LactaMap: A new approach to lactation care

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Background: Doctors report insufficient training for the skills expected of them when treating patients with lactation difficulties. To address this, researchers developed LactaMap, a novel lactation care support system.

Objective: To develop an evidence-informed online lactation care support system designed for use during a medical consult.

Methods: A multidisciplinary expert group met weekly to conceptualise content and scope. The need for an evidence-informed description of normal function was identified. From this, a care pathway to screen for lactation outside normality was developed. Clinical practice guideline topics were identified and grouped into subject areas defined by the care pathway. A literature search using relevant search terms and criteria for each guideline topic was completed. Each guideline required group consensus prior to finalisation. An expert, senior researcher moderated when required.

The normal function description identified 4 domains for consideration when screening for lactation dysfunction: pain, milk transfer, infant health and maternal health. Evidence-informed guidelines for 112 conditions affecting lactation were developed and grouped under the domains in an overarching care pathway. Literature searches highlighted varying terminology and definitions. A glossary of 564 lactation terms was developed to standardise language.

The successful development of LactaMap took 10 years to complete. The next phase involving piloting with doctors has commenced.

Funding source: The Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sept 2018


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