The International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) has been closely following recent media coverage of neonatal hypernatremia and the role of skilled lactation care providers. We express our deep sympathies to the family impacted in these stories.
ILCA affirms the important role that International Board Certified Lactation Consultants® (IBCLC®s) play as a part of the healthcare team. For those seeking resources on the issues raised, we are sharing the following resources.
Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine – Of Goldilocks and Neonatal Hypernatremia
Baby-Friendly USA – Individualized Care in the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative
Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine – Clinical Protocol #3: Hospital Guidelines for the Use of Supplementary Feedings in the Healthy Term Breastfed Neonate, Revised 2009
International Lactation Consultant Association – Position Paper on the Role and Impact of the IBCLC
We will continue to update this list as additional resources are developed. Do you have a resource you would like to suggest? Please share it with us in the comments.