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Sonya Kujawa-Myles

The relationship between maternal intravenous fluids and breast changes in the postpartum period: a pilot observational study

  • Speaker: Sonya Kujawa-Myles , RN, MScN, IBCLC
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  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 Nursing CEU, 1 CME, .1 Midwifery CEU

Engorgement and edema in breast tissue can lead to breastfeeding challenges which may contribute to early weaning. This first part of this presentation looks at a pilot research study which explores the relationship between intravenous (IV) fluids given to mothers during the peripartum period and postpartum breast or nipple swelling in the first ten days postpartum. Women who received IV fluids during labour had higher levels of edema postpartum and rated their breasts as firmer as and more tender than women who did not receive IV fluids. The second half of the presentation will look at differentiating between engorgement and edema, and ways to treat both of these conditions.