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Phenylketonuria and Breastfeeding: Facts, Challenges and Reality

  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP, 1 Dietetic CEU
  • Learning Format: Webinar
  • Handout: No
  • Origin: GOLD Lactation
Abstract:

Breast feeding can be challenging in some special situations, phenylketonuria is one of these conditions that requires a lot of knowledge and support.

PKU is an inherited metabolic disorder that needs a special protein free diet to be followed lifelong, to grow normally, to avoid the irreversible and severe intellectual impairment and developmental abnormality. Years ago PKU was an absolute contraindication for breastfeeding, but with more research on the disease and the breast milk components, it is now strongly suggested to breastfeed a PKU baby along with his or her special phenylalanine free formula under close supervision from a dietitian and experienced breastfeeding supportive pediatrician. It is a difficult but achievable task, a prime example is my 3 PKU children who I managed to breastfeed for almost 2 years. Along with their PKU formula and special low protein diets they are enjoying healthy, normal mental and physical development.

Learning Objectives:

Objective 1: Describe PKU history, clinical manifestation, and neonatal screening;

Objective 2: Recognize the guidelines for PKU management and new areas of research;

Objective 3: Define maternal PKU, and its management;

Objective 4: Describe why breastfeeding is a choice for PKU baby feeding, and explain the feeding strategies, the challenges, and define the role of the lactation consultant in the management of this condition;

Objective 5: Outline a real-life case study of a successful experience


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Presentations: 29  |  Hours / CE Credits: 26  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks