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Fasting recommendations for breastfed infants and children

Fasting recommendations for breastfed infants and children

Sometimes, it is necessary to perform medical procedures on infants or young children that require fasting beforehand, mainly for procedures under sedation or anesthesia. These procedures include performing certain diagnostic tests that require immobility or are painful, certain treatments or surgical interventions. The main reason for recommending fasting is to avoid bronchoaspiration of regurgitated gastric contents with potentially serious consequences. Other procedures do not require fasting beforehand, even though in some interventions they are still recommended, but in fact, it has…

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Can mastitis increase the risk of postpartum depression?

Can mastitis increase the risk of postpartum depression?

In September 2023, a study published in China on the link between lactational mastitis and postpartum depression was published. The results obtained are striking, especially given the lack of evidence of quality in breastfeeding care. The research article estimates the incidence of mastitis at between 9 and 20% of people who breastfeed. The researchers point out that breast pain, frustration, exhaustion, stress, and concerns relating to breastfeeding may increase the risk of postpartum depression, and this has been the motivation…

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Changes in sexuality due to a state of low estrogen in the postpartum period

Changes in sexuality due to a state of low estrogen in the postpartum period

By Carolina Solá, physiotherapist specializing in pelvic floor health Sexuality is subjective and diverse. It is determined by different physical, psychological, emotional, and social factors. Sexual health is precisely understood as the state of physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being, not only by the absence of disease or dysfunction related to sexuality. Therefore, sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach. Sexuality changes according to the person’s stages of life. During postpartum and breastfeeding, we must also consider that hormonal…

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Speech therapy specializing in myofunctional therapy during lactation

Speech therapy specializing in myofunctional therapy during lactation

By Adriana Palacios, myofunctional speech therapist. Speech therapy specializing in myofunctional therapy is responsible for evaluating, diagnosing, and addressing possible disorders in the stomatognathic system (SS). This system consists of the oral functions of sucking, breathing, chewing, swallowing, and speech. The proper functioning of the stomatognathic system is involved in craniofacial development and, therefore, will impact all stages of the individual’s life. These oral functions are formed by different structures that encompass the muscles of the upper, middle, and lower…

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Is science backing up baby-led weaning (BLW)?

Is science backing up baby-led weaning (BLW)?

Baby-led weaning (BLW) is an approach to initiating complementary feeding and introducing solids to babies. In this method, children feed themselves with their own hands and are not spoon-fed mashed or pureed baby food. This method encourages the infant to be the active individual in their feeding journey and not a passive receptor of food, as happens with traditional spoon feeding. This way, infants self-regulate, favoring perceptive feeding based on the child’s hunger and satiety signals. The concept of Baby-Led…

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When babies refuse babywearing

When babies refuse babywearing

Author: Marta Miarons, pediatric physiotherapist Babywearing, such as with slings and baby carriers, is a fantastic tool for many families in the first months or years of a baby’s life. Benefits of babywearing Carrying allows babies to remain in contact with their adults and feel safe and protected. It helps them regulate their body temperature, heart rate, and respiration. In the first weeks of life, it facilitates longer skin-to-skin contact and helps the adult to detect and anticipate the baby’s…

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Breastfeeding care after a cesarean section

Breastfeeding care after a cesarean section

When providing breastfeeding care after a cesarean section, healthcare professionals have to take into account a series of factors that have an impact on lactation. It is known that women who give birth by C-section have lower breastfeeding rates at discharge and weeks thereafter than those who have had a vaginal birth. In addition, certain myths about cesarean births can make breastfeeding even more difficult. Evidence suggests that the vast majority of difficulties with breastfeeding after a C-section are due…

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Power pumping extraction technique

Power pumping extraction technique

Biologist and IBCLC Catherine Watson Genna first proposed power pumping extraction techniques as effective methods for achieving a rapid increase in breast milk supply. These techniques are used to achieve, within 48 hours, an increase in milk production that allows providing a rapid response in case of emergency, such as a sick baby, premature babies, and so on, and also in the case of having to separate from the baby with no breast milk reserves or in the case of…

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How safe is baby-led weaning?

How safe is baby-led weaning?

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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Threatened preterm labor and breastfeeding care

Threatened preterm labor and breastfeeding care

What is threatened preterm labor? Threatened preterm labor (TPL) is the presence of regular uterine movement associated with cervical modification, either in terms of cervical shortening and/or dilatation in pregnancies from 22 to 36.6 weeks of gestation. TPL is usually of multifactorial origin, and the main causes are due to uterine overdistension (for example, due to polyhydramnios or twin pregnancy), infection of another part of the body (for example, appendicitis), or due to subclinical intra-amniotic infection or inflammation. Preterm birth…

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