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From Galactocele to Getting Breastfeeding Back on Track: A Clinical Case Study

by Dyah Febriyanti, MD, IBCLC, FABM
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP, 1 Nurse Contact Hours, 1 CME
  • Handout: No

We report the case of a 36-year-old breastfeeding mother who presented with a giant galactocele, a painless lump in the left breast that grew rapidly over 18 days. It is theorized that inadequate breast emptying caused by the baby's tongue tie might have contributed to the galactocele development in the mother. In general, surgical drainage is required to resolve a galactocele, yet the procedure makes it difficult to maintain breastfeeding. In this case, the baby's latch was poor due to ankyloglossia. Inpatient care was coordinated amongst a surgeon, a pediatrician, and lactation specialists (IBCLC). This session will describe the care provided to this dyad which allowed them to continue breastfeeding despite undergoing multiple procedures.

Learning Objectives:

1. Describe recent updates about galactocele, particularly the giant ones.
2. Explain the relationship between tongue tie and its impact on the breastfeeding process.
3. Describe the comprehensive treatment for tongue tie's health consequences, including problems requiring surgery.

Presentations: 3  |  Hours / CE Credits: 3  |  Viewing Time: 6 Weeks