Making it Work: Supporting Nursing Moms at Work

Cathy is an expert in the field of lactation support in the workplace and her presentation offers insights into the challenges faced by working mothers who are breastfeeding and provides workable solutions and resources for both mothers and employers.

The content of this wonderful session addresses needs of employed breastfeeding women, including emotional constraints, establishing and sustaining milk production, rebuilding milk production, helping women navigate avenues of support, talking with supervisors and coworkers about their needs, counseling mothers about specific pumping strategies and schedules tailored to the mother’s work situation, and sharing available resources.

$15.00 USD
Total CE Hours: 1.00   Access Time: 3 Weeks  
Lectures in this bundle (1):
Durations: 60 mins
Cathy Carothers, BLA, IBCLC, FILCA
Making it Work: Supporting Nursing Moms at Work
USA Cathy Carothers, BLA, IBCLC, FILCA

Cathy Carothers is co-director of Every Mother, a non-profit organization providing lactation training for health professionals. An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 1996, she has provided more than 600 training events and conference presentations in every U.S. state/territory and several countries. She is past president of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA), a fellow of ILCA, and past chair of the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee. She chairs the design team for the equity initiative in the lactation consultant profession, and chairs the Monetary Investment for Lactation Consultant Certification (MILCC), which works to reduce financial barriers to the IBCLC exam. She has directed several national breastfeeding promotion and support initiatives for the U.S. federal government, including the national USDA WIC peer counseling program, and national workplace support initiatives through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She was honored with the 2014 National Leadership Award from the National WIC Association.

Objective 1: Identify at least three major barriers to breastfeeding among employed women.
Objective 2: Identify at least two solutions for maintaining milk production after returning to work.
Objective 3: Name at least two ways to assist mothers in preparing for their return to work.

USA Cathy Carothers, BLA, IBCLC, FILCA

There has to be an easier way! Many women returning to work after the birth of a baby find that the challenges are great…especially if they are breastfeeding, and the challenges range from lack of time and space to emotional and physical demands. The challenges are even greater for low-wage workers employed in more challenging, non-office settings, where private space options are much more difficult to identify, and where women often feel devalued and lack of confidence to speak up about their needs. For many women, discontinuing breastfeeding seems like the easiest “solution,” impacting maternal and infant health. This session will address the key issues of women returning to work, with workable solutions for supporting women with time and space for milk expression at work, and resources that can help.

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Nursing CEUs - Nursing Contact Hours:
This continuing nursing education has applied for credits with: ANA-Massachusetts, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialling Center's (ANCC) Commission on Accreditation.

Midwifery CEUs - MEAC Contact Hours
This continuing education program has applied to the Midwifery Education Accreditation Council (MEAC) for accreditation.

CERPs - Continuing Education Recognition Points
GOLD Conferences has been designated as a Long Term Provider of CERPs by the IBLCE--Approval #CLT114-07

Dietetic CPEUs - Dietetic Continuing Education Units:
This program has applied to the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

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Breastfeeding and Lactation

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