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Breastfeeding Essentials: From Assessment to Problem Solving Lecture Pack

With the explosion of research and new developments in the field of human lactation over the past few years, it seems like new information is coming out every day. Our breastfeeding essentials package was designed to bring together some of the leading experts in the field to provide an overview of the most up to date research and recommendations for practice on some of the hottest topics in lactation.

$110.00 USD
Total CE Hours: 6.00   Access Time: 4 Weeks  
Lectures in this bundle (6):
Duration: 63 mins
Diane Wiessinger, MS, IBCLC, La Leche League Leader
Everything Old is New Again
USA Diane Wiessinger, MS, IBCLC, La Leche League Leader

Diane Wiessinger, MS, IBCLC, is a co-author, with Diana West, Linda Smith, and Teresa Pitman, of La Leche League International’s Sweet Sleep Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family. She is also a co-author, with Diana West and Teresa Pitman, of the 8th edition of LLLl's Womanly Art of Breastfeeding. Other publications include chapters in Genna's Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants and Smith's The ABC's of Private Practice, and journal articles and essays on latching, lip ties, D-MER, motherhood in other mammals, and breastfeeding language. Diane self-publishes more than 75 breastfeeding handouts for mothers. She has spoken in over 40 states and provinces and in Europe, Asia, and Oceania.

Objective 1: List two drawbacks to “traditional” positioning advice
Objective 2: Describe two advantages to using gravity to facilitate breastfeeding

USA Diane Wiessinger, MS, IBCLC, La Leche League Leader

Babies haven’t changed, but our understanding of how they attach to the breast certainly has. A journey through more than 50 years of “skilled help” with breastfeeding, what we thought we knew, what we think we know, and how we’re circling back to our beginnings and some surprisingly simple conclusions.

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Duration: 60 mins
Kathy Parkes, MSN-Ed, BSPsy, RN, IBCLC, RLC, FILCA
Lactation Choices Following Pre-and-perinatal Loss
us Kathy Parkes, MSN-Ed, BSPsy, RN, IBCLC, RLC, FILCA

Kathy Parkes is a registered nurse, IBCLC, and Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association (FILCA) with over 30 years of experience in lactation management and education. She has been actively involved with breastfeeding coalitions at the local, state, and international levels. Now a published author, her first book, “Perspectives in Lactation: Is Private Practice for Me?”, sold out the first printing in only 48 hours. Kathy has worked in multiple lactation settings, including the hospital, private practice, education, home health care, and in the US-based Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) program. As a Certified Compassion Fatigue Educator, Kathy heads the Perinatal Loss Program at her hospital, and leads a Griefshare program in the community. Happily married for 39 years, she has 2 daughters, and 3 grandchildren, all breastfed.

Objective 1: Attendees will be able to discuss the process of Lactogenesis II.
Objective 2.Attendees will be able to list two methods to safely decrease engorgement to aid maternal comfort following a loss.
Objective 3.Attendees will verbalize at least one alternative to milk suppression for mothers in a post-loss situation.

us Kathy Parkes, MSN-Ed, BSPsy, RN, IBCLC, RLC, FILCA

Professionals working with new mothers and infants are drawn to the field by compassion. However, when a loss occurs, whether prenatally or following birth, many of us are unprepared to deal with the loss ourselves, or in assisting the family. One of the many decisions that needs to be made in this time of grief is how the mother will deal with lactogenesis II, the surge of breast milk at two to four days. This session will provide an overview of anatomy and physiology of milk production, and discuss various choices the mother can make regarding how she will deal with the milk supply that occurs. To close the session, the speaker will briefly discuss self-care for professionals to aid recovery from such a loss.

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Duration: 74 mins
Diana West, BA, IBCLC
Postpartum Nipple Pain: Causes, Treatments, and Empathy
USA Diana West, BA, IBCLC

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,, and websites. She lives with her three sons and one husband in the picturesque mountains of western New Jersey in the United States.

Objective 1: Describe the role of timing in diagnosing nipple pain cause.
Objective 2: List three different causes of nipple pain.
Objective 3: Explain the appropriate treatment strategy for one type of nipple pain.

USA Diana West, BA, IBCLC

In a vivid (and sometimes graphic!) presentation of photos contributed by lactation colleagues around the world, a wide variety of nipple pain causes, treatments, and counseling strategies are explored and discussed.

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Duration: 73 mins
Lisa Marasco, MA, IBCLC FILCA
Recognizing When Things Are Heading South
U.S.A. Lisa Marasco, MA, IBCLC FILCA

Lisa Marasco has been working with breastfeeding mothers for 35 years and has been Internationally Board Certified since 1993. She holds a Master’s degree in Human Development with specialization in Lactation Consulting and was designated a Fellow of ILCA in 2009.

Lisa is co-author of Making More Milk: The Breastfeeding Guide to Increasing Your Milk Production, a contributing author to the Core Curriculum for Interdisciplinary Lactation Care, and a Cochrane Collaborative author. She is employed by WIC of Santa Barbara County while she continues to research, write and speak. In addition, Lisa is affiliated with La Leche League of So. Calif/Nevada, and serves on the Breastfeeding Coalition of Santa Barbara County.

Objective 1: Differentiate the three main categories of milk production problems.
Objective 2: List 3 maternal risk factors for lactation problems in the early postpartum
Objective 3: Explain the impact of infant suck on maternal milk production

U.S.A. Lisa Marasco, MA, IBCLC FILCA

Breastfeeding is normally a robust process, but sometimes mothers and babies end up in a gray area where your gut isn’t sure that everything is going to be okay. When low milk production concerns present, where do you start? Is it real or perceived? Delayed, secondary or primary? Which came first, the chicken or the egg? This session walks through the assessment process to determine whether a problem exists and what the cause of a low milk supply might be.

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Duration: 60 mins
Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA
Using Gravity-Assisted Positions to Prevent Early Breastfeeding Problems
United States Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA

Nancy Mohrbacher was born and raised in the Chicago area, where she lives today. She is a board-certified lactation consultant who has been helping nursing mothers since 1982. Her breastfeeding books for parents and professionals include Breastfeeding Answers Made Simple and its Pocket Guide; Breastfeeding Made Simple(with Kathleen Kendall-Tackett); Working and Breastfeeding Made Simple; and Breastfeeding Solutions and its companion app for Android and iPhone.

Nancy currently contracts with hospitals to improve breastfeeding practices, writes for many publications, and speaks at events around the world. Nancy was in the first group of 16 to be honored for her lifetime contributions to breastfeeding with the designation FILCA, Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association.

Objective 1: Describe the effects of hands-on versus hands-off breastfeeding help on long-term outcomes.

Objective 2:Summarize the research on newborns’ innate feeding behaviors and how gravity affects them in different feeding positions.

Objective 3: Implement a simplified breastfeeding initiation strategy designed to reduce the incidence of the 3 most common problems during the first weeks after birth.

United States Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA

It’s time to rethink how we teach breastfeeding. This session describes the science on early positioning and its implications to our current epidemic of breastfeeding problems. It includes an overview of research on hands-on versus hands-off help, the hardwiring mothers and babies bring to breastfeeding, and a simplified breastfeeding initiation strategy with checklist designed to reduce the incidence of the three most common early breastfeeding problems: nipple pain, latching struggles, and concerns about low milk production.

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Duration: 81 mins
Maternal & Infant Assessment for Breastfeeding: Essential Concepts for Midwives

Barbara Wilson-Clay became a La Leche League Leader in 1982. She certified as an IBCLC and entered private practice in Austin, Texas in 1987. Barbara was named a Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association in 2008. She recently retired from her practice, which specialized in difficult breastfeeding situations. With a client load of 400-450 visits yearly, Barbara garnered a wealth of clinical and counseling experience and a trove of clinical teaching photos. In partnership with Kay Hoover, she created The Breastfeeding Atlas, which was translated into Chinese in 2019 by Fudan University Press. A Korean translation will be published in September 2020.

Barbara has been a citizen advocate for breastfeeding in the Texas legislature and helped pass a landmark law protecting breastfeeding rights. She is one of the co-founders of the non-profit Mothers Milk Bank at Austin, and retired as Vice President of the Board of Directors in 2010. She continues to serve on the Advisory Board. Barbara's research and commentaries have appeared in the Journal of Human Lactation, Archives of Disease in Childhood, the International Breastfeeding Journal, and others. She has served on various editorial review boards and contributed chapters to several lactation textbooks.

Objective 1: Learners will identify 4 major infant risk factors that may compromise the newborn's ability to breastfeed.
Objective 2:Learners will identify 4 major maternal risk factors that may impair the mother's early milk production or impede breastfeeding.
Objective 3: Learners will describe the latest research on calibration of milk production and the steps necessary to take when any early interruption of normal breastfeeding occurs.


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.

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This program has been approved for 6 L-CERPs. GOLD Learning is an approved Long Term Provider of CERPs by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). Approval #CLT114-07.

Additional Details

Viewing Time: 4 Weeks

Tags / Categories

(IBCLC) Education and Communication, (IBCLC) Infant, (IBCLC) Maternal, (IBCLC) Maternal, (IBCLC) Psychology, Sociology, and Anthropology, Breast and Nipple Pain, Breastfeeding Complications, Breastfeeding Support, Lactation After Perinatal, Neonatal, & Infant Loss, Latch & Position, Maternal & Infant Assessment

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