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The Early Years Family Expo

This session is beneficial for maternity and pediatric healthcare professionals including primary care providers; hospital-based, clinic and public health nurses; breastfeeding consultants and counselors; dietitians; diverse WIC staff; childbirth and parent educators; La Leche League leaders; doulas; and other health workers who care for expectant women, breastfeeding mothers, and nursing infants. This session also provides valuable information for childcare providers so they can support breastfeeding parents in their journey.

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Friday, May 13, 2016
Campbell County Health Fifth Floor Classrooms 1 and 2

5:30-6:00 pm Registration and hors d’ oeuvres

6:00-7:30 pm Hot Topics in Breastfeeding Management for Primary Care Providers

A growing body of evidence confirms that the improved health outcomes associated with breastfeeding are dose-related, with exclusive breastfeeding for about six months conferring the maximum infant and maternal health benefits. Numerous studies have found a significant link between exclusive breastfeeding during the post-birth hospitalization and subsequent breastfeeding duration and exclusivity, including the likelihood of achieving mothers’ exclusive breastfeeding intention.

This presentation will equip PCPs to offer expectant and new mothers empowering information and to provide breastfeeding-friendly maternity services, assessment and management of early breastfeeding difficulties, and essential support to promote the establishment of exclusive breastfeeding. Topics to be addressed include:

  1. optimal maternity practices that promote the successful initiation of breastfeeding;
  2. the role of donor human milk during the post-birth hospitalization;
  3. prevention and management of breastfeeding jaundice;
  4. the recognition of clinically significant tongue-tie; and
  5. “prevention pumping” for at-risk newborns to ensure the establishment of an abundant milk supply.

Learning Objectives:

  • Promote and support exclusive and extended breastfeeding by encouraging prenatal breastfeeding education, reducing in-hospital formula supplementation, providing early assessment of breastfeeding dyads, and ensuring timely intervention for lactation problems.
  • Discuss the safety and advantages of using screened, processed donor human milk in achieving exclusive breast milk feeding among at-risk newborns.
  • Apply principles of lactation physiology in counseling breastfeeding women about establishing and maintaining adequate milk production.

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