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New ABM recommendations on mastitis

New ABM recommendations on mastitis

In the previous blog article, we reviewed the differences in the definition of mastitis between the new ABM protocol on mastitis (protocol #36: The Mastitis Spectrum) and the old protocol (#4: Mastitis). In this article, we summarise the changes or updates from the new protocol on the recommendations for the management of mastitis and its different related disorders. It should be noted that the new protocol provides general and specific recommendations for all possible conditions within the mastitis spectrum. This…

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The ABM protocol on mastitis

The ABM protocol on mastitis

The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) publishes protocols to make it easier for health care professionals who care for breastfeeding mothers to stay up-to-date and promote best practices in care for breastfeeding mothers and their children. In 2014 the Academy published a protocol on mastitis, the ABM Clinical Protocol #4: Mastitis (1), written by Dr Lisa Amir, who has also been one of the speakers in the 1st LactApp Medical Congress last May. This year, the ABM has published a…

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How safe is BLW?

How safe is BLW?

How safe is BLW? One of the biggest fears with Baby-Led Weaning (BLW) for both, families and healthcare professionals, is the risk of choking. It is sometimes perceived that this method might lead to more choking incidents in babies who are fed solid pieces of food from day one without being spoon-fed. For this reason, much research on BLW has focused on whether or not this method of initiation of complementary feeding increases the risk of choking or suffocation.  Kahraman…

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Black Breastfeeding Week

Black Breastfeeding Week

From 25th to 31st of August, we are celebrating Black Breastfeeding Week! This event has been organised for the past 10 years, calling for breastfeeding support to be based on racial equality, cultural empowerment and community engagement, driven by the collective resilience of the black community. Kimberly Seals Allers is one of three black maternity activists who launched this project 10 years ago. She is an acclaimed and award-winning journalist and considered one of the leading voices of the counterculture…

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Breast pump and mastitis, is there a relationship?

Breast pump and mastitis, is there a relationship?

Are breast pumps related to mastitis? There is no doubt that breast pumps are a very useful tool for nursing mothers and their use is very popular, especially for preparing milk banks for breastfeeding. Studies suggest that breast pumps may cause mastitis because they can cause damage to the breast parenchyma and the nipple-areola complex if a correctly sized funnel is not used, if the suction is too high or if the mother uses the pump for an excessive amount…

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Nipple ischemia during breastfeeding

Nipple ischemia during breastfeeding

Nipple ischemia in breastfeeding (vasospasm) is a phenomenon that occurs in certain situations. Raynaud’s syndrome, or intermittent ischemia, typically affects the extremities of the body (fingers and toes). It occurs in 20% of women between 21 and 50 years of age. Its symptoms are blanching (becoming white) of the area (local vasoconstriction) followed by cyanotic discolouration, ending with erythema (local vasodilatation). Other added symptoms are pain, burning, numbness, pricking or stinging. Nipple ischemia during lactation is underestimated. It can occur after…

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Breastfeeding Report 2021 – Return to Work

Breastfeeding Report 2021 – Return to Work

It’s World Breastfeeding Week! We celebrate #WorldBreastfeedingWeek2022 from the 1st to the 7th of August. The non-governmental organisation World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action has been organising this event for 30 years to raise awareness of breastfeeding, and this year’s theme is “Step up for breastfeeding – Educate and Support”. To mark this special week, we have published a report on returning to work and breastfeeding. The report is our annual report on the state of breastfeeding around the world, and…

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First hours in breastfeeding

First hours in breastfeeding

The first hours of life are important for the initiation, establishment and maintenance of breastfeeding. It has been widely demonstrated. What makes it so important? The first latch creates a lasting impact on the newborn in the way she/he latches onto and suckles at the breast. As for early initiation, although it has not been explicitly evaluated, evidence suggests that there are positive benefits influencing higher breastfeeding rates at discharge and in its duration. As healthcare professionals, how can we facilitate…

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Pain and nipple shields: review of a research study

Pain and nipple shields: review of a research study

Pain and nipple shields: when professional techniques to reduce pain in breastfeeding are not effective, the use of nipple shields can be considered one of the resources for nipple pain management. It is well known that pain, and especially sore nipples, are one of the leading causes of women stopping to breastfeed earlier than they planned to do so (1). To reduce pain, professionals who accompany mothers in their breastfeeding journey should evaluate and help mothers to improve their breastfeeding…

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Massage after frenectomy: review of a scientific publication

Massage after frenectomy: review of a scientific publication

Today we would like to discuss the topic of massage after frenotomy in this review of a scientific publication. Tongue-tie (ankyloglossia) due to the presence of a short lingual frenulum is a fairly common occurrence in newborns, with an estimated overall incidence ranging from 4 to 16% (1,2). A frenotomy is a surgical procedure performed in infants when other less invasive treatments for tongue-tie, such as improving breastfeeding technique, promoting postures that allow a deep latch such as laid back…

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