What is L-eat?
A laminated, write-on, wipe-off charting /observation/assessment / intervention latching tool
An evidenced-based, fully-referenced, step-by-step guide intended to be used as a hands-off or hands-on assessment tool.
It is the perfect charting tool that may be used by the practitioner for charting
Who Can use L-Eat?
L-Eat may be used by anyone assisting the mother with breastfeeding: Doctors, Midwives, Nurses, Lactation Consultants, Doulas, the mother’s partner, or the mother herself.
How Does L-Eat Work?
The support person holds the tool and reads off the steps to the mother, who latches the baby on her own with the verbal guidance read off from the tool.
The practitioner and mother go through it together while, at each step, mother assesses whether she has addressed her own concerns
In this way, mother learns to latch baby by herself while the practitioner is able to record mother’s progress
Meanwhile, the support person checks off the boxes that apply according to the mother’s responses to the questions/statements on the tool – this is the charting part
Once the charting is completed the completed chart is then photocopied twice: one copy for mother to take home, one copy is kept for the mother’s chart
May use any kind of marker, but water-based or dry erase markers work best
The tool is then wiped clean ready to use for the next patient
When is it indicated to use the L-Eat tool?
This tool is used for prevention and treatment of sore nipples/sore breasts, low milk supply, fussy baby, sleepy baby, too-frequent feedings, long feedings
May be used for the mother and baby on first or subsequent latching to prevent problems
May be used at any stage during lactation when there are problems or to diagnose and treat problems