Presentation Information

Kathryn Stagg

Don't Let Us Fool You: Breastfeeding in Late Preterm and Early Term Babies

  • Speaker: Kathryn Stagg , IBCLC
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  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 Nursing CEU, 1 CME, 0.1 Midwifery CEU, 1 Dietetic CEU

Late preterm and early term birth is a barrier to establishing breastfeeding. These babies are often well enough to stay with their mothers and treated like a full term baby. Yet they are often sleepy, uncoordinated and inefficient at the breast leading to a higher chance of unstable blood sugar, weight issues, jaundice and low milk supply. This leads to a high rate of supplementation. Skilled breastfeeding support is the key to helping these babies breastfeeding effectively. This presentation will discuss anticipatory guidance in relation to an early birth, how to protect breastfeeding during the first few days and weeks, and how to move towards exclusive breastfeeding should supplementation be necessary.