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Research2020-07-10T16:26:55-04:00

Flexible, Innovative Online Learning Content Development For Aspiring Lactation Experts

Developed by: Olivia S. Anderson, PhD, MPH, RD – Clinical Asst Professor, University of Michigan, School of Public Health, Nutritional Sciences Dept Anna Sadovnikova, IBCLC, [...]

A Mixed-Methods, Innovative Pilot Program to Assess the Impact of Teaching Midwifery Students Hands-On Breastfeeding Management Using a Lactation Simulation Model

Midwifery students better approximate their self-efficacy in clinical lactation after reflecting in and on their performance in the LactSim OSCE

Abstract This paper was published in the Advances of Simulation journal. BackgroundMidwives are expected to support women with lactation initiation and [...]

Are the doctors of the future ready to support breastfeeding? A cross-sectional study in the UK

LiquidGoldConcept research was cited in the International Breastfeeding Journal in May 2020. Read the open access article here. Abstract Background: [...]

White paper: Breastfeeding simulation in the nurse-midwifery student classroom

Nurses and midwives are critical in the delivery of essential maternal and newborn health services and are critical in strengthening the health system. Comprehensive breastfeeding education should be provided to all midwives to scale up access to high-quality care and improve maternal and child health. (WHO Strengthening quality midwifery education) As the demand for timely and skilled breastfeeding support from midwives grows, educators will need time and cost effective methods for training. A high-fidelity breastfeeding simulator like the Lactation Simulation Model may be able to provide comprehensive training in clinical lactation to midwives around the globe.

White paper: Breastfeeding simulation in a US-based OBGYN and family medicine residency program

Perinatal care providers such as OBGYN and family medicine physicians are essential to promoting breastfeeding. Physician residents should learn to help a woman initiate breastfeeding, manage issues with breastfeeding, evaluate positioning and attachment of the infant, and assist with hand expression of colostrum.

White paper: Defining the essential features and capabilities of a lactation simulation model

To build healthcare providers’ confidence in clinical lactation skills, increase breastfeeding rates, and improve maternal and child health, a high-fidelity breastfeeding simulator must be developed.

Communicating with new mothers about breastfeeding: A health promotion, health-equity, patient-centered focus

Dr. Suzanne Hetzel Campbell, Associate Professor, Applied Science, School of Nursing, University of British Columbia Applying experiential learning for pre-licensure health professional students and practitioners in the area of lactation education support shows future potential for enhanced outcomes.

Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of a Simulation Based Breastfeeding Education Course for Health Care Professionals

Anne Drover, Amanda Pendergast - Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, Canada This innovative workshop made use of simulation based medical education techniques to ensure a high level of interactivity and hands‐on learning. Participants were overwhelmingly positive about the use of the LiquidGoldConcept Lactation Simulation Model, 3D breast models, Gynecologic Teaching Associates and Recruited mother/baby pairs to enhance learning.

Face and Content Validation of the LiquidGoldConcept Breast Health Training Tool

Lifelike simulation models are used for training and education of medical professionals. Realistic medical simulators have been used in teaching breast examinations, CPR, intubation, and in birthing simulations. Breast models, specifically, have been used successfully to teach about physical examinations of the breast as it pertains to breast cancer, wide local excisions of breast cancer, and lactation education.

Assessing Application-Based Breastfeeding Education for Physicians and Nurses: A Scoping Review

Physicians and nurses are expected to support breastfeeding mothers. However, there is a lack of standardized breastfeeding education throughout training programs and hospitals. As a result, providers lack the necessary confidence and skills to guide mothers throughout the breastfeeding experience. The hands-on nature of breastfeeding management demands the implementation of application-based learning tools to improve skills retention and patient breastfeeding outcomes.

Features and Educational Content in Breastfeeding Apps

 Low milk production is one of the main reasons for premature breastfeeding cessation. Smartphone apps have the potential to assist mothers with promoting, interpreting, tracking, or learning about milk production. It is unknown whether breastfeeding apps contain high-quality, engaging, and diverse content and features that could be used by mothers to increase their breastfeeding self-efficacy and answer their questions about milk production.

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