GOLD Learning Speakers

USA

Barbara Wilson-Clay, IBCLC

  • Speaker Type: Breastfeeding Essentials Lecture Pack 2016, GOLD Lactation 2016, GOLD Alumni 2017
  • Country: USA
Biography:

Barbara Wilson-Clay has been in private practice in Austin, Texas since 1987 specializing in difficult breastfeeding cases. She co-founded the Texas Chapter of Healthy Mothers/Healthy Babies and the Texas Breastfeeding Coalition.  In 1998 she helped found the non-profit Mothers Milk Bank at Austin, and retired from the (volunteer) board of directors as Vice President after 10 years of service.  She has been a volunteer lobbyist in the Texas legislature during each legislative session since 1993, and helped pass the landmark Right to Breastfeed in Public bill in 1995 and a bill to provide pumping accommodations for public employees not covered by the Affordable Care Act in 2015.  She provides corporate consulting services to Apple Computer. Barbara’s research and commentaries have been widely published. She has participated in midwifery training at local Austin birthing centers and her book, The Breastfeeding Atlas, is widely used to train midwives and health workers all over the world.

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Maternal & Infant Assessment for Breastfeeding: Essential Concepts for Midwives
Infants born at term following an uneventful birth generally require no breastfeeding interventions aside from a supportive environment. However, even in populations of women who are well-motivated to breastfeed, fully one third of infants demonstrate sub-optimal breastfeeding behavior in the first week postpartum. Risk factors have been identified that predict which mother-infant pairs may require extra assistance to protect the option to fully breastfeed once conditions stabilize. Careful assessment of the dyad helps identify who will need the most help. Such assessment is necessary to protect the infant from excessive weight loss and, because the calibration of milk supply is a time-sensitive event, serves to protect the potential for a full milk supply. Midwives must be familiar with new research that recommends that, in the presence of risk factors, milk expression should begin in the first hour after birth, with expressed colostrum being delivered to the infant by spoon or cup.
Presentations: 6  |  Hours / CE Credits: 6  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks
Hours / CE Credits: 1 (details)  |  Categories: Breastfeeding and Lactation
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Looking Both Ways: Taking Wisdom from the Past Into the Future
Pioneer researchers, clinicians, and breastfeeding advocates laid the foundations for modern lactation science. Many of their names are now forgotten, although they sounded the alarm about the risks of bottle feeding early in the last century and deplored the trend away from breastfeeding. Their dedication contributed to the development of the WHO Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes in 1981, and their research contributed to the scientific basis for today's clinical practices. Thanks to advances in both science and technology we are now able to help many more mothers nurse their babies. However, enormous economic disparities exist between communities, and access to care and equipment varies widely. Technologies that we depend upon to support breastfeeding are unavailable in many areas. Even in normally secure communities, large footprint natural disasters, wars, refugee crises and unforeseen events can disrupt lives. However, no matter the circumstances mothers continue to give birth and newborns must receive adequate early immunological protection, warmth, and nutrition if they are to survive. Therefore, it is important to look back at some of the low tech solutions of the past and preserve this knowledge in our tool kits so that we know how to protect breastfeeding when the lights go off.
Presentations: 27  |  Hours / CE Credits: 25.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Hours / CE Credits: 1.25 (details)  |  Categories: Breastfeeding and Lactation
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Looking Closely at The Baby
Clinical management of the breastfeeding mother and infant begins with accurate assessment of the issues that are affecting normal function. While breastfeeding is a dyadic activity, this presentation focuses on the infant. Specifically, the learner is invited to look closely at the individual baby, to observe facial tone and structure, and to identify any anomalies or restrictions in range-of-motion (such as those resulting from torticollis) that may negatively impact ability to breastfeed. Videos and photos will demonstrate both normal and abnormal presentations. Interventions will be proposed to assist infants who are unable to breastfeed so that they may continue to receive human milk, ideally from their own mothers, with an eventual goal of breastfeeding, if possible.
Presentations: 3  |  Hours / CE Credits: 3  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks
Hours / CE Credits: 1 (details)  |  Categories: Breastfeeding and Lactation