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In The News, Winter 2018 - 2019: Delaying Baths for Newborns Increases Breastfeeding Rates

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Bathing newborns within two hours of birth is no longer a standard practice at the Cleveland Clinic’s hospitals, after the nursing team at Hillcrest Hospital found that delaying the first bath until at least 12 hours postpartum increased breastfeeding rates. The change in policy, which began in April 2016, was initiated in response to mothers coming into Hillcrest and making the request on their written birth plans. The nursing team then compared 500 babies who were bathed immediately after birth with 500 who were bathed at least 12 hours later, and found that in-hospital breastfeeding...

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