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Fentanyl Dosages and Breastfeeding Continuation

February 2018

There have been multiple studies suggesting that use of fentanyl and bupivacaine in epidural anesthesia during labor and delivery increases premature weaning of infants from the breast.  In a 2017 study, the authors randomized 345 women to receive varying doses of these medications, blinded to patients and all staff except the nurse administering the drugs.  Breastfeeding was assessed by International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) using the LATCH tool at three points: during hospitalization following delivery, at 6 weeks and at 3 months to examine the duration of breastfeeding and early termination.

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Energy Drinks and Breastfeeding

February 2018

The abstract for the recently published study by Thorlton, Ahmed & Colby (2016) starts out:

"Breastfeeding women may experience disrupted sleep schedules and be tempted to turn to popular energy drinks to reduce fatigue and enhance alertness, prompting the question: What are the maternal and child health implications for breastfeeding mothers consuming energy drinks? 

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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 www.bellybelly.com 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;

http://contemporarypediatrics.modernmedicine.com/contemporary-pediatrics/news/effects-body-modification-are-more-just-skin-deep?page=0,1  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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