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.