I gave birth to my daughter three months ago (vaginal delivery) after prolonged labour. I had been ill the week before, unable to walk, stand, or sleep (I had been to the emergency room several times for pain in my left iliac fossa; they ordered exams, but no diagnosis came up), so I was already … Continue reading Italian Doctor Talks About Her Daughter Starving In A Baby-Friendly Hospital And Clinic Under The Care Of IBCLCs
By A Mother from the Fed is Best Community who wishes to remain anonymous This is my baby girl in NICU. She developed a high fever, jaundice, and dehydration with a 10.1% weight loss 56 hours after birth while exclusively breastfeeding in a ‘Baby-Friendly’ hospital. During our stay, the hospital pediatrician saw my baby twice … Continue reading We Were Awarded A Malpractice Financial Settlement Because My Baby Suffered From Starvation In A BFHI Hospital
The Pediatric Insider 2019 Roy Benaroch, MD An August 2018 paper in Academic Pediatrics found an unsettling conclusion: breast-fed newborns have about double the risk of needing to be hospitalized in their first month of life, compared to babies who were formula-fed. The numbers are solid, and they jibe with the real-life experience of many … Continue reading Breastfeeding increases the risk of newborn readmission. Now what do we do?
Among the leading causes of newborn extended and repeat hospitalizations are complications of insufficient feeding in exclusively or near-exclusively breastfed newborns. The most common reasons for insufficient feeding are due to insufficient colostrum/breast milk production and delayed onset of copious milk production. Insufficient feeding results in the complications of excessive weight loss, dehydration, hyperbilirubinemia, hypernatremia, … Continue reading Information for Hospitals: Ensuring Safety for Breastfed Newborns
(En español) Dear Colleague and Parent: My name is Christie del Castillo-Hegyi and I am an emergency physician, former NIH scientist, with a background in newborn brain injury research at Brown University, and mother to a 6-year-old child who is neurologically disabled. I am writing you because my child fell victim to newborn jaundice, hypoglycemia and … Continue reading Letter to Doctors and Parents About the Dangers of Insufficient Exclusive Breastfeeding and the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative
By Christie del Castillo-Hegyi, M.D. This week, the journal Academic Pediatrics, published a study conducted by the Newborn Weight Loss research group led by Drs. Valerie Flaherman and Ian Paul, which consisted of 143,889 healthy, term and near-term newborns born at the Baby-Friendly Northern California Kaiser Permanente hospital system from 2009-2013. They included newborns who … Continue reading Exclusively Breastfed Newborns Have Double the Risk of Being Rehospitalized
by Christie del Castillo-Hegyi, M.D., Co-Founder of the Fed is Best Foundation On September 22, 2017, senior members of the Fed is Best Foundation met with the top officials of the World Health Organization (WHO) Breastfeeding Program. We learned that the WHO has never studied the complications of the WHO Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding … Continue reading Why the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Guidelines for “Medically Necessary” Supplementation Make the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative Unsafe
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS Our goal is to respond to the many statements that have been made about the Fed is Best Foundation and to answer questions we receive about what the Foundation stands for. Unfortunately, our #FedIsBest phrase has been used incorrectly by others, and it’s important that we clarify what it means and doesn’t mean 6. Does the … Continue reading FAQs: Does The Fed Is Best Foundation Believe All Exclusively Breastfed Babies Need Supplementation?
by Alexandria Fischer, PhD candidate at the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, studying synthetic microbial communities It’s a mantra we have all heard, on repeat. “Breast is best.” But what does that really mean? Moms are bombarded by messages about the benefits of breastfeeding, such as increased intelligence, less illnesses, and a decreased risk of cancer. But … Continue reading An Evaluation Of The Real Benefits And Risks Of Exclusive Breastfeeding.
Jody Segrave-Daly, RN, MS, IBCLC Mothers are taught that it’s rare to not produce enough milk to exclusively breastfeed in nearly every breastfeeding book, mommy group, and hospital breastfeeding class. The truth is, we have limited studies that provide an accurate percentage of the number of mothers who can produce enough milk for their baby … Continue reading Feed Your Baby—When Supplementing Saves Breastfeeding and Lives