Navigation Links
Pacifiers Don't Discourage Breast-Feeding, Study Says
Date:4/30/2012

By Maureen Salamon
HealthDay Reporter

MONDAY, April 30 (HealthDay News) -- Widely held wisdom that pacifier use among newborns interferes with breast-feeding is wrong, a new small study suggests.

Analyzing feeding data on nearly 2,250 infants born between June 2010 and August 2011, Oregon Health & Science University researchers learned that limiting use of pacifiers -- also known as binkies, corks and soothers -- may actually increase babies' consumption of formula during the birth hospitalization.

"The overarching belief persists that pacifiers interfere with breast-feeding, even though research hasn't concretely showed they cause a problem," said study co-author Dr. Laura Kair, a resident in pediatrics at the university's Doernbecher Children's Hospital. "We like to rely on our best evidence as physicians, so when we see these results jibe better with our own personal experience than evidence-based practice in our field, it makes us take [note]."

Kair and co-author Dr. Carrie Phillipi, medical director of the hospital's mother-baby unit, are scheduled to present their findings Monday at the Pediatric Academic Societies' annual meeting in Boston.

Seeking to determine if eliminating routine pacifier distribution on the hospital's mother-baby unit would increase the rate of exclusive breast-feeding, Kair and Phillipi learned that this rate actually dropped significantly -- from 79 percent to 68 percent -- after pacifiers were restricted.

Additionally, the proportion of breast-fed newborns receiving supplemental formula rose from 18 percent before the policy change to 28 percent afterward, while the percentage of babies fed only formula remained statistically unchanged.

To encourage exclusive breast-feeding, which benefits both mothers and babies, the World Health Organization and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) recommend that hospitals caring for newborns follow their "Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding" -- one of which states that pacifiers should not be provided to breast-feeding babies. Hospitals hoping to achieve the status of "Baby-Friendly Hospitals" often follow this recommendation, Phillipi said.

"Parents come to us looking for advice," Phillipi said. "Our hope in publicizing this study is to stimulate a conversation about the topic, especially as many hospitals are thinking of removing pacifiers to become Baby Friendly."

Dr. Richard Schanler, chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics' breast-feeding section, noted that the study did not offer information about how newborns were comforted who did not receive pacifiers or how hospital staff members were educated about this issue during the research.

"You cannot draw conclusions to change health care practices from this type of study," said Schanler, also associate chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York, in New Hyde Park.

Phillipi acknowledged that the study's results are difficult to apply to individual cases, but "we're really hoping to bring this conversation to a different level . . . so we're able to give parents the best evidence possible. Our overall goal is to improve breast-feeding rates . . . we know it's the best nutrition for babies."

Research presented at scientific meetings is considered preliminary because it hasn't yet been peer-reviewed or published in a medical journal.

More information

The U.S. Office on Women's Health has more about breast-feeding.

SOURCES: Laura Kair, M.D., resident in pediatrics, Oregon Health & Science University Doernbecher Children's Hospital, Portland; Carrie Phillipi, M.D., Ph.D., associate professor of pediatrics, and medical director, Mother-Baby Unit, Oregon Health & Science University Doernbecher Children's Hospital; Richard J. Schanler, M.D., associate chairman, department of pediatrics, Cohen Children's Medical Center of New York, New Hyde Park, and chair, American Academy of Pediatrics' breast-feeding section; April 30, 2012, presentation, Pediatric Academic Societies' annual meeting, Boston


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Orthodontic Retainers Can Harbor Harmful Microbes
2. Successful periodontal therapy may reduce the risk of preterm birth, according to Penn dental study
3. Researchers study relationship of oral cancers and periodontal disease
4. Long Island Children's Orthodontist Announces Office Improvements And New Staff Member
5. EDS Announces New SafeSiders Endodontic Glide Path Kit
6. National Prosthodontics Awareness Week Serves and Educates Consumers About Proper Oral Health Care
7. Successful treatment of periodontal disease lowered preterm birth incidences
8. Periodontal pathogens enhance HIV-1 promoter activation in T cells
9. Why do some Mexican parents discourage teens physical activity?
10. Pressure to Be Perfect Parent Can Discourage New Moms, Dads
11. Population-specific community-based cancer screening may discourage smoking
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Pacifiers Don't Discourage Breast-Feeding, Study Says
(Date:2/19/2017)... ... ... Braun Industries will be participating as an exhibitor at EMS Today 2017. ... 23-25, 2017 at the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake ... on display. , “JEMS is a leader in EMS news and education. ...
(Date:2/19/2017)... ... February 19, 2017 , ... "At your fingertips" electronic ... MEDfx and the Delaware Health Information Network (DHIN) have partnered to improve connectivity ... state-wide health information exchange, DHIN stores and shares real-time health data for more ...
(Date:2/18/2017)... (PRWEB) , ... February 17, ... ... Change for Devicemakers , Sponsored by Axendia, **FDAnews Free Webinar**, March 1, ... Are manufacturers looking to reduce their regulatory burden? Pay dividends in enhanced ...
(Date:2/18/2017)... ... ... Butler Mobility invited Ken Matthews to visit its manufacturing facility and showroom ... impressed with the safety and reliability of the Stannah Stairlift as well as with ... endorsement by Ken Matthews can be heard on News Radio WHP 580 weekdays from ...
(Date:2/18/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Park Cities Pet Sitter President, Joette White, has been featured ... network. The episode, which was posted this week, features a 30-minute interview of ... Park Cities Pet Sitter’s being awarded the 2017 National Association of Professional Pet Sitter’s ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/16/2017)... Pa. , Feb. 16, 2017 Absorption ... biologics, and medical devices, is pleased to announce that ... has been selected as a winner of the 2017 ... SmartCEO Magazine and recognizes driven executives for their ... work ethic. The awards ceremony and celebration is on ...
(Date:2/16/2017)... 2017  Aralez Pharmaceuticals Inc. (NASDAQ: ARLZ ... announced that executive management will participate in the RBC ... 22-23, 2017. Adrian Adams , Chief Executive Officer, ... p.m. local time on Wednesday, February 22, 2017. ... event may be accessed from the Investors section of ...
(Date:2/16/2017)... YORK , Feb. 16, 2017 Summary ... agreements entered into by the worlds leading healthcare companies. ... Description The Global Allergy ... to partnering deals and agreements entered into by the world,s leading ... - Top deals by value - Deals listed by company ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: