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Dipti Shah, IBCLC

Ruth Patterson, RN, IBCLC

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Lactation 2022
  • Country: India

Dipti Shah is a Mother Support Group Leader - Lactation Counsellor since 1998 & Lactation Consultant since 2010. She was trained by BPNI Maharashtra Faculty & has been providing Lactation Counselling services in multiple Institutional Hospitals & small maternity homes in Mumbai for over 2 decades. She has wide experience in community advocacy & Individual Counselling in indoor, OPD, home and online settings. She is senior trainer for BPNI Maharashtra & participated as faculty in over 100 workshops in Seven States of India & for 5 batches of ’96 hrs of Lactation Specific Education’ for IBLCE preparation (2010-2021). She mentored many Lactation counsellors and consultants. She is a BFHI Assessor since 2001 & has trained two groups of ‘Traditional Massage Women’ in basics of infant feeding and childcare. She has extensively contributed to multiple training modules, presentations & videos for BPNI Maharashtra & Maharashtra Government & UNICEF. She is also office coordinator of BPNI Maharashtra since 2004. She participated in Expanded Global Breastfeeding Partners Meeting (GBPM) of WABA at Penang, Malaysia in 2010. She was felicitated with ‘Dr N.B. Kumta Award’ in 2016. She exclusively breastfed her son for 6 months and continued well into 2nd year.

Ruth Patterson is Cloud Nine's P I O N E E R & most sought Lactation Specialist with 32 years of rich experience. Ruth is currently practicing at Jayanagar C9, Bangalore-India and a visiting Lactation Consultant with 8 other Cloud Nine branches locally, while als heading the 22 Pan India Cloud Nine Hospitals as the Manager Lactation. Ruth's primary role is to ensure C9 nurses complete level 1 and level 2 LSTP course (Lactation Skilled Training Program). Ruth is acclaimed for the use of Dynamic Taping (only available at Jayanagar C9) that arrests/prevents breast surgery/abscess. This Dynamic Taping practice, alongside, a Gynecologist, Pediatrician and Physiotherapist at Cloud Nine, is now under patent stage.

Ruth's 30+ years of rich experience includes maternity, allied health and nursing care, both in rural and urban sector in India & Abroad. With Exclusive 17 years of experience in Lactation services, Ruth has acquired immense practical knowledge in the last decade to identify most critical disorders of mother and babies during breastfeeding stage. Ruth is acclaimed to have expertise in a lesser-known art of re-lactation and induced lactation.

Ruth is a well sought out person for patient hearing and provides her expert comments in News columns/Media and also delivers guest lectures globally.

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Strategies to Improve Infant Feeding Practices and Indicators in a Private/Corporate Maternity Set Up
Lactation Consultants/Counselors are the emerging professionals in developing countries like India. Breastfeeding practices are still heavily influenced by traditions and often left to the expertise of elders in the family. Many health care providers are unaware of the emergence of Human Lactation Management as a science & the availability of experts in their vicinity. Most maternity services do not have a dedicated Lactation Consultants/Counselors. Even where such facility exists, there is a lack of management strategies to improve & sustain breastfeeding rates & outcomes. This presentation will help Lactation Consultants & Counselors learn how to convey to management that there is a need for a Lactation Consultant/Counselor to set up the administrative strategy and protocols for ensuring things like early initiation of breastfeeding, exclusive breastfeeding, prevention and prompt treatments of breastfeeding problems, post discharge follow-up and care, monitoring of breastfeeding indicators, maintaining BFHI status and regular and ongoing training of staff to build adequate knowledge and skills.
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Presentations: 29  |  Hours / CE Credits: 29.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Hours / CE Credits: 1 (details)  |  Categories: Breastfeeding Advocacy