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Rethinking breastfeeding management: A patient-centered approach based on new guidelines

Scott, Allison; Kirkland, Tracie

The Nurse Practitioner. 48(3):11-19, March 2023.

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) now recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first 6 months of life. Nationally, however, breastfeeding rates are low, with Black infants among the least likely to be breastfed. The updated AAP breastfeeding policy guidelines emphasize an urgent need for a patient-centered approach to cultivate awareness of breastfeeding benefits and promote equitable care.

Sudden cardiac death in the young: An update for NPs

Doucette, Julianne; Rosenblum, Ruth

The Nurse Practitioner. 48(3):21-28, March 2023.

NPs can identify risk for sudden cardiac death in children during physical exams to prevent tragedy. The updated AAP 2021 policy statement on this issue provides guidance on using a combination of elements to determine and manage risk, including the organization's own 4-question screening tool, the American Heart Association 14-Element Preparticipation Cardiovascular Screening of Young Competitive Athletes, personal history, family history, physical exam, ECG, and cardiology referral as indicated.

Pediatric anxiety: An update for primary care NPs

Foreman, Ruth Madden; Zappas, Michelle

The Nurse Practitioner. 48(3):30-35, March 2023.

New guidelines for identifying anxiety in pediatric patients constitute important changes in screening for primary care providers, including primary care NPs. This article seeks to guide NPs in both following the screening guidelines and providing strategic care for patients and their families.

Vaccine hesitancy in prenatal women and mothers of newborns: Results of an interventional study

Hallas, Donna; Altman, Susan; Mandel, Elizabeth; More

The Nurse Practitioner. 48(3):36-47, March 2023.

The purpose of this study was to determine the effectiveness of a web-based, vaccine resource-directed, interactive communication intervention for vaccine-hesitant prenatal women and mothers of newborns/infants to make informed decisions based on scientific evidence about vaccinating themselves and their newborns/infants, respectively.