LactaMap: A new approach to lactation care

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Abstract

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.

Results:
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.

Conclusions:
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
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sep 2018

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