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    Breastfeeding During Disasters

    We have become accustomed to making preparations for bad weather, floods, and similar natural disasters. However, we rarely plan for emergency measures as it relates to breastfeeding, during these stressful times. Please note the following list of breastfeeding emergency preparations that are advised, if you find that you are involved in a disaster, where sanitary food and water is limited. 5 Things You Need to Know About Breastfeeding in Emergencies Hurricane season, in Alabama, can create disaster situations like we have recently seen in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. But hurricanes are not the only thing that can create disaster situations in our state. During emergencies, the life-saving protection of…

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    Letter to the Fed is Best Foundation

    2017-08-15-Joint-Letter-to-FIB-Fndtn Dear Colleagues: On August 15, 2017, we joined over 40 organizations in requesting a meeting with the co-founders of Fed is Best Foundation.  Fed is Best has engaged in a very public campaign that draws links between the practice of exclusive breastfeeding, as well as its education and promotion by health care providers, and the tragic deaths and injuries of babies.   While we disagree on the root cause of these tragedies, we believe it is in everyone’s best interest to engage in honest and constructive dialogue.  As such, the co-founders of Fed is Best were invited to discuss their positions with us and try to find common ground.…

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    Did You Know? Methadone Use While Breastfeeding

    The concentrations of methadone found in human milk are low, and that women on stable doses of methadone maintenance should be encouraged to breastfeed if desired, irrespective of maternal methadone dose.   Providers should ensure that the mothers are receiving the methadone through an approved methadone maintenance program and receive routine screening for other substances, and found to be free of all other substances of abuse.  The low dose of methadone in the breastmilk will not prevent symptoms of withdrawal but might lessen them in some infants. Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Clinical Protocol #21:  Guidelines for Breastfeeding and Substance Use or Substance Use Disorder, Revised 2015.