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Breastfeeding, Skin-to-Skin, and Infant Microbiome

November 2018

Establishing early breastfeeding following delivery is important for so many reasons, but today I'd like to share with you information about the infant intestinal microbiome as influenced by the infant's earliest experiences.

"The human microbiome--that is the community of microorganisms that live on and in the human body--consists of upwards of 100 trillion cells, which outnumber human cells by a factor of ten and collectively contain 27 times more genes that the human genome. Different sites within and upon the human body harbor discrete populations of microbes. For example, the skin, mouth, nasal cavity, gut, reproductive tract, and possibly the placenta host unique microbial communities.” 2 "Various factors are involved in the development of this complex ecosystem. The infant's gestational age, mode of delivery, type of nutrition, and early use of antibiotics modify the composition of this microbiome and may have significant and long-lasting effects.” 1

Read more: Breastfeeding, Skin-to-Skin, and Infant Microbiome

Skin-to-skin and attachment

November 2018

One of the biggest long-term benefits of skin-to-skin (SSC) is the bonding and attachment between mother and infant.  The relationship established at the beginning of life lasts for a lifetime, and the security of the attachment between mother and infant becomes the foundation for all future secure relationships.

Read more: Skin-to-skin and attachment

Bonding and Smell

November 2018

Have you ever heard...or said...to a baby, "You smell so good, I could just eat you up!"  Well, there is a reason for this, and recently an international team of researchers found evidence of this phenomenon in the brain's neural networks associated with reward. The non-verbal, non-visual olfactory chemical signals for communication between mother and child are intense. 

Read more: Bonding and Smell

Skin-to-skin and Baby-Friendly

November 2018

Blog posts for the month of November will consist of elements relating to Step 4 of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, which states, "Facilitate immediate and uninterrupted skin-to-skin contact and support mothers to initiate breastfeeding as soon as possible after birth”, one of my absolute favorite topics.  Skin-to-skin care is an amazing tool for many reasons.  Research shows that the use of safe skin-to-skin care (SSC) can:

Read more: Skin-to-skin and Baby-Friendly

ES04 Updates; Now available in Spanish and French!

October 2018

We've fully updated the content of our free Breastfeeding Essentials for Ancillary Staff. ¿Hablas español? Parlez-vous français? It is also now available in three languages!

Read more: ES04 Updates; Now available in Spanish and French!

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When you visit the Site, we automatically collect certain information about your device, including information about your web browser, IP address, time zone, and some of the cookies that are installed on your device. Additionally, as you browse the Site, we collect information about the individual web pages or products that you view, what websites or search terms referred you to the Site, and information about how you interact with the Site. We refer to this automatically-collected information as Device Information."

We collect Device Information using the following technologies:

  • "Cookies" are data files that are placed on your device or computer and often include an anonymous unique identifier. For more information about cookies, and how to disable cookies, visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org.
  • "Log files" track actions occurring on the Site, and collect data including your IP address, browser type, Internet service provider, referring/exit pages, and date/time stamps.
  • "Web beacons," "tags," and "pixels" are electronic files used to record information about how you browse the Site.

Additionally when you make a purchase or attempt to make a purchase through the Site, we collect certain information from you, including your name, billing address, shipping address, payment information (including credit card numbers), email address, and phone number. We refer to this information as "Order Information."

  • Users who are undertaking a course as part of a group or organization have certain data tracked as part of the service we provide to Clients and Facilitators. This includes information showing if you have logged in and when, dates of completion and what and when particular study topics, resources and assessments were viewed and completed. We refer to this information as "Student Access Information"

When we talk about "Personal Information" in this Privacy Policy, we are talking about Device Information, Order Information and Student Access Information.


We use the Order Information that we collect generally to fulfill any orders placed through the Site (including processing your payment information, arranging for shipping, and providing you with invoices and/or order confirmations). Additionally, we use this Order Information to:

  • Communicate with you;
  • Screen our orders for potential risk or fraud; and
  • When in line with the preferences you have shared with us, provide you with information or advertising relating to our products or services.

We use Student Access Information to provide accurate tracking to Users and Clients on completion and use of the courses, as well as for analysis on how to improve our services.

We use the Device Information that we collect to help us screen for potential risk and fraud (in particular, your IP address), and more generally to improve and optimize our Site (for example, by generating analytics about how our customers browse and interact with the Site, and to assess the success of our marketing and advertising campaigns).


We share your Personal Information with third parties to help us use your Personal Information, as described above. For example, with your employer who needs to verify your completion or progress of your studies. We also use Google Analytics to help us understand how our customers use the Site--you can read more about how Google uses your Personal Information here: https://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/. You can also opt-out of Google Analytics here: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

Finally, we may also share your Personal Information to comply with applicable laws and regulations, to respond to a subpoena, search warrant or other lawful request for information we receive, or to otherwise protect our rights.


As described above, we use your Personal Information to provide you with targeted advertisements or marketing communications we believe may be of interest to you. For more information about how targeted advertising works, you can visit the Network Advertising Initiative's ("NAI") educational page at https://www.networkadvertising.org/understanding-online-advertising/how-does-it-work.

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Please note that we do not alter our Site's data collection and use practices when we see a Do Not Track signal from your browser.


If you are a European resident, you have the right to access personal information we hold about you and to ask that your personal information be corrected, updated, or deleted. If you would like to exercise this right, please contact us through the contact information below.

Additionally, if you are a European resident we note that we are processing your information in order to fulfill contracts we might have with you (for example if you make an order through the Site), or otherwise to pursue our legitimate business interests listed above. Additionally, please note that your information will be transferred outside of Europe, including to Canada and the United States.


When you place an order through the Site, we will maintain your Order Information and Student Access Information for our records unless and until you ask us to delete this information. We are required to keep course completion records for at least 5 years in order to comply with certain accreditation requirements.


We may update this privacy policy from time to time in order to reflect, for example, changes to our practices or for other operational, legal or regulatory reasons.


For more information about our privacy practices, if you have questions, or if you would like to make a complaint, please contact us by e-mail at info@step2education.com or by mail using the details provided below:

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Last Updated: September 2018