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Is the Needle Finally Moving on Maternity Care Reform?

The past few years have seen a flurry of reports and guidelines aimed at improving the quality of maternity care. These include “Supporting healthy and normal physiologic childbirth: a consensus [...]

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Clinical Guidelines Endorse Physiologic Care in Labor

The Lancet has devoted an issue to maternal health that includes a systematic review of maternity care practice guidelines entitled: “Beyond too little, too late and too much, too soon: a pathway [...]

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Landmark Systematic Review Published on Breastfeeding

Apropos of ACOG’s new breastfeeding guidelines (see CBU post ), Attn notes Lancet’s  publication of “Breastfeeding in the 21st century: epidemiology, mechanisms, and lifelong effect,” which [...]

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ACOG Issues New Breastfeeding Guideline

News articles reporting on the American Congress of Obstetricians & Gynecologists latest breastfeeding Committee Opinion have featured its position that ob/gyns should support a woman’s [...]

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Skin-to-Skin Contact & Early Breastfeeding Reduce Excessive Bleeding

The current issue of Midwifery Matters summarizes a study of the effects of having the baby skin-to-skin after birth and breastfeeding initiation soon after birth on postpartum blood loss of 500 [...]

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Another Maternal Benefit of Breastfeeding

Adding to the long list of breastfeeding benefits, Medscape Medical News summarizes a study demonstrating that breastfeeding strongly protects women diagnosed with gestational diabetes from [...]

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Labor Drugs Have Adverse Effect on Newborn Ability to Suckle

According to a study soon to be published in Birth, epidural fentanyl and IV oxytocin have dose-dependent negative effects on instinctive newborn ability to suckle. Investigators blinded to [...]

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Laugh-Out-Loud Video on Breastfeeding in Public

On a lighter note, here’s a video that should tickle your funnybone.

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U.S. Army Issues Breastfeeding Policy

CNN reports on the Army’s new breastfeeding policy. The article also provides links to the Air Force and Navy policies.

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Too Much “Brexting” Could Interfere with Mother-Baby Relationship

Moms might want to consider how much time they’re spending engaged with their phone screens instead of their babies while breastfeeding, according to this article. No one is saying that [...]

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