Education And Latching: A Case Study

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Education can play an important role in addressing any issues of positioning and latching (Pollard, 2011). Jades symptoms got progressively worse and the midwife referred her to the lactation consultant at the hospital. A comprehensive lactation history was obtained and a complete breastfeed was observed, assessing baby 's position, attachment, sucking pattern, and to exclude anomalies such as tongue-tie. This is in accordance with UNICEF UK Baby Friendly Initiative [BFI] and best practice standards (Pollard, 2011). This remains the current breastfeeding practice within New Zealand to date (NZBA, 2015). Jade described to the lactation consultant how her initial nipple tenderness was not unexpected due to previous experience of mastitis with …show more content…
Unconsciously, when the baby takes a large amount of breast tissue into the mouth, the nipple remains protected by the infants’ palate (Marshal, 2013). Together a plan was set up to relieve the immediate pain and discomfort in the breast by applying pressure to any lumps (four to six times a day) while breastfeeding. Jade also expressed fears of suffocating the baby with her breast. On account of this she fed her baby in the cross cradle position, shaping her breast with her free hand. Cradle positions which are commonly adopted by mothers ([NZBA], 2015) can restrict movement of the baby’s head if care is not taken. Allowing extension of the neck encourages the baby 's chin first to scoop breast into the mouth and keep the nostrils free (Pollard, 2011). Pollard (2011) recommends mothers that find it hard to support their breasts, to place their fingers flat against their ribs under the breast, with thumb at a right angle to the fingers. Education was provided to Jade by the lactation about correct positioning and latching with consideration to her comfort and lifestyle. She was also advised to attend the clinic in a week for …show more content…
Correct positioning and latching education reassured her to feel confident in continuing to breastfeed throughout her experience with mastitis.
Jades personal influences where impacting on her self-confidence

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