Welcome to September with all its seasonal changes. This month we will review Step 10 of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, which states "Coordinate discharge so that parents and their infants have timely access to ongoing support and care.”
As we might expect, new parents need plenty of support following their hospital/birthing center discharge and Kurth et al. found that to be true in 2016. This is free to download from the BMC Health Services Research located here: https://bmchealthservres.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12913-016-1300-2
Download this and you will find what we already know to be true: "Families reported challenges in accessing postnatal care services... lacking inter-professional coordination”. "One group of mothers suggested a network model [of postpartum care]... involving existing organizational units and... communication processes to transfer information between different health services.” In other words, an integrated care pathway where all healthcare professionals are providing up-to-date, research-based information.
With reliable postnatal care accessible by all parents, most would then be able to meet their breastfeeding goals. Let's work together to make this happen!
Kathy Parkes, MSN-Ed, RN, IBCLC, FILCA CHC
Professional Development Educator
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