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126538 - Focussed Clinical Breastfeeding Support

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This educational activity teaches and assesses a set of core clinical competencies in clinical breastfeeding support, detailed in the Core Competencies for Neuroprotective Developmental Care (NDC) Handbook. The gestalt approach is based upon ultrasound studies of breastfeeding babies' suck and swallow. The activity aims to ensure you acquire a set of focussed clinical skills for identifying and effectively assisting with a wide range of breastfeeding problems in time-constrained environments. This activity is part of the pathway to accreditation in Community-based Neuroprotective Development Care, an integrated, evidence-based approach to the care of parents and babies.

Relevance to General Practice

Although 96% of Australian women want to breastfeed their baby at birth, by the end of the first 3 months, only 39% are able to do so without introducing formula. Breastfeeding problems and nipple pain increase a mother’s risk of postnatal depression. Parents complain of receiving a great deal of conflicting advice when they seek help for breastfeeding problems and related unsettled infant behaviour. Significantly, the research demonstrates that current clinical approaches to fit and hold (‘latch and positioning’) do not improve breastfeeding outcomes, and there has been an exponential increase in rates of frenotomy consistent with overtreatment. Health professionals seeing breastfeeding pairs need the skills to identify underlying fit and hold and other problems, and offer focussed management. This activity teaches the steps of gestalt breastfeeding, derived from the latest ultrasound studies of infant suck and swallow, and the essentials of comprehensive breastfeeding support.

Learning outcomes
  • Describe the steps your practice will take to ensure women with newborns who have breastfeeding problems are seen the same day or within 24 hours
  • Demonstrate a focussed infant oromotor and tongue function assessment
  • Identify five signs when a woman is breastfeeding which help you diagnose suboptimal fit and hold
  • Demonstrate the biomechanics of infant suck and swallow in effective pain-free breastfeeding using a demonstration video and a knitted breast.
  • Detail 4 steps to help a woman discover the power of micro-movements during breastfeeding.
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    126538 - Focussed Clinical Breastfeeding Support
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    6 hours
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