This session will cover new thoughts on prenatal breast assessment and maternal support strategies in the prenatal period. Health professionals working with mothers in pregnancy have a unique chance to assess and discuss breastfeeding questions and concerns with clients in the prenatal period. There are many factors that can impact lactation success including certain health concerns, medications, breast development, endocrine issues, etc. Mother appreciate having thoughtful insight regarding these issues prior to delivery. In my clinical experience a resounding theme when breastfeeding issues arise from a condition that may have been identified prenatally is, “why didn’t anyone tell me?”. During this session, providers will learn how to assess breasts and nipples prenatally, identify potential red flags for lactation success and cultivate a meaningful dialog in order to discuss these concerns with the mothers they serve.
Note: This is a very popular session for birth and health care professionals working with mothers prenatally. So many times the only thing that gets asked of a mother prenatally in regards to breastfeeding is, “how do you plan to feed your baby?”. As professionals, we need to go beyond that and truly address potential lactation concerns in a meaningful way in order to empower mothers and optimize lactation outcomes. The ‘prenatal’ part of the title can be included or omitted depending on your target audience.