young child nutrition,” says Randa Saadeh, Coordinator of the Nutrition in the Life Course unit at WHO. “A renewed effort to make more hospitals ‘baby friendly’ has the potential to give millions more babies a healthy start in life.”


For further information, please contact:


Marie-Agnes Heine, Communications Officer, Department of Making Pregnancy Safer, WHO
Tel: +41 22 791 2710, Mobile: +41 794 495 784, Email: heinem@who.int

Randa Jarudi Saadeh, Coordinator, Nutrition in the Life Course Unit, Department of Nutrition for Health and Development, WHO. Tel: +41 22 791 3315, Mobile: +41 79 475 5530, Email: saadehr@who.int


Notes to editors:
For more information on World Breastfeeding Week go to: https://worldbreastfeedingweek.org/


All WHO information can be found at : www.who.int

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Jul 30 2010

PhD scholarships at University of Copenhagen

Through financial support from the Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen, 8 PhD scholarships are available within Climate Change; Impacts, Mitigation and Adaptation. The three-year studentships are expected to be effective from 1 December or soon thereafter.

Read more at https://www.life.ku.dk/English/education/phd/Available_Scholarships.aspx

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Jul 30 2010

15 Years of Advances in Spatial Science

The book series Advances in Spatial Science published by Springer celebrates its 15th anniversary this year.

Since its inception 66 high-quality books have been published in the series, the leading series in the field of regional science.
This series contains scientific studies focusing on spatial phenomena, utilizing theoretical frameworks, analytical methods, and empirical procedures specifically designed for spatial analysis.

Click here to access the series available in HKU Libraries.


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Jul 29 2010

Psychology Headlines Around the World from Socialpsychology.org

  1. Squabbling siblings learn a valuable lesson
  2. New Analysis May Help Clarify the Role of Craving in Addiction
  3. Can artwork influence suicidal thoughts?
  4. Making the Invisible Visible: Verbal Cues Enhance Visual Detection
  5. U.S. Army: Dogs Help Battle PTSD

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Jul 29 2010

Global Fund for Women

The Global Fund for Women is an international network of women and men committed to a world of equality and social justice. It is intended to advocate for and defend women’s human rights by making grants to support women’s groups around the world.
The Global Fund for Women supports women’s groups that advance the human rights of women and girls. GFW grants help strengthen and link women’s funds based outside the United States by providing flexible and timely grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 per year for operating and re-granting expenses. First-time grant awards generally range from $5,000 to $25,000 per year.

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Jul 28 2010

Book Highlights in Psychology published by Springer

Book Highlights in Psychology

Handbooks and Reference Works

Springer Reference

  • Handbook of Clinical Psychology Competencies describes the core competency areas in providing psychological services relevant to practitioners as well as clinical researchers. It covers assessment and conceptualization of cases, the application of evidence-based methods, supervision, consultation, cross-cultural factors, and ethics.

Click here to get FREE ACCESS to a part of the content!

Find More books in Psychology. HKUL borrowers may wish to Recommend books to the Libraries for purchase.

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Jul 28 2010

Highlights in Autism and Developmental Disorders

1. FREE: Most Downloaded Articles

The following were among the 10 most downloaded articles in 2009, published in the highly cited Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders (Impact Factor: 3.063 (2009), 4.400 (5 year), ranked 11 of 59 in subject category “Psychology, developmental”)

Enjoy FREE access to these articles until the end of August: 
HKUL users are also able to access the journal at https://library.hku.hk/record=b2234800

2.   Book Highlights in Autism and Developmental Disorders

HKUL borrowers may wish to recommend titles for purchase via Book Recommendation Online.

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Seminars are freely available through https://autism.yale.edu.

4.   Special Interest

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Jul 28 2010

New journal: Mindfulness

Mindfulness publishes peer-reviewed papers that examine the latest research findings and best practices in mindfulness. It explores the nature and foundations of mindfulness, its mechanisms of actions, and its use across cultures.

The first two issues are now freely available to you online! HKUL users are able to access the journal continuously at https://library.hku.hk/record=b4392017 .

Inaugural Issue

Follow the link to the abstract, click on the PDF or the HTML icon to open the article.

Second Issue JUST published as well. Read it HERE.

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Jul 27 2010

ProQuest Criminal Justice Periodicals Index on Trial

ProQuest Criminal Justice Periodicals Index
The database includes abstract and indexing for 250 U.S.and international criminal justice journals, with more than 100 available in full-text. Areas covered include criminal justice, law enforcement, corrections administration, drug enforcement, rehabilitation, family law, and industrial security. Some of the key titles are •American Journal of Criminal Justice •FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin •Journal of Forensic Sciences •Women Police

The trial is valid until 8 August 2010.

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Jul 27 2010

Psychology Headlines from PSYCHNEWS

  1. Battlefield Psychologists Investigate Stress in Combat and After
  2. Insights on Loss of Working Memory
  3. Children, Television, Video Games and Attention Problems
  4. New Study Challenges Stereotypes of Adolescent Sex Offenders
  5. Essential Ingredients of Supportive Sibling Relationships
  6. Why Parenting Isn’t Fun
  7. Are You Spiritual Or Psychotic?
  8. Behavior Problems In School Linked To Two Types Of Families
  9. Reading Children
  10. Too fine to sign
  11. When Children Are Beaten, The Aftermath

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