Skin-to-skin Care from a Dad's Perspective

November 2017

Just a note: I will be using fathers in this post since that is who was included in this study. Partners, I'm sure, would voice the same results in being included in their baby's care.

Research shows, many times over, that the use of skin-to-skin care (SSC) between the premature infant and his/her mother is vital to the physical health of the newborn and in increasing maternal milk supply. However, little research has been done for the fathers of premature infants in providing SSC.

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Dads and Bonding

October 2017

Although this article from discusses fathers and bonding without a bottle, I want to extend this to include all partners of the birthing mothers.  Society in general, has built many bonding rituals around sharing food, and new parenthood is no different. Having dad/partner feed the new baby is often desired to increase their bonding and attachment.

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Tattoos, Piercings, Scarification, and Body Modifications

October 2017

In a report published online through Contemporary Pediatrics;,1  it was noted that "teenagers and young adults are embracing body modification, making it more commonplace and accepted than in previous generations... more and more adults and teenagers have tattoos and body piercings, with a 2010 report estimating that 38% of persons aged 18-29 years had at least 1 tattoo and 23% had piercings in places other than the earlobe... Few adults polled (2016) about their tattoos regret getting them, with most revealing that it makes them feel rebellious, strong, attractive, or spiritual."

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Use of Pacifier in Baby-Friendly Facility

October 2017

When I was the lead for our hospital's Baby-friendly team, I had the reputation of being anti-pacifier even though it wasn't accurate. Pacifiers have their place but are known to be a factor in early weaning from the breast when introduced prior to the healthy, full-term newborn learning how to latch well at the breast.

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Using "Success" in Breastfeeding

October 2017

In a newly published article, Dr. Diane Spatz (MCN, 2017) states that she "actively works to delete the word 'success' from any conversations, research, and/or publications on [the] provision of human milk or breastfeeding.  The opposite of 'success' is failure," and recommends educators and healthcare professionals "present a realistic view that the health benefits of breastfeeding are substantial for mother and child, but that it will require her to invest time, effort, and commitment to establish a breastfeeding relationship with her baby."   And we've all probably heard at least one mother talk about her "failure at breastfeeding" often coupled with emotion and guilt.

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