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BVL Online Congress

Take your professional lactation skills to the next level! This special package is designed to learn more about the new topics in lactation and the influence of COVID 19, breastfeeding education and support. Improve your skills on mastitis treatment and gain weight of the newborn.

BVL selected eight breastfeeding experts to provide an in-depth look at knowledge and skills that will help to elevate the level of care you provide to breastfeeding families.

 Join these speakers with national and international reputation on breastfeeding Level up your lactation knowledge and skills!
BVL biedt in samenwerking met GOLD Learning het BVL-Online congres aan met volgend programme:

Presentaties in Engels

Nancy Mohrbacher - What's New in Lactation

Amy Brown - How can we better support mothers don't meet their breastfeeding goals?

Kymeng Tang - Exploring Playful technology to support breastfeeding education

Teresa Hernández-Aguilar - Has COVID-19 affected breastfeeding promotion and Support practices?

Alexandra Walker - Chasing the Butterfly: Understanding How the Thyroid Gland Impacts Breastfeeding

Presentaties in het Nederlands

Eline Tommelein - De diagnose en behandeling van spruw bij borstvoeding

Joke Muyldermans - Educatief borstvoedingsmateriaal, hoe gezondheidspromotie verbeteren en ouders empoweren?

Myrte van Lonkhuijsen - 7-10% gewichtsverlies, bijvoeden of niet? Een andere blik op gewichstverlies bij borstgevoede pasgeboren baby

This program has aproved for 5.5 CERPs and 5.5 hours continuing education in Belgium by FOD Volksgezondheid

$110.00 USD
Total CE Hours: 5.50   Access Time: 8 Weeks  
Lectures in this bundle (8):
Duration: 66 mins
Alexandra Walker, BSN, MA, RN, IBCLC, RLC
Chasing the Butterfly: Understanding How the Thyroid Gland Impacts Breastfeeding
USA Alexandra Walker, BSN, MA, RN, IBCLC, RLC

Alex has been a lactation consultant in the Washington, DC area since 2010. In addition to running her private practice, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Lactation Consultants, Alex cares for breastfeeding moms and babies at Hirsch Pediatrics in Rockville, MD. After earning her master's in English Literature and teaching for several years, Alex met two extraordinary people that inspired her to enter the field of lactation: her daughters. Alex has worked at Inova Fairfax Hospital and Sibley Memorial Hospital as an in-patient lactation consultant. In 2015, she graduated summa cum laude from the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Nursing with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Alex is committed to increasing awareness for impaired mammary organ development (IMOD) and impaired mammary organ function (IMOF).

Objective 1: Describe normal thyroid function and how/why this is altered during stages of pregnancy and postpartum
Objective 2: Recognize the signs and symptoms of thyroid disorders in a lactating mother
Objective 3: Recognize the difference between normal and abnormal thyroid lab values during pregnancy and postpartum, as well as understanding their significance
Objective 4: Name at least three ways a mother could support a euthyroid state through dietary and/or herbal methods

USA Alexandra Walker, BSN, MA, RN, IBCLC, RLC

Often overlooked and as elusive as the butterfly it resembles, the thyroid gland may lurk behind a number of breastfeeding difficulties, including low-supply, over-supply, and overt lactation failure. Recent research has revealed that thyroid disorders during pregnancy and postpartum are more common than previously thought. A substantial amount of our current professional discourse centers around tongue-tie, which occurs in anywhere from 4.2%-10.7% of babies, while thyroid disorders in lactating women may in fact be more prevalent than tongue tie, affecting anywhere from 6.7%-13.3% of women in the postpartum period. Even more alarming is that as many 50-80% of these cases may be missed by a woman’s healthcare provider. During this presentation, you will gain a basic understanding of how the thyroid gland functions and the various ways in which a dysfunctional thyroid can adversely affect lactation. You will also learn which signs and symptoms warrant a referral to a primary health care provider. We will review the latest evidence-based thyroid hormone reference values appropriate for a woman during pregnancy and postpartum so that, if your patient does undergo testing, you will feel confident discussing those results with her. Finally, we will discuss some herbal and dietary recommendations for improving thyroid function.

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Duration: 40 mins
Prof. Amy Brown, PhD, Professor
How Can We Better Support Mothers Don’t Meet Their Breastfeeding Goals?
United Kingdom Prof. Amy Brown, PhD, Professor

Professor Amy Brown is based in the Department of Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences at Swansea University in the UK. With a background in psychology, she has spent the last thirteen years exploring psychological, cultural and societal influences upon infant feeding decisions in the first year. Her research seeks to understand how we can shift our perception of how babies are fed away from an individual mothering issue to a wider public health problem – with societal level solutions. Dr Brown has published over 60 papers exploring the barriers women face in feeding their baby during the first year. She is a mother to three human children and three book babies: Breastfeeding Uncovered: Who really decides how we feed our babies, Why starting solids matters, and The Positive Breastfeeding Book: Everything you need to feed your baby with confidence. She is a regular blogger, aiming to change the way we think about breastfeeding, mothering and caring for our babies.

