Hospitals and birthing centers are proud to offer specialized breastfeeding care to parents in the immediate postpartum period. But what happens after those those parents and their babies are discharged … and breastfeeding hasn’t quite sorted itself out yet? Even when the teaching immediately after birth is spot-on and evidence-based … it often doesn’t “translate well” into conditions when the dyad returns home. Hear funny, poignant and thought-provoking case studies from an IBCLC and other lactation helpers who do home visits, and see families shortly after the birth. If you work with families in the first few days of life, this session will offer insight into hospital-based practices and teaching styles that “stick” with the family long after discharge. It will offer suggestions to improve post-discharge outcomes. If you work with parents who are back home with new babies, this session will offer suggestions for adapting the original care plan using collaborative (rather than contradictory) language.
After this session the attendee will be able to: 1. Describe at least three clinical breastfeeding situations, in the immediate postpartum period, that rarely persist after hospital discharge; 2. Provide a discharge plan for lactation that considers conditions when parent gets home, and incorporates contingencies for changing circumstances; 3. Learn three key phrases to use in discharge teaching at the hospital, and during community-based care, to assist the parents who are home with their baby; 4. Learn five reliable web-based resources for parents to use after discharge for assistance with breastfeeding issues.
This is an L-CERPs-eligible session as the content is focused on breastfeeding and human lactation, though ethics and conflicts-of-interest situations are discussed.