Presentation Information

Shonte' Terhune-Smith

Bridging the Gap: Case Studies in Community Based Lactation Care

  • Speaker: Shonte' Terhune-Smith , BS, IBCLC
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  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 Nursing CEU, 1 CME, 0.1 Midwifery CEU, 1 Dietetic CEU

While breastfeeding initiation rates have increased over the years, there continues to be disparities in duration rates, specifically amongst black and brown families. After families are discharged from the hospital, there is a gap in connecting with equitable outpatient resources. Follow-up appointments after hospital discharge may be days or sometimes weeks away and in that time, difficulties with latching, engorgement, weight loss, and other issues, can spiral out of control. This presentation will demonstrate how these gaps can be bridged with referrals and partnerships with hospitals and providers, with case studies that show how they can positively impact breastfeeding outcomes.