Objective 1: Understand the wide range of emotions women can feel when they cannot breastfeed for as long as they wanted to.

Objective 2: Identify the idea of breastfeeding trauma and how it may display in women’s behaviour and reactions.

Objective 3: Understand ways in which support could be tailored to include women who have not been able to meet their breastfeeding goals"

United Kingdom Prof. Amy Brown, PhD, Professor

Promoting breastfeeding as protective of both maternal and infant health is a central role or governments, health professionals and breastfeeding advocates. Talking about breastfeeding difficulties and why ingrained barriers must be tackled is essential to ensuring the situation changes for future mothers. However, sometimes it feels as if we are caught in a vicious circle; we must talk about breastfeeding as our rates are low and many women wish they had breastfed for longer, yet discussing these issues is often criticized as causing pain. This talk will present findings from a large research study which explored the experiences of over 2000 women who could not breastfeed for as long as they wanted, presenting their lasting emotions from their experience alongside their ideas for how we could promote breastfeeding in ways that cause them the least pain. The concept of negative breastfeeding emotions displaying as psychological grief or trauma for a subgroup of women will be discussed, alongside the factors that they felt made their experience or feelings worse.

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Duration: 40 mins
Joke Muyldermans, RM, MSc, IBCLC
Ready-Made Educational Breastfeeding Material to Improve Parental Education and Empower Parents.
Belgium Joke Muyldermans, RM, MSc, IBCLC

Joke graduated as a Midwife in 2006 and a Master in Midwifery in 2008. She obtained the IBCLC lactation consultant degree in 2011. She graduated in specialised applied pharmacology in 2015. She has experience as midwife and lactation consultant in her own primary care practice, lecturer at the University College Brussels, head editor of the Flemish Journal of Midwifery and board member of the Flemish Organisation of midwives and ELACTA. At the moment Joke is also a researcher on COVID-19 vaccination during lactation at the University of Brussels.

Objective 1: Participants will be able to list existing types of adult learning

Objective 2: Participants will be able to interact with adult learning

Objective 3: participants will be shown different examples of educational material

Belgium Joke Muyldermans, RM, MSc, IBCLC

There is a lack of correct, similar and evidence-based information about breastfeeding in primary care and hospital settings. According to mothers, the most difficult thing about breastfeeding are the many contradictory advice. Literature shows there is a clear link between positive breastfeeding figures and the fact that mothers received prenatal education. A lot of research as been done on the effect of prenatal preparation, but not on the quality of information, the used methods and material. Adults learn best with a combination of three methods, explanation, the use of visual material and practical exercises. Ready-made educational packages for giving a prenatal workshop, information session or to be used during the prenatal or postnatal consultation need to meet the needs parents that appears from the literature. A realistic picture of breastfeeding need to be given in a fresh, timeless way. The educational material also need be used during consultations where language is a problem due to its clear images and few words.A variety of material and methods, like pictures and movies, interaction and explanation, need to be done.

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Duration: 40 mins
7-10% Gewichtsverlies, Bijvoeden of Niet? Een Andere Blik Op Gewichstverlies Bij Borstgevoede Pasgeboren Baby

Trained as an educational Scientist I first became a volunteer for VBN (a Dutch organisation similar to LLL). In 2000 I became an IBCLC and have worked as such in private practice ever since. I work and live in the Amsterdam area in the Netherlands. In my practice I see a wide variety of mothers and babies from different cultural backgrounds (although mainly in relatively good economic circumstances) and age, from ex-preemies at home to 3-4 year olds. Apart from face-to-face breastfeeding help I also teach. This ranges from antenatal breastfeeding workshops for parents to in company trainings for professional organisations. I find joy in assisting parents and babies to find ways to work together. And in showing healthcare professionals that providing good breastfeeding care is an interesting and rewarding aspect of their profession.

Objective 1: use a growthcurve for the first 10 days of life to coach parents and other healthcare professionals.

Objective 2: interpret conflicting information between growth(curve) and clinical presentation of the baby

Objective 3: assess when to use the more common norm used (5, 7 and 10% of weightloss) and when to use a more precise tool in order to assist parents with breastfeeding management.


