Understanding and Assessing Risk Factors Related to Establishment & Maintenance of Milk Supply

March 20, 2019 Live Webinar

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Spatz (2004) developed a 10-step model for human milk and breastfeeding in vulnerable infants. The first two steps are 1) informed decision and 2) initiation and maintenance of milk supply.  These two steps are critical for all women regardless of if they have hospitalized infants or healthy infants.  Women must learn during pregnancy, that provided breasts are present, the breasts begin begin secreting milk at 16 weeks gestation.  Women must be empowered to understand the anatomy and physiology of milk production and how to maximize their own personal milk making capacity.  As health care providers, we also have to assess for and identify potential risk factors that may influence the establishment of milk supply. Many risk factors may be identified during prenatal care (for example: glandular hypoplasia, breast surgery, obesity, diabetes, hypertension, first pregnancy).  Women should also receive information about intrapartum and postpartum care that may lead to a delay in lactogenesis II.  This webinar will provide clinicians with evidence and recommend strategies to assist mothers so that all mothers can reach their personal breastfeeding goals.


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  • Nursing - 1.0 Contact Hour



  • Review the anatomy and physiology of lactation
  • Identify potential risk factors that may influence milk supply
  • Understand strategies to facilitate the establishment and maintenance of milk supply

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