Presentation Information

Dr. Virginia Thorley

Latch problems arising from mothers' fear response to anticipated pain

  • Speaker: Dr. Virginia Thorley , PhD, IBCLC, FILCA
  • Presentation Type:
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 Nursing CEU, 1 CME, 0.1 Midwifery CEU, 1 Dietetic CEU

Mothers who have experienced severe nipple pain when latching their babies may respond to their fear of pain with a behavior that causes the very pain they are trying to avoid. This presentation will provide information for identifying this behaviour, the process behind it, and how this flinching negatively impacts on latch. Strategies are provided to assist the clinician to assist the mother to recognize what she is doing and why, and teach her strategies using more than one of her senses to override the fear response. Finally, as nipple pain may have more than one cause, checking for common or uncommon co-morbidities is discussed.