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Shel Banks, IBCLC

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Learning Day 2023 (Winter)
  • Country: United Kingdom
Biography:

Shel works part time for the NHS in northwest England, and has four adolescents.

In addition to this, she runs a small private IBCLC practice specialising in the unsettled baby, those with faltering weight and those who are formula fed, and also holds a variety of consultant and trustee roles in various national and international organisations for advocacy and education around infant feeding; these include being Clinical Director for the breastfeeding support App LatchAid, being co-chair of Nursing Matters, an advocacy organisation for the breastfed infant, and being vice-chair of the UK Association for Milk Banking.

Shel has been on the development committee for 3 NICE guidelines, has co-authored 3 Cochrane systematic reviews, and written a book “Why Infant Formula Feeding Matters” (2022). In 2021 Shel began work towards a PhD in further understanding how best to support families with unsettled babies in universal services, which she is continuing part time alongside other commitments.

She teaches in person and online, both in her NHS role and in the consultant roles, and thoroughly enjoys sharing the knowledge she has acquired to improve the experience of families everywhere.

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Care Plan Development for Weight Concerns in the Breastfed Infant: A Family Centred Approach
When families are breastfeeding, all too often any concerns about weight gain quickly result in suggestions of formula supplementation; in this session we will look at ways to keep babies exclusively breastfed whilst protecting their health and their growth, promoting empowerment and satisfaction of the parents, and how to delicately and supportively advocate for the baby when exclusive breastfeeding may actually not be possible. Understanding how to develop effective and supportive evidence-based care plans for babies whose weight and/or growth is faltering, is absolutely key to the toolkit of those who are working with breastfeeding babies. Find out more in this presentation.
Presentations: 3  |  Hours / CE Credits: 3  |  Viewing Time: 6 Weeks