Skip 
Navigation Link

1 Santa Maria Dr., Ste 300
Columbus, OH 43215
mapmapphone†614.448.4055

Crisis: 911 or 614-488-4055

Child Development & Parenting: Infants (0-2)
Resources
Basic Information
Infant Development: How Your Baby Grows and MaturesInfant Parenting: Keeping Your Baby Healthy and HappyInfant Safety: Keeping Your Baby SafeInfant Enrichment: Stimulating Your Baby
More InformationLatest News
More Kids Injured by Tiny Magnets After Sales Ban Was Lifted: StudyAntibiotics Before Age 2 May Up Odds for Obesity, AllergiesNewborns Are at Low COVID RiskBreastfed Babies May Grow Into Better-Adjusted Teens: StudyNewborn Brain Bleeds Resolve by Age 2Newborn Brains Don't Process Emotions Like AdultsFewer Painful Procedures Could Help Preemies' Brain Development: StudyNurses Can Make the Difference for New Moms' BreastfeedingMicroplastics Are Seeping Out of Baby's Bottle, Study ShowsBig Babies May Face Higher Lifelong A-Fib RiskAn Expert's Guide to Safe Sleeping for Your BabyBringing the Forest to Kids' Daycare May Boost Young Immune SystemsNewborns of Moms With COVID-19 Face Little Infection Risk: StudyExposing Babies to Wheat Very Early Might Prevent Celiac Disease: StudyMost Newborns of COVID-19-Infected Moms Fare WellFor Kids With Hearing Issues, Early Intervention Crucial to School ReadinessParent's Skin-to-Skin Hug Does Ease a Baby's Pain, Brain Study SuggestsBaby's Heart Rate Reflects Mom's Mental HealthSleep Builds the Brain in the Early Years, Then Maintains ItCould Antibiotics Make Breast Milk Less Healthy for Babies?Study Questions Need to Wait Days to Give Baby New FoodsBreastfeeding OK After Mom Has Anesthesia, Experts SayWith Safety Steps, Moms Unlikely to Pass COVID-19 to Newborns: StudyLupus Drug Prevents Low Heartbeat in High-Risk Newborns: StudyExposure to Iodine in the NICU May Affect Infant Thyroid FunctionZika May Have Damaged More Infants' Brains Than ExpectedCOVID-19 Typically Mild for Babies: Study'Kangaroo Care' Has Big Health Benefits For PreemiesBaby's Sleep Issues Could Sometimes Signal Autism: StudyBreast Milk May Help Shield Infants From Dangerous VirusesScreen Time for Tiniest Tots Linked to Autism-Like SymptomsNewborns With COVID-19 May Suffer Only Mild Symptoms, Study SaysHugs More Calming for Baby When Given by Mom or DadLet Your Baby Cry It OutToo Much 'Screen Time' Could Slow Your Toddler's Language Skills: StudyBabies Are Spared Severe COVID-19 SymptomsPreemies' Impaired Immune Systems Quickly Catch Up: StudyCould Dad-to-Be's Health Affect His Newborn's Health?Sleepless Babies May Face Emotional Troubles as KidsMom's Purse May Hold Hidden Dangers for KidsSmall Babies Have High Risk for Heart-Lung Weakness as Adults: StudyBabies' Exposure to Household Cleaning Products Tied to Later Asthma RiskParents, Grandparents to Blame for Many Child Drug Poisonings, CDC WarnsBaby in Your Room, Not in Your Bed: Good Advice, but Are Parents Listening?Beyond Baby Talk: Helping Early LanguageHealth Tip: Basics of Newborn Care'Kangaroo Care' Reduces Infant DeathsZika Damage Showing Up in Babies Deemed 'Normal' at BirthOut-of-Pocket Medical Costs Average $4,500 for Many New U.S. ParentsHow Are Your Newborn's Ears Working? Early Hearing Test Is a Must
Questions and AnswersVideosLinks
Related Topics

Child & Adolescent Development: Overview
Childhood Mental Disorders and Illnesses
Parenting
Child Development & Parenting: Early (3-7)
Child Development & Parenting: Middle (8-11)

Nurses Can Make the Difference for New Moms' Breastfeeding

HealthDay News
by -- Cara Roberts Murez
Updated: Oct 21st 2020

new article illustration

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 21, 2020 (HealthDay News) -- One key to breastfeeding success? Having enough hospital nurses to ensure that new moms get top-notch care.

Hospitals with higher rates of exclusive breastfeeding had nurses who provided more consistent care, according to a new report.

That care included helping moms have skin-to-skin contact with their babies and breastfeed within an hour of giving birth. Nurses also provided education and encouragement, made referrals to lactation consultants, and kept healthy birth parents and babies together.

"Nurses make substantial, often unrecognized, contributions to public health during pregnancy, and during and following birth," said study author Audrey Lyndon, assistant dean for clinical research at NYU Rory Meyers College of Nursing in New York City. "Our research provides a great example of how supportive nursing care can have longer term effects on maternal and infant health."

For the study, Lyndon's team surveyed 512 labor nurses from 36 hospitals in three U.S. states. The researchers found that hospitals with higher rates of exclusive breastfeeding had fewer incidents of missed nursing care.

Lead author Kathleen Rice Simpson said, "We suspect that multiple structural factors affect nurses' capacity to provide sufficient and appropriate support for successful exclusive breastfeeding." She's a perinatal clinical nurse specialist in St. Louis, Mo.

"Hospital and maternity unit culture, policies, communication, availability of resources, including adequate nurse staffing, and promotion of effective practices for initiation and sustainment of human milk feeding are all important," she explained in an NYU news release.

Breast milk provides complete nutrition for infants, helping strengthen their immune systems. Though some parents are not able to breastfeed or choose not to, nurses play a key role in supporting families who make this choice, according to the study.

The report was published in the October issue of MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing.

More information

There's more on the importance of breastfeeding at the American Academy of Pediatrics.