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GOLD Learning Day: Advancing Lactation Skills Through Clinical Case Studies

Clinical case studies are an important way to develop critical thinking and advance clinical skills. We are excited to bring together our three experts Shonte' Terhune-Smith, Anna Le Grange and Allyson Wessells with their unique areas of experience and expertise, to share challenging case studies. Come work through the cases with our speakers and practice applying your knowledge in a clinical situation. Learn more about the use of mindfulness tools in clinical practice, breastfeeding as movement and the importance of posture and reflexive function and the critical importance of community based lactation care.

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$50.00 USD
Total CE Hours: 3.00   Access Time: 6 Weeks  
Lectures in this bundle (3):
Duration: 60 mins
Bridging the Gap: Case Studies in Community Based Lactation Care

Shonte' Terhune-Smith is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, postpartum doula and health educator. Over the past 10 years, she has worked diligently in Genesee County to increase breastfeeding rates. She has worked for WIC, in the hospital as a lactation intern and at various pediatric and obstetrician clinics, promoting and educating women about breastfeeding. Normalizing breastfeeding is her passion. Shonte' is the owner of, You Overcoming Lactation Obstacles (YOLO). She empowers and provides timely, culturally competent, evidence-based breastfeeding support and services to Genesee County families and surrounding areas. Shonte' understands that breastfeeding works better when the mother has a village of support to overcome the barriers families face. She is also co-founder of Southeast Michigan IBCLC's of Color.

1. Describe lactation concerns in an outpatient setting that are a sign of an emergency.
2. Explain how to support failure to thrive families while protecting breastfeeding.
3. Describe the importance of relationships between providers and community-based organizations.


While breastfeeding initiation rates have increased over the years, there continues to be disparities in duration rates, specifically amongst black and brown families. After families are discharged from the hospital, there is a gap in connecting with equitable outpatient resources. Follow-up appointments after hospital discharge may be days or sometimes weeks away and in that time, difficulties with latching, engorgement, weight loss, and other issues, can spiral out of control. This presentation will demonstrate how these gaps can be bridged with referrals and partnerships with hospitals and providers, with case studies that show how they can positively impact breastfeeding outcomes.

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Duration: 60 mins
Allyson Wessells, PT, MPT, IBCLC
Breastfeeding as Movement: Case Studies on Posture, Movement and Reflexive Function in Complex Feeding Challenges
United States Allyson Wessells, PT, MPT, IBCLC

Allyson is a physical therapist, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and co-owner of Nurture Columbus, in Columbus, Ohio. She completed a Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Ohio University in 1997, and Master of Physical Therapy degree from Northwestern University in 1999. After having a child in 2007, she volunteered as a La Leche League leader. She discovered a love for supporting new parents but a gap in lactation care, which led her to become an IBCLC in 2014. Her clinical approach to identifying and overcoming feeding challenges is unique with physical therapy foundations in posture, movement and reflexive function. Through presentations she endeavors to engage IBCLCs to know more about movement as related to human lactation, and PTs to learn about breastfeeding/chestfeeding as related to human development. As past-president (2019-2021) of the Ohio Lactation Consultant Association, she also advocates for equitable access to and health plan coverage for lactation care.

1. Explain perceptions of pressure to breastfeed new mothers are experiencing according to recent study.
2. Define 3 types of movement associated with infant feeding and how fostering understanding of movement can empower parents.
3. Explain how the maternal lactogenic timeline interfaces with infant movement progression and strength.
4. Demonstrate activities that can empower families to improve movement and posture for better breastfeeding function.

United States Allyson Wessells, PT, MPT, IBCLC

Knowledge of neuroanatomy, reflexes, and biomechanics as related to breastfeeding is essential to IBCLC competency. This presentation will define breastfeeding in terms of posture, movement, and reflexive function. Examples of neuromuscular dysfunction that impair breastfeeding will be provided through a series of case studies with emphasis on dissipating stress while empowering families with strategies to optimize movement essential to breastfeeding success. The presentation will build on the definition of breastfeeding as a first movement milestone strengthened through interactive tummy time at a most basic level, and through ongoing movement related assessment and treatment as necessary for complex feeding challenges. Also addressed will be some new research on pressure to breastfeed. Awareness of how IBCLC care might be perceived is important for establishing trust among families seeking it and the healthcare community referring to it.

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Duration: 60 mins
Anna Le Grange, BSc, RN, IBCLC
Being Mindful: Case Studies of Mindfulness Tools in Clinical Lactation Practice
South Africa Anna Le Grange, BSc, RN, IBCLC

Anna Le Grange is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, Registered Pediatric Nurse, Mindfulness teacher and Author. She has worked with new families for over 20 years in a variety of clinical roles. Anna brings her passion for psychology, neuroscience and mindfulness into her lactation support work and facilitates other professionals to incorporate emotional well-being tools into their own lactation practice. Mother to 3 children, Anna breastfed her 3rd child following breast reduction surgery and experienced first-hand, the emotional challenges that so often relate to infant feeding complexities. She used her personal experiences alongside mindfulness and lactation knowledge, to create a toolbox of techniques for breastfeeding families, which she includes in her courses and book, The Mindful Breastfeeding Book. Anna believes whole-heartedly in prioritizing calm and connection within our breastfeeding support practices, both for our clients and ourselves. Anna is currently studying for a MSc in Positive Psychology at Buckingham New University and has spoken at various events including the Gold Lactation, ILactation Conference and Nurturing The Future.

1. List 3 ways in which stress in the feeding parent can impact lactation.
2. Explain the emotional considerations for 3 different lactation cases.
3. Describe 5 ways they can use mindful breastfeeding tools in clinical lactation cases.
4. List 3 ways that they can care for their own needs whilst working with challenging lactation cases.

South Africa Anna Le Grange, BSc, RN, IBCLC

Bringing self-awareness and self-compassion into our work as healthcare professionals and lactation supporters, enables us to thrive in the work that we do and offer a higher quality and more ethical service to struggling clients. The case studies shared in this presentation offer a unique look at how mindfulness and self-awareness can be used to help navigate the complexities of each case. Learn more about the ways that stress in the feeding parent can impact lactation, how to identify the emotional considerations of a client’s situation, mindful breastfeeding tools and ways that providers can meet their own needs while working on challenging cases.

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CERPs - Continuing Education Recognition Points
Applicable to IBCLC Lactation Consultants, Certified Lactation Consultants (CLCs), CBEs, CLE, Doulas & Birth Educators. GOLD Conferences has been designated as a Long Term Provider of CERPs by IBLCE--Approval #CLT114-07. This program is approved for 3 L-CERPs.

CMEs - Continuing Medical Education Credits for Physicians & Nurses
The AAFP has reviewed the 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 3 AAFP Prescribed CME credits.

Dietetic CPEUs - Continuing Professional Education Units
Applicable to Dieticians & Nutritionists, this program is approved for 3 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 3 Contact Hours (0.3 MEAC CEUs). It is also recognized by the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) for 3 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 3 Nurse Contact Hours.. Nurse Contact Hours are valid until 08/09/2025.

Upon completion of this activity, GOLD learners will be able to download an educational credit for this talk. Successful completion requires that you:
  • View this presentation in its entirety, under your individual GOLD login info
  • Successfully complete a post-test (3 out of 3 questions correctly answered)
  • Fill out the Evaluation Survey

If you have already participated in this program, you are not eligible to receive additional credits for viewing it again. Please send us an email to [email protected] if you have any questions.

Additional Details:

Viewing time: 6 Weeks

Tags / Categories

(IBCLC) Clinical Skills, (IBCLC) Development and Nutrition, (IBCLC) Education and Communication, (IBCLC) Equipment and Technology, (IBCLC) Infant, Bodywork to Support Breastfeeding, IBCLC / Lactation Consultants, Infant Anatomy & Physiology, Lactation & Breastfeeding, Mindfulness & Stress Reduction in Breastfeeding

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