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Translating Knowledge Into Practice: Creating Effective Lactation Care Plans Lecture Pack

A lactation care plan serves several purposes. It provides the client with reminders about what was discussed during the visit with their care provider, what steps they should be following at home and when to follow up. For the care provider, the care plan helps to document care and also serves as a means to encourage collaboration and continuity of care. In short, an effective care plan is an essential tool for lactation professionals.

This package provides a focused look at common clinical situations and each presentation provides a detailed look at how to put a plan in place, when to follow up and how to adjust the care plan as things evolve. With speakers such as Melissa Cole, Barbara Robertson, Jacquline Kincer and Karolina Ocha along with topics such as Breastfeeding Families and Complicated Mastitis, Walking with NICU Families Through Their Infant Feeding Journey, Care Plan Design for Treating Infant Oral Dysfunction and much more, this package is not to be missed!

$110.00 USD
Total CE Hours: 6.00   Access Time: 4 Weeks  
Lectures in this bundle (6):
Duration: 60 mins
Melissa Cole, MS, IBCLC
Common Infant Digestive Health Concerns and Useful Support Strategies
USA Melissa Cole, MS, IBCLC

Melissa Cole, MS, IBCLC, RLC is a board certified lactation consultant, neonatal oral-motor assessment professional, and clinical herbalist in private practice. Melissa has been passionate about providing comprehensive, holistic lactation support and improving the level of clinical lactation skills for health professionals. She enjoys teaching, researching and writing about wellness and lactation-related topics. Melissa holds a bachelor of science degree in maternal child health and lactation consulting and her master’s work is in therapeutic, clinical herbalism. Melissa actively conducts research and collaborates with several lactation and health care professional associations. Before pursuing her current path, Melissa’s background was in education and cultural arts, which has served her well in her work as a lactation consultant and healthcare educator. She loves living, working and playing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her 3 children.

Objective 1: Describe how the GI tract develops.

Objective 2: Identify infant stooling patterns and concerns.

Objective 3: Identify care plan ideas for infants coping with digestive issues

USA Melissa Cole, MS, IBCLC

This session will focus on common concerns regarding infant digestive health and useful support strategies that care providers can incorporate into their work with families. We will discuss what's normal and what's not in regard to stooling, spit up/reflux, colic/fussiness, food sensitivities, and more. Many parents are coping with babies that are uncomfortable and unhappy due to digestive health concerns. Dealing with a fussy, uncomfortable baby is emotionally and physically draining. Having a basic understanding of infant gut health and care strategies can be useful tools for any type of practitioner working with infants.

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Duration: 60 mins
Patricia Díaz Lorenzo, MD, Pediatrician, IBCLC, Doula
Breastfeeding Beyond All Obstacles: Breastfeeding Families and Complicated Mastitis
Venezuela Patricia Díaz Lorenzo, MD, Pediatrician, IBCLC, Doula Text to HTML Converter

Patricia Díaz L., Woman passionate about accompanying Women and Families through their Conscious and Connected gestational, birthing and parenting journeys. She is a trained Pediatrician, IBCLC and Doula. Graduated as a Surgeon physician and Pediatric Specialist from the Central University of Venezuela, at the main Children’s Hospital of the country; JM de los Ríos. From her formative years, she fell in love with the dynamic process of Breastfeeding and the unique physical, nutritional, immunological, qualities of it, along with the transformative emotional and spiritual bond that formed between the new parents and their baby: "Being a witness to that first magical and intimate human contact, is one of the most wonderful sensations in the world; I have ever experienced”. Dr. Patricia Díaz graduated as Promoter and Consultant of the Lactation Center ""Mi Gota de Leche” ( “ My Drop of Milk” ) at the Hospital J.M. de los Ríos, with the endorsement of UNICEF. She was part of the First Cohort of Diplomats in Breastfeeding and Complementary Feeding Practices, of the Faculty of Medicine, at the Central University of Venezuela. Member of the American Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) and the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA). Trained as a Doula, at the Auroramadre Center in Venezuela. National and International speaker. With more than a decade of experience, Patricia, strongly advocates for Human Lactation Education, at her private practice in Venezuela, where she currently is the Chief of Pediatrics at La Trinidad Medical Teaching Center. At this center, she has co-designed the Respectful Birthing Protocol (to honor the Sacred Hour, Skin to Skin and Rooming in; most recently updated alongside Neonatology Department, to adjust it for COVID19 context). Also through her social media platform @PediatríaAutana (Tree of Life), she educates, advocates for Breastfeeding families and designs educational tools for Parents and Caregivers, Families and Teachers, in the most innovative formats, adjusted to their needs, concerning topics associated with Prenatal Prolactation Prep, Human Lactation, Parenting, Growth and Neurodevelopment, Pediatrics.

