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The Baby's Not Gaining Weight! Now What?

by Barbara Robertson, BA, MA, IBCLC
  • 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:

Helping families determine if an infant is gaining weight appropriately in the first months after birth is an important part of a lactation consultants work. Being able to assess for the signs of a healthy, well-fed infant is critical to this work. If an infant is not gaining appropriately, calculating how much extra food the infant needs to grow properly, what this infant will be fed, identifying why this is happening, and providing possible solutions allows families to work on preserving breastfeeding while improving the breastfeeding relationship.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: The participant will be able to identify 5 ways of confirming good milk transfer.

Objective 2: The participant will be able to calculate how much supplement is appropriate if the infant does need calories.

Objective 3: The participant will be able to assess if lack of weight gain is caused by the infant, the parent or a combination of both and help the family create a plan that will help move them toward their breastfeeding goals while making sure the infant is well fed.

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