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Breastfeeding Education Online Course(s) & Continuing Education

Access the latest clinical skills and research for Breastfeeding Education for Lactation & Breastfeeding professional training. These Breastfeeding Education online courses provide practice-changing skills and valuable perspectives from leading global experts. This Breastfeeding Education education has been accredited for a variety of CEUs / CERPs and can be accessed on-demand, at your own pace.

Hours / Credits: 1 (details)
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Dr. Pound is a Clinical Investigator at the CHEO Research Institute, an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Ottawa, and the Resident Research Coordinator for the Pediatric Residency Program at the University of Ottawa. She is a specialist in the field of Consulting Pediatrics and has presented at national meetings, and published in the area of breastfeeding, and has authored a position statement on breastfeeding for the Canadian Pediatric Society.

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Canadian physicians are ill-equipped to support breastfeeding mothers as their confidence, attitudes and knowledge are known to be suboptimal. We developed, delivered, and evaluated a combination of continuing professional development (CPD) activities targeting specific gaps uncovered in our previous Canadian physicians’ breastfeeding assessment, with the ultimate goal of encouraging participants to integrate new skills and knowledge in their practice. Methods We developed and delivered an interactive workshop to facilitate physicians’ ability to support patients’ breastfeeding practices. We distributed communication tools to improve information retention. We performed phone outreach 4 to 8 weeks post workshop to reinforce take-home messages, gather information on implementation of breastfeeding support practices taught at the workshop, and to gather information on physicians’ current perceptions and practices. Participation, satisfaction with the CPD activities and learning were tracked through questionnaires and follow-up phone outreach. We aimed to recruit 30 to 40 physicians but recruited 7. Results Workshop participation increased participants’ confidence in breastfeeding counseling skills, improved their knowledge, and was associated with a desire to change clinical practice. The workshop was rated as relevant, interesting, effective, and helpful. Conclusion Physician recruitment was much more difficult than anticipated, and a large selection bias was inevitable as only physicians with a keen interest in learning about breastfeeding participated in the study. However, our participants rated the intervention very positively. Given the difficulty in recruitment, a more feasible approach needs to be adapted and evaluated. In future, we will target the intervention at residency level.

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Presentations: 27  |  Hours / CE Credits: 25  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
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Ireland Geraldine Cahill, BA Ced, BA ToT, IBCLC

Geraldine has been involved in breastfeeding support and education for 30 years in Ireland. She works in private practice as a Lactation Consultant doing home visits. She has a major interest in Adult Education and she runs Training of Trainer (Lactation) courses for healthcare professionals in Ireland. She tutors for a group called Cuidiú, training both breastfeeding counselors and childbirth educators.She has organized Peer to peer education for other groups in Ireland and abroad. Geraldine has spoken at many conferences both in Ireland and abroad or a range of topics but her choice usually comes back to her interest in Adult education and the theories around learning styles, groupwork, experiential learning and programme development.

Ireland Geraldine Cahill, BA Ced, BA ToT, IBCLC
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Birth workers are usually the first contact with parents and are therefore the people who are best placed to influence them in their choice of infant feeding method. Adults only retain information on a ‘need to know’ basis, so meeting the needs of individuals in your interactions is important. Whether you provide a formal breastfeeding class or just have 5 mins to chat during a prenatal visit, what is the best way for you to provide evidence, which information is important. How can you help parents to make an informed decision about feeding. Adult education theory, learning styles, aims and learning outcomes for your interactions, as well as breastfeeding information will be presented and ideas for how you can make your clients learning fun and interactive.

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Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks
Hours / Credits: 1 (details)
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USA Lori J. Isenstadt, IBCLC, CCE, CBD

Lori J. Isenstadt, IBCLC, CCE, CBD, began her IBCLC career in 2 large hospitals and a local breastfeeding clinic. In 2007, she opened her practice, All About Breastfeeding, offering private consultations, and breastfeeding classes. Her expertise ranges from basic breastfeeding through the most complicated of breastfeeding challenges. In the last 30 years, Lori has taught breastfeeding classes to over 8000 parents where she focuses on what they should expect in the early days of breastfeeding. Lori is a member of Toastmasters International and enjoys speaking about mothering and breastfeeding. Lori is the host of All About Breastfeeding, a podcast where she interviews mothers, authors, researchers and physicians about topics related to breastfeeding. Lori believes that breastfeeding is a family affair. To help support her mission to educate families as well as corporations and business owners about breastfeeding, she has recently released the most comprehensive audio breastfeeding masterclass. She has produced over 300 shows many of which focus on breastfeeding educational topics. On a personal note, Lori resides in Phoenix, AZ is married to Alan for 38 years and is the mother of three adult children. Lori can be reached by email: [email protected] and website: www.aabreastfeeding.com

USA Lori J. Isenstadt, IBCLC, CCE, CBD
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Global breastfeeding initiation rates are about 80-85%. Unfortunately, there is a significant drop off rate of exclusive breastfeeding in the early weeks, well before parents return to work. The latest statistics of 45% exclusive breastfeeding at 3 months and 28% exclusive breastfeeding rates at 6 months clearly demonstrate that duration not initiation is the real struggle. This presentation will begin by reviewing global breastfeeding rates. We will than gain some real insight from parental feedback which helps us to understand what changes we need to make in breastfeeding education. You may be surprised to find out exactly what the point of breastfeeding classes are and who we should be targeting to help support parents in the early months of breastfeeding.

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Presentations: 15  |  Hours / CE Credits: 15.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Hours / Credits: 1 (details)
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USA Nicola Singletary, PhD, MAT, IBCLC

After studying biology at Meredith College in North Carolina, Nicola Singletary, PhD, MAT, IBCLC spent the early part of her career sharing her love of science with middle school students. It was not until after the birth of her first child in 2007 and the challenges she faced breastfeeding that she became interested in pursuing a career in breastfeeding support. She enrolled at North Carolina State University to study human nutrition and completed the Mary Rose Tully Training Initiative through the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute at UNC Chapel Hill in 2012. In the fall of 2013, she opened Harmony Lactation, LLC with the goal of helping mothers meet their breastfeeding goals. She recently completed her PhD in Nutrition and is a postdoctoral researcher at NCSU; her research focuses on breastfeeding education. She is also co-owner of Next Level Lactation, an educational and consulting company for lactation professionals.

USA Nicola Singletary, PhD, MAT, IBCLC
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As part of efforts to increase breastfeeding initiation and duration, educational interventions aimed to increase awareness and positive attitudes towards breastfeeding beginning during the school years are recommended by the World Health Organization and UNICEF UK. Breastfeeding education in the school setting offers the opportunity to introduce the topic to a wide range of students from a variety of socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. The purpose of this presentation is to 1) present a critical review of the literature regarding stakeholder views of breastfeeding education programs in schools, 2) explore ongoing mixed methods research on North Carolina family and consumer science teacher attitudes and practices relating to infant feeding education in the secondary classroom, and 3) make recommendations for opportunities for lactation professionals to promote breastfeeding education in schools.

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Presentations: 6  |  Hours / CE Credits: 6  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks
Hours / Credits: 1.25 (details)
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Theresa Nesbitt, RN MD ("Dr. Theresa") is an Obstetrician-Gynecologist with special training in Maternal Fetal Medicine. Her interests these days lie in promoting lifelong wellness for women with a focus on nutrition, reproductive health and breastfeeding. She is the Director of Family Health Coaching, editor of Babies and Breastfeeding Magazine and author of Evolutionary Eating: How We Got Fat and 7 Simple Fixes. She anticipates publication of her newest book Building a Baby Brain Bite by Bite - How to Eat Before, During and After Pregnancy next year. Her interest in brain growth and development, nutrition and developmental kinesiology have helped her to look at placentation, lactation and nutrition for reproductive fitness through a new lens.

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Human newborns are unique among the primates in that they are born in a neurologically immature state. This lack of sensorimotor capabilities mean that they have special breastfeeding challenges during the first month postpartum. For humans breastfeeding is innate in the newborn but is mostly a learned behavior or skill in the mother, a skill that is naturally learned via observation. Natural breastfeeding is both easy to learn and teach and employs a simplified approach to enhancing newborn motor control thereby avoiding the most common problems of the first few weeks postpartum, nipple pain, difficulty latching and concerns about milk production in most newborns.

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Presentations: 20  |  Hours / CE Credits: 19.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
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USA Christy Jo Hendricks, IBCLC, RLC, CLE, CD(DONA), CCCE

Christy Jo has over 25 years of teaching experience. She is passionate about teaching in ways that simplify learning. She has been awarded the United States Presidential Volunteer Award for her community service, the Phyllis Klaus Founder's Award for her contribution to the Mother/Baby bond and the Above and Beyond Award for innovative projects that exemplify the mission of Public Health. She has also been named Lactation Educator Faculty of the Year from Childbirth and Postpartum Professionals Association and earned their Visionary Award in 2015. Christy Jo is the author of Mommy Feeds Baby and co-author of Making Milk. She created the Grow Our Own Lactation Consultant/IBCLC Prep Course which has been used to train hundreds of students to become Lactation Consultants. She currently resides in California with her husband and three children. She continues to serve her community as a birth doula, Private Practice IBCLC, Health Educator for Public Health, and faculty for the CAPPA CLE© and Childbirth Educator Programs.

USA Christy Jo Hendricks, IBCLC, RLC, CLE, CD(DONA), CCCE
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As educators and health organizations, we mostly target prenatal women with the breastfeeding message and then are surprised at the push-back we receive from those who do not embrace breastfeeding. In order to tip the scale in breastfeeding acceptance, we must broaden our audience.

This presentation will focus on reaching a larger audience. We must project our message to the masses. It is crucial to share breastfeeding education to society, early and frequently. Breastfeeding education should begin in the school system and be geared for each age appropriately.

We must offer education in a way that each person and organization understands how it applies to them and their situation. For instance, employers will be more likely to embrace the employee that breastfeeds if they understand the far-reaching effects of breastfeeding. The lawmakers will be more likely to approve lactation laws if they comprehend the need for legislation. Partners will offer appropriate support if they receive the same education that is often reserved for the pregnant woman. This presentation will give suggestions of how to reach family, communities, professionals, and lawmakers with the breastfeeding message. When societies embrace breastfeeding, they will embrace breastfeeding women and see it as the norm.


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Presentations: 6  |  Hours / CE Credits: 6  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks
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Ireland Tamara Drenttel Brand, MA, MPH, IBCLC

Tamara Drenttel Brand, IBCLC, holds an MA in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Arizona and a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from the American University of Beirut. An American by birth, but an expat in practice – she spent 10 years in the Middle East, where she worked as a public health practitioner, maternal and child health consultant and an IBCLC. She has had the privilege of working with breastfeeding dyads from all over the world in both in private practice and as a La Leche League Leader. In 2011, she founded and still actively facilitates “Mama 2 Mama Beirut Breastfeeding Support,” the largest breastfeeding peer support network in the Middle East.
Tamara founded and blogs for Galactablog.com – a site for lactation specialists and those aspiring-to-be. Galactablog features lactation program reviews, DIY breastfeeding ‘hacks’ and free/low-cost lactation resources and tips on private practice. She is currently developing a monthly podcast on the realities of running a lactation private practice around the world.
In her spare time, she is a furniture artist, avid upcycler and coffee connoisseur. She currently resides in a seaside village in Ireland with her family.

Ireland Tamara Drenttel Brand, MA, MPH, IBCLC
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Are you a lactation professional or health care provider looking for ways to engage your audience? Whether your audience is breastfeeding families, parents-to-be, peer counselors, volunteers, health care professionals or lactation specialists, then this presentation is for you! In it, I will show how creative solutions can overcome a lack of resources or technology to provide mothers and families with engaging and effective breastfeeding support. This session will cover innovative and interactive educational strategies and activities that can be used to capture your audience’s attention and to encourage them to retain vital information and strategies to help them breastfeed.

These concepts are practical and applicable to all types of settings, including but not limited to: breastfeeding support groups, lectures and presentations, training sessions, webinars, seminars and one-on-one lactation consultations. Moreover, they are easily modifiable to fit the needs of different populations and cultures. As many lactation professionals work in low-income communities or resource-poor settings that frequently lack many of the latest gadgets and expensive lactation aids, this presentation will offer demonstrations and tutorials of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) options that can ensure that breastfeeding mothers and families get the best support possible, even when resources are scarce.

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Presentations: 6  |  Hours / CE Credits: 6  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks
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Ireland Geraldine Cahill, BA Ced, BA ToT, IBCLC

Geraldine has been involved in breastfeeding support and education for 30 years in Ireland. She works in private practice as a Lactation Consultant doing home visits. She has a major interest in Adult Education and she runs Training of Trainer (Lactation) courses for healthcare professionals in Ireland. She tutors for a group called Cuidiú, training both breastfeeding counselors and childbirth educators.She has organized Peer to peer education for other groups in Ireland and abroad. Geraldine has spoken at many conferences both in Ireland and abroad or a range of topics but her choice usually comes back to her interest in Adult education and the theories around learning styles, groupwork, experiential learning and programme development.

Ireland Geraldine Cahill, BA Ced, BA ToT, IBCLC
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Learning styles can be defined as the cognitive, effective and psychosocial behaviours that can serve as relatively stable indicators of how learners perceive, interact with and respond to a learning environment. Learning styles are just one part of Adult education theory, how do the theories around Androgogy, Transformation learning, Experiential learning and programme development affect those offering education in the world of breastfeeding. In this session, we will explore what we have to understand about how adults learn in order to be able to communicate effectively. We will also explore ways to empower people to understand breastfeeding and their role in advocating for women and babies.

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Presentations: 6  |  Hours / CE Credits: 6  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks
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U.S.A TaNefer L. Camara, MS-HCA, IBCLC

TaNefer is an IBCLC, Maternal Health Strategist and Healer with over 15 years of experience in supporting families through birth, breastfeeding and postpartum. She has a background in psychology and Health education with an emphasis in community health and early career experience in counseling, social services and family advocacy. She brings a wealth of knowledge and experience as she helps her clients identify their challenges and lovingly guides them through a plan to overcome them. She has the ability to work with diverse populations and tailors support to fit the needs of each unique person or group. She educates parents, families and professionals on lactation, breastfeeding and maternal healing. She is also a researcher, serving as a Community Advisory Board member to the UCSF Preterm birth initiative and is also the Community Researcher and Relations consultant to the SACRED Birth Study. She has designed, implemented and evaluated programs in maternal equity and lactation and is the creator of the "Teach me how to breastfeed" song and viral music video. TaNefer Lumukanda Camara is also a Co-founder B.L.A.C.K Course.

U.S.A TaNefer L. Camara, MS-HCA, IBCLC
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It’s been a decade since the Surgeon General’s call to action to support breastfeeding. While great strides have been made to improve breastfeeding rates in the US, diverging societal conditions, disparate birth outcomes and changing family dynamics have necessitated adjustment and adaptation of more inclusive and multifaceted approaches to lactation support. With up to 34% of birthing people having experienced a traumatic birth, one study has shown how the effect on breastfeeding can go in either direction. If we factor in housing instability, mental health and race/immigration status we see greater disparities and/or differing needs according to the target population. However, the paradox is that these issues are not mutually exclusive, therefore a one size fits all approach is not sufficient. The COVID-19 Pandemic shed light on pre-existing gaps and disparities in this field and forced us to reimagine what breastfeeding promotion, protection and support should and can be. Implementing a multi-disciplinary plan to approach breastfeeding and lactation should be the trend moving forward. In this presentation you will learn how to:

Identify disciplines that can collaborate with lactation specialists to support breastfeeding promotion. Discuss challenges in supporting populations with multiple needs and high risk. Strategize a plan for reaching marginalized communities and populations at high risk and high need for lactation support.

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Presentations: 6  |  Hours / CE Credits: 6  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
This presentation is currently available through a bundled series of lectures.