Objective 1: Identify key risk factors for Inflammatory and Infectious mastitis, within a Breastfeeding history.

Objective 2: Understand the importance of time sensitive and lactation preserving approaches, to accurate diagnose infectious mastitis.

Objective 3: Learn lactation preserving interventions, for the treatment of Infectious mastitis and complicated mastitis.

Objective 4: Recognize the importance of a multidisciplinary team or timely referral, to efficiently diagnose and treat complicated mastitis, and preserve or recuperate a breastfeeding history.

Venezuela Patricia Díaz Lorenzo, MD, Pediatrician, IBCLC, Doula

Breastfeeding is a human act, typical of our species and as biopsychosocial beings, it is surrounded by obstacles inherent to the experience and determined by our environment.

Breastfeeding in western societies is challenging under normal circumstances; when everything goes as expected. However, in cases where complications such as abscessed mastitis arise, which seem to be the maximum expression of everything that can go wrong in a breastfeeding history: pain, frustration, surgical interventions, use of antibiotics, slow weight gain, etc ; It is where the medical indication to do without breastfeeding frequently arises, as if it were just a practice that could be easily replaced by another feeding method.

In this presentation you will learn the expanded perspective, the challenges and fears of a family that breastfed, through complicated mastitis and managed to restore their Lactation history, through the informed accompaniment of a pro-lactation team of obstetrician and IBCLC pediatrician.

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Duration: 60 mins
Barbara Robertson, MA, IBCLC, LLL
The Baby's Not Gaining Weight! Now What?
USA Barbara Robertson, MA, IBCLC, LLL

Barbara D. Robertson, IBCLC, has been involved in education for over 34 years. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 1988 and her Master’s in Education in 1995. Barbara left teaching elementary students in 1995 to raise her two children. Barbara is now the Director of The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor and of the brand new business LactaLearning.

The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor will still continue to serve breast/chestfeeding families and now LactaLearning will be dedicated to all of Barbara’s professional lactation trainings. Barbara has developed two 95 hour professional lactation training, a group training and a completely self study training with Nancy Mohrbacher. Barbara’s idea of creating professional book groups has exploded with her hosting Making More Milk with Lisa Marasco, Supporting Sucking Skills with Cathy Watson Genna, Breastfeeding Answers, 2nd Edition with Nancy Mohrbacher, and new for the fall, Safe Infant Sleep with Dr. James McKenna. Barbara will be hosting a one day online conference in the fall with Lisa Marasco and Cathy Watson Genna using all of her tech savvy skills to make this a one of a kind experience. Barbara is also a speaker for hire on a wide variety of topics including Motivational Interviewing. Barbara volunteered for the United States Lactation Consultation Association as the Director of Professional Development for 4.5 years.

She just retired as Associate Editor for Clinical Lactation, a journal she helped create for USLCA. Barbara has free podcasts, a blog, and Youtube videos which can all be found on her websites and She has written many articles as well. She loves working with parents and babies, helping them with breast/chestfeeding problems in whatever way she can.

Objective 1: The participant will be able to identify 5 ways of confirming good milk transfer.

Objective 2: The participant will be able to calculate how much supplement is appropriate if the infant does need calories.

Objective 3: The participant will be able to assess if lack of weight gain is caused by the infant, the parent or a combination of both and help the family create a plan that will help move them toward their breastfeeding goals while making sure the infant is well fed.

