The Birth Process and Beginning Breastfeeding: The First 24 Hours

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This course is specifically designed for nurses and other health professionals who care for mothers and babies throughout the labor/birth process and into the first 24 hours of life.  It reviews the evidence supporting important labor/birth and early postpartum practices that improve the stabilization of the newborn and affect the short and long-term success of breastfeeding.  Preventing hypoglycemia, improving termperature stability, gut colonization, immune system development, and decreased incidence of hyperbilirubinemia are discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe the importance of nursing care in the first hours after birth on the success of breastfeeding.
  • List 3 unique health advantages provided by colostrum which can improve infant's stabilization and course of hospital stay.
  • Discuss hospital care management of the infant immediately after birth which will be least interruptive to the stabilization fo the newborn and also increases breastfeeding success.
  • List reasons why breastpumping may need to be initiated while the mother is still in the Labor and Delivery unit.
  • Discuss risks to the infant by unnecessary supplementation with infant formula in the first few days of life.
  • Discuss problem situations which may be avoided or lessened by adjusting hospital routines.
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Credit Hours

  • Nursing - 1.0 Contact Hours
  • Dietitian - 1.0 CPE Credits


  • How the Labor/Birth experience impacts the mother for life
  • Labor/Birth management supportive of short and long-term success of breastfeeding
  • Importance of early feedings of colostrum in infant stabilization and immune system development
  • How breastfeeding works
  • Importance of hospital care in reducing infant risk of hypoglycemia, hyperbilirubinemia, latch-on difficulties

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