Evidence-based websites can be hard to find, especially for expecting and new parents inundated with opinions and advice on "What's Best for Your Baby." Add in our current public health situation where coronavirus news is constantly evolving, and parents can access thousands of websites with conflicting information. Below are our Nurses favorite evidence-based sites for newborn and postpartum care to help parents separate baby care fact from fake news.
Covid19 Updated Info: The National Perinatal Association has compiled essential information and resources for pregnant and breastfeeding moms, parents, healthcare providers and educators in the perinatal space. Coronavirus medical information is continually updated as well as listings of community assistance and mental health resources.
Medication Safety: LactMed Database - Searchable database of medications that are safe to take while pregnant or nursing. If a medicine is deemed unsafe, the site suggests alternatives. All data are derived and updated from scientific literature and fully referenced.
A common question we hear at LMS is "Can I take my allergy meds if I'm nursing?" The answer is usually yes but The National Institute for Health’s LactMed Database tells nursing mothers which medications are safe to take while breastfeeding and which are not. For mothers given medications unexpectedly after birth or as a result of pregnancy related anxiety or depression, this database names safe alternatives to medications which may be contraindicated during nursing.
Breastfeeding: The International Breastfeeding Centre’s Breastfeeding Videos - The IBC library is incredible- it includes real-life, instructional videos to help nursing mothers with early breastfeeding. Demonstrations of what good drinking looks like, how to distinguish “nibbling” from efficient nursing and how to tube feed are just a few examples.
Medical Questions: Up To Date - is essentially a more detailed and non-commercial version of WebMD. It's aimed at medical professionals and clinicians but anyone can access the site. This is the site to use when you want data and studies to explain why and how an issue arises, and how to help. For example, searching infant reflux shows a basic clinical explanation but then lists over 20 data points including why reflux happens, different types of reflux and how to manage each one.
Soothing: “The Hold” - Dr. Robert Hamilton's video of his miracle method to soothing babies has over 30 million YouTube views! This video shows exactly how the popular pediatrician helps babies feel calm and stop crying.
Sleeping: The Sleep Lady's Free Guide to Sleep Training offers a "gentle, proven method to get a good night's sleep for you and your child." The guide is available for download and has been used for over 20 years!