USA Barbara Robertson, MA, IBCLC, LLL

Helping families determine if an infant is gaining weight appropriately in the first months after birth is an important part of a lactation consultants work. Being able to assess for the signs of a healthy, well-fed infant is critical to this work. If an infant is not gaining appropriately, calculating how much extra food the infant needs to grow properly, what this infant will be fed, identifying why this is happening, and providing possible solutions allows families to work on preserving breastfeeding while improving the breastfeeding relationship.

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Duration: 60 mins
Karolina Ochoa, BSN, IBCLC
Putting a Plan in Place for Pumping
USA Karolina Ochoa, BSN, IBCLC

Karolina Ochoa is a Mother-Baby nurse, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, speaker, and researcher. She has close to a decade of experience in serving breastfeeding families in both in-patient and outpatient settings. Karolina currently runs a successful Private Practice in the Inland Empire, California and she is a CEO of LactationHub.

Her areas of emphasis are clinical management of lactation, behavioral feeding aversions, as well as implementation and management of lactation programs in different healthcare settings. Karolina is passionate about addressing the inequality in access to lactation professionals across the US. She is a big advocate of extended maternity leave for all parents.

Karolina lives with her husband Julio and two lively toddlers in Redlands, CA

Objective 1: Examine different reasons for pumping breast-milk and how to determine the best approach to care for the pumping parent.

Objective 2: Identify the importance of an inclusive approach and respecting parent's own goals and values.

Objective 3: Determine correct flange size depending on nipple size and elasticity.

Objective 4: Evaluate the emotional toll of triple feeding and how that affects long-term breastfeeding outcomes.

Objective 5: Develop skills for supporting parents who choose to Exclusively Pump.

USA Karolina Ochoa, BSN, IBCLC

Pumping can be a choice or a necessity and the role of Lactation Professionals is to meet the parents where they are at. There are endless reasons for parents to use a breast pump, including prematurity, maternal-infant separation, low milk supply, return to work. Pumping can also be a choice for parents that do not wish to directly latch their baby, called Exclusive Pumping. Pumping parents deserve the same kind of evidence-based care as their exclusively breastfeeding counterparts but are often marginalized. During this workshop, you will learn how to best support a pumping parent: the importance of proper flange sizing, pumping schedules, exclusive pumping, the emotional toll of triple feeding, and how to help parents set realistic goals based on their own values.

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Duration: 60 mins
Maxine Scringer-Wilkes, RN, BN, MN, IBCLC
Walking with NICU Families Through Their Infant Feeding Journey
Canada Maxine Scringer-Wilkes, RN, BN, MN, IBCLC

Maxine graduated with a nursing degree followed later on by her Master of Nursing in 2017 both from the University of Calgary. Maxine was a public health nurse in Calgary for 13 years, where providing face to face contacts with new families soon after discharge is a standard of care. Most families named feeding challenges as their biggest concern. In turn, Maxine developed a passion for lactation support, worked towards and attained the International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant designation, in order to assist families to reach their feeding goals.

In 2016, Maxine made the transition from public health to acute care where she currently works in all areas of a large Children’s hospital to support dyads with a myriad of lactation concerns but is primarily in the NICU. Maxine’s responsibilities includes orienting new staff to teaching a provincial lactation education within a team. Maxine is passionate about sharing knowledge with aspiring LCs and is a mentor to many. Maxine participates on numerous committees to update lactation and feeding policies, procedures and documents. Furthermore, she volunteers on provincial and national breastfeeding committees.

Objective 1: Identify key moments in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit when feeding goals are examined.

Objective 2: Identify ways to support parents during feeding progression with breast and/or bottle feeding.

Objective 3: Describe ways to support infants during feeding progression with breast and/or bottle feeding.

Objective 4: Discuss the steps towards full oral feeding.

