Recorded Webinar: Breastfeeding's 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse by Marsha Walker

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*This webinar has been approved for 1.5 L-CERPs

Approval number: C2002110 


This event was recorded:

April 7th 2020, 1 PM EST 

Length: 1.5 hours


 Breastfeeding's 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Presented by Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC


Unfortunately,hypoglycemia, hyperbilirubinemia, excessive weight loss, and dehydration can sometimes be unwelcome visitors to the start of breastfeeding. These entities can be interconnected, anxiety-provoking, and potentially a breastfeeding deal breaker, leading to supplementation or abandonment of breastfeeding. This quartet has its origins in the early hours and days of breastfeeding relative to hospital policies, skilled support, and careful monitoring of at-risk mothers and infants. This presentation will explore the etiology of these conditions, preventive measures, and suggested interventions. A look at policies, crucial observations, and what mothers and clinicians need to know will be discussed.  




-Participants will be able to describe the issue of newborn hypoglycemia


-Participants will be able to discuss the issues of newborn weight loss and dehydration 


-Participants will be able to discuss the issue of newborn jaundice




Content Outline:









Risk factors






Strategies for raising blood glucose levels


Reducing hypoglycemia


Feeding guidelines



Renal function in newborns


Maternal IV fluids, 24 hour weight as reference


Predictive measurements


Risk factors


Signs and symptoms





Types, risk factors, and influences


Role of bilirubin


Weight loss as predictive of jaundice


Signs and symptoms


Breastfeeding interventions






Closer follow-up





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marsha.jpgMarsha Walker, RN, IBCLC. Marsha is a registered nurse and international board certified lactation consultant. She has been assisting breastfeeding families in hospital, clinic, and home settings since 1976. Marsha is the executive director of the National Alliance for Breastfeeding Advocacy. NABA is the US IBFAN organization that monitors the International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes. As such, she advocates for breastfeeding at the state and federal levels. She served as a vice president of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) from 1990-1994 and in 1999 as president of ILCA. She is a previous board member of the US Lactation Consultant Association, Baby Friendly USA, and the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition. She serves as USLCA’s representative to the USDA’s Breastfeeding Promotion Consortium, NABA REAL’s representative to the US Breastfeeding Committee, Associate Editor of Clinical Lactation, and a board member of the Massachusetts Lactation Consultant Association. Marsha is an international speaker, and an author of numerous publications including ones on the hazards of infant formula use, Code issues in the US, and Breastfeeding Management for the Clinician: Using the Evidence, 4th edition.


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