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Tandem breastfeeding

Tandem breastfeeding

Tandem breastfeeding is a practice that many families choose for different reasons, although it is rarely visible. Breastfeeding two babies of different ages may raise reluctance in healthcare professionals accompanying the mother and her babies or children. Therefore, we will explore the topic of supporting mothers in this stage a little deeper. When reviewing the published scientific evidence, we find that this is limited and not very robust, as is the case with many other breastfeeding topics. Definition of tandem…

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Zuranolone for treating postpartum depression

Zuranolone for treating postpartum depression

The US FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has approved the use of zuranolone for the treatment of postpartum depression in the USA. According to the data, a significant improvement is expected after the third day of treatment. Noelia Extremera, the psychologist specializing in perinatal mental health at LactApp, reflects on this news and the impact of treating the consequences and not the causes of a situation that pathologizes mothers. Problem solved, isn’t it? Women have an unrecognized but fundamental role…

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Music as pain relief in newborn procedures

Music as pain relief in newborn procedures

Recently, a research article has been published on using music for pain relief in newborns performed during minor procedures, such as a lancet puncture, to obtain a blood sample. The research This randomized, controlled, and blinded clinical trial was conducted at the Lincoln Medical & Mental Health Center neonatal unit in the Bronx, New York. It included full-term infants who underwent minor procedures that may be painful, such as heel prick tests, to obtain blood samples for metabolic screening or…

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Breastfeeding aversion and agitation

Breastfeeding aversion and agitation

Breastfeeding is a vital process for the optimal health and development of infants. However, despite providing benefits that are widely acknowledged by scientific evidence, many mothers experience a range of emotions and sensations throughout their breastfeeding journey, which have not been studied much. One of these complex emotions is breastfeeding agitation or aversion, a relatively unknown phenomenon in which the infant is rejected. This article will examine breastfeeding agitation from a scientific perspective, exploring its characteristics, possible causes, and implications…

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Complications in breastfeeding

Complications in breastfeeding

Although it is well known that breastfeeding should never be painful, pain continues to be one of the leading causes of weaning among nursing mothers. When complications appear during breastfeeding, such as engorgement, ductal obstructions, acute mastitis, or an abscess, a proper differential diagnosis must be made in order to be able to manage them correctly. At the end of this article, there is an infographic to support professionals who accompany breastfeeding and its processes. This should help diagnose and…

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Supression of lactation

Supression of lactation

There are very few clinical conditions that contraindicate breastfeeding, such as galactosemia. However, there are many situations when a woman may wish to discontinue breastfeeding and suppress lactation. Mothers may decide whether or not to breastfeed their newborn or to stop breastfeeding at a time when they feel it is necessary. There are several methods for the suppression of lactation. As healthcare professionals, we must be aware of all of them and of their limitations, when informing and accompanying a…

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Difference between lactose intolerance and cow’s milk protein allergy (CMPA)

Difference between lactose intolerance and cow’s milk protein allergy (CMPA)

Frequently, the differences between lactose intolerance and CMPA, which stands for cow’s milk protein allergy, are not well distinguished. This happens not only to families but also to healthcare professionals. A food allergy and food intolerance are both adverse reactions to the consumption of certain foods. Differentiating the symptoms, causes, and treatment is key to guiding families in case their infants suffer from any of these pathologies. Food allergy is a reaction of the immune system that causes repeated symptoms…

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Infant daytime sleep

Infant daytime sleep

There are few publications on physiological infant daytime sleep in the context of breastfeeding. Sleep is one of the topics of most concern to families. Expressions such as “sleeping like a baby” are a clear example of the fact that babies are often thought to have deep and continuous sleep, which causes endless concerns for their caregivers. Infant sleep is a physiological process that begins in the fetal stage and evolves until the child is several years old. In addition,…

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Birth control in breastfeeding women

Birth control in breastfeeding women

When a breastfeeding woman comes to primary care for information on contraception, questions may arise about the best method for her situation. This article reviews the most appropriate birth control methods for breastfeeding women and their compatibility with breastfeeding. Contraception methods are those actions, devices, or medications that are used to prevent pregnancy and are also known as birth control. For breastfeeding women, there are many effective and safe contraceptive methods to choose from. As in the general non-breastfeeding population,…

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Skin-to-skin contact and safety

Skin-to-skin contact and safety

Practicing skin-to-skin contact is not exclusive to the early hours of postpartum, but this can be performed at any time in the newborn’s life. It is a practice that is considered safe under normal conditions, but it is not without risk, with sudden unexpected postnatal collapse (SUPC) being the most worrisome. The presence of a pathology or medications are the main factors that increase the risk of this condition. Therefore, it is essential to perform skin-to-skin contact after birth safely,…

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