Safe Infant Feeding and Maternal Mental Health

Welcome to our infant feeding Educational resources page!

Here, you’ll find a variety of materials intended to support you in best feeding your newborn and some materials to help your clinicians best support you in doing so. Please check back from time to time as we’re working to expand this section to include comprehensive feeding information for all types of feeding plans – breastfeeding, formula feeding, pumping, bottle, tube, syringe, and cup feeding too.

We are proud to say the Fed Is Best Foundation is committed to educating and supporting parents in choosing the right feeding options for their babies while protecting their mental well-being.

Click below for more information, and please check back from time to time, as we’ll be adding information regularly.

Click here: WHY FED IS BEST: FROM ONE THERAPIST’S POINT OF VIEW.

Disclaimer:  This resource page does not replace in-person physician evaluation and treatment.  It is meant to inform parents of the most recent data regarding infant feeding and to increase their knowledge on how to protect their newborns from hyperbilirubinemia, dehydration, hypernatremia, hypoglycemia, and extended or repeat hospitalizations due to complications from underfeeding.  Earlier supplementation may be needed for babies who are premature or have medical conditions. It is recommended that a parent seek evaluation by a physician trained in newborn care for any concerns regarding the health and safety of her baby if they arise.

 

NYT Parenting: How to Breastfeed in the First 2 Weeks of Life

Our very own Co-Founder, Jody Segrave-Daly, was invited by the New York Times to write a safe, evidence-based, balanced guide to breastfeeding for their new New York Times Parenting page. Here is her amazing guide to breastfeeding the first two weeks of life.

A Brief History of Infant Formula

by Dr. Chad Hayes, Pediatrician and blogger, Chadhayesmd.com In the beginning, there was breastfeeding…and that was pretty much it. If that didn’t work out, your baby died. Apparently, some people find infant mortality objectionable, so over the past several thousand years, we’ve come up with other solutions. And, given the number of women who died … Continue reading A Brief History of Infant Formula

Daily Milk Calculator for Infants – How Much Breast Milk and/or Formula Does My Baby Need?

The following is a tool to help calculate your infant’s daily milk requirement to maintain their body weight plus what they need for growth, whether they are fed breast milk, formula or both. The calculator uses the daily energy requirement of infants published by the  Food and Agriculture Organization/World Health Organization/ United Nations University (FAO/WHO/UNU) upon which … Continue reading Daily Milk Calculator for Infants – How Much Breast Milk and/or Formula Does My Baby Need?

A Formula for Success: The List (a comparison of commercial infant formulas)

By Dr. Chad Hayes, Pediatrician and Blogger Chadhayesmd.com This is an extensive list of commercial infant formulas, along with a brief description of each. This list is meant to be used in conjunction with A Formula for Success: The Ultimate Guide to Infant Formulas. If you haven’t read it yet, please do; this list will … Continue reading A Formula for Success: The List (a comparison of commercial infant formulas)

Manual Expression of Breast Milk Video Instruction From Stanford Medicine

This is a very useful instructional video on hand expression of breast milk presented by Stanford Medicine.  Hand expression can be used to confirm the present of colostrum before the first breastfeeding session and at every session thereafter.  It can be done while nursing to help moms empty their breasts of colostrum/milk and to help … Continue reading Manual Expression of Breast Milk Video Instruction From Stanford Medicine

Fed is Best Weighing Protocol

Why weigh my baby in the first days of life? The most important information an exclusively breastfeeding mother must know is the percent weight loss of her child. In the first days of life, if your baby is fed only colostrum, they will often lose weight. The current guidelines by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) … Continue reading Fed is Best Weighing Protocol

Dangers of Insufficient Exclusive Breastfeeding Presented at the First Coast Neonatal Symposium

Dr. Christie del Castillo-Hegyi was invited to present her research on the brain- and life-threatening consequences of insufficient feeding of exclusively breastfed newborns at the First Coast Neonatal Symposium held by the Department of Neonatology at the University of Florida at Jacksonville on April 24, 2017.  Here is the video of the lecture presented. Note: … Continue reading Dangers of Insufficient Exclusive Breastfeeding Presented at the First Coast Neonatal Symposium

Knowing if Your Newborn is HUNGRY and Needs Urgent Evaluation / Supplementation

Complications related to underfeeding of exclusively breastfed newborns are the leading causes of newborn hospitalizations in the world. These complications include jaundice, hypoglycemia and dehydration, all conditions that are prevented with adequate and timely supplementation when breast milk is not enough. Every mother can protect her child from these complications by knowing the signs of … Continue reading Knowing if Your Newborn is HUNGRY and Needs Urgent Evaluation / Supplementation

Second Night Syndrome: How a Breastfed Baby Develops Complications

Complication of insufficient feeding in exclusively breastfed newborns, like hyperbilirubinemia and hypoglycemia are common. The early signs of those complications are frequent or constant crying and prolonged or unsatisfied nursing (where baby latches and unlatches in response to insufficient milk at the breast). These signs are also called the Second Night Syndrome, which put an infant … Continue reading Second Night Syndrome: How a Breastfed Baby Develops Complications

Feeding Your Baby—When Supplementing Saves Breastfeeding and Saves Lives

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 Feeding Your Baby—When Supplementing Saves Breastfeeding and Saves Lives

From the American Academy of Pediatrics: Warning Signs of Breastfeeding Problems

Warning Signs of Breastfeeding Problems Natural as the breastfeeding process is, problems can occasionally arise. When they do surface, they may grow worse very quickly and interfere with your milk production or your baby’s ability to get the nutrition she needs. For this reason, it’s vital to get help right away if you experience difficulty … Continue reading From the American Academy of Pediatrics: Warning Signs of Breastfeeding Problems

WHO Guide on Safe Preparation of Formula or Cow’s Milk for Infants

For many families in the world, when a mother cannot produce sufficient breast milk, her child is at risk of malnutrition and starvation. Even one episode of starvation can compromise a child’s vital organs and brain development irreversibly. The World Health Organization has prepared this guide on SAFE preparation of breast milk substitutes for families … Continue reading WHO Guide on Safe Preparation of Formula or Cow’s Milk for Infants

What Kind Of Water Is Safe For Mixing Formula Powder For My Baby?

Written by Jody Segrave-Daly, MS, RN, IBCLC Great question! Educational resources that parents have access to often give them mixed messages about safe formula preparation.  To answer the many questions we receive, we developed an up-to-date evidence-based resource guide for parents about safe formula feeding. We start with water sources available to parents in the … Continue reading What Kind Of Water Is Safe For Mixing Formula Powder For My Baby?

Questions to Ask Your Health Providers to See if They Believe That Fed is Best

Mothers have reported feeling unprepared for their birth and postpartum experiences and that their newborns experienced complications from underfeeding due to excessive pressure to exclusively breastfeed.  It is important to know your health providers, their perspectives on infant feeding, supplementation and keeping your baby safe from complications and hospitalization.  These are a list of questions … Continue reading Questions to Ask Your Health Providers to See if They Believe That Fed is Best

Writing Your Hospital and the Joint Commission About Your Baby’s Feeding Complications

Every year, thousands of infants in every country are hospitalized for complications due to underfeeding from exclusive breastfeeding including dehydration, hypoglycemia and excessive jaundice. Many families leave these experiences traumatized and some babies are irreversibly injured. The only way hospitals and health organizations responsible for patient safety know to make their infant feeding policies safer is … Continue reading Writing Your Hospital and the Joint Commission About Your Baby’s Feeding Complications