Breastfeeding and Lactation
A wide range of presentations providing the latest evidence based information about human lactation, breastfeeding management, and breastfeeding advocacy and promotion.
Diana West is an IBCLC in private practice. She is the co-author of “Sweet Sleep: Naptime and Nighttime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family,” the 8th edition of La Leche League International’s “The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding,” “The Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk,” the clinical monograph “Breastfeeding After Breast and Nipple Procedures,” and ILCA’s popular “Clinician’s Breastfeeding Triage Tool.” She is the author of the “Defining Your Own Success: Breastfeeding After Breast Reduction Surgery.” She is on the Editorial Review Board for the “Journal of Clinical Lactation,” a La Leche League Leader and the Director of Media Relations for La Leche League International. She has a bachelor’s degree in psychology and is the administrator of the popular BFAR.org, LowMilkSupply.org, and LactSpeak.com websites. She lives with her three sons and one husband in the picturesque mountains of western New Jersey in the United States.
Topic: Breast Assessment: What, Why, How, and When - [View Abstract]
Topic: Mothers Speak Out: Top Five Traits of a Great Lactation Consultant - [View Abstract]
Topic: Postpartum Nipple Pain: Causes, Treatments, and Empathy - [View Abstract]
Topic: Sleep Training: History, Research, and Outcomes - [View Abstract]
Topic: Sweet Sleep: Bedsharing for Breastfeeding Mothers and Babies - [View Abstract]
What do mothers really think about the services they receive from their lactation consultant? What do they want but aren’t getting? This session presents the results of a high volume survey of mothers’ opinions about IBCLC services. The answers will help participants focus their practice for better effectiveness, clinical outcomes, and client satisfaction.
Cindy Leclerc and Jana Stockham are Registered Nurses and IBCLCs with over 40 years combined experience helping new families get started with breastfeeding. They are the co-founders of Cindy & Jana Health Resource. The company’s website, cindyandjana.com and app, NuuNest, guide families through the postpartum period.
Cindy is a strong believer in mother-to-mother support, helping to facilitate breastfeeding and postpartum depression support groups. She is intrigued by all things online and actively uses social media to promote breastfeeding.
Jana has been trained as a Baby Friendly assessor and helped to coordinate the first Baby Friendly designation in Saskatchewan. She has a passion to help families with new babies and facilitates a group for breastfeeding moms.
IBCLC’s begin their career with a baseline of theoretical and practical knowledge. As in every other profession, there is wisdom that can only be learned on the job. IBCLC’s who have worked on the frontlines for over 20 years share principles that will help you to be more effective and compassionate in your practice. They will share actual stories and examples from their work with families, including a few mistakes made along the way. Learn what Cindy & Jana wish they had known when they first became IBCLC’s.
Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA, is author of the professional books, Breastfeeding Answers Made Simple and its Pocket Guide Edition. She co-authored (with Kathleen Kendall-Tackett) the popular book for parents, Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers. She is also author of the tiny 2013 troubleshooting guide, Breastfeeding Solutions: Quick Tips for the Most Common Nursing Challenges and the Breastfeeding Solutions smartphone app. Nancy began working with breastfeeding families in 1982 and became board-certified as a lactation consultant in 1991. From 1993 to 2003 she founded and maintained a large private lactation practice in the Chicago area. In 2008 the International Lactation Consultant Association officially recognized her contributions to the field of breastfeeding by awarding her the designation FILCA, Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association. Nancy was one of the first group of 16 to be recognized for their lifetime achievements in breastfeeding.
Topic: Pumping for the NICU Baby: An Evidence-Based Update - [View Abstract]
Topic: Using Gravity-Assisted Positions to Prevent Early Breastfeeding Problems - [View Abstract]
Topic: What Mothers Need to Exclusively Breastfeed - [View Abstract]
A study of the impact of continuing professional development (CPD) activities on physicians’ knowledge, motivation and ability to address challenges with exclusive breastfeeding practices
Dr. Pound is a Clinical Investigator at the CHEO Research Institute, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Ottawa, and the Resident Research Coordinator for the Pediatric Residency Program at the University of Ottawa. She is a specialist in the field of Consulting Pediatrics and has presented at national meetings, and published in the area of breastfeeding, and has authored a position statement on breastfeeding for the Canadian Pediatric Society.
Canadian physicians are ill-equipped to support breastfeeding mothers as their confidence, attitudes and knowledge are known to be suboptimal. We developed, delivered, and evaluated a combination of continuing professional development (CPD) activities targeting specific gaps uncovered in our previous Canadian physicians’ breastfeeding assessment, with the ultimate goal of encouraging participants to integrate new skills and knowledge in their practice. Methods We developed and delivered an interactive workshop to facilitate physicians’ ability to support patients’ breastfeeding practices. We distributed communication tools to improve information retention. We performed phone outreach 4 to 8 weeks post workshop to reinforce take-home messages, gather information on implementation of breastfeeding support practices taught at the workshop, and to gather information on physicians’ current perceptions and practices. Participation, satisfaction with the CPD activities and learning were tracked through questionnaires and follow-up phone outreach. We aimed to recruit 30 to 40 physicians but recruited 7. Results Workshop participation increased participants’ confidence in breastfeeding counseling skills, improved their knowledge, and was associated with a desire to change clinical practice. The workshop was rated as relevant, interesting, effective, and helpful. Conclusion Physician recruitment was much more difficult than anticipated, and a large selection bias was inevitable as only physicians with a keen interest in learning about breastfeeding participated in the study. However, our participants rated the intervention very positively. Given the difficulty in recruitment, a more feasible approach needs to be adapted and evaluated. In future, we will target the intervention at residency level.
Jodine Chase owns a public relations firm specializing in news analysis. She is a longtime breastfeeding advocate with five children and three grandchildren. She curates Human Milk News. She provides communications and social media strategy support to the Alberta Breastfeeding Committee as a volunteer member of the board. She is a founder of the Breastfeeding Action Committee for Edmonton (BACE), Human Milk for Human Babies, and is a supporter of the Calgary Mothers’ Milk Bank. She works to raise the profile of breastfeeding discrimination issues in Canada and around the world.
Topic: Breastfeeding Harrassment: When Moms Face Humilitation, Discrimination and Even Arrest - [View Abstract]
Despite advances in human rights legislation in Canada and the US, women still face harassment and discrimination when they breastfeed in public. In the last 15 years in Alberta, Canada, reports of discrimination escalated even as policies were adopted to affirm and support the right of women and children to breastfeed in public. In 2014 the Breastfeeding Action Committee of Edmonton (BACE) received a grant from the Alberta Human Rights Education and Multiculturalism Fund to further development of a tool kit for Breastfeeding Friendly spaces. The project included policy, procedure and training development for stakeholders and a public education campaign. Public attitudes towards breastfeeding in public, including in specific spaces where discrimination had occurred - swimming pools, the public library - were measured prior to the implementation of a Breastfeeding Friendly program that included policy articulation, staff training, and public education. Public attitudes were measured after program implementation. This presentation will explore the impact of the implementation of Edmonton's Breastfeeding Friendly project on the potential for families to feel safe and welcome to breastfeed in Edmonton's public spaces.
Joy MacTavish provides classes and in-home lactation consultations through her private practice, Sound Breastfeeding. She has hospital-based, community-based, and private practice experience, and enjoys teaching and consulting with families throughout the perinatal period, including prenatally all the way through weaning. Her background as a birth and postpartum doula, and parenting educator, inform her compassionate and evidence-based support of new families in Seattle, North King, and South Snohomish County in Washington State. Joy holds a Master of Arts in Cultural Studies, graduate certificate in Women Studies, and two Bachelors degrees from the University of Washington where her focus was on identity, intersectionality, and anti-oppression. She serves as adjunct faculty at the Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations at Bastyr University where she created the Breastfeeding for Doulas course. She also co-directs the annual Breastfeeding Help Beyond the Hospital Stay Conference in Seattle. Joy is passionate about her family, social justice, and continuing education.
Dental caries are the most common chronic infectious disease of early childhood and new recommendations urge families to seek pediatric dental care at a younger age. For families who are practicing full-term breastfeeding and/or nocturnal breastfeeding (night-nursing), many are also reporting increased pressure to night-wean, wean completely, or otherwise incorporate care that is often not practical or evidence-based. A clear understanding of the research and realities of breastfeeding and the risks of dental caries, along with advocacy skills, are integral for breastfeeding families feeling confident in their breastfeeding relationship and their dental care. This presentation will compare the latest research and recommendations from the dental and lactation fields, as well as outline support strategies for assisting lactation clients as they understand the relevant information, communicate with their dental professionals, and make informed decisions about their breastfeeding relationships.
Karen Campbell, RN, has been a Public Health Nurse with the Durham Region Health Department since 2001, where her focus has been on Reproductive and Child Health. Her primary focus has been on breastfeeding. Karen was involved in an innovative infant feeding surveillance system to monitor the rates of breastfeeding within the region. This work lead to the initiation of a research study on the factors affecting adolescent mothers decisions towards breastfeeding. Karen has presented at multiple conferences and workshops about supporting younger mothers in breastfeeding as well as the socioeconomic factors that affect breastfeeding. Karen is currently working on a baby-friendly initiative within the community with a local breastfeeding coalition.
There is increased recognition of the importance of breastfeeding at a national level as evidenced by the increased number of Canadian mothers initiating breastfeeding. However, adolescent mothers (19 years), compared to all other mothers, have lower rates of breastfeeding initiation and duration. This presentation will identify the facilitating influences and barriers to initiating, and cotinuing breastfeeding, as perceived by adolescent mothers in Canada. The presenter will share national and local statistics and share strategies for effectively translating the research into practice.