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Slow Weight Gain and Insufficient Milk Supply for Physicians
Determine the cause of slow weight gain
For a lactation professional, few situations require a deeper skill set than when a breast- or chestfed baby is not gaining weight appropriately. Join Sekeita Lewis-Johnson, DNP, FNP-BC, IBCLC, Accredited Provider Program Director at LER, for a deep dive into the detective work required to determine the reasons for slow weight gain, and learn to tailor your interventions and recommendations to the root cause.
Lewis-Johnson walks the learner through a systematic approach to evaluating both parent and baby when there is slow weight gain. She discusses:
- The difference between slow weight gain and failure to thrive
- Maternal factors, such as PCOS, Insufficient Glandular Tissue, thyroid disorders, breast surgery, and many more
- Infant factors, such as tethered oral tissues, congenital factors, GERD, neurological conditions, physical and structural issues, and sensory processing issues.
- Conduct a maternal history and breast assessment
- Take an infant history and perform an oral assessment
- Ask key questions about the dyad’s early experience
- Observe a feeding
- Evaluate milk transfer
- Assess parent’s milk supply
- Acknowledge and support parents through the emotional impact of slow weight gain and/or low milk supply, and
- Tailor interventions to the specific root cause.
Throughout the course, Lewis-Johnson stresses the importance of comprehensive assessment, asking open-ended questions, truly listening to and believing parents, refraining from forming an impression too quickly, and collaborating with other healthcare professionals for a team approach.
This Course Awards:
- 1.5 CMEs
- 1.5 L-CERPs
- 1.5 Nursing Contact Hours
Primary Topics Covered
All Topics Covered
Physiology and Endocrinology
Development and Nutrition