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    AHA NRP,  Article,  BabyFriendly(tm) Policy,  Breastfeeding Education,  Fetal Heart Monitoring,  Labor and Delivery,  Labor Delivery Track for New Grad RN's,  Maternal Child Health,  Neonatal Intensive Care NICU,  New Grad Maternal Child Program,  New Graduates of Nursing,  NICU Track for New Grad RN's,  Nursing Advocacy,  Obstetric Track

    Baby-Friendly Hospital

    World Breastfeeding Week is around the corner, August 1-7, 2016! If your dream job is working with moms and babies all day long, your ears might e screaming in pain from hearing about the BabyFriendly Hospital Initiative. A little known fact is that in California, BabyFriendly training is also called Birth&Beyond approved. That’s the state program that distributes the funding and training materials across the state. Want to get that Postpartum job? Let’s jump right in! What is BabyFriendly(tm)? Why is BFHI important for getting a job in postpartum, for New Grads and Transition Nurses? How you can become BFHI certified? The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) is a global program sponsored…

  • WOW Factors of Breastfeeding
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    WOW – Bullying and Breastmilk

    Indeed, many researchers and clinicians feel that the maternal-child attachment provides the working framework for all subsequent relationships that the child will develop.  A solid and healthy attachment with a primary care giver appears to be associated with a high probability of healthy relationships with others while poor attachment with the mother or primary caregiver appears to be associated with a host of emotional and behavioral problems later in life. We certainly do not see our adorable newborn as growing up and becoming a school yard bully and we certainly do not envision him or her to acquire a gun and shoot his schoolmates.  So why do some children have…

  • WOW Factors of Breastfeeding
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    WOW – No Pressure Mom!

    Abusive behavior is escalating in our “humane (?)” society. Why is it that a person has such controlling and abusive behaviors?  Why is it that hurting someone violently occurs over and over? Why is it that an abuser has no regard for the pain and suffering inflicted on another human being? All of these occurrences can be often rooted in infancy with the lack of bonding, touching and attachment.  When the infant is provided with skin-to-skin contact with mother he or she gets his or her needs met.  That of comfort.  “Someone is there to meet my needs.”  When an infant becomes hungry and mother puts the infant to her…

  • WOW Factors of Breastfeeding
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    WOW – Love with Your Brain

    The capacity and desire to form emotional relationships is related to the organization and functioning of specific part of the human brain.  Just as the brain allows us to see, smell, taste, think, talk, and move, it is the organ that allows us to love-or not to love.  The systems   in the human brain that allow us to form and maintain emotional relationships develop during infancy and the first years of life.  Experiences during this early vulnerable period of life are critical to shaping the capacity to form intimate and emotionally healthy relationships.  Empathy caring, sharing inhibition of aggression, capacity to love and a host of other characteristics of a…

  • The Value of Breastmilk
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    What’s the BIG Deal with Breastfeeding?! A lot actually…

    To assist a new mother on breastfeeding was frustrating for me because I didn’t know how to teach the mother how to get her baby to latch and suckle. It was far easier to feed the baby formula. Newborns can present with a lot of difficulties in the first 24 hours after birth. We discuss more about the challenges Baby and Mom have to overcome in Adaptation of the Newborn and Postpartum – A Time of Transition. I have learned so much about breastfeeding and the advantages of breast milk versus formula and have become passionate about breastfeeding.  I have learned the value of breast milk for the infant to have…

  • WOW Factors of Breastfeeding
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    WOW – The Emotional Glue

    The most important property of humankind is the capacity to form and maintain relationships. These relationships are absolutely necessary for any of us to survive, learn, work, love and procreate.  Human relationships take many forms but the most intense, most pleasurable and most painful are those relationships with family, friends and loved ones.  Within this inner circle of intimate relationships, we are bonded to each other with “emotional glue” – bonded with love.  Reference Bruce Perry – Bonding and Attachment in Maltreated Children. WOW

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    Breastfeeding during Emergencies

    Protect and Support Lactating Mothers Natural disasters, manmade catastrophes, pandemics, and individual disasters may occur anytime without warning.  During these extraordinary and unplanned situations the health and wellbeing of humans are at risk and the most vulnerable population is infants and children.  During a disaster: Disease and death rates for children under 5 are higher than any group. 90% of deaths occur after the emergency due to diarrhea. 10 million children under the age of 5 die annually and 22% are due to diarrhea.   According to the World Health Organization more than 80% of deaths occur after the initial event.   After an emergency occurs the environment becomes contaminated…

  • WOW Factors of Breastfeeding
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    WOW – Bonding and Attachment

    We talk about Bonding and Attachment in the first few hours of life with importance. Bonding is the process of forming attachment.  Bonding, therefore, involves a set of behaviors that will help lead to an emotional connection (attachment). But how important is it?  What is the ultimate outcome of not bonding and no attachment?  Ultimately those that are bulling or shooting others may arise from poor bonding and attachment.  We certainly don’t think our brand new baby will be the school yard bully or the child that gets a gun and shoots other children in our schools.  Yet, the initial brain develops neural chemical activities that are responsible for healthy…