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Volume 16/Issue 5, September 2020

Changing referral patterns, reduced feeding-related problems and changes in breastfeeding during COVID-19

Anne E Bean, Caryl Skene, Eleanor Peirce, Simon J Clark,

Due to the current global pandemic, the maternity services at Jessop Wing, Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, have had to place restrictions on visitors to the hospital environment. During this time, we have seen a significant decrease in the number of term babies referred with common feeding-related problems, while also noting an increase in breastfeeding rates at discharge. We explore the possible reasons for this and what lessons may be learned.

Providing women with the time and space to be with their new baby, while being supported by their close support circle, facilitates the establishment of successful breastfeeding. A reduction in referrals to our Rapid Access Clinic, particularly for jaundice and weight loss, may be attributable to increases in successful breastfeeding.
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