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IBCLC's: I Need Your Input Please (Long)

Posted by on Apr. 9, 2013 at 3:35 PM
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A little back story:  Apparently it is the consensus that our IBCLC (who is also one of our midwives) is "too rigid" because (they believe) she thinks there is never any reason to supplement with formula.

I don't know the circumstances behind the situation, but there was an instance where a baby had to be sent to NICU for a blood sugar of 17 essentially because the IBCLC said not to supplement.  From the bits and pieces that I've heard, I'm assuming they think it's the IBCLC's fault.

Anyway, long story short, our unit has decided to create a breastfeeding committee, which I will be a part of.  Our IBCLC (our only one, by the way) does not get paid any extra for helping people, she does it on her own time to help people be successful with breastfeeding.  She's really hurt by all this.  This committee will essentially 'replace' any consultations that would have been made to her.

Along with 4 OB nurses, there will be 2 NICU nurses.  1 OB nurse and 1 NICU nurse attended a course to be a Lactation Counselor.  2 other OB nurses ( one being myself) attended a course for a Certified Lactation Specialist.  Today was our first meeting.  I found out that the NICU nurses don't require any sort of breastfeeding training for their nurses because, "We've all breastfed before."  This is coming from the head of the department.  She also said they always help moms when they come over to nurse.  Oh, and they use sugar water on the nipple to try to get baby to latch.

That was not my experience when I worked over there one day when they were short.  The nurse I was helping acted like breastfeeding was too big of a hassle and took too much time to bother with.  From what I've noticed, the NICU is very rigid with their schedules for their babies.  Baby A eats at 8-11-2-5.  If mom is not there precisely at feeding time (or before), baby gets a bottle.  

Ok, I'm rambling now!  I'm sorry this is sooo long.  What I'm looking for is up to date info from credible sources of how/when/what reasons is it necessary to supplement, when is not ok to breastfeed when mom is taking illicit drugs (i.e. meth, heroine, etc.), pacifier use.  Anything you want to post here (info or websites), or just point me in the right direction would be much appreciated.

Thank you so much!!  


by on Apr. 9, 2013 at 3:35 PM
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Pell-Mel
by on Apr. 9, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Have you tried searching for articles on Medscape? It is a great site. They publish several up to date studies and reports. You might be able to find something there. You do have to register to search their articles, but it is free. Hope this helps!

HunnyBabie
by on Apr. 9, 2013 at 4:05 PM

I would check with La Leche League.  If they can't give you information directly answering your question, they should be able to point you in the right direction.

MamaToCollin
by Bronze Member on Apr. 9, 2013 at 4:45 PM



Quoting Pell-Mel:

Have you tried searching for articles on Medscape? It is a great site. They publish several up to date studies and reports. You might be able to find something there. You do have to register to search their articles, but it is free. Hope this helps!


Thank you!

MamaToCollin
by Bronze Member on Apr. 9, 2013 at 4:45 PM
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Quoting HunnyBabie:

I would check with La Leche League.  If they can't give you information directly answering your question, they should be able to point you in the right direction.


Ok, thanks!

MommyO2-6631
by Leslie on Apr. 9, 2013 at 4:50 PM
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http://kellymom.com/bf/normal/comfortnursing/

A lot of nurses don't understand the importance of this.
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MommyO2-6631
by Leslie on Apr. 9, 2013 at 4:52 PM
http://kellymom.com/ages/newborn/newborn-concerns/pacifier/
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MamaToCollin
by Bronze Member on Apr. 9, 2013 at 4:54 PM



Quoting MommyO2-6631:

http://kellymom.com/bf/normal/comfortnursing/

A lot of nurses don't understand the importance of this.


Very true.  Thanks.

Precious333
by Group Mod-Julia on Apr. 9, 2013 at 5:02 PM
Im not an iblcl, but if i come across something i will let you know (i have a few friends that are ibclc). I hope, for the new moms sake, that they get the help thet need.
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gdiamante
by Group Mod - Gina on Apr. 9, 2013 at 5:20 PM

Message IrishIz and catholicmamamia and Daynaof3. THey're our resident IBCLCs.

MamaToCollin
by Bronze Member on Apr. 9, 2013 at 5:22 PM



Quoting Precious333:

Im not an iblcl, but if i come across something i will let you know (i have a few friends that are ibclc). I hope, for the new moms sake, that they get the help thet need.


Thank you!

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