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Elizabeth Kirst Smith

Palliative Care: Why and How to Provide Lactation Support During Serious Illness or Before an Anticipated Death

Abstract:

In this presentation you will learn about palliative care, hospice, and anticipated death in the early newborn period and why breastfeeding is still important. We will explore the benefits both nutritionally and psychologically for the family experiencing this difficult situation. Using the story of the family who inspired the presenter to explore the options and choices, participants will gain a better understanding of ways to look outside their usual practice to be a support for families. In times of anticipated death and bereavement, it is sometimes difficult to know what to do or say but being open to learning from others and challenging ourselves to be support in different situations, we have an opportunity to help families heal.