Canada Maxine Scringer-Wilkes, RN, BN, MN, IBCLC

To graduate from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) infants are required to be adequate feeders. Feeding is a learned skill for NICU babies that is expected to “be there in waiting” after a long medical and or surgical admission. Effective feeding and subsequent weight gain in the NICU are the measures and skill to which a discharge ticket home is granted. Feeding can sometimes be overlooked in regards to its role in infant well being and parental confidence. Infants are admitted to surgical level 3 NICUs for many reasons, including prematurity, necrotising enterocolitis, intestinal perforations, gastroschisis, duodenal atresia, omphaloceles, therapeutic hypothermia, seizures, and oesophageal atresia /fistulas including genetic or metabolic abnormalities. Many of these illnesses have a very long course toward healing and recovery before oral feeding is introduced.

Lactation Consultants in the NICU are well positioned to ensure support of the family and medical team along the way, to optimize successful oral feeding upon discharge home.

This talk will look at some of the ways that parental presence and mom’s milk is therapeutic in the NICU, and how the progression of breastfeeding can be the ticket to going home.

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Duration: 60 mins
Jacqueline Kincer, IBCLC, CSOM
Care Plan Design for Treating Infant Oral Dysfunction
USA Jacqueline Kincer, IBCLC, CSOM

Jacqueline Kincer is the founder of Holistic Lactation where she runs a busy practice, manufacturers herbal supplements for lactation, and supports breastfeeding families worldwide. She's also the host of the podcast Breastfeeding Talk: Milk. Mindset. Motherhood. and creator of the online breastfeeding community, The Nurture Collective. Jacqueline's passion has been to create functional breastfeeding outcomes and expand access to lactation knowledge across the globe.

Objective 1:You will discover what type of plan to create and implement based on the age and current sucking issues of the infant.

Objective 2: You will learn how to know if the care plan you’ve created is working, as well as how to make adjustments when it isn’t working.

Objective 3: You will learn how to facilitate a partnership with your clients to implement the plan and follow-up with you throughout the course of treatment.

USA Jacqueline Kincer, IBCLC, CSOM

Developing a step-by-step care plan is arguably the most important part of patient care. Without it, necessary treatments may be neglected. As lactation providers, it is our role to set proper expectations for our clients, as well as measure clinical improvement and patient outcomes. When working with infants that struggle with sucking or other oral function issues, there is a process and a timeline we can put together that will guide the care we are giving. In this presentation you will learn how to provide guidance to your clients as you help them work through their infant’s oral function challenges.

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CERPs - Continuing Education Recognition Points
Applicable to International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLCs), Certified Lactation Counselors (CLCs), Certified Lactation Educators (CLEs), Childbirth Educators (CBEs) and Doulas. GOLD Conferences has been designated as a Long Term Provider of CERPs by IBLCE--Approval #CLT114-07. This program is approved for 6 L-CERPs.

CME Credits - Continuing Medical Education Credits for Physicians & Nurses
The American Academy of Family Physicians has reviewed this activity and deemed it acceptable for AAFP credit. Term of approval is from 04/02/2024 to 04/02/2025. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. This activity is approved for 6 AAFP Elective CME credits.

Dietetic CPEUs - Continuing Professional Education Units
Applicable to Dieticians & Nutritionists, this program is approved for 6 Dietetic CPEUs by the Commission on Dietetic Registration - the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Midwifery CEUs - MEAC / NARM Contact Hours
This program is accredited through the Midwifery Education & Accreditation Council (MEAC) for 6 Contact Hours (0.6 MEAC CEUs). It is also recognized by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) for 6 CEUs/Contact Hours. Please note that 0.1 MEAC CEU is equivalent to 1.0 NARM CEU/Contact Hour.

Nurse Contact Hours
This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the American Nurses Association Massachusetts, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission (ANCC) on Accreditation for 6 Nurse Contact Hours.. Nurse Contact Hours are valid until 04/02/2026.

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Viewing Time: 4 Weeks

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(IBCLC) Clinical Skills, (IBCLC) Development and Nutrition, (IBCLC) Education and Communication, (IBCLC) Equipment and Technology, (IBCLC) Infant, (IBCLC) Infant, (IBCLC) Maternal, Breastfeeding Strategies for the Preterm Infant, Breastfeeding Support, Crying, Colic, Fussy Baby, Mastitis & Breast Infections, Pumping & Milk Expression, Supporting Sucking Skills, The Newborn Microbiome

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