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Addressing Pediatric Dental Health Concerns of Breastfeeding Families

by Joy MacTavish, MA, IBCLC, RLC, ICCE
  • Duration: 1439 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP
  • Handout: No
Abstract:

Dental caries are the most common chronic infectious disease of early childhood and new recommendations urge families to seek pediatric dental care at a younger age. For families who are practicing full-term breastfeeding and/or nocturnal breastfeeding (night-nursing), many are also reporting increased pressure to night-wean, wean completely, or otherwise incorporate care that is often not practical or evidence-based. A clear understanding of the research and realities of breastfeeding and the risks of dental caries, along with advocacy skills, are integral for breastfeeding families feeling confident in their breastfeeding relationship and their dental care. This presentation will compare the latest research and recommendations from the dental and lactation fields, as well as outline support strategies for assisting lactation clients as they understand the relevant information, communicate with their dental professionals, and make informed decisions about their breastfeeding relationships.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Analyze the latest research and recommendations from the dental and lactation fields as it pertains to breastfeeding and pediatric dental health.
Objective 2: Identify common concerns that breastfeeding families have about the risk of dental caries and communicating with their dental professionals.
Objective 3: Understand at least three (3) strategies for supporting client advocacy and decision-making to protect pediatric dental health while maintaining breastfeeding.

Presentations: 26  |  Hours / CE Credits: 24.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks