An implementation algorithm to improve skin-to-skin practice in the first hour after birth

This paper introduces a novel algorithm to analyse the practice of skin to skin in the first hour using two data sets and suggests opportunities for practice improvement. The algorithm considers the mother’s Robson criteria, skin-to-skin experience, and Widström’s 9 Stages. Using data from vaginal births in Japan and caesarean births in Australia, the algorithm…

80 + infant health organisations sent the ‘Fed is Best Foundation’ an open letter … this is what happened

“Your silence on engaging in constructive dialogue speaks volumes.” Kimberley Seals Allers “A few months ago, over 80 infant health organizations sent the Fed is Best Foundation an open letter asking to have a constructive dialogue regarding their concerns and vocal campaigns about the treatment of insufficient breastmilk supply—a legitimate issue that merits due attention.…

Sugars in human mother’s milk are a new class of antibacterial agent

“Mother’s milk, which consists of a complex and continually changing blend of proteins, fats and sugars, helps protect babies against bacterial infections. In the past, scientists have concentrated their search for the source of its antibacterial properties on the proteins it contains. However, an interdisciplinary team of chemists and doctors at Vanderbilt University have discovered…

Predictors of supplementation for breastfed babies in a Baby-Friendly hospital (NZ)

Predictors of supplementation for breastfed babies in a Baby-Friendly hospital (NZ) Stefanie Kalmakoff, Andrew Gray and Sally Baddock – Women and Birth – 2017 Abstract Problem Supplementation of breastfed babies is common during the hospital stay. Background The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) optimises practices to support exclusive breastfeeding, yet supplementation is still prevalent. Objective…

Country experiences with the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative – August 2017

“This set of case studies documents country experiences in implementing the Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) over the 25 years of its existence. Each of the 13 case studies – from Bolivia to Viet Nam – includes a section on achievements, challenges, lessons learned and recommendations to protect, promote and support breastfeeding in maternity facilities. Several…