Associations of drugs routinely given in labour with breastfeeding at 48nbsphours analysis of the Cardiff Births Survey - - BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology
S Jordan,a S Emery,b A Watkins,c JD Evans,d M Storey,G Morganf
BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Volume 116, Issue 12 (p 1622-1632)
Accepted 4 May 2009. Published Online 1 September 2009.
Breastfeeding rates drop when labouring women are given epidurals, intramuscular narcotics and third stage oxytocics. More evidence for maternity care that is mother friendly, that is, continuity of care by a midwife the woman knows, trusts and feels safe with. The hormones associated with feeling safe are prophylactic, that is, they keep women's physiology working well. When women feel safe, cared for and supporting in pregnancy and birth, they have their inner 'high' from healthy chemicals made by their own bodies. Amazing how the chemistry works. Bring on the changes to maternity care! It's a human rights issue for women and their babies
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