13Aug

Dr. Brown’s Medical™ Celebrates World Breastfeeding Week

By Guest author: Lisa Kleinz, MA, SLP/L, CLC, CNT, Director of Education Dr. Brown’s Medical

Dr. Brown’s Medical™ recognizes World Breastfeeding Week for the months of July and August via the Dr. Brown’s Evidence-Based eNews.

July 2019
Evans L, Hilditch, C, and Keir A. Are there interventions that improve breastfeeding and the use of breast milk in late preterm infants? Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health. 2019; 55:477-480.

This article attempted to answer the question “Among late preterm infants are there any interventions that improve the rates of breastfeeding and the use of breast milk compared with current practice?” Although there is limited high-quality research for this topic, the database literature search universally confirmed that hospital support is significantly lower for late preterm infants than for early preterm or term infants. One study found that kangaroo care and breast milk expression improved breastfeeding rates in late preterm infants. There is some evidence that some ways to improve breastfeeding in the late preterm infant may be providing mothers with information on breastfeeding support groups, encouraging kangaroo care, using breastfeeding positions that better support an infant with lower muscle tone, and providing top-up feeds with expressed breast milk until the baby is able to sustain longer feeds with improved milk transfer.

August 2019
Casey L, Fucile, S and Dow, K. Determinants of Successful Direct Breastfeeding at Hospital Discharge in High-Risk Premature Infants. Breastfeeding Medicine. 2018; 13:346-351.

This study investigated the factors that can impede the initial goal of breastfeeding for premature infants born prior to 34 weeks. Results demonstrated that the method of the first oral feeding (at breast) and maternal age (older) were significant predictors of success with direct breastfeeding at discharge. This information supports the concept that an infant’s first oral feeding is a critical period in which mothers should be encouraged to put their infant to the breast.

Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
-Nelson Mandela

Education is vital for you to become certified in specialties such as the Certified Neonatal Therapist (CNT). Dr. Brown’s Medical™ is proud to announce that all recorded webinars can now provide each attendee with a certificate of participation to be submitted for your credentialing. All webinar topics are educational and include infant feeding; developmental care; nutrition; and much, much more.

To learn more, go to https://www.drbrownsbaby.com/medical/webinars/.

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