Presentation Information

Linda Smith

The Impact of Birth Practices on Breastfeeding

  • Speaker: Linda Smith , MPH, IBCLC
  • Presentation Type:
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 Nursing CEU, 1 CME, 0.1 Midwifery CEU
Abstract:

For breastfeeding to succeed, the baby must be able and willing to feed; the mother must be able and willing to let her baby nurse many hours a day and night; breastfeeding should be comfortable and pleasant for both; and circumstances and surroundings must support the dyad so the mother feels free to continue. Birth medications, procedures, and the attitudes of attendants can create significant barriers for the mother, baby, or both. This presentation focuses on mechanical forces and drugs that affect the baby’s ability to suck, swallow, and breathe during feeding.