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Kelly Durbin

Collateral Damage: Exploring the Impact of Routine Birth Interventions on Breastfeeding

  • Speaker: Kelly Durbin , M.Ed., IBCLC
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  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 Nursing CEU, 1 CME, .1 Midwifery CEU, 1 Dietetic CEU

Routine birth interventions have a complex relationship with breastfeeding initiation and continuation. Birth interventions, while sometimes necessary, can inadvertently create challenges for breastfeeding. Through an analysis of current research and evidence, this lecture examines the various types of birth interventions, such as induction of labor, maternal IV fluids, epidural anesthesia, instrumental delivery, and cesarean delivery, and their potential impacts on lactation initiation and breastfeeding. It explores the known physiological factors that can impede the establishment of breastfeeding in the critical early postpartum period.

Furthermore, this lecture will emphasize the importance of fostering a supportive environment for breastfeeding, and the use of evidence-based strategies to improve breastfeeding initiation, including the provision of comprehensive lactation support, counseling, and education. This lecture will explore strategies that are known to mitigate the negative impact of birth interventions on breastfeeding. In addition, this lecture will provide participants with a series of questions that can help lactation consultants facilitate conversations with clients that can reveal potential negative outcomes resulting from the birth experience.

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