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#1 of 2 Old 06-20-2011, 02:40 PM - Thread Starter
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I've put together this very lovely module (aka powerpoint presentation) for our birth center's nursing staff on skin to skin contact immediately after birth. I want to include 'proof' that the nursing assessment (weight, length mostly...the visual assessment can of course be done while on mom's abdomen) in the face of a healthy appearing/sounding newborn, can wait until after the first breastfeeding session.

After hunting down something solid to reference for half an hour, I thought I'd just ask! Anyone know of any research I can point to?


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I don't have anything with an exact time quote, but the American Academy of Pediatrics' Policy Statement on Breastfeeding states that "The alert, healthy newborn infant is capable of latching on to a breast without specific assistance within the first hour after birth. Dry the infant, assign Apgar scores, and perform the initial physical assessment while the infant is with the mother. The mother is an optimal heat source for the infant. Delay weighing, measuring, bathing, needle-sticks, and eye prophylaxis until after the first feeding is completed."


The whole Policy Statement is here: http://aappolicy.aappublications.org/cgi/content/full/pediatrics;115/2/496


Hope that helps!

Rebecca, mama to Carter Elliot , 06 November 07, Holden Oliver, 10 November 09, and Harper Lucinda Amelie, 26 September 11 and someone new, coming at the end of September 2013.

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