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Tongue-Tied and Troubled: A Breastfeeding Journey at Risk

by Christine Staricka, BS, IBCLC, RLC, CE
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP, 1 CME, 1 Dietetic CEU
  • Learning Format: Webinar
  • Handout: Yes
Abstract:

A suspected or diagnosed tongue-tie can throw a breastfeeding journey into immediate peril, with concerns over the baby's well-being most often discussed and debated. However, without an appropriate and intentional strategy for supporting the mother, the breastfeeding journey risks meeting an untimely, unplanned, and/or unsatisfactory end. The mental and emotional toll such a complex lactation situation can take on parents is wide-ranging in its effects, and it is critical to provide personalized and comprehensive counseling to restore a sense of empowerment and control to the mother as she makes continual decisions on how and whether to proceed with lactation and breastfeeding. Additionally, it is vital that indications of postpartum mood disorders are recognized and addressed as early as they appear. Lactation care providers can benefit from a clear framework for their fundamental responsibility to safeguard both the mother and child in a breastfeeding dyad. In this presentation we will explore ideas and themes that can guide the lactation care provider to ask the right questions at the right times in the specific context of tongue-tie so that they can offer effective counseling and care.

Learning Objectives:

1. Describe 3 characteristics of a lactation scenario involving tongue-tie which can trigger stress or strong emotions in the mother or lactating parent
2. Describe 3 behaviors which can be indicators of a need for screening for postpartum mood disorders
3. List 4 areas for questioning and counseling that lactation care providers should use to address common stressors in a lactation scenario involving tongue-tie

Presentations: 10  |  Hours / CE Credits: 10  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks