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Shonte' Terhune-Smith, BS, IBCLC

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Learning Day 2023 (Summer)
  • Country: United States

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.

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Bridging the Gap: Case Studies in Community Based Lactation Care
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.
Presentations: 3  |  Hours / CE Credits: 3  |  Viewing Time: 6 Weeks