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From the NICU to the home: mother’s experiences

by Paulina Erices, MS, IBCLC, IMH-E (r)
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP
  • Handout: No

Lactation consultants would benefit from expanding their understanding of the impact of the NICU stay on the family; moreover, they would benefit from identifying the essential role they could play in assisting families to accomplish a positive, healthy, and smooth transition home.
Despite continuing efforts to reduce prematurely worldwide, a significant number of infants are born too early or in a fragile medical condition. Many of these infants experience a lengthy stay at the NICU. Lactation support varies across facilities, but families, especially mothers, develop strong connections with their lactation consultant. As one of their most consistent providers in the NICU, the lactation consultant has the opportunity to recognize families’ need for continuing support after discharge and strategies to protect the breastfeeding relationship, attachment, and mental health in the long term.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Summarize three areas of concern reported by mothers regarding their transition from the NICU to home
Objective 2: To interpret the role of the lactation consultant as described by mothers
Objective 3: To identify protective factors in the mother-baby relationship as they transition from the NICU to the home
Objective 4: To discuss protective interventions to support families transitioning from the NICU to home

Presentations: 28  |  Hours / CE Credits: 25.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks