Compassion. Support.

Evidence-based care.

After losing an infant, grieving parents may still have to cope with postpartum issues, including lactation. This presentation reviews and addresses care options for lactation concerns after pregnancy, neonatal, or infant loss. Currently, lactation care and advice after loss varies greatly. Lactation professionals are instrumental in providing parents with anticipatory guidance and evidence-based care. This module will review types of loss, lactation and breast/chest care strategies post loss including milk suppression or expression, pharmaceutical and holistic care ideas, and related resources. Implementing system-wide training and education regarding this topic will help families receive the information they need to deal with the physiological aftermath of infant loss.


Session Objectives:

  • Identify types of loss
  • Explore the emotional, physical and ethical issues surrounding lactation after loss
  • Review past and present practices regarding lactation after loss
  • Understand lactation care plan strategies following a loss


IBLCE Blueprint Areas Covered:

  • II. Physiology and Endocrinology, A. Physiology of Lactation
  • II. Physiology and Endocrinology, B. Endocrinology
  • III. Pathology, B. Maternal
  • IV. Pharmacology and Toxicology
  • V. Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology
  • VI. Techniques
  • VII. Clinical Skills, B. Education and Communication


Time: 60 minutes

Cost: $40


Access for 90 days.

Includes 1.0 IBLCE CERP upon completion.

(Email [email protected] for information about discounts for Tier 2, 3 countries)


Melissa is a wonderful speaker. I have worked extensively with moms experiencing loss in the hospital setting. It is so important to let moms know that the milk will come in and they will need to deal with it.

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