Learning how to correctly perform a perinatal breast exam is a critical component of any medical or nursing student’s education. In our case series, we use the Lactation Simulation Model (LSM) to cover important topics in breastfeeding education such as managing breast engorgement, breast soreness (infection or mastitis), breastmilk hand expression training, and for demonstrating different pumping techniques.

Watch Case 2.3 here, where the LSM is used to perform a breast exam on a healthy, breastfeeding mother in an outpatient setting.

Currently, there is a lack of standardized breastfeeding education for healthcare providers. In The Lancet’s, Why invest, and what it will take to improve breastfeeding practices? conducted  a “systematic review of available studies to identify the determinants of breastfeeding.” They found that “…substantial gaps in knowledge and skills to support breastfeeding are reported at all levels of health-care staff.” 

Consequently, healthcare providers lack the necessary confidence and skills to guide parents through their breastfeeding experience.

LiquidGoldConcept’s COO Sam Chuisano published an article with Dr. Olivia Anderson entitled, Assessing Application-Based Breastfeeding Education for Physicians and Nurses: A Scoping Review, where they conducted a qualitative scoping review application-based breastfeeding management learning tools within the medical and nursing professions. Through their research, their main takeaways were that breastfeeding education curricula for hands-on skills among physicians and nurses is unstandardized. The use of breastfeeding simulators is becoming more common – especially in nursing schools – but not cited frequently in the literature. The article states that “…specific guidelines for best practices in providing breastfeeding education to health professional learners, as well as how to evaluate the effectiveness of varying teaching methods…” will improve patient care from healthcare professionals.

LiquidGoldConcept’s goal is to incorporate our breastfeeding simulators into medical and nursing schools, pediatric, obstetric, and family medicine residency training programs to increase providers’ knowledge and confidence with common breastfeeding issues and to help more parents achieve their breastfeeding goals.

 

Citations:

Chuisano SA, Anderson OS. Assessing Application-Based Breastfeeding Education for Physicians and Nurses: A Scoping Review. Journal of Human Lactation. May 2019. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10.1177/0890334419848414.

Rollins NC, Bhandari N, Hajeebhoy N, et al. Why invest, and what it will take to improve breastfeeding practices? The Lancet. 2016;387(10017). https://www.thelancet.com/journals/lancet/article/PIIS0140-6736(15)01044-2/fulltext.