Navigation Links
Interventions to Promote Breast-Feeding Succeed

Education before and after birth helps new moms participate, task force says

TUESDAY, Oct. 21 (HealthDay News) -- Doctors, nurses, hospitals and health systems should encourage and promote breast-feeding, says a new recommendation from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force.

Members of the task force evaluated more than 25 studies of breast-feeding interventions conducted in the United States and other developed countries and concluded that coordinated interventions throughout pregnancy, birth and infancy can increase breast-feeding initiation, duration and exclusivity (when an infant receives no other food or drink besides breast milk).

The findings and recommendation were published in the Oct. 21 issue of the Annals of Internal Medicine.

"Our review produced adequate evidence that multifaceted breast-feeding interventions work," task force chair Dr. Ned Calonge, chief medical officer for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, said in an American College of Physicians news release.

"We found that interventions that include both prenatal and postnatal components may be the most effective at increasing breast-feeding duration. Many successful program include peer support, prenatal breast-feeding education, or both," Calonge said.

In 2005, 73 percent of new mothers in the United States initiated breast-feeding but only 14 percent of infants were exclusively breast-fed for their first six months, as recommended by the U.S. Surgeon General, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Academy of Family Physicians.

"We hope these [task force] recommendations will help women and their physicians understand what they need to do to start and continue breast-feeding their babies. Simply telling mothers they should breast-feed or giving them pamphlets is not enough," Calonge said.

Breast-feeding offers major health benefits to both infants and mothers, according to background information in the news release. Breast-fed babies have fewer infections and allergic skin reactions than formula-fed babies and are also less likely to fall victim to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). In the long-term, children who were breast-fed are less likely to develop asthma, diabetes, obesity and childhood leukemia.

Women who breast-fed were less likely than those who never breast-fed to develop type 2 diabetes, breast cancer and ovarian cancer.

More information

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development has more about breast-feeding.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Annals of Internal Medicine, news release, Oct. 20, 2008

Copyright©2008 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Simple, personalized interventions improve colorectal cancer screening rates
2. Jefferson researchers find personalized interventions key to improving colon cancer screening rates
3. Study shows reducing class size may be more cost-effective than most medical interventions
4. New Research Identifies Effective Teen Sex Education Programs and Other Interventions
5. American Heart Association/American College of Cardiology/Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions Joint Scientific Statement
6. Mental health screenings, risk behavior interventions needed in juvenile justice system
7. Medical Simulation Corporation to Present Comprehensive Cardiac Patient Scenario at the Society for Cardiovascular Angiography and Interventions (SCAI) and American College of Cardiology (ACC) Conference
8. Americans must consider cost and effectiveness when comparing and choosing medical interventions
9. Technological Interventions Merge Into Health and Fitness
10. American Heart Association Announces Fourth New Journal - Circulation: Cardiovascular Interventions to Debut in August
11. Report says clinicians should consider economic impact of new interventions
Post Your Comments:
Related Image:
Interventions to Promote Breast-Feeding Succeed
(Date:10/12/2015)... ... 2015 , ... FEI Behavioral Health, a social enterprise with ... management, will present a session at the Wisconsin Society for Human Resource Management ... Chief Operating Officer Daniel Potterton will present an informative workshop, “Training HR to ...
(Date:10/12/2015)... ... October 12, 2015 , ... ... part of a contact channel benchmarking study. Be a part of ... operational strategies for improving customer experience, customer journey, contact channel execution and intelligence, ...
(Date:10/12/2015)... DC (PRWEB) , ... October 12, 2015 , ... ... been selected to receive a Eugene Washington Engagement Award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes ... more effectively with the research community. , The project, entitled “Training Patients ...
(Date:10/12/2015)... ... 12, 2015 , ... The translation for ARIS® 7.x and 9.x to Microsoft ... installations into the Microsoft world. The ARIS models will be fully translated and mapped ... for both IT and Office users it is acknowledged as a competitive alternative to ...
(Date:10/12/2015)... ... October 12, 2015 , ... METTLER TOLEDO is ... processes. In addition, METTLER TOLEDO has collaborated with manufacturing consultant and lean laboratory ... help improve productivity through the identification and elimination of 'hidden' time-wasting activities. Mr ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/12/2015)... This study focuses on China,s Genome-Based ... decades, the industry has been growing at a fast pace. ... consumptions in China have transformed ... is one of the world,s major producers for ... world, China is the world,s fastest ...
(Date:10/12/2015)... -- About epilepsy --> ... disorders manifested by benign to severe, disabling, and life-threatening ... malformations and tumors to meningitis, high-risk pregnancies, and trauma ... is unidentified, as is witnessed in the majority of ... between the inhibitory and excitatory signals of the brain, ...
(Date:10/12/2015)... Oct. 12, 2015 A new computer program ... can predict whether they will develop effective language skills ... a study in the journal Brain and Behavior ... In the journal,s Oct. 12 online edition, researchers ... program determines how specific regions of the brain respond ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: