Presentation Information

Kelsie Barta

Ethical Considerations for Early Postpartum Lactation Support

  • Speaker: Kelsie Barta , MS, FNP-C, IBCLC
  • Presentation Type:
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 Nursing CEU, 1 CME, 0.1 Midwifery CEU, 1 Dietetic CEU

Health professionals that interact with birthing parents and their infants in the first few days of life are uniquely positioned to impact lactation. In the context of the maternal guilt, shame, and stigmatization that can accompany infant feeding decisions, lactation professionals have an obligation to provide ethical care. This presentation will review the ethical guidelines of autonomy, nonmaleficence, and justice in the context of lactation support in the early postpartum period. Participants will be presented with strategies to mitigate harm, promote autonomous decision-making, and increase equity in lactation care. Based on these ethical principles, the extent of lactation promotion and language considerations will be discussed, as well as an in-depth look at the health professional’s ethical responsibilities when encountering cessation of exclusive human milk feedings.