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BREAST PUMPS: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PROPER USE

BREAST PUMPS: RECOMMENDATIONS FOR PROPER USE

The breast pump can be a great ally in the breastfeeding journey of a woman, it can help to overcome certain circumstances or specific complications, helps to maintain deferred breastfeeding in the case of mother-infant separation, when the mother goes back to work or is useful for other reasons. Nevertheless, its use is not necessary in all cases as not all breastfeeding women must have a breast pump and so each case should be assessed individually. In cases where the…

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Fasting recommendations for infants and children

Fasting recommendations for infants and children

Sometimes it is necessary to perform medical procedures on infants or young children that require to fast 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. There are other procedures that do not require to fast before, even though in some practices they are still recommended, but…

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Covid-19 Vaccine Antibodies Pass Into Breastmilk

Covid-19 Vaccine Antibodies Pass Into Breastmilk

Covid-19 antibodies achieved through vaccination pass into lactating mothers’ breastmilk. The results of the study that LactApp has carried out together with the Spanish Institue of Agrochemistry and Food Technology (IATA), a centre of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), are now available and have determined that breastmilk of women vaccinated against coronavirus contains antibodies against Covid-19. The study did not find any traces of the virus in any of the milk samples tested, which do have specific antibodies to…

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Stages of Nipple Damages

Stages of Nipple Damages

Nipple soreness is one of the most common problems during breastfeeding. Moreover, as they are related to pain, numerous studies indicate that this is one of the main reasons for mothers to stop breastfeeding. When a breastfeeding mother has nipple lesions, it is important to know the aetiology of the lesions and the most appropriate treatment. The assessment of the feeding, the latch and the oral structures of the infant are essential in order to know the cause of the…

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ECZEMA OF THE NIPPLE AND/OR AREOLA

ECZEMA OF THE NIPPLE AND/OR AREOLA

The term eczema is defined as an inflammatory skin condition with erythema, inflammation, papules, vesicles, exudates and crusts, lichenification, skin erosion, fissures, excoriations and desquamation, located in the area of the nipple and/or areola.  This definition covers several types of dermatitis (seborrheic and atopic) and contact irritation or hypersensitivity. In addition, this lesion often occurs concomitantly with Staphylococcus aureus skin infections.  Symptoms commonly manifested by women who suffer from it are: itching, burning and pain both when breastfeeding and when…

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Breast cancer diagnosis during breastfeeding 

Breast cancer diagnosis during breastfeeding 

Breast cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths in women worldwide. It is estimated that one in 10 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime. The age range in which it appears is wide, yet 25% of these cancers develop before the age of 50, so it usually appears during the childbearing years1. In addition, evidence shows that there is a transient increase in the risk of breast cancer in the mother in the first three to four…

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Calories during breastfeeding

Calories during breastfeeding

The breastfeeding mother’s diet is a recurring theme. As a Dietitian-Nutritionist, the most important thing I would say to a breastfeeding woman would be: eat healthily. But do it for yourself, not for breastfeeding. And do it because you are now a mother and your children are watching you (the availability of food in the home and the power of setting an example is important). But at the same time, there is another recurring question among mums: “can you lose…

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Hypogalactia: How to identify it and how to accompany it?

Hypogalactia: How to identify it and how to accompany it?

Hypogalactia is defined as insufficient milk secretion to maintain exclusive breastfeeding. A woman may have milk secretion, but this may not be sufficient and she may need supplementation for the correct feeding of the infant. Studies indicate that 36% of mothers attribute the end of breastfeeding to a lack of milk production. It is true that in the majority of cases this is only a perception and is not real, but real hypogalactia exists in 5% of mothers either due…

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Pregnancy and oral health

Pregnancy and oral health

Pregnancy generates a series of changes in the oral cavity that may cause a lot of discomfort. Although it is a myth, many of our patients believe that “For every pregnancy a tooth is lost” and it is our duty as dental health professionals to provide information to expectant mothers in order to remove that belief once and for all. Cavities and peridontitis (disease of the gums and the bone surrounding the tooth) are two diseases that are caused by…

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How to avoid mastitis during weaning

How to avoid mastitis during weaning

One of the causes of mastitis is poor drainage from the breast during weaning. Therefore, it is important that specific instructions are followed when reducing the amount of milk that is produced during weaning.   *It is important to continue draining the breasts when suffering mastitis. For this reason it is not recommended to wean during this time. How to carry out weaning properly for the mammary gland Weaning is the process according to which the baby stops breastfeeding exclusively…

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