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November 19, 2020 Thursday 11:54:27 AM IST

How the Pandemic Disrupts Breastfeeding Experiences

Parent Interventions

The COVID-19 pandemic and the implications of physical distancing have disrupted new mothers’ birth and breastfeeding experiences even if they are not COVID-19 positive or a person awaiting results. In a new case series report from the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing (Penn Nursing), researchers share common concerns and experiences as reported by three first-time, healthy mothers regarding the disruption of their birth plans and breastfeeding experiences.

 Using the three reported experiences, the article suggests the following clinical implications:
    Inconsistencies in messaging about care creates stress and anxiety for patients and families
    Consistent and repeated education about human milk and breastfeeding being essential especially during this time of COVID-19
    Social distancing has had a negative impact on the support that new mothers receive from their families as well as in person breastfeeding support groups
    Mothers reported missing time with their families and the ability to participate in support groups that are held in person
    Telehealth may play a role in the future of evidence-based lactation care for some issues, however in-person technical support is irreplaceable

The article, “Birth and Breastfeeding in the Hospital Setting During the COVID-19 Pandemic,” published in The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing, is available online. on this link: https://journals.lww.com/mcnjournal/Abstract/9000/Birth_and_Breastfeeding_in_the_Hospital_Setting.99790.aspx

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