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Frontline Updates - Eco Babies: The Breastfeeding Edition

Frontline Updates - Eco Babies: The Breastfeeding Edition
By Eco Medics • Issue #18 • View online
Hello again,
My Ma has dedicated much of her life to helping and supporting mothers with breastfeeding questions/problems. I grew up listening to thousands of telephone consults and a monthly support meeting at our home. Unfortunately, not enough attention is given to breastfeeding during medical training and as a result of this and time pressures, doctors are not well placed to advise on this important topic. But we should know where to signpost our patients for breastfeeding support. Check out La Leche League GB. The research is overwhelming regarding the benefits to baby, mother, wider family and society, but the benefit of breastfeeding to the environment is also MASSIVE! As the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action puts it: ‘Breastmilk is produced and delivered without pollution, packaging or waste. It is a climate-smart decision.’ Follow the links below for some good reading on the subject.
  1. Infant feeding and the energy transition: A comparison between decarbonising breastmilk substitutes with renewable gas and achieving the global nutrition target for breastfeeding
  2. Climate Change and Infant Nutrition: Estimates of Greenhouse Gas Emissions From Milk Formula Sold in Selected Asia Pacific Countries
  3. The First-Food System: The Importance of Breastfeeding in Global Food Systems Discussions
  4. Climate Change, Food Supply, and Dietary Guidelines
  5. Breastfeeding and Climate Change: Overlapping Vulnerabilities and Integrating Responses
  6. Support for breastfeeding is an environmental imperative
I’m not sure if you feel the same way, but I get a sinking feeling whenever someone mentions mandatory training. It’s just really difficult to be excited about an online moving and handling module. However, we think that a sustainability module could be punchy and engaging, with guaranteed reach to all NHS staff! Fantastic, right? Have your say about MAST by following this link and suggesting that a sustainability module become part of mandatory training.

Events For Your Calendar
The Sustainable Healthcare Coalition is pleased to invite you to the launch of a significant new development designed to help GP practices easily measure their carbon footprint and identify their non-clinical emission hotspots. Developed by Dr Matt Sawyer, GP and founder of SEE Sustainability, in association with the Sustainable Healthcare Coalition and Boehringer Ingelheim, the new GP Carbon Calculator will be a free resource for every UK GP practice to use in their efforts to reduce emissions, tackle climate change, protect the health of the planet… and their patients.
During this one-hour event, you will hear from the experts behind the GP Carbon Calculator and from those that have piloted the tool and are already benefitting from a positive impact on their practice. There wi ll also be time for Q&As.
The launch will take place on November 17th, 2021, between 12.30 and 13.30 UK. To register your interest and to receive an invitation to join the event please reply early to keith@shcoalition.org.
Our Favourite Things This Week
A powerful address from my hero, Sir David, at COP26.
This mosaic video features voices from over 300+ signatories representing 48 countries in support of the São Paulo Declaration on Planetary Health. Power in numbers.
@easyecotips is a lovely simple page to follow.
Calculate your Carbon Footprint
New subscriber or haven’t used the calculator yet? Take our 5 minute quiz to find out!
After taking the test, make a few pledges to reduce your carbon footprint, and then have the opportunity to carbon offset the rest in Gold Standard approved projects.
And that's all, folks!
If you have any thoughts, suggestions or questions, feel free to reach out on Instagram, or just hit reply to send us a direct email! In the mean time, we’d love you even more if you fancy buying us a coffee to help us pay the bills so we can keep Eco Medics running.
By for now,
Dave
Today’s issue was written by David Maasdorp, an EM specialty doctor and GP trainee in London and Eco Medics Director. Follow David on Instagram @thegeneraladventurer.
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