An important reason for early weaning is (perceived) insufficient growth and milk production. This worries both parents and healthcare professionals. Therefore monitoring growth is an important aspect of the care around newborn babies and young children. Although weightloss in the first days of live is normal in humans, the consequence is often supplementary feeding. In this presentation I will discuss how tools to closely monitor weightloss ánd -gain can help prevent unnescesary supplementation. And how such a tool, if and when used properly, can also help in education of both healthcare professionals as expecting parent. In this presentation the focus will be on a tool developed by TNO Nederland precisely with the aim to prevent unnescessary supplementation and cessation of breastfeeding.

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Duration: 40 mins
Exploring Playful Technology to Support Breastfeeding Education

Kymeng Tang is a PhD student at KU Leuven. He develops immersive playful systems to allow expecting parents and wider society to experience breastfeeding, and currently explores how to demonstrate breastfeeding in a virtual reality environment. Kymeng obtained a Bachelor of Science in computer science with highest distinction under a government-funded-merit scholarship from the Royal University of Phnom Penh, Cambodia in 2016. While pursuing his bachelor’s degree, he was awarded several merit-exchange scholarships to study abroad. Between 2015 and 2016, Kymeng also worked as a part-time research assistant at the Royal University of Phnom Penh. Shortly after obtaining his bachelor’s degree, he was awarded a scholarship to pursue a master’s degree at KU Leuven, Belgium in 2016. In 2017, Kymeng was honored to have his bachelor’s degree awarded and congratulated by the prime minister of Cambodia. In 2018, he obtained a Master of Science in Electronics and ICT Engineering Technology (Magna Cum Laude) from KU Leuven, where he is currently pursuing his Ph.D. In his most recent publication, “Information and Communication Systems to Tackle Barriers to Breastfeeding: Systematic Search and Review”, he highlights shortcomings in current information technology to support breastfeeding, and outlines design opportunities to turn breastfeeding into a collective and societal rather than individual effort.

Objective 1: Participants will be able to list existing types of tech-mediated intervention to support breastfeeding

Objective 2: Participants will be able to assess the potential and limitations of technology in the breastfeeding space

Objective 3: Participants will be able to cooperatively design playful technology for breastfeeding with different stakeholders


Breastfeeding brings along many health benefits for parents and child but the practice in many countries falls short of achieving the World Health Organization (WHO) directives due to various challenges. Existing information and communication technology solutions promise to tackle barriers to breastfeeding, e.g., by providing self-administered breastfeeding education, and have shown some success in improving the theoretical knowledge. However, there is room for improvement, for example, by offering educational content that examines the lived experience of breastfeeding through games or playful interactive experiences that could also engage partners and wider society in the process. Drawing from our exploratory work, we present the potential and limitations of playful technology in support breastfeeding and suggest two main opportunities for playful technology design: 1) immersive first-person breastfeeding experience for expecting parents and 2) playful systems that portray the needs of newborns. We will give a glimpse into the design and development process of a virtual reality breastfeeding experience, together with a demonstration of our initial low fidelity prototype system.

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Duration: 40 mins
Has COVID-19 Affected Breastfeeding Promotion and Support Practices?

I am a medical doctor, with a specialization in pediatrics, a Masters degree in Public Health and Nutrition from the University of California in Berkeley, and a PhD from the University of Valencia, Spain. I have devoted more than 20 years now to breastfeeding Medicine and I am a member of ILCA and the ABM for many years now. I have been member of the Breastfeeding Committe of the Spanish Pediatric Association and its national coordinator from 2009 to 2012. In 2013, I became the National Coordinator of IHAN (the association for the Humanization of Birth Assistance and Breastfeeding Protection) which is the Association that runs the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative and the Baby Friendly Community Initiative in Spain. I have represented Spain in the BFHI Network and I am currently a member of the Coordinating Committee, External Relations and Internal Relations Committee of this Network. All these being voluntary work, my present job is as the Director of the first Breastfeeding Clinic in the Spanish National Health care service, which is located in Valencia. I am the proud mother of two breastfed children and one breastfed granddaughter.

Objective 1: Understand the reasons of WHO recommendations regarding perinatal care

and breastfeeding protection during the COVID-19 Objective 2: Describe what the BFHI Network is and name some of its objectives

Objective 3: Reason on a risk assessment basis why skin-to-skin contact, direct breastfeeding and close contact between mother and infant must not be precluded even during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Mothers, families and professionals faced extraordinary challenges that differed depending on resources and local considerations during the COVID Pandemic. Isolation measures, fear and other issues menaced in many countries, the important quality of perinatal care and breastfeeding support measures that BFHI hospitals offer. Though WHO recommendations regarding perinatal care and breastfeeding support for mothers and families during the Pandemic were published early, these recommendations were not followed everywhere. In some countries, fear for possible mother and/or infant exposure or for professional's exposure might precluded mother-infant closeness and skin-to-skin contact. Direct breastfeeding was not recommended by some health authorities in some countries or in some regions. With the endorsement of the BFHI Network Coordinating Committee I designed and conducted a survey among the members of the BFHI Network. The survey was meant to collect information about how the Pandemic had been faced in different settings/countries. The objective was to learn how to move forward and how to improve the way we fought the pandemic in the perinatal area and protected mothers and infants, while preserving humanization and quality of care in the near future and for other pandemics that might come. The objective of this talk is to share the results of this Survey.

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Duration: 90 mins
Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA
What's New In Lactation
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: Explain how viewing gender on a spectrum rather than as a binary concept affects language and the lactation choices of some LGBTQ families.

Objective 2: Summarize the results of selected studies that have the potential to improve lactation practice.

Objective 3: Describe how lactation professionals’ view of their role can affect families’ satisfaction with their quality of care.

United States Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA

Of the thousands of lactation studies published during the last decade, some have the potential to make us more effective as we help nursing families. This session provides an overview of the cutting- edge knowledge and skills supported by recent evidence. It includes new science on the impact of early formula use on allergy, the dynamics of mammary dysbiosis, the effects of parental obesity on lactation, new approaches to preventing jaundice and excess weight loss after birth, novel treatments for mastitis and hypoglycemia, LGBTQ nursing and language, new ways of understanding and explaining early positioning and milk production, picture-based tongue-tie assessment tools, nursing the early term baby, and more.

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Duration: 40 mins
De Diagnose en Behandeling Van Spruw Bij Borstvoeding

In 2013, I started teaching pharmacology and pharmacotherapy in the Bachelor of Science for Midwifery (VIVES – Kortrijk) as well as in the post-academical course organized by the Flemish Midwives Organization (VBOV). This is a specialty course for midwives to obtain the degree of Prescribing Midwife. Since 2018, I also teach this course at the Karel De Grote Hogeschool in Antwerp.

After completing the Clinical Chemistry Cycle in the Netherlands, I started teaching “laboratory data for first-line healthcare” at the Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Care at Ghent University. This class includes various topics, with a personal specialty in anaemia, dose adjustments in renal insufficiency and point-of-care/home testing. At the Free University of Brussels, I teach a class on medication review in the final year of the Master of Science in Pharmaceutical Care. During this course we give special attention to implementation strategies to complete this process. During the academic year of 2018-2019, I developed and counselled a new interdisciplinary course at the Ghent University. In de Bachelor of Science of Pharmaceutical Sciences, we introduced a new learning path together with the food and dietetics (Hogeschool Gent).

I am currently part of a project by the Belgian Centre of Pharmacotherapeutic Information, commissioned by the Belgian government. In this project we develop standard dosing strategies for general practitioners and pharmacist to improve rational drug use. Besides, I am an active member of a working group on medication review to implement this service in the Belgian healthcare setting.

Since 2018 I have been a member of the working group. Nutrition in the early years of life" of the Flemish Professional Organization of Midwives. Together with midwives, pediatricians and dietitians, we set up campaigns to give infants the best start in life from an early age. In 2019, the first two manuals I wrote about this theme were also published in this context: Bottle feeding & Breastfeeding. These handbooks will be used at various universities of applied sciences from the 2019 - 2020 academic year. Care providers working in the practice can also purchase these practice-oriented handbooks to support their practice.

Objective 1: discuss different treatment options for oropharyngeal candidiasis during the breastfeeding period.

Objective 2: select correct therapy options for oropharyngeal candidiasis during the breastfeeding period.

Objective 3: list available alternative treating options accompanied by evidence-based information


"We discuss the available guidelines on the diagnosis and treatment of oropharyngeal candidiasis in infants and mammary and/or nipple candidiasis in mothers during lactation. Additionally, we included a review of alternative approaches that may be used in the treatment of oropharyngeal candidiasis and mammary and/or nipple candidiasis during the breastfeeding period."

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(IBCLC) Education and Communication, (IBCLC) Infant, (IBCLC) Infant, (IBCLC) Maternal, (IBCLC) Physiology and Endocrinology, (IBCLC) Public Health and Advocacy, (IBCLC) Techniques, Breastfeeding Education, Breastfeeding Support, Candida & Thrush, IBCLC & COVID, IBCLC Using Research, Maternal Anatomy & Physiology, Slow Weight Gain, Trauma & Breastfeeding

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