Lots of wonderful brief articles in the AWHONN newsletter
Lots of wonderful brief articles in the AWHONN newsletter
Breastfeeding is one important way to decrease early toxic stress. Recent studies have shown that breastfeeding increases babies’ physical and mental well-being, and these effects go well beyond the composition of the milk. Maternal responsiveness is key to understanding these long-term effects. When mothers consistently respond to their babies’ cues, they set the stage for lifelong resiliency in their offspring. And responsiveness is built into the breastfeeding relationship. We see this reflected in children’s mental health.
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Please consider staffing a NC Breastfeeding Coalition-related exhibit or an exhibit of any other programs which would be of interest to the lactation community at the Triangle Breastfeeding Alliance conference on April 20th, 2017, at the WakeMed Andrews Center on New Bern Avenue. We are excited about our upcoming conference – this is our 15th year! Here are the topics that will be presented:
We do not have any for-profit exhibitors at our conferences; but instead allow time for our approximately 150 participants to network and interact with breastfeeding resource presenters. We are inviting people to display information about breastfeeding resources and/or research projects. You may come with a board to use on a table top or a poster on a tripod. Our call for exhibit abstracts is attached. As you can see, each presenter gets one free conference registration. However, you do need to complete the application to exhibit, please. Please submit an exhibit abstract no later than midnight on Monday, February 13th, 2017 firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition, we want to acquaint those new to the lactation community with all breastfeeding resources. If you do not wish to staff an exhibit, there will be an area where participants can pick up brochures or other handouts you might want to provide; so – if you can attend – please register online at www.wakeahec.org and bring them when you come. If you want to supply brochures but are not able to attend – please bring them to one of our TBA meetings before the conference. As you know, we meet the first Tuesday of each month from 1 – 3 in the conference room at the WakeMed Andrews Conference Center. Alternatively, you could send them to me at my address below.
We look forward to seeing you at the conference,
Mary L. Overfield, MN, RN, IBCLC – Chair
Triangle Breastfeeding Alliance
11608 Rutledge Bay
Raleigh, NC 27614
Danish researchers found that newborns whose serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D blood levels were in the highest quintile were least likely to develop multiple sclerosis in adulthood, while those whose 25(OH)D blood levels were in the lowest quintile had the highest odds of developing MS. The findings in Neurology were based on Danish Newborn Screening Biobank data involving 1,493 patients with and without MS.
Kristin Tully, PhD, of the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI), has been recognized with the Improving Human Health Award, presented by the North Carolina Translational & Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Tully is a research associate in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She also is the project manager of two federally funded research studies on infant sleep development (through the Center for Developmental Science) and a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Engagement Award on unmet maternal health needs (through the UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health and CGBI).
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Dr. Miriam Harriet Labbok (1949-2016)
Miriam Harriet Labbok, M.D., M.P.H., an internationally respected and influential
expert on breastfeeding and maternal and child health, died on August 13, 2016.
Faced with a sudden and demanding health challenge, she continued to inspire
family and friends with her tenacity, fortitude, and sense of humor.
Born in Trenton, NJ, Dr. Labbok graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and
received her M.D. and M.P.H. degrees from Tulane University. In her distinguished
40-year career she promoted the health and developmental benefits of
breastfeeding, particularly in the developing world, improving the lives of countless
mothers and children worldwide. Dr. Labbok recently retired from her posts as
Professor of Maternal and Child Health at the University of North Carolina Gillings
School of Global Public Health and as Director of the School’s Carolina Global
Breastfeeding Institute, of which she was the founder. She previously held positions
at UNICEF, USAID, and at The Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities. A
prolific researcher and writer, Dr. Labbok contributed to many textbooks on
maternal and child health and was an author of more than one hundred fifty
Dr. Labbok was a gifted and dedicated teacher and mentor, giving generously of her
skills and knowledge to students and colleagues in the US and abroad. She traveled
the world, spreading her commitment to healthy mothers and happy, thriving
babies. Her home was decorated with paintings and pottery she loved to collect, and
the many creative– and sometimes tasty– souvenirs she loved to buy in the course of
Dr. Labbok was a much-loved cousin, friend, and godmother, known for her incisive
intelligence, her ready laugh, and her ceaseless generosity. She is survived by her
loving sister Dorothy Labbok, also of Pittsboro, and many relatives, friends, and
Her funeral service will be held on Monday, August 15 at 2 PM at Judea Reform
Congregation, 1933 West Cornwallis Road, Durham, NC 27705.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to the The Miriam Labbok
Program Research CGBI Acceleration Endowment Fund at the Carolina Global
Breastfeeding Institute. Checks can be written to the Public Health Foundation and
sent to SPH Advancement, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, 107 Rosenau
Hall, Campus Box 7400, Chapel Hill, NC 27599. Please note “In Memory of Miriam
Labbok” on the check’s memo line.
Please share with any mothers who might be interested:
For my research, I must have a focus group of six to eight late preterm mothers who have used supplementation and pumping to help feed their breastfeeding late preterm infants. We will meet and critique a breastfeeding plan that I have designed and changes will be made per their suggestions. I have attached the flyer. There is compensation available for participating.
Earlier this year, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released recommendationson Screening for Depression in Adults. The Task Force recommends that clinicians screen ALL ADULTS for depression and notes that the evidence indicates that screening in the primary care setting is beneficial. Echoing the recommendations made by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists last year, the USPSTF highlights the importance of screening in populations at particularly high risk for depression: pregnant and postpartum women.
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Intrapartum drugs, including fentanyl administered via epidural and synthetic oxytocin, have been previously studied in relation to neonatal outcomes, especially breastfeeding, with conflicting results. We examined the normal neonatal behavior of suckling within the first hour after a vaginal birth while in skin-to-skin contact with mother in relation to these commonly used drugs. Suckling in the first hour after birth has been shown in other studies to increase desirable breastfeeding outcomes.
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