Webinar #4: Breastfeeding Guidelines for Chemically Dependent Women (From 2013 NTI Upstream Webinar Series: Drug Use in Pregnancy: Focus on the Newborn).
2013 NTI Upstream Webinar Series: Drug Use in Pregnancy: Focus on the Newborn
Training Material DVD
180 North Michigan Ave., Ste. 710
Chicago, IL 60601
The fourth in a series of webinars, this 45-minute videotape recording focuses on newborn infants with neurodevelopmental disorders due to prenatal drug exposure. The video explains women who use illegal drugs frequently have poor family and social support networks and few positive relationships with other women. It is explained that these factors contribute to low rates of breastfeeding in women addicted to illicit drugs, however, breastfeeding can enhance the mother/child relationships and is the healthiest means of feeding the infant. The webinar discusses the pros and cons of breastfeeding by women with a history of substance abuse and provides guidelines that encourage breastfeeding but at the same time protects the new born from harm by substances that cross into the breast milk. Information is provided on the impact of different substances on breast milk, and the need for abstinence while breastfeeding is emphasized. (Author abstract modified)
newborn infants; substance abusing mothers; guidelines; nutrition; mother child relationships; child health; cocaine