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Looking Both Ways: Taking Wisdom from the Past Into the Future

by Barbara Wilson-Clay, BSEd, IBCLC
  • Duration: 1439 Mins
  • Credits: 1.25 CERP, 1.25 L-CERP
  • Handout: No

Pioneer researchers, clinicians, and breastfeeding advocates laid the foundations for modern lactation science. Many of their names are now forgotten, although they sounded the alarm about the risks of bottle feeding early in the last century and deplored the trend away from breastfeeding. Their dedication contributed to the development of the WHO Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes in 1981, and their research contributed to the scientific basis for today's clinical practices. Thanks to advances in both science and technology we are now able to help many more mothers nurse their babies. However, enormous economic disparities exist between communities, and access to care and equipment varies widely. Technologies that we depend upon to support breastfeeding are unavailable in many areas. Even in normally secure communities, large footprint natural disasters, wars, refugee crises and unforeseen events can disrupt lives. However, no matter the circumstances mothers continue to give birth and newborns must receive adequate early immunological protection, warmth, and nutrition if they are to survive. Therefore, it is important to look back at some of the low tech solutions of the past and preserve this knowledge in our tool kits so that we know how to protect breastfeeding when the lights go off.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Learners will discuss the importance of communicating with emergency services agencies the need to train first responders in basic breastfeeding support.
Objective 2: Learners will describe the benefits of hand expression and spoon/cup feeding when access to clean water and sterilization methods are limited.
Objective 3: Learners will describe how to use a glass bottle to express milk from an engorged mother.
Objective 4: Learners will discuss the benefits of skin-to-skin care in emergency situations. Case study of low-tech management of preterm twins in Guinea, Africa

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