An analysis in Cochrane Library of dozens of studies found women who received breast-feeding support were about 8% less likely to stop breast-feeding before their infants were 6 months old, compared with women who did not get support. The study found women who got support also were more likely to be exclusively breast-feeding at six months.
Infants exposed to secondhand smoke early in life had a higher risk of developing food allergies, researchers reported at the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology's annual meeting. Secondhand smoke especially increased the risk of egg and peanut allergies, researchers said.
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The CDC has cautioned women who used 12 sperm banks in South Florida to consider being tested for the Zika virus. Collections from as far back as June 15 have the potential to carry the virus, according to the agency. CDC also warned that men from three Florida counties should refrain from donating sperm because of a small risk of spreading the virus.
Primary prevention strategies, such as providing access to contraception and family planning and prescription drug monitoring programs for mothers using opioids, could help curb neonatal abstinence syndrome, CDC researchers wrote in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The report also said pregnant women with opioid use disorders should receive interventions such as medication-assisted treatment with buprenorphine or methadone.
Nutrition experts say some less-common healthy first foods for babies include preparations of beef, liver, avocado, nut butters, fish and beans. Registered dietitian nutritionist Wendy Jo Peterson said juices from beef are an excellent source of iron and mashed avocado provides magnesium, potassium and essential fatty acids.
This is your opportunity to serve as a leader and support the professional needs of neonatal nurses and practitioners. Lend your voice, expertise, and experience to affect positive for neonatal nurses, patients, and their families. NANN is seeking nominations for President-Elect, Director-at-Large (2), and Staff Nurse Director-at-Large. NANNP is seeking three council members. Learn more about the positions and apply today!
Striving to build the research capacity of neonatal nurses, NANN's Small Grants Program assists in alleviating costs for research projects and connects those with little or no research background with experienced researchers to enhance their skills and promote project success. Are you looking to further your neonatal research, or begin your own evidence-based project, but need financial assistance or a research mentor? The deadline to submit your grant application is Friday, March 31, 2017 at 3:59 p.m. CST. Please contact the NANN office with questions or to request additional information.