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Beyond the Basics of Latch: Support strategies for helping babies when the basics aren’t enough

by Melissa Cole, MS, IBCLC
  • Duration: 540 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP
  • Learning Format: Webinar
  • Handout: No
  • Origin: goldlactation.com
Abstract:

In a perfect world, every baby would latch beautifully right after delivery and breastfeed happily ever after. In reality what we often see is that most moms and babies need a little help to get breastfeeding off to a good start. Many dyads need a lot of help. And a few mother/baby pairs need a miracle to breastfeed successfully. How can we best help those tough cases? There are many reasons babies struggle to latch and feed well. Some issues may include structural issues, physical discomfort, respiratory concerns, medical issues, digestive issues, poor feeding tool choices, prematurity, etc. Many providers are frustrated when they are unable to help a dyad latch and feed successfully. This presentation will covers some reasons why babies struggle to latch and breastfeed well. We will go over cases that portray challenging situations and the assessment techniques and care plan strategies that helped. This session is designed to help providers implement critical thinking skills in order to think outside the box when it comes to difficult cases.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1:Understand how to assess more complex breastfeeding situations
Objective 2: Identify the root cause(s) of the feeding issue at hand
Objective 3: Implement personalized care plans to help dyads coping with unique issues
Objective 4: Utilize critical thinking skills when supporting dyads through challenging feeding situations

Presentations: 6  |  Hours / CE Credits: 6  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks