4114.0 Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM): Friend or Foe of Family Planning?

Tuesday, November 10, 2009: 10:30 AM
The work in Bangladesh shows that the inclusion of LAM counseling in a maternal and newborn care program, demonstrates significant potential for increasing contraceptive use among postpartum women during a particularly vulnerable period, the first six months postpartum. The second presentation will show how mainstreaming LAM into national and international family planning programs will benefit maternal and child health both by increasing birth spacing as well as by increasing optimal breastfeeding. A third presentation shows how,for programmatic purposes, harmonizing the LAM and child survival breastfeeding messages has facilitated LAM counseling for CHWs and providers. Finally shows advantages of 1) repositioning LAM as a gateway to other modern family planning methods; and 2) integrating LAM into MNCH services and programs in addition to family planning programs.
Session Objectives: There is a description of a model of integrated FP-MNCH program in low resources setting. Also the Lactational Amenorrhea Method will be defined. Another presentation will describe at least three key strategies for facilitating the transition to other modern methods.
Miriam Labbok, MD, MPH, FACPM, IBCLC, FABM
Miriam Labbok, MD, MPH, FACPM, IBCLC, FABM

11:15 AM
Impact of the integration of Lactational Amenorrhea Method within a community based maternal, neonatal and child health program
Salahuddin Ahmed, MBBS, Mohammad Rasheduzzaman Shah, Dr, Ishtiaq Mannan, Dr, Angela Nash-Mercado, Nazma Begum, Emma Williams, Peter Winch, Saifuddin Ahmed, Ahmed Al-Kabir, Robin Kouyate, Catharine McKaig, DrPH, Maureen Norton, MA, PhD and Abdullah Baqui, MBBS, DrPH

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Organized by: International Health
Endorsed by: Maternal and Child Health, Socialist Caucus

CE Credits: Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)

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