Lactation Management Workshop

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Trinidad and Tobago, 7th-9th December, 2011. The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization in collaboration with the Ministry of Health Trinidad and Tobago conducted a three day lactation management workshop for 23 nurses and midwives selected from five hospitals and nursing schools 7th-9th December at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

 

Lactation management workshop:

The Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization in collaboration with the Ministry of Health Trinidad and Tobago conducted a three day lactation management workshop for 23 nurses and midwives selected from five  hospitals and nursing schools 7-9 December at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

In Trinidad and Tobago exclusive breastfeeding for at least 6 months is less than 20%, with over 40% of infants given breast milk and complementary feed. A (41) % early initiation rate for breastfeeding, pointing to the practice not being sustained at home after discharge. There is a national breastfeeding policy, which should be operational at all public institutions and is clearly not having the desired impact. Hence there is a greater need to train health care providers in the management of breastfeeding to improve the skills and knowledge and create a supporting environment for mothers to initiate and continue breast feeding immediately after birth and thereafter.

Objectives of the workshop were:

1)    To train health care providers in Trinidad and Tobago on the breast feeding management intervention methods and ways for:

2)    To emphasize the importance of appropriate feeding practices in the context of baby friendly hospital initiatives and infant and young child feeding policy.

}  Identify practices that support and those that interfere with breastfeeding;

}  Practice the ten steps to successful breastfeeding and abide by the international code of marketing of breast-milk substitutes;

}  Collaborate with co-workers to highlight barriers to breastfeeding and seek ways to overcome those barriers.

}  Use communication skills to talk with pregnant women, mothers and co-workers;

}  Discuss with a pregnant woman the importance of breastfeeding and outline practices that support the initiation of breastfeeding;

}  Facilitate skin-to-skin contact and early initiation of breastfeeding;

}  Assist a mother to learn the skills of positioning and attaching her baby as well as the skill of hand expression;

}  Discuss with a mother how to find support for breastfeeding after she returns home;

}  Outline what needs to be discussed with a women who is not breastfeeding and know to whom to refer this woman for further assistance with feeding her baby, including relactation

 

The goals of the training were:

3)    Implement the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFI)

a.    Increase / update breastfeeding knowledge

b.    Learn / reinforce clinical skills

c.    Acquire / confirm attitudes

4)    Develop a team approach to implement BFI

a.    In hospitals and birth centers

b.    In community clinics

c.    In the larger / global community

5)    Sustain policy and evidence-based practices

 

 

 

 

     

        

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 December 2011 11:20