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Lactation Support for Parents with Anorexia Nervosa

by Hope K. Lima, PhD, RDN, LRD, IBCLC by Karin I. Evans, MA, RD, LDN, CHES
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP, 1 Nursing Contact Hours, 1 CME, 0.1 Midwifery CEU, 1 Dietetic CEU
  • Handout: Yes
Abstract:

Anorexia nervosa (AN) is a clinical condition characterized by restriction of energy intake, fear of gaining weight or becoming fat, and body dysmorphia. As pregnancy and subsequent lactation are associated with changes in weight and body shape, it is important to consider the implications of a pre-existing or current diagnosis of AN during the postpartum period. The research examining the impact of body changes during pregnancy on individuals with a history of AN has mixed results; some show AN symptoms regress during pregnancy, while other results show a resurgence of AN symptoms. While there is limited evidence of the impact of AN on milk production, milk composition, and breastfeeding experiences of the parent, the evidence that we do have can help guide lactation consultants when providing care for the dyad during the fourth trimester. In this presentation, participants will learn about the diagnostic criteria and screening tools for AN, the impact of energy restriction and AN on milk supply and composition, and will participate in a exploration of the implications AN may have on dyad care.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Define diagnostic criteria for anorexia nervosa (AN).

Objective 2: Apply screening tools for AN and know who to refer to for further care.

Objective 3: List the impacts that underweight can have on lactation, including milk production and composition, experiences for the lactating parent, and potential implications for infant growth and development.

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Presentations: 29  |  Hours / CE Credits: 29.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks