Breastfeeding taskforce

AAP: Hospital breastfeeding rates have dropped during the pandemic

THURSDAY, Oct. 13, 2022 (HealthDay News) — The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively impacted breastfeeding rates for newborns in the normal nursery at a single medical center, according to a study presented at the annual meeting. of the American Academy of Pediatrics, held October 7-11 in Anaheim, California.

John Wang, DO, of the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, and his colleagues compared breastfeeding rates between newborns at the LAC+USC Medical Center Newborn Nursery during the period pre-pandemic (born before April 2020; 913 infants) and during the pandemic (born April 2020 to April 2021; 763 infants).

The researchers found that although there were no significant differences in demographics between the two cohorts, there was an 11% decrease in the rate of exclusive breastfeeding and a 4% decrease in any breastfeeding during the period of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Although a task force was set up in our nursery immediately following this study to bring breastfeeding rates back to normal for our communities, many mothers and newborns missed the opportunity to benefit from the effects. of breastfeeding during the pandemic,” co-author Amy Yeh, MD, also of the Keck School of Medicine, said in a statement.

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