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Right from the start: Supporting effective breastfeeding in the first 24 hours of life

by Miranda Buck, RN, MPhil, IBCLC
  • Duration: 1439 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 R-CERP, .1 Midwifery CEU
  • Learning Format: Webinar
  • Handout: No
  • Origin: Midwifery 2015
Abstract:

More than 90% of Victorian mothers initiate breastfeeding but the number of women breastfeeding their babies decreases quickly.During the first two days of life more than half of women experience problems with latching and feeding their babies.By three months of age only half of Victorian babies are fully breastfed. In a survey of 729 Australian women with gestational diabetes 97% reported ‘ever’ breastfeeding but only 19% had breastfed for ≤ 3 months.A combination of lack of effective support and incorrect advice often results in women experiencing breastfeeding problems.Our study of first time mothers found that 80% experienced nipple pain in the early weeks and 60% had nipple damage.

Babies are capable of effective breastfeeding, but too often their innate abilities are disrupted by hospital practices. In this session I will explain how I work with new mothers and their babies to overcome the disruptions of medicalised births and allow babies to breastfeed themselves. Using illustrations and examples from practice I will provide midwives with tools to support breastfeeding in birthsuite and the early hours following birth. I will show how applying the science of neonatal behaviour helps us to understand what new mother baby dyads need to transition to successful breastfeeding. This session will translate research into practice and demonstrate how we can transform outcomes for mothers and babies with small changes in practice in the first 24 hours after birth.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Discuss the innate ability of babies to seek out the breast and successfully attach
Objective 2: Explain how hospital practices can disrupt early feeding behaviours
Objective 3:describe the series of movements and behaviours typically seen in mother-baby dyads who successfully initiate  breastfeeding

Presentations: 18  |  Hours / CE Credits: 17.25  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks