HUG Newsletter Breastfeeding Week Five & Six

Here’s a trick for freeing up a block milk duct:

How to lose weight while breastfeeding:

  • The average mother burns 500 calories a day breastfeeding. Eat REAL FOOD (not chips and cookies) and you’ll your pregnancy weight.
  • For the calorie counter: Multiply you current weight x 15 and add 500. (135 pounds x 15 – 20,025 + 500 calories. If you are moderately active you may lose one pound every 2-3 weeks.

Identifying Active/Light and Still/deep Sleep will help you sleep better and meet your breastfeeding goals.

  • Active/Light Sleep: Baby wiggles, eyes open, makes sounds
  • Still/Deep Sleep: Baby has no eye movement, makes few sounds and is usually completely still
  • As newborns, babies seem programed to wake up at each Active Sleep cycle to breastfeed. However, once your breastfeeding is well established, many babies can return to Still/Deep Sleep if mothers will let them!
  • Click HERE to see what Active/Light and Still/Deep Sleep look like.

Getting out and about:

  • Most mothers will eventually want to pump and bottle feeding  even if only occasionally.

HUG Newsletter Breastfeeding Week Five & Six

Here’s a trick for freeing up a block milk duct:

How to lose weight while breastfeeding:

  • The average mother burns 500 calories a day breastfeeding. Eat REAL FOOD (not chips and cookies) and you’ll your pregnancy weight.
  • For the calorie counter: Multiply you current weight x 15 and add 500. (135 pounds x 15 – 20,025 + 500 calories. If you are moderately active you may lose one pound every 2-3 weeks.

Getting out and about:

  • Most mothers will eventually want to pump and bottle feeding  even if only occasionally.

Identifying Active/Light and Still/deep Sleep will help you sleep better and meet your breastfeeding goals.

Babies exhibit both “Active/Light” and “Still/Deep” Sleep

  • A/L Sleep: wiggles, eyes open, makes sounds
  • S/D Sleep: No eye movement, few sounds, completely still
  • Breastfeeding during A/L Sleep can damage nipples, over supply and frustrate mothers

HUG Newsletter Week Twelve

The “HatchingBaby”: She’s ‘Looking Out’ at the world!

Ming has so enjoyed the last few weeks at home with baby Bik. It had taken several weeks to establish breastfeeding, to figure out Bik’s schedule, and to get accustomed to the demands of being a new mom! She is proud of what she has accomplished and “over-the-top” happy with how Bik is doing. Ming worries less and laughs more. Life is more predictable now. 

The Science: What’s a three-month-old learning?

While the two-month-old may have been considered the “Settled-In” baby, the three-month-old might be seen as the “Looking Out” baby. She is a keen observer and a great explorer of the world.

WATCH THIS VIDEO to see the remarkable growth in a three-month-old’s cognitive, motor, and speech development.

“Ah-Ha” Moment: How The HUG’s  information helps this mother…

Ming enjoys reading and learning about a baby’s normal growth and development. She finds that knowing a bit more about a baby’s upcoming development makes a mom’s days even more fun. Ming notices that Bik started to open and relax her hand. So Ming watches for that fleeting grasp of a toy, the beginning of true, fine motor abilities. 

© HUG Your Baby 2018

 

HUG Research

 Published Articles and Research on HUG Your Baby:

 

The HUG: An Innovative Approach to Nursing Care

…published in MCN, 2007, 32(4):210-214. Describes the background used to develop The HUG. The three HUG Strategies: “Start Here, not There”, “See, then Share”, and “Gaze, then Engage”, are also discussed.

AuthorsJan Tedder, BSN, FNP and Nancy Register, MSN, FNP

 

Give The HUG: An Innovative Approach to Helping Parents Understand the Language of Their Newborn

…published in Journal of Perinatal Education, 2008, 17(2):14-20. Describes the medical and child development background used to develop HUG Your Baby. Case studies demonstrate the use of these concepts and materials with young families.

AuthorJan Tedder, BSN, FNP

 

Teaching for Birth and Beyond: Incorporating Online Learning about Newborn Behavior into the Training of Childbirth, Lactation, and Doula Professionals

…published in the International Journal of Childbirth Education, 2012, 27(3):65-68. This research shows that

100% of participants confirm (among other things) that:

  • “This program gave me helpful tools and strategies for teaching parents about newborn behavior.”
  • “This online learning format was easy to follow.”
  • “I would recommend this course to colleagues.”
  • Learn more about this research . . . 

