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Whose Failure Is It?

April 2018

Having recently read "Birthing Failure: Childbirth as a Female Fault Line”¹ and knowing that research shows that women remember their childbirth and lactation experiences for a lifetime, I began to think about the word "failure”. Webster defines failure as lacking success, falling short, or a state of inability to perform a normal function.² Many mothers describe their birthing or breastfeeding experiences as failures, as demonstrated in the Schneider research. Dr. Schneider reports, "Overwhelmingly attributing the failures to themselves... participants reported that they experienced failures of mind, body, action/inaction, representing 'what I feel', 'who I am', and 'what I did or didn't do',” (p 22). This stereotypical female trait to blame themselves for not being able to obtain the desired results is strongly shown in this article.

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Is It Human Milk or Breast Milk?

March 2018

In the October 2017 issue of Advances in Neonatal Care, co-editor Jacqueline M. McGrath introduced some language changes for authors submitting articles to the journal for publication.  Some of these changes include:

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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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