Authored by: Sarah Shubeck, MD and Megan Pesch, MD, MS The culture of medical training and demands of residency work is often regarded as not conducive to the needs of lactating physicians. The need for “breaks” or perceived lack of dedication to workplace can lead to misperception of lactating trainees and pressures to stop milk […]
Breastfeeding Medicine Blog
Dr. Julie Ware recaps experiences and takeaways from the December 2018 conference: Eliminating Disparities in Breastfeeding and Infant Mortality
Healthy newborns wake easily and often to feed, and a “good sleeper” in this age group is one that lets you know when he or she is hungry, is an efficient and effective feeder, and settles after the feeding and falls back asleep. Modern societal expectations often do not allow for or encourage new mothers […]
The new ABM Clinical Protocol #7 could have just been the revision of an outdated protocol. That was my idea when I received Wendy Brodribb’s invitation to help update the 2011 Breastfeeding Hospital Policy protocol. Being the national coordinator of the Baby-Friendly Initiative in Spain, a member of the BFHI coordinator’s network, and a practicing pediatrician, I […]
I’m grateful to be part of a community that cares deeply about bringing together physicians to protect, promote and support families so that they are able to meet their breastfeeding goals.
When the federal government funds research in human milk composition, ultimately the fruits of that research are often likely to end up enriching the formula industry, the biotech industry, and the researchers who hold their patents. Most importantly, federal research money spent on human milk composition may mean the government has less to spend on research issues that will help increase breastfeeding rates and improve population health.
Health care providers counseling breastfeeding mothers should have an informed discussion weighing carefully the risks of cannabinoid exposure and potential impact on neurodevelopment against the benefits of breastfeeding. Current data suggest that the safest choice is no use of marijuana while breastfeeding.
Worldwide study on sudden infant death finds factors associated with poverty and racism are more important than bedsharing
Last week, we published our novel study, “Sudden Infant Death and Social Justice: A Syndemics Approach,” showing that bedsharing – which has been the main focus of many interventions – is not the primary risk behind sudden infant death. Instead, factors associated with poverty and racism have much more to do with Sudden Unexplained Infant […]
The inaugural ABM Australia/New Zealand Regional Conference was held at the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia on July 20-21 2018 with over 85 registrants from Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Taiwan. The conference was preceded by a one day workshop “Breastfeeding Essentials for Medical Practitioners” which is a Australian/NZ version of the ABM ‘What every […]
Breastfeeding and breast milk are life sustaining, unique human physiologic events that cannot and should not compete with or have an equal with other commodities or corporate profits.
The United States' opposition to the WHA breastfeeding resolution is appalling. And it is also in line with decades of US policies that have prioritized corporate profit over public health.
June 21, 2018 – The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, an international physician’s organization, condemns policies that result in the separation of parents from their children. As the UN High Commissioner of Human Rights has established, “Children have the right to life, survival and development and to the highest attainable standard of health, of which breastfeeding […]
What if we leveraged the importance of breastfeeding to restructure our society around each woman’s human right to nurture her children as she desires?
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