“It is just nice to have this training under our belt to be able to help. We’ve been able to support breastfeeding moms much more, because we can problem solve more, because we know more. And as we problem solve, we learn.”
Registered Nurse at the Dean Pediatrics Clinic-Fish Hatchery Road in Madison, WI.
Yes, it really is. Coincidentally, while we were doing the ONBC training, we were notified that St. Mary’s Hospital removed their outpatient lactation services. So that has pushed it even more, that it is almost a requirement that our RNs have this background in breastfeeding support. Even before this change in outpatient lactation services, I was flabbergasted by how much parents weren’t getting support even while they were in the hospital. That was really surprising to me. We have found that offering breastfeeding support here at our clinic has been really helpful to mothers postpartum, especially because their milk isn’t in when they are at the hospital so there are a lot of issues that aren’t coming up yet. So then when we’re seeing the baby on day 4 or day 5, mom’s milk is coming in and there are issues already starting.
Since using the new knowledge and skills from the ONBC training, it has been very good. Parents have been very receptive. They have really embraced it. Our providers at this site have enjoyed it and they seek us out. They’ll come out of a room and say, “I need a Resource Nurse in here. Mom is having trouble with breastfeeding.” So then we have someone available to go in that room and spend that time, and it is not taking away from the provider practice, which has been really nice.
It is just nice to have this under our belt to be able to help. We’ve been able to support breastfeeding moms much more because we can problem solve more, because we know more. And as we problem solve, we learn. Sharing stories and questions on IABLE listserv has been really helpful, as well. This is very helpful because we don’t have a lactation consultant in our clinic to bounce ideas off of. The listserv has been very helpful to reach out with questions when things come up. I save all of the email threads because I figure at some point I may need that!
Also, sometimes parents call back and ask for the same nurse again that originally helped them with breastfeeding support. That helps us to know that this is a benefit; they are reaching back out to us. It has been a very good experience.