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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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Articles - Basics - The Practising Midwife

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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Infant feeding: Supporting young mothers who want to breastfeed

MIDWIFERY BASICS Infant feeding Supporting young mothers who want to breastfeed This article is a discussion of some of the current knowledge on how to best support young mothers who wish to breastfeed. It includes practice points taken from Phoebe’s own qualitative research on young mothers and infant feeding and also a discussion of the […]

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Articles - Evidence - The Practising Midwife

Infant feeding: 1. Anatomy and physiology

MIDWIFERY BASICS Infant feeding 1. Anatomy and physiology ‘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 first article of the new series, Joyce Marshall […]

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Baby Friendly News: All the evidence in one place

FEATURE The Practising Midwife – January 2014 Baby Friendly News: All the evidence in one place The ‘Evidence and rationale for the UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative standards’ is a freely-available publication that brings together all the evidence behind the Initiative’s new standards around breastfeeding and relationship-building. It includes forewords by health ministers from all […]

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