Hospital Drops Baby-Friendly Program After Doctor’s Baby Was Harmed

Written by an anesthesiologist and Intensivist physician “The biggest achievement of my life as a physician was stopping my hospital’s Baby-Friendly program after my child was harmed.” It was September 20th, and we were headed to the hospital for my induction.  I was nervous, as any first-time mother would be. I was worried that I … Continue reading Hospital Drops Baby-Friendly Program After Doctor’s Baby Was Harmed

U.S. Study Shows Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative Does Not Work

by Christie del Castillo-Hegyi, M.D. On October 14, 2019, the Journal of Pediatrics published astonishing findings regarding the effects of the Baby-Friendly hospital certification on sustained breastfeeding rates as defined by the 2020 Healthy People Goals of:  any breastfeeding at 6 and 12 months exclusive breastfeeding at 3 and 6 months.  They did so by … Continue reading U.S. Study Shows Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative Does Not Work

Italian Doctor Talks About Her Daughter Starving In A Baby-Friendly Hospital And Clinic Under The Care Of IBCLCs

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

We Were Awarded A Malpractice Financial Settlement Because My Baby Suffered From Starvation In A BFHI Hospital

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

Breastfeeding increases the risk of newborn readmission. Now what do we do?

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?

Information for Hospitals: Ensuring Safety for Breastfed Newborns

RE: Newborn Patient Safety Issues due to the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative  To the Hospital Leadership: We are writing to you as the Co-Founders of the Fed is Best Foundation (fedisbest.org), a national non-profit organization dedicated to promoting safe breastfeeding practices and policies. We do this by providing families and health professionals peer-reviewed evidenced-based education on … Continue reading Information for Hospitals: Ensuring Safety for Breastfed Newborns

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Letter to Doctors and Parents About the Dangers of Insufficient Exclusive Breastfeeding and the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative

(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 to you because my child fell victim to newborn jaundice, … Continue reading Letter to Doctors and Parents About the Dangers of Insufficient Exclusive Breastfeeding and the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative

Exclusively Breastfed Newborns Have Double the Risk of Being Rehospitalized

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.[1] They included newborns who … Continue reading Exclusively Breastfed Newborns Have Double the Risk of Being Rehospitalized

Why the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Guidelines for “Medically Necessary” Supplementation Make the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative Unsafe

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

Dear Parents, Did You Know Just 2 Teaspoons Of Supplementation Can Protect Your Baby And Your Breastfeeding Journey?*

Written by: The Fed Is Best Foundation IBCLC Team There have now been six studies showing that in some infants, a little bit of supplementation with two teaspoons (10 mL) of formula or donor breast milk after nursing had no effect on long-term breastfeeding. One study showed it prevented hospital readmissions in all of the supplemented … Continue reading Dear Parents, Did You Know Just 2 Teaspoons Of Supplementation Can Protect Your Baby And Your Breastfeeding Journey?*