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…

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Breastfeeding may be an important modifiable behavior to reduce endometriosis risk

History of breast feeding and risk of incident endometriosis: prospective cohort study. Farland et al – BMJ, 2017 Conclusion Among women who experienced at least one pregnancy that lasted at least six months, breastfeeding was inversely associated with risk of incident endometriosis. This association was partially, but not fully, influenced by postpartum amenorrhea, suggesting that breastfeeding…

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Breastfeeding protects against the development of Chrohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis

 Xu et al – Alimentary pharmacology and therapeutics 2017 BACKGROUND: Breastfeeding is a modifiable factor that may influence development of inflammatory bowel diseases. However, literature on this has been inconsistent and not accounted for heterogeneity in populations and exposure. AIM: To conduct a meta-analysis to examine the association between breastfeeding in infancy and risk of…

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‘Babies and sleep: a matter of choice’

by Pamela Douglas  “But does the research really prove sleep training’s efficacy? Senior figures continue to argue forcefully that it does, despite the failure of large randomised controlled trials to back these claims  …, and despite systematic reviews showing no improvement in night waking, nor reliable impact on maternal mental health … Parents continue to be…

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‘Australia is failing new parents with conflicting advice — it’s urgent we get it right’

by Pamela Douglas “What happens after a woman gives birth should be a matter of serious public interest. Screaming babies, breast pain, baby weight-gain worries, breastfeeding issues, wind, colic, reflux, allergies, tongue tie, sleep deprivation, and parental anxiety and depression. These are common concerns at the beginning of the life of every Australian citizen. In…

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