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Revised Breastfeeding Guideline Enhances Recommendations for Supporting

Monday, July 27, 2015  
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Revised Breastfeeding Guideline Enhances Recommendations for Supporting

Mothers of Vulnerable Newborns

AWHONN Expands Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Guideline for Breastfeeding


Washington, D.C., July 27, 2015— The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) announces the release of the third edition of their evidenced-based clinical practice guideline, “Breastfeeding Support: Preconception Care through the First Year.” Recommendations for supporting mothers of preterm and vulnerable newborns were expanded in this essential resource for nurses and other clinicians responsible for breastfeeding care, support, and education.


The third edition of The Guideline highlights AWHONN’s commitment to promoting evidence-based nursing practice and ensuring that breastfeeding is the normative standard for infant feeding and nutrition for term, preterm, and vulnerable infants. While 79% of mothers in the U.S. initiate breastfeeding, only about 19% of infants are breastfed exclusively during the first six months of life despite the many demonstrated health benefits. Research indicates that providing mothers with support and education can lengthen breastfeeding duration.


The updated Guideline is based on scientific research that incorporates the continually growing body of knowledge about the numerous maternal, newborn and societal benefits of breastfeeding, including Diane Spatz’s, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN “10 Steps for Human Milk and Breastfeeding for Vulnerable Infants.” The new edition also addresses preconception care and counseling through the baby’s first year of life, postpartum care, breastfeeding challenges, and issues returning to work or school. “Evidenced-based breastfeeding information for healthcare professionals is central to the education of new mothers. For hospitals preparing to achieve Baby-Friendly designation, The Guideline is an essential resource,” said AWHONN CEO, Lynn Erdman, MN, RN, FAAN. “Additionally, the expanded section of recommendations for supporting mothers of preterm and vulnerable infants provides an important enhancement for improving health outcomes for this special patient population.”


The Guideline also includes updated, comprehensive information about global and national breastfeeding promotion efforts. Research-based information addresses developmental and sociocultural factors that influence a woman’s decision to breastfeed so that clinical support is relevant to the mother’s specific needs. Purchase the “Breastfeeding Support: Preconception Care through the First Year EvidenceBased Clinical Practice Guideline” via the AWHONN online store.


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