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Gift Training
  • Hospitals that are enrolled with The Gift receive online and off-line training for hospital staff.
  • To access The Gift Train-the-Trainer and Technical Assistance webinar recordings, enrolled hospitals can visit the “Resources for Enrolled Facilities” section of the website, by clicking here.

Current recommendations for Zika virus, lead exposure and breastfeeding

The CDC has issued information about pregnancy and the Zika virus, as well as interim guidelines for infants with possible congenital Zika virus infection, encouraging breastfeeding of infants even in areas where Zika virus is active. Available evidence demonstrates that the benefits of breastfeeding outweigh any harm believed to be associated with transmission in human milk. … Continue reading “Current recommendations for Zika virus, lead exposure and breastfeeding”

New breastfeeding research

The leading medical journal, The Lancet, recently released a new Series on Breastfeeding. The series features two papers that utilize three decades worth of breastfeeding research to describe global trends of breastfeeding, short and long term health consequences for mother and child, the importance of investing in breastfeeding, and the effectiveness of various promotion interventions. Similarly, the … Continue reading “New breastfeeding research”

Community breastfeeding trainings: Coffective offline presentation platform

Learn the theory behind evidence-based maternity care practices as well as tips and tricks for how to effectively prepare mothers prenatally to receive these practices at the hospital. Provides an opportunity for networking among various community breastfeeding stakeholders. Click here to see the schedule of Community Breastfeeding Trainings. Contact Betsy Dancisak at Betsy.Dancisak@la.gov, RSVP required.

Ochsner Baptist to open Louisiana’s first donor human milk bank

Ochsner Baptist recently received approval from the Human Milk Banking Association of North America to begin the development of the first donor human milk bank in Louisiana. Human milk is the standard food for infants and young children, but breast milk is especially crucial to vulnerable premature babies as it significantly decreases the odds of life-threatening complications and infections. In situations where … Continue reading “Ochsner Baptist to open Louisiana’s first donor human milk bank”