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The Breastfeeding Cheerleader

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Support of our peers is important in so many aspects of our life, and for women it is very true for the new mother who is breastfeeding.  As we celebrate The Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding this week, we can’t forget the importance of breastfeeding support after the mom leaves the hospital with baby in tow. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by NKSriraman

August 3, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Celebrating Skin to Skin

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In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, I wanted to write something about the importance of skin to skin contact for mothers and babies at delivery. As a practicing OB this is something I try to encourage.

I believe that skin to skin contact immediately following delivery should be routinely practiced for healthy mother infant dyads with term deliveries. This helps support the “10 Steps” as it encourages breastfeeding initiation within the first 30 minutes after delivery. Much of the medical technology involved in childbirth helps us recognize when problems occur. It can also help us recognize when mothers and infants are healthy at birth. This should be the expected situation for normal birth. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by vpdn

August 2, 2010 at 6:07 am

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Running a road race without shoes

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Imagine you are running your first marathon. You’ve been training for months, and you’re looking forward to the sweet satisfaction of crossing that finish line.  When you arrive at the start, you are dismayed to discover that you didn’t register for a “runner-friendly” race.

An official confiscates your shoes and your water bottle. “We recommend that you run 26.2 miles today,” you are told. “Good luck.”

It’s an absurd way to start a marathon. And if you’re a mom who planned to breastfeed and birthed in an American hospital, it also sounds familiar.  Breastfeeding after an American birth is disturbingly similar to running a road race without shoes. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by astuebe

August 1, 2010 at 9:44 pm

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How will you celebrate the Ten Steps?

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This summer, the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action is celebrating the Ten Steps for World Breastfeeding Week. Less than 3% of US hospitals have implemented these maternity care guidelines, but globally, the Ten Steps have transformed care for mothers and infants, empowering mothers to achieve optimal infant feeding.

The Ten Steps comprise the criteria for the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, a World Health Organization program that recognizes birth facilities that provide high quality breastfeeding care. Worldwide, 20,000 maternity centers have adopted the Ten Steps since Wellstart and UNICEF executive director James Grant coined the term “Baby Friendly Hospital Award” in 1991.

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Written by astuebe

May 25, 2010 at 8:54 pm