Nearly 1 million infant deaths from gastrointestinal and respiratory infections and 20,000 maternal deaths from breast cancer could be prevented each year if mothers breastfed for at least 6 months. 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. A lactation simulation model should be capable of teaching healthcare providers, students, and parents to initiate and maintain breastfeeding. In 2015, breastfeeding medicine physicians at the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Meeting completed the Lactation Simulation Model (LSM) User Requirements Survey to help LiquidGoldConcept determine the essential features of a breastfeeding simulator.
The 2015 Lactation Simulation Model (LSM) Proof-of-Concept