“Breast Is Best”: A Mantra to Promote Infant Health? or Stigmatizing Adage to Guilt Moms - page 13

Before I go too far into this article, and risk being stoned to death by the maternal-child nurses, lactation consultants, and midwives out there, I would like to make a few critical points. ... Read More

  1. by   klone
    Oh, I have so many things to say about this!! Don't have a ton of time right now, but wanted to mention that one of the things that HUGELY drew me to the hospital where I work now is that they have a comprehensive case management program for pregnant/new moms, which includes postpartum home visits within a day or two after hospital discharge for all women in the program (which is 90+% of all the women who deliver). What I would love to see is a program like this for ALL hospitals, in all communities. I would also like to see the postpartum home visits expanded to include another visit at a week, and/or two weeks.

    One of the things the nurses do, standard, at these visits, is a bilirubin check. They've caught SO many in-crisis breastfeeding pairs through this program, intervened early to help get breastfeeding onto a better path, and yes, even readmitted babies who required phototherapy.
  2. by   Wuzzie
    Quote from klone
    Oh, I have so many things to say about this!! Don't have a ton of time right now, but wanted to mention that one of the things that HUGELY drew me to the hospital where I work now is that they have a comprehensive case management program for pregnant/new moms, which includes postpartum home visits within a day or two after hospital discharge for all women in the program (which is 90+% of all the women who deliver). What I would love to see is a program like this for ALL hospitals, in all communities. I would also like to see the postpartum home visits expanded to include another visit at a week, and/or two weeks.

    One of the things the nurses do, standard, at these visits, is a bilirubin check. They've caught SO many in-crisis breastfeeding pairs through this program, intervened early to help get breastfeeding onto a better path, and yes, even readmitted babies who required phototherapy.

    Wish I could give this post more than one like. I think for as advanced as the U.S. is in medicine we are really dropping the ball when it comes to perinatal/postnatal care. The Europeans do it so much better.
  3. by   sanakruz
    Breast is best.

    Of course, use a pump! Who is stopping you?

    Call La Leche league. (Talk to other moms.) DOZENS of resources available.

    No, we havent gone overboard. Breast is best.

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