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The Critical First Week of Breastfeeding: Strategies for Increasing Infant Health and Equity

If we truly want to protect, promote and support breastfeeding, there needs to be engagement and education across all areas of society, rather than just healthcare. All of the different people across governments, healthcare, workplaces and community spaces, make up the warm chain of breastfeeding support.

This year for World Breastfeeding Week 2024, GOLD is excited to embrace the theme of "Closing the Gap: Breastfeeding Support for All" by bringing you a brand new presentation from Robin Kaplin M.Ed, IBCLC, FNC and Chardá Bell IBCLC, titled "The Critical First Week of Breastfeeding: Strategies for Increasing Infant Health and Equity". Join our expert speakers to learn more about why breastfeeding is about so much more than just food, the forces that can negatively impact breastfeeding initiation and duration, and strategies for engaging key community members to increase equitable lactation support.

This presentation has applied for 1 L-CERP CEU. Join us live on August 7th at 10am PDT / 1pm EDT / 5pm UTC.
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Total CE Hours: 1.00   Access Time: 4 Weeks  
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Duration: 60 mins
Robin Kaplan, M.Ed, IBCLC, FNC
The Critical First Week of Breastfeeding: Strategies for Increasing Infant Health and Equity
USA Chardá Bell, IBCLC
USA Robin Kaplan, M.Ed, IBCLC, FNC

Chardá Bell is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), Doula, Spinning Babies Certified Parent Educator private practice serving families in San Diego, CA. Marrying her love of birth with lactation, her clinical interest is in the influence of labor and delivery factors, including fetal positioning as well as social determinants of health that may impact initiation and duration of breastfeeding success. When she is not immersed in all things lactation, she volunteers her time to causes related to human milk, Black maternal child health and reproductive justice as well as those that serve to increase diversity in the lactation field. Whether she is helping new families navigate the early days or teaching birthworkers and parents, she is passionate about connecting with other people and encouraging them to spread their knowledge to others. Chardá resides in the eastern region of Southeast San Diego, with her partner Dr. Watkins and their five kids.

Robin Kaplan received her Bachelors degree from Washington University and her Masters in Education from UCLA. After teaching for several years, Robin decided to switch careers and became an IBCLC and opened up the San Diego Breastfeeding Center in 2009. In 2016, she founded the San Diego Breastfeeding Center Foundation, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to reduce breastfeeding/chestfeeding disparities among local marginalized groups, such as BIPOC and low-income families, as well as provide scholarships for BIPOC individuals to become lactation professionals. Robin was the founding host of the Boob Group podcast and published her first book, Latch: a Handbook for Breastfeeding with Confidence at Every Stage in 2018. In 2022, Robin completed her Functional Nutrition Counselor certification at the Functional Nutrition Alliance so that she could provide additional recommendations and treatments for families dealing with food sensitivities, reflux, and inflammatory conditions. In her free time, Robin enjoys hanging out with her two teenage boys, hiking, traveling, weaving, relaxing at the beach, cooking, and searching for the best chai latte.

1: List 3 factors that negatively impact chest/breastfeeding initiation and duration and select 3 ways in which they can engage community members to increase equitable lactation support.
2: Explain why breastfeeding support in the first week is considered critical to the health of the infant.
3: Evaluate ways in which their communities can invest in breastfeeding to address inequalities to alleviate social inequities.

USA Chardá Bell, IBCLC
USA Robin Kaplan, M.Ed, IBCLC, FNC

It is well documented that human milk is the gold standard for infant nutrition, yet practitioner bias, discriminatory medical practices, predatory formula marketing, and lack of access to qualified and affordable lactation support professionals continue to impact worldwide chest/breastfeeding initiation and duration rates, particularly in our most vulnerable populations. Providing equitable and unbiased lactation education and support, prenatally and during the critical first weeks of an infant’s life, can positively impact that child’s and parent’s long term physical, mental, and emotional health. In this presentation, we will discuss the factors, participants, and policies that influence a community's chest/breastfeeding initiation and duration rates and the investments that can be made to protect and promote chest/breastfeeding for all families.

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GOLD Conferences has been designated as a Long Term Provider of CERPs by the IBLCE--Approval #CLT114-07. This program has applied for 1 L-CERP.

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Breastfeeding Advocacy, Lactation & Breastfeeding

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