PHM Focus

Schedule at a Glance

Clinical Breastfeeding Medicine for the Busy Pediatric Hospitalist

Primary Leader:
Bonny Whalen

Alison Holmes
Kim Hamlin
James O'Callaghan

Objective 1:
1. Formulate evidence-based solutions for a variety of common neonatal breastfeeding medicine issues encountered as a Pediatric Hospitalist in daily practice.

Objective 2:
2. Brainstorm reasons for and management of excessive weight loss in the neonate, and effectively implement methods of medical supplementation least likely to interfere with breastfeeding success.

Objective 3:
3. Demonstrate proficient use of information resources for management of breastfeeding medicine problems including identification of medications contraindicated in lactation.

Pediatric Hospitalists are likely highly knowledgeable regarding established health benefits of exclusive breastfeeding, but also face significant barriers to supporting and protecting exclusivity in their daily practice due to lack of experience and skill in managing breastfeeding difficulties. Importantly, evidence-based and skilled breastfeeding support significantly increases the likelihood that a mother and baby will exclusively breastfeed for an ideal duration. This workshop will use an interactive learner-centered approach regarding effective assessment and management of difficulties latching due to maternal-infant factors (e.g., poor technique, inverted nipples, ankyloglossia, prematurity), excessive weight loss in newborns, and maternal medications of possible concern in lactation. Attendees will learn ways to effectively manage these issues in their daily practice in the Newborn Nursery and Inpatient Pediatrics Unit in manners that minimize harm to the successful establishment of exclusive breastfeeding.