CONF 2019 Breastfeeding Without Nursing: Reducing the Prejudice Against Exclusive Pumping

Recorded On: 07/25/2019

Breastfeeding Without Nursing: Reducing the Prejudice Against Exclusive Pumping

In this session, Fiona Jardine, MA (Cantab.), LLM, MLS, ALC presents on how exclusive pumping (EPing) can—and successfully does—provide the solution to many breastfeeding problems while still providing the benefits of feeding human milk. However, research on EPing is scant and often limited to secondary analysis of existing data, content analysis of expressed milk, or pumping in the context of the neonatal intensive care unit. Despite the increasing rates of EPing, little is known about the reasons for EPing initiation and cessation, the support needs and information behaviors of exclusive pumpers (EPers), or EPers’ lived experiences. My research collected data from current and past EPers through a one-time initial survey and longitudinally through a series of follow-up surveys. While the surveys covered a wide range of topics, this workshop focuses on the reactions respondents experienced when others found out they were EPing, as well as the information and support they received from a variety of different sources.  While many reported positive reactions to and support of EPing, an alarming number reported the opposite, especially from healthcare and lactation care providers. Together with poor advice, this lack of appropriate support of EPing often contributes to EPers feeling frustrated and unsupported, threatening both the initiation and duration of their breastfeeding journey. This workshop will examine the reasons EPers initiate and cease EPing in the context of these undesirable experiences and what caregivers/parents, healthcare and lactation care providers, educators, policy makers, researchers, and activists can do to improve the lived experiences of EPers.

Credit: 1 L CERP and 1 Contact Hour

Source: ILCA Conference July, 2019 - Atlanta, Georgia, US

Presented by: Fiona Jardine, MA (Cantab.), LLM, MLS, ALC

Upon completion, the learner will be able to:

Identify why some parents exclusively pump rather than feed directly at the breast/chest.

Discuss the range of feelings exclusive pumpers have in relation to others’ opinions of this feeding method.

Advocate and implement strategies for the inclusion of and support for exclusive pumping.

Learning Level: Beginner/Intermediate

Disclosures: ILCA accepts no commercial support for continuing education activities. The activity planners have no conflicts of interest to declare. The presenter has no significant financial interest or other relationship with the manufacturer(s) of any product(s) or provider(s) of any services relating to the subject matter of this presentation unless otherwise stated below.

CERPs: ILCA is an approved provider of Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs) with the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). (CLT-108-7).

ANCC: ILCA is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (ILCA-P0286). Accepted for BRN credit by the Board of Registered Nursing.

Fiona Jardine

Fiona Jardine is a PhD candidate at the University of Maryland’s iSchool where she is conducting pioneering research into the experiences of those who exclusively pump human milk, specifically focusing on the information they need, how they find it, and what they do with it. However, she is able to provide insights into many different aspects of exclusive pumping thanks to the breadth of the data she collected. Fiona is also an Advanced Lactation Consultant and a postpartum doula so that she can provide the support that she believes is so desperately needed, especially in the fourth trimester.


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1.00 L CERP credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 L CERP credit  |  Certificate available