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Accreditation of midwife lactation consultants to perform infant tongue-tie release.
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PMID:  22103819     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Amir LH, James JP, Kelso G, Moorhead AM. International Journal of Nursing Practice 2011; 17: 541-547 Accreditation of midwife lactation consultants to perform infant tongue-tie release Infants with a tongue-tie or ankyloglossia have a short lingual frenulum, which can lead to problems with breastfeeding: attachment difficulties, nipple pain and damage, poor weight gain and eventually a reduction in milk supply. Trained clinicians can release the frenulum (frenotomy) in infants having difficulty with breastfeeding. Although traditionally performed by medical practitioners, we argue that this simple procedure is within the scope of practice of other clinicians. This paper outlines the process of setting up and maintaining credentialing for midwife lactation consultants (International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs)) to assess infant tongue-ties and perform frenotomy when appropriate at a tertiary maternity hospital. Since 2005, 11 midwives/IBCLCs have been credentialed to perform frenotomies at The Breastfeeding Education and Support Services at The Royal Women's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. We believe that nurses/midwives/lactation consultants working in other settings could be trained to perform frenotomies, thus enabling faster resolution of breastfeeding problems.
Lisa H Amir; Jennifer P James; Georgie Kelso; Anita M Moorhead
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Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of nursing practice     Volume:  17     ISSN:  1440-172X     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-11-22     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  9613615     Medline TA:  Int J Nurs Pract     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  541-547     Citation Subset:  -    
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© 2011 Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
Lecturer, Centre for Women's Health, Gender and Society, University of Melbourne, Carlton, Victoria, Australia, Medical Officer, Breastfeeding Education and Support Services, Royal Women's Hospital, Parkville, Victoria, Australia, Senior Research Fellow, Mother & Child Health Research, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Senior Lecturer, RMIT University, Bundoora, Victoria, Australia, Midwife/Lactation Consultant, St John of God Hospital, Berwick, Victoria, Australia Lactation Consultant, Breastfeeding Education and Support Services, Royal Women's Hospital, Parkville, Victoria, Australia Clinical Midwifery Consultant-Lactation, Royal Women's Hospital, Parkville, Victoria, Australia.
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