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The Birth Process and Beginning Breastfeeding: The First 24 Hours
- Credit Hours
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.
- 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.
- 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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