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Lactation Training Coming to China

In my last blog I wrote that there were hardly any IBCLC’s in China when I first returned as an IBCLC in 2013. A lot has changed since that time. There are several courses in different Chinese cities to train Chinese lactation consultants! Women in the cities learned about breastfeeding through internet. Doctors in these

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Baby Friendly Hospitals in China

During my training as lactation consultant, I learned surprisingly enough that China has one of the largest numbers of Baby Friendly Hospitals (BFHI) world wide: 7,329 hospitals (whereas at the time Australia had for example 41 and the US 145). How can that be? After all, as I pointed out in a previous journal: there

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No Milk First Days After Birth?

When I first worked in the villages, I noticed that many mothers didn’t start breastfeeding until after the milk came in. Surprisingly enough somehow a lot of moms in the countryside still succeed to breastfeed their baby, but not always. The good thing is that all mothers I meet want to breastfeed their baby (China

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Breast Only? “No Way! Too Risky”

In my last blog, I already explained that one of the most common misunderstandings in China is that one believes that the newly delivered mom doesn’t have any milk in those first few days post partum. Not only the newly delivered mother and her family have misconceptions about breastfeeding, the medical staff isn’t always helpful

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“Thee Early, One Late”

Chinese Medical Professionals Promote “三早一晚: Three Early, One Late” after the birth of the baby. “Three Early” stand for: early contact, early sucking, early “opening the milk”. “One Late” stands for: delayed cord clamping. Well, sounds good, doesn’t it? Seems to be in line with step 4 of the WHO’s Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding:

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“Expressing Left-over Milk”

A person who is often called upon when a woman has breastfeeding problems in China is the 催乳师, which literally means “push milk worker”. These ladies have had a short course on how to massage the breasts and they learn a bit about what they can recommend as far as food and herbs to stimulate

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