The American Academy of Pediatrics released a clinical report confirming the recommendation that most medications and immunizations are safe while breastfeeding.
The report, The Transfer of Drugs and Therapeutics into Human Breast Milk: An Update on Selected Topics, which can be found in the journal Pediatrics, suggests in most cases, doctors, acting cautiously, will give women unnecessary advice to stop taking medications while breastfeeding or in some cases stop breastfeeding altogether. This may be due to lack of available information about the particular drug and the amount it appears in human breast milk.
LactMed, the free online database with information regarding drugs and lactation, is a great resource for health care practitioners and breastfeeding mothers. LactMed provides access to more than 450 drug records and has the most up-to-date data on medications. LactMed is also available on-the-go with their app for mobile phones.
Breastfeeding benefits both mom, baby and the economy. Human breast milk consists of antibodies and nutrients, protects against obesity and provides emotional nurturing for strong, healthy babies. More healthy babies equals less money spent on trips to the hospital and clinic visits.
Read the full report here.
The Florida Times-Union published an op-ed piece addressing Northeast Florida’s regressing infant mortality rate and the strategies Project Impact recommends to combat infant mortality.
Project Impact is the Fetal and Infant Mortality Review project for Baker, Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. John’s counties. The project, carried out by the Coalition, reviews the cause of infant deaths and defines risk factors to help find a solution to prevent future deaths.
In Northeast Florida, the infant mortality rate increased from 6.5 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2011 to 7.2 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2012.
Project Impact’s 2012-2013 Community Report listed prematurity as the primary cause of neonatal mortality– contributing to more than 40 percent of cases in Northeast Florida. A baby is considered full term between 39 and 41 weeks. Babies born too soon are more likely to die before their first birthday and have a higher risk for serious health problems and long-term disabilities such as vision/hearing loss, autism and cerebral palsy. November is recognized as Prematurity Awareness Month, to bring attention to the one of the leading causes of infant mortality.
There are many factors that put a woman at risk for giving birth prematurely, such as stress, substance abuse and smoking. Project Impact is focused on these and other factors to prevent infant deaths. The project is also taking steps to improve safe sex and safe sleep education.
Read the Times-Union op-ed article here.
The National Premature Infant Health Coalition will be hosting a live chat to discuss mental health issues affecting mothers of premature babies on its Facebook page Thursday, Nov. 14 at 1 p.m.
The chat, which takes place during Prematurity Awareness Month, will feature maternal mental health experts who have worked with mothers that have experienced depression, anxiety and trauma after giving birth to preemies, as well as parents with first-hand accounts.
Mothers of premature babies are at a higher risk for maternal mental health disorders, it is important they find the support and help they need and to connect with others. RSVP for the NPIHC Facebook chat here.
November 17th is World Prematurity Day, designated by the March of Dimes to bring awareness to prematurity.
While rates in the United States are dropping, prematurity is still the leading cause of newborn death. Florida received a “D” grade on the March of Dimes’ annual prematurity report card.
Visit the Think 39 Weeks! and the March of Dimes website for more information on preventing prematurity.
- Date: November 9, 2013
- Time: 10am
- Location: Reed Canal Park, South Daytona, FL
The second annual TEARS walk supports bereaved families that have lost an infant and raises money to help support the families that have suffered a loss.
Visit the Facebook event page.