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The Impact of Birth Practices on Breastfeeding

by Linda Smith, MPH, IBCLC
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP, 0.1 Midwifery CEU
  • Handout: No

For breastfeeding to succeed, the baby must be able and willing to feed; the mother must be able and willing to let her baby nurse many hours a day and night; breastfeeding should be comfortable and pleasant for both; and circumstances and surroundings must support the dyad so the mother feels free to continue. Birth medications, procedures, and the attitudes of attendants can create significant barriers for the mother, baby, or both. This presentation focuses on mechanical forces and drugs that affect the baby’s ability to suck, swallow, and breathe during feeding.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Explain the origin of birth moving from home to hospitals related to current outcomes
Objective 2: Discuss risks of induction of labor to mother and baby
Objective 3: Discuss outcomes of Cesarean surgery to the breastfeeding mother and baby
Objective 4: Discuss risks of chemical pain relief methods including epidurals on breastfeeding
Objective 5: Discuss strategies to help breastfeeding dyads recover from birth interventions

Presentations: 22  |  Hours / CE Credits: 22.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks