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Tools of the Lactation Trade Lecture Pack

Sometimes, tools are a necessary part of supporting breastfeeding/chestfeeding. Learn more about the what, when, why and how from the experts in the field. Finger feeding, bottles and artificial nipples, nipple shields, dietary and herbal galactogogues, breastpumps, and at breast supplementers will all be covered in this comprehensive package.

$110.00 USD
Total CE Hours: 6.00   Access Time: 4 Weeks  
Lectures in this bundle (6):
Duration: 60 mins
Using Breastfeeding Supplementers

Catherine Watson Genna BS, IBCLC is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in private practice in New York City. Certified in 1992, Catherine is particularly interested in helping moms and babies breastfeed when they have medical challenges and is an active clinical mentor. She speaks to healthcare professionals around the world on assisting breastfeeding babies with anatomical, genetic or neurological problems. Her presentations and her writing are enriched by her clinical photographs and videos. Catherine collaborates with Columbia University and Tel Aviv University Departments of Biomedical Engineering on research projects investigating the biomechanics of the lactating nipple and various aspects of sucking and swallowing in breastfeeding infants. She is the author of Selecting and Using Breastfeeding Tools: Improving Care and Outcomes (Praeclarus Press 2009) and Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants (Jones and Bartlett Learning 2008, 2013, 2017) as well as professional journal articles and chapters in the Core Curriculum for Lactation Consultant Practice and Breastfeeding and Human Lactation. Catherine served as Associate Editor of the United States Lactation Consultant Association’s official journal Clinical Lactation for its first seven years.

Objective 1: Detail cogent clinical factors in the choice of supplementer devices;

Objective 2: Describe advantages and disadvantage of three tools for supplementing at the breast; and

Objective 3: Describe ways to modify supplementers for cleft affected infants.


This presentation reviews available commercial and clinician-assembled supplementer devices and their use during breastfeeding in a problem solving context. It includes special considerations for infants with oral clefts and cardiorespiratory conditions.

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Duration: 60 mins
Melissa Cole, MS, IBCLC
Beyond Fenugreek: An Individualized Approach to Dietary and Herbal Galactagogues
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: Understand why foods and herbs may be needed to support optimal lactation;

Objective 2: Understand the different ways that galactogogues support lactation;

Objective 3: Understand a personalized approach to selecting appropriate galactogogues; and

Objective 4: Locate resources on galactogogues and herbal safety.

USA Melissa Cole, MS, IBCLC

While some clinicians might roll their eyes when ‘lactation cookies’ are mentioned we know foods and herbs have long been used to nourish the postpartum parent and enhance lactation. Some topics this talk aims to cover: Does nourishment matter when it comes to breastmilk quality or quantity? How can we approach galactogogues for lactating mothers in an individualized way? How can clinicians evaluate evidence and determine safety regarding galactogogues? We know that parent coping with milk supply concerns are often desperate to ‘try anything’. Clinicians have an important role in helping families understand the risks and benefits of galactogogues. By helping parents identify resources and information around foods and herbs, we can help empower them to make informed choices.

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Duration: 60 mins
Alison K. Hazelbaker, PhD, IBCLC, FILCA, CST, RCST, PPNE
Finger Feeding: What Do We Know? What Should We Know?
USA Alison K. Hazelbaker, PhD, IBCLC, FILCA, CST, RCST, PPNE

Dr. Hazelbaker has been a therapist in private practice for over 30 years. She specializes in cross-disciplinary treatment and to that end has taken training in several modalities to best assist her clients. She is a certified Craniosacral Therapist, a Lymph Drainage Therapy practitioner, a Tummy Time™ Trainer, a Haller Method practitioner, A Pre and Perinatal Psychology Educator, a Lactation Therapist Diplomate, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and a fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association.

She earned her Master’s Degree from Pacific Oaks College (Human Development specializing in Human Lactation) and her doctorate from The Union Institute and University (Psychology, specializing in Energetic and Transformational healing.)

People recognize her as an expert on infant sucking issues caused by various structural problems like torticollis, plagiocephaly, brachycephaly and tissue shock-trauma. She invented the Hazelbaker™ FingerFeeder and the Infant Breastfeeding CranioSacral Protocol™ to assist in the resolution of this type of infant sucking dysfunction.

Objective 1: Explain the theoretical physiological basis for finger feeding;

Objective 2: Describe the various tools and methods of finger feeding; and

Objective 3: Discuss a decision rule for using finger feeding.

USA Alison K. Hazelbaker, PhD, IBCLC, FILCA, CST, RCST, PPNE

Although an alternative feeding method, such as bottle, cup or finger feeding, represents a less than ideal way to feed infants, at times introducing one of these methods may ultimately save the breastfeeding relationship. In this session, Dr. Hazelbaker presents the research on and the theory of finger feeding. She then proposes areas for further research. She includes a sub-lecture on the physiology of finger feeding and compares finger feeding against bottle and cup from the physiological perspective. Participants come away with a new understanding of finger feeding, enabling them to make sound clinical decisions regarding a therapeutic choice when a baby must be fed away from the breast.

