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Managing Low Weight Gain in the Exclusively Breastfed Baby

by Pamela Morrison, IBCLC
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP
  • Learning Format: Webinar
  • Handout: No
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In biological terms, successful breastfeeding demands that the baby survives and thrives on his mother’s milk. “Not-enough-milk” (either real or perceived) has long been recognized as the most common reason why mothers abandon breastfeeding. Ways to identify for the mother whether a baby is “getting enough” are discussed. The causes of inadequate breastmilk intake include physiological/anatomical conditions in mother/baby, poor lactation management or other more obscure causes. While planning interventions to enhance breastmilk production and improve infant intake, it is important to protect the baby’s nutritional status. Simultaneously implementing strategies to increase the mothers’ breastmilk supply while caring for a high-need baby can be immensely challenging. Each client will need constant support, reassurance and re-evaluation. Turning such a difficulty around, with the goal of eventually returning to exclusive breastfeeding, can be one of the most fulfilling and rewarding situations that an IBCLC can work with.

Learning Objectives:

1: Review the basic principles of maternal breastmilk synthesis and delivery to the infant.
2: Plot, compile and interpret an infant weight chart and full history in order to distinguish adequate from inadequate weight gain
3: Perform infant oral exam, breast exam and nursing exam to identify maternal/infant strengths or challenges relating to milk transfer.

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