I attended the USLCA Conference in St Louis this month. It was wonderful to meet so many staff and lots of facilitators who are participating in our program. I was lucky to attend many of the Baby Friendly sessions offered. One of the concerns expressed was the decreasing amount of time staff have available to spend with mothers. Oh to have a bucket-load of money to make sure all our hospitals are well staffed; but that isn't going to happen so we have to do the best we can.
I feel the biggest time-saver you can get when caring for the breastfeeding mother is skin-to-skin for as long as is feasible, then every feeding session using the Biological Nurturing (BN) position (this works just as well when clothed as skin-to-skin).
Have you tried Biological Nurturing positioning to assist mothers to breastfeed yet? If you haven't I'm sure you will be very pleasantly surprised at how effective it is in encouraging an easy, effective, hands-off latch. This month I'd like you to read the linked article to Suzanne Colson's paper.
The paper starts with: "From a survival standpoint, it makes evolutionary sense that neonates be born with a number of simple, innate movements enabling them to find the food source, latch on and feed. With the 20th century rise of bottle feeding, however, we lost that sense of babies' ability to find the breast." It's a well-written paper which ends with tips on how to discuss and initiate BN with mothers.
Please take the time to download this article, read it and share it with your colleagues. Simple measures such as this will save a lot of time and a lot of frustration for everyone:
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