New Research Study Published by ALPP Director and Colleagues on the Impact of COVID-19 on Lactation Support Professionals

Posted : 08/21/23 in In the News

New Research Study Published by ALPP Director and Colleagues on the Impact of COVID-19 on Lactation Support Professionals
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An article by Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice Director, Ellie Mulpeter, and colleagues from Curry College and the Healthy Children Project, Inc., just published in Frontiers of Public Health, is the first to explore the experiences of lactation support professionals during the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Over 600 participants completed a qualitative survey questionnaire recounting their experiences of working during such a chaotic and challenging time. As members of the healthcare team, Certified Lactation Counselors© (CLC©) were on the front lines, supporting families who were giving birth amidst a pandemic. This study emphasized how fear and a lack of support impacted the ability of CLCs to continue to deliver evidence-based care and maintain access to care for all families – thus highlighting the importance of preparation for future public health crises. The full article is published in Frontiers of Public Health and is available with open access here.