Initiating Breastfeeding and Special Considerations for the Infant with Hyperbilirubinemia: What the Childbirth Educator Needs to Know

Mannel, Rebecca
March 2006
International Journal of Childbirth Education;Mar2006, Vol. 21 Issue 1, p11
Academic Journal
Lack of prenatal education continues to be one of the obstacles to successful breastfeeding. Uninformed parents with a baby who is not nursing effectively have an increased risk of hospital readmission of their baby. If a newborn is diagnosed with hyperbilirubinemia, the message often inadvertently transmitted to the mother is that she caused it by breastfeeding. Prenatal education should ensure that parents know the signs of effective breastfeeding and when to call for help. The childbirth educator should be well-versed in the importance of early initiation, exclusive breastfeeding, signs of adequate infant intake, and lactation support for the baby with hyperbilirubinemia.


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