World Breastfeeding Week 2019

World Breastfeeding week is an annual event which has been held every year since 1992 and is organised by World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA). This year it is taking place from 1st-7th August 2019. World Breastfeeding Week aims to promote the benefits of breastfeeding, and to provide support for those who want to breastfeed,…

Word of the Month: Breast Pump

This time Word of the Month is a familiar one: Breast Pump Breast pumps are manual or electronically powered devices used by mothers to encourage lactation. They can be used to stimulate lactation for those with trouble breastfeeding or they can be used to extract milk to be placed in a bottle for a later…

Midwives Chronicle & Nursing Notes: April 1969

This month’s post comes from the April 1969 issue of Midwives Chronicle and is very much about new beginnings. Most striking is the evidence of new maternity units and hospitals being opened throughout the UK at this time. Advertisements for staff and health professionals lie alongside articles on a new unit at Lincoln and the…

Don’t forget to visit the Library: Nursing Notes, August 1979

This month’s post comes from the August 1979 issue of ‘Midwives Chronicle & Nursing Notes’. On opening up this issue of the Midwives Chronicle, I was immediately struck with childhood memories, in particular by an advert for Gold Cap SMA, the milk formula for babies – my dad had lots of these empty tins in…