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125163 - Evidence-based Management of Breastfeeding, Crying and Sleep Problems (0-6 months): Neuroprotective Developmental Care

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This activity offers new evidence-based clinical skills (Community-based Neuroprotective Developmental Care) for assisting families whose baby has breastfeeding, cry-fuss or sleep problems. The programs include breastfeeding support based on a new biomechanical model of infant suck from ultrasound studies, a 5 domain approach to cry-fuss problems, and a parent-infant sleep approach that does not rely upon graduated extinction.

Relevance to General Practice

Parents complain of receiving a great deal of conflicting advice when they seek help for unsettled infant behaviour or breastfeeding problems, which exacerbates anxiety. Underlying breastfeeding problems often remain unidentified, even by breastfeeding support professionals, and the baby’s behaviours are typically inappropriately medicalised with diagnoses of reflux, oral ties (in the absence of classic tongue-tie), air swallowing, wind, lactose intolerance or allergy. 20% of families in the first few months of life present with excessive crying, but doctors report they’ve not been adequately trained to manage cry-fuss problems. In addition, the most commonly applied sleep-training approaches to parent-baby sleep problems have been shown in three systematic reviews to not decrease night-waking. Community-based Neuroprotective Developmental Care offers systematic approaches to these challenges, from a peer-reviewed and published evidence-base developed over the past 13 years.

Learning outcomes
  • Describe the steps your practice will take to ensure newborns with breastfeeding problems are seen the same day or within 24 hours
  • Identify two signs of infant positional instability during breastfeeding
  • Describe one element in each of the five domains of a Neuroprotective Developmental Care approach to a baby who cries and fusses
  • Detail 3 differences between first wave behavioural (sleep training) approaches and a Neuroprotective Developmental Care approach to infant sleep challenges.
  • Describe when it is appropriate to perform or refer for infant frenotomy
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    125163 - Evidence-based Management of Breastfeeding, Crying and Sleep Problems (0-6 months): Neuroprotective Developmental Care
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    6 hours
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    6 hours
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