Author: Jan Tedder, BSN, FNP, IBCLC 

 

Supporting Fathers in a NICU: Effects of the HUG Your Baby Program on Fathers’ Understanding of Preterm Infant Behavior 

…published in the Journal of Perinatal Education, 2013, 22(2):113-110. This study confirms that when fathers with preterm infants are taught the HUG Your Baby material their knowledge of infant behavior increases.   Learn more about this research . . .   

Authors: M. Kadivar and  Maryam Mozafarinia, RN, MSN  Learn more about this author. . . 

 

HUG Your Baby: Evidence Based Support Tool for Early Child Rearing

…published in the Japanese Journal of Nursing Education, 2013, 54(12):1114-1118. Reviews components of HUG Your Baby program, Japanese nursing faculty’s response to this program, and the potential of the HUG Your Baby’ program to positively impact young Japanese families.

Authors: Yoko Shimpuku, RN,CNM PHN,PhD, and Jan Tedder, BSN, FNP, IBCLC

 

Completed Research Pending Publication:

Effects of The HUG Educational Program on Stress of Fathers of Preterm Infants

… concludes that fathers exposed to The HUG experience decreased parental stress. Researcher: Maryam Mozafarinia, RN, MSN

 

HUG Your Baby: An Evidence-Based Strategy for Teaching Professionals How to Help Parents Understand the Language of their Newborn

The purpose of this study was to assess the effectiveness of HUG Your Baby’s one-day community-wide training and to tease out the difference between a professional’s ability to explain information and their ability to demonstrate that information. Results include:

  • Participants reported a 48% increase in confidence in their ability to explain newborn behavior to parents.
  • Participants reported a 32% increase in their confidence to demonstrate newborn behavior to parents.
  • Comparing initial learning to a one month followup revealed a persisting increase in knowledge of newborn behavior.

Researchers: Gale Touger, BSN, FNP, and  Maryam Mozafarinia, RN, MSN

 

Teaching Parents about Newborn Behavior: A Program to Enhance Home VIsitors’ Knowledge of Babies and Confidence to Teach
This research was conducted with home visiting educators from the Parents As Teachers (PAT) program. Findings include:

  • Educators participating in this educational program showed increased confidence to teach parents (significant at 95%).
  • Educators participating in this program showed increased knowledge about infant behavior (significant at 90-95%).
  • 95% of educators participating in this program rated high satisfaction with the program.
  • 92% of parents  participating in this program stated that it gave them information and skills that would improve their parenting.
  • Learn more about this research . . . 

Researchers: Jan Tedder, FNP, IBCLC, Jane Morrow, PhD, Maryam Mozafarinia, RN, MSN.

 

Research in Progress:

HUG Your Baby: Web-Based Program to Help Nursing Students Understand and Teach Parents about Infant Behavior.
The purpose of this study is to explore the effectiveness of the “HUG Your Baby: Helping Parents Understand Their Infant” web-based course as a tool to increase student nurses’ ability and confidence in: recognizing infant behaviors, interpreting those behaviors, and teaching parents to respond appropriately to infant behaviors.

Researcher: Kathy Alden, PhD, at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Nursing, Chapel Hill, NC, USA. Learn more this research. . .

 

The Impact of The HUG on High Risk Mothers’ Self-Efficacy

Researcher: Julee Waldrop, PNP, FNP, DNP, University of Central Florida, Orlando, Orlando Fl, USA. Learn more about author and this research . . .

 

Enhancing Parent Teaching of a Birth Center’s Patients

This study seeks to evaluate the impact of incorporating the HUG Your Baby program into both the continuing education of a birth center staff and the parent education of the birth center’s clients. Parent education included distributing The HUG parent education DVD, “Roadmap to Breastfeeding Success” handout, and a weekly e-newsletter series with attention to normal child development and breastfeeding. Participants in both the control and intervention groups were screened for postpartum depression and were evaluated for their confidence as mothers and their attitudes toward the birth center.

Researchers: Mary Decoster, MPH, IBCLC and Jan Tedder, BSN,FNP, IBLCL,

 

UNC Family Medicine Residents Teaching and Learning about Newborn Development

Research confirms a lack of adequate training of family physicians about normal child development and parent education. In hopes of developing comprehensive training of the UNC Family Practice residents, this researcher is evaluating the effectiveness of integrating a customized HUG Your Baby online training module into their curriculum. Both faculty and residents will receive and evaluate this teaching module.

Researcher: Julie Monaco, MD, UNC Department of Family Medicine