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Duration: 60 mins
Alyssa Schnell, MS, IBCLC
The Proficient Pumper
United States Alyssa Schnell, MS, IBCLC

Alyssa has been helping parents and babies with breastfeeding since 2002, first as a La Leche League Leader and since 2009 as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

Alyssa works in private practice serving clients worldwide, primarily through telehealth. She is the author of Breastfeeding Without Birthing: A Breastfeeding Guide for Mothers Through Adoption, Surrogacy, and Other Special Circumstances and a professional supplement to the book, The Breastfeeding Without Birthing Professional Pack online training.

Alyssa has authored articles for The Journal of Human Lactation: The Three Step Framework for Inducing Lactation and Successful Co-Lactation by a Queer Couple: A Case Study. She has also authored articles for La Leche League’s Leader Today and Breastfeeding Today magazines, and Adoptive Families magazine. She is an international speaker on the topics of inducing lactation, relactation, and other related topics. Alyssa is the proud mother of three breastfed children, two by birth and one by adoption. She lives in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.

Objective 1: Describe reasons why a parent would need/choose to use a breast pump;

Objective 2: Identify alternatives to pumping;

Objective 3: Choose a breast pump appropriate for a parent’s circumstances;

Objective 4: Participant will be able to properly care for her breast pump;

Objective 5: Know how to make pumping as comfortable as possible; and

Objective 6: Know how to maximize the amount of milk output from pumping.

United States Alyssa Schnell, MS, IBCLC

Many breastfeeding parents rely on a breast pump to help provide milk for their babies when they are separated or not feeding directly from the breast for other reasons. Others will use a breast pump to bring in or grow their milk production. Some of these parents may find pumping uncomfortable. Many others have difficulty expressing enough milk to meet their babies’ needs. There are also those who produce an overabundance of milk while pumping. This session addresses all of these parents by providing ideas for making pumping as effective, efficient, and comfortable as possible.

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Duration: 60 mins
Barbara Robertson, MA, IBCLC, LLL
The Great Nipple Shield Debate
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: Explain the differences between the nipple shields of the past and the nipple shields being used today;

Objective 2: list three possible reasons a family might use a nipple shield to support breastfeeding;

Objective 3: Describe three factors to consider when helping families decide whether to use a nipple shield or not.

USA Barbara Robertson, MA, IBCLC, LLL

Most IBCLCs interact with nipple shields in their work whether a family has brought one in that they are already using or they have suggested using this tool themselves. Are we using them too much or too little? When does it make sense to use this tool? Some lactation consultations say never and some give them out too often. In this session, a brief history of nipple shields will be presented along with the possible reason one might use a nipple shield. The pros and cons of nipple shield use in clinical settings will be debated. Finally, the latest research will be discussed to determine which clinical experiences are grounded in best practice.

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Duration: 60 mins
Mindy Harmer, CCC-SLP, CLC
Meet Me in the Nipple Aisle
United States Amy Peterson, IBCLC
United States Mindy Harmer, CCC-SLP, CLC

Amy Peterson, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, & Mindy Harmer, a Certified Lactation Counselor and Licensed Speech-Language Pathologist, are recognized breast and bottle-feeding speakers. Amy has worked in the field of lactation for the past 22 years focusing the most challenging cases. Mindy is the owner of a Speech-Language Occupational Therapy clinic that specializes in pediatrics. They have a passion for sharing their expertise and strive to give practical information for breastfeeding helpers and parents. For the past 13 years they have studied bottle features and how they impact a baby’s suck. Amy and Mindy’s early collaboration resulted in the publication of Balancing Breast and Bottle: Reaching Your Breastfeeding Goals, revised in 2019. They also have a series of tear-off sheets designed to assist breastfeeding helpers with bottle and pacifier use.

Objective 1: State two important features to consider when selecting a bottle;

Objective 2: Recognize baby behaviors that indicate a different flow rate is needed;

Objective 3: Learn how to select a bottle as a tool for improving a baby's suck.

United States Amy Peterson, IBCLC
United States Mindy Harmer, CCC-SLP, CLC

All too often, the breastfeeding helper finds herself in the uncharted territory of fielding artificial nipple questions and helping mothers select the best bottles for their breastfed babies. By broadening your artificial nipple knowledge and learning about bottle features you can minimize the negative impact of bottle use. Once you become familiar with bottle features and their impact on a baby’s suck, you can also use this knowledge to improve latching and sucking skills.

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Tags / Categories

(IBCLC) Clinical Skills, (IBCLC) Education and Communication, (IBCLC) Pharmacology and Toxicology, Feeding Devices and Tools, Managing Milk Supply, Medications & Herbs, Pumping & Milk Expression

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