DOCUMENTARY: We're Mammals

DOCUMENTARY: We're Mammals

Breastfeeding challenges are prevalent particularly in the early stages after birth. According to a study published in Pediatrics 2013, 92% of women studied in the United States experienced breastfeeding challenges, including problems with latching, breastfeeding pain and milk quantity concerns. Breastfeeding is a physiological function of all mammals and once the basics are understood, supporting mothers and babies in the early stages becomes much easier. This documentary will explore how competent infants are at locating the breast and latching. Infants are hardwired to breastfeed, just like other mammals, and have inborn feeding behaviors that are easy to observe. This documentary is the lactation consultant's experience comparing her clients in Vancouver, Canada with rural areas of Iran. This education can help to demonstrate a new possibility for health care providers by offering simple and effective breastfeeding support.

Credit: 1.50 L CERP and 1.50 Contact Hour(s)

Source: Shared with permission by Shahrzad Tayebi, IBCLC 

Presented by: Shahrzad Tayebi, IBCLC

Upon completion, the learner will be able to:

1. Define the necessary elements of newborns' feeding behavior and the ability to self-latch

2. Describe the importance of the newborns' body freedom which is necessary to achieve a good latch

3. List 3 ways to support a mother and baby through exploring the "mammalian" approach to breastfeeding

4. Strategize 2 ways that they can play a flexible, non-interventionist and facilitative role in this process, in their own practice setting

Learning Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

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 nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Approval Number ILCA-P0286. Accepted for BRN credit by the Board of Registered Nursing.

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Expiration Date: 21 January 2024

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  • Jessica Harrell

    Thank you so very much for creating this video! Hospitals are 'trying' to be more and more 'Baby Friendly' but they still are just not getting what is truly important. Births are forced to be timed, scheduled, and orchestrated events. It truly feels so wrong to want to help these moms and babies so much, but then to have your employee only see the amount of time a mother was in labor or how long it took for the first breastfeeding to take place. In the hospital where I work it almost seems like a competition to see who can get there postpartum patient out of labor and delivery first. There is no opportunity given to just let mom and baby BE! When they are given a 'Gold Hour' it truly is 1 hour. Then we take the baby to the warmer to: pick up, wipe, stimulate, poke, and prod the baby. We throw tons and tons of information at these poor mammas and wonder why they are so dazed, confused, and frustrated. Will we ever learn to just step back and watch to appreciate this full process for what it truly is? My mission in life is to 'Help mothers have healthy babies". Thank you so much for the information you have shared in this video and for fanning my flame to be an advocate for the beautiful women who are mother and their babies!

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  • ST

    Thank you so much Jessica for your kind words.

    I definitely agree with you. I'm glad there are healthcare providers that think this way.

    Thank you so much for the share of the trailer. It's important that more people, parents and healthcare providers, watch this. (I just sent you a message on Vimeo before seeing this)

    Hopefully, we will accomplish our mission!

    Cheers

    Shahrzad

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  • Jessica Harrell

    I tried to respond back to you on Vimeo but I'm not sure the response went through. 

    Yes, I did view it through ILCA. Wouldn't it be beautiful if healthcare providers (MDs, CNMs, IBCLCs, RNs, etc) truly did make the conscious decision to 'mammalize' childbirth again, and bring us back to basics.

  • Rashmi Poduval

    i loved the documentary. Made me retrospect about few of my counselling biases regarding particular breastfeeding postions. The message is loud and clear that we as lactation consultants need to only observe and facilitate baby led latching and instinctive feeding behaviours. We need not interfere as there is no right and wrong or 'ideal method' as long as the mom and baby are both happy and feeling comfortable about the entire breastfeeding experience. Thank you so much!

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  • ST

    Thanks a lot for your feedback! May I ask where you are practicing?

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  • Rashmi Poduval

    I am practicing as an LC in India since 12 years.

  • RP

    I love this cross-cultural explanation of how to better support breastfeeding individuals! It's one of the best webinars I have seen in a while. The presenter does a fantastic job of showing videos and giving explanation of what we are seeing and I like how she values our innate human mammalian instincts.

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  • ST

    Thanks a lot for your feedback! May I ask where you are practicing?

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  • RP

    I'm a primary care dietitian nutritionist and lactation consultant in Oregon in the United States.

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