Some great websites for more information on breastfeeding:
American Academy of Pediatrics
"Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk"
Considerable advances have occurred in recent years in the scientific knowledge of the benefits of breastfeeding, the mechanisms underlying these benefits, and in the clinical management of breastfeeding. This policy statement on breastfeeding ... reflects this newer knowledge and the supporting publications. The benefits of breastfeeding for the infant, the mother, and the community are summarized, and recommendations to guide the pediatrician and other health care professionals in assisting mothers in the initiation and maintenance of breastfeeding for healthy term infants and high-risk infants are presented. The policy statement delineates various ways in which pediatricians can promote, protect, and support breastfeeding not only in their individual practices but also in the hospital, medical school, community, and nation. READ ARTICLE
American Academy of Pediatrics
"Breastfeeding: Best for Baby and Mother"
"Congenital Tongue-Tie and Its Impact on Breastfeeding"
Many of today’s practicing physicians were taught that treatment of tongue-tie, (ankyloglossia) is an outdated concept – a relic of times past. Among breastfeeding specialists tongue-tie has emerged as a recognized cause of breastfeeding difficulties - and a very easily corrected one. During the last several decades of predominant bottle-feeding, tongue-tie was relegated to the status of a “non-problem” because of the lack of significant impact upon bottle feeding behaviors. The goal of this article is to alert pediatricians to the potential link between tongue-tie and breastfeeding problems in order to expedite intervention in symptomatic cases. READ ARTICLE
"Pediatricians Needed to Make National
Breastfeeding Awareness Campaign Successful"
The goal of the National Breastfeeding Awareness Campaign is to encourage mothers to commit to exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of their child’s life in order to reduce morbidity and mortality. Contemporary science has
demonstrated unequivocally an increased disease burden in children who were not breastfed, with maximal benefit occurring in those who were exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months of life. Epidemiological data, however, demonstrate that exclusive breastfeeding rates have remained very low, despite the rise in overall breastfeeding (combination of breastfeeding
plus formula feeding). READ ARTICLE
PEDIATRICS Vol. 112 No. 3 September 2003
"Risk Factors for Suboptimal Infant Breastfeeding Behavior, Delayed
Onset of Lactation, and Excess Neonatal Weight Loss"
Objective. Some mothers have difficulty initiating lactation even when highly motivated to breastfeed. The purpose of this study was to determine the incidence of and risk factors for suboptimal infant breastfeeding behavior (SIBB), delayed onset of lactation, and excess neonatal weight loss among motherinfant pairs in a population with high educational levels and motivation to breastfeed.
Conclusions. Early lactation success is strongly influenced by parity, but may also be affected by potentially modifiable factors such as delivery mode, duration of labor, labor medications, use of nonbreast milk fluids and/or pacifiers, and maternal overweight. All breastfeeding mother-infant pairs should be evaluated at 72 to 96 hours’ postpartum. READ ARTICLE