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Use of Telehealth to Increase Breastfeeding Exclusivity and Duration

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Use of Telehealth to Increase Breastfeeding Exclusivity and Duration

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In this Clinical Lactation article you'll learn about:
  • Telehealth is a rapidly growing healthcare modality that can be utilized to deliver breastfeeding education and support.

  • The review was conducted using five electronic databases to search English language articles related to telehealth and breastfeeding from 2009 to 2016. More research is needed to determine which specific modalities are most effective.

  • Despite the well-known benefits, only 22.3% of newborns are exclusively breastfeeding at 6 months in the United States. This is below the Healthy People 2020 target goal of 25.5%. Many strategies to achieve this goal have been studied including telehealth and lay and professional support.

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