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Queer Milk: Inclusive Lactation Care for LGBTQ Families

by Robinson Reed, MSN, CNM, ARNP, IBCLC
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 L-CERP, 1 CNE, 1 CME, 0.1 Midwifery CEU, 1 Dietetic CEU
  • Handout: No
Abstract:

LGBTQ families have long been made invisible in their experiences of building their families, and this extends to lactation care as well. Queer, trans, and nonbinary parents need and deserve support that centers the unique challenges they may face and celebrates their creativity and resilience. Trans men or nonbinary people who give birth may desire to chestfeed their infants. Non-gestational partners who choose to induce lactation to share in breastfeeding their infants need guidance and advice through this process. Trans women may find breastfeeding to be a strongly gender-affirming experience. Many lactation professionals have a desire to support LGBTQ patients, but lack knowledge of inclusive terminology or specific ways to provide affirming care. This session will review gender-inclusive language, hands-on skills, and clinical pearls to improve lactation care for LGBTQ patients.

Learning Objectives:
Delegates will be able to: Objective 1: Utilize affirming and inclusive language when caring for LGBTQ patients and families, and implement a number of strategies to make lactation care more inclusive and accessible Objective 2: Describe the process of inducing lactation for non-gestational parents (both cisgender and transgender) and discuss some of the medical and social considerations involved in this process Objective 3: Discuss lactation care for transmasculine and nonbinary people after giving birth, whether or not they have had chest surgery


Presentations: 33  |  Hours / CE Credits: 32.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks