Midwifery basics  5. Understanding the impact of family and partner attitudes, experience and expectations upon breastfeeding

Midwifery basics 5. Understanding the impact of family and partner attitudes, experience and expectations upon breastfeeding Dr Amy Brown – Professor of Child Public Health at Swansea University Heather Trickey – Research Fellow, DECIPHer, Cardiff University Published in The Practising Midwife Volume 22 Issue 1 January 2019  As social beings, we exist within families and within communities, and the […]

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Midwifery basics; anatomy and physiology 3. Understanding the impact of birth and the early postnatal environment on breastfeeding initiation and continuation

Midwifery basics; anatomy and physiology 3. Understanding the impact of birth and the early postnatal environment on breastfeeding initiation and continuation Amy Brown – Professor of Child Public Health at Swansea University Scenario Rose is a first-time mother attending a breastfeeding support clinic you are running. Rose gave birth three weeks ago after a complicated labour. Although […]

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Midwifery basics; why do so many women struggle to breastfeed?

Midwifery basics 1. Why do so many women struggle to breastfeed? Exploring psychological, social and cultural influences on infant feeding decisions Amy Brown – Professor of Child Public Health at Swansea University Public health messages encourage new mothers to breastfeed, but breastfeeding rates in many Western regions remain low. Given high maternal intentions to breastfeed, and […]

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Gathering gold: antenatal colostrum COLLECTing with the use of a milk-collecting shell

Gathering gold: antenatal colostrum COLLECTing with the use of a milk-collecting shell Case study Mary was a 23-year-old primigravida woman who was very keen to breastfeed her first baby. She lived with her mother who was a midwife and who had shared her knowledge and experience of the importance of colostrum as the ideal food […]

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Midwifery programmes receive top marks in Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative

Midwifery programmes receive top marks in Unicef UK Baby Friendly Initiative Oxford Brookes University has been commended for its ‘outstanding programme of study’ in a recent assessment of Unicef UK Baby Friendly standards. The Baby Friendly Initiative is a worldwide programme of the World Health Organization and Unicef first introduced in 1992 to encourage maternity […]

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The impact of skin-to-skin contact at birth on breastfeeding

The impact of skin-to-skin contact at birth on breastfeeding DESCRIPTION I accompanied Anne (who was the midwife on call) to the home birth of Louise, as I had played an active role in much of her antenatal care. On arrival, Louise appeared to be in active labour and was coping well with her contractions and […]

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Further evidence that breastfeeding reduces ill health 

Further evidence that breastfeeding reduces ill health New research published in European Respiratory Journal indicates that breastfeeding could play a role in preventing wheezing in the first year of life. New research published in European Respiratory Journal indicates that breastfeeding could play a role in preventing wheezing in the first year of life. Researchers studied 2,773 infants from the […]

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Community management of lactational mastitis and/or breast abscess: a retrospective audit

Community management of lactational mastitis and/or breast abscess: a retrospective audit Lactational mastitis has an incidence of around 10 per cent in postpartum women, with breast abscess complicating some of these. The key principles of treatment include: supportive counselling, warm or cold compresses, effective milk removal, oral antibiotic therapy and symptomatic treatment. Patients can be […]

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Advancing Practice: Development And Evaluation Of A Midwife-led Frenulotomy Clinic

ADVANCING PRACTICE Development and evaluation of a midwife-led frenulotomy clinic This article provides a description of the development of a midwife-led frenulotomy service within an acute NHS trust, the aim of which was to provide significant improvements to patient care and outcomes. It includes the development of a business case; accessing training in order to […]

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Infant feeding: 3. Skills to support infant feeding

MIDWIFERY BASICS Infant feeding 3. Skills to support infant feeding ‘Infant feeding’ is the 12th series of ‘Midwifery basics’ targeted at practising midwives. The aim of these articles is to inform and encourage readers to seek further information through a series of activities relating to the topic. In this third article Joyce Marshall considers the […]

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