7-10% gewichtsverlies, bijvoeden of niet? Een andere blik op gewichstverlies bij borstgevoede pasgeboren baby’
Trained as an educational Scientist I first became a volunteer for VBN (a Dutch organisation similar to LLL). In 2000 I became an IBCLC and have worked as such in private practice ever since.
I work and live in the Amsterdam area in the Netherlands. In my practice I see a wide variety of mothers and babies from different cultural backgrounds (although mainly in relatively good economic circumstances) and age, from ex-preemies at home to 3-4 year olds.
Apart from face-to-face breastfeeding help I also teach. This ranges from antenatal breastfeeding workshops for parents to in company trainings for professional organisations.
I find joy in assisting parents and babies to find ways to work together. And in showing healthcare professionals that providing good breastfeeding care is an interesting and rewarding aspect of their profession.
An important reason for early weaning is (perceived) insufficient growth and milk production. This worries both parents and healthcare professionals. Therefore monitoring growth is an important aspect of the care around newborn babies and young children. Although weightloss in the first days of live is normal in humans, the consequence is often supplementary feeding.
In this presentation I will discuss how tools to closely monitor weightloss ánd -gain can help prevent unnescesary supplementation. And how such a tool, if and when used properly, can also help in education of both healthcare professionals as expecting parent. In this presentation the focus will be on a tool developed by TNO Nederland precisely with the aim to prevent unnescessary supplementation and cessation of breastfeeding.