Doulas play a critical role in helping new parents get off to a good start with breastfeeding. This five-part course provides the information you need to assist breastfeeding dyads from labor and delivery through discharge and the first weeks at home.
What you’ll learn:
Chapter One: Starting Out Successfully
Learn how to instruct parents on optimal positioning and latch, feeding frequency, medications, and nutrition. Go deep with breast anatomy, the neuroendocrine underpinnings of lactation, stages of lactogenesis, breast and nipple assessment, infant oral anatomy and tongue tie, evaluating milk transfer, and establishing a supply.
Chapter Two: Overcoming Breastfeeding Difficulties
The information you need to confidently identify, assess, and treat the most common problems in new breastfeeding dyads: sore nipples, engorgement, mastitis, breast refusal, jaundice, and the special concerns of late preterm infants.
Chapter Three: Breast Pumps
New parents have many questions about breast pumps and their use; this chapter sets you up to answer them accurately. Learn when to recommend a pump, best pumps for each situation, how to troubleshoot pump problems, and how to store pumped milk. Special attention is given to flange fit, nipple damage from pumping, understanding different kinds of pumps, let-down problems, and how to clean and sterile pump parts.
Chapter Four: Breastfeeding the Premature Infant
Learn how to support parents of premature infants to meet their breastfeeding goals. Understand the benefits of breastmilk for premature babies and how to instruct parents on pumping to establish supply, as well as breastfeeding techniques and specific techniques for premature infants, including kangaroo care, test weighing, keeping a breastmilk diary, assessing readiness to breastfeed, transition to the breast, preparation for discharge, and at-home care.
Chapter Five: Alternative Feeding Methods
Become confident in your ability to recognize medical reasons for supplementing and to advise parents on how to supplement in the way that’s least likely to compromise breastfeeding. Addresses a wide range of alternative feeding methods (nipple shield and tube, cup, finger feeding, types of bottles and nipples, specialty bottles). Learn how to assist parents when supplements are needed while focusing on the long-term goal of exclusive breastfeeding.
Your instructor for this course is Vergie Hughes, RN, MS, IBCLC, FILCA. A registered nurse, Hughes has been an IBCLC since 1985, the first year the exam was offered. She has worked as a lactation consultant in several hospitals, been the director of a milk bank, operated a private practice, and taught breastfeeding courses to parents and a 90-hour course to train new IBCLCs. Hughes is a Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association.
This Course Awards:
- 8.5 L-CERPs
- 8.5 Nursing Contact Hours
This course expires on 12/30/2022 and will be revised and re-launched by 12/31/2022