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Hope K. Lima, PhD, RDN, IBCLC

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Lactation 2023
  • Country: United States

Hope became an IBCLC in 2017, completed her PhD in nutritional biochemistry in 2018, and became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) in 2020. In 2022, she completed the FARE Certificate of Training in Pediatric Food Allergy in order to provide comprehensive care to breastfeeding and formula feeding families struggling with food allergies. In addition to owning and operating Hope Feeds Babies in Rock Hill, SC, Hope is employed full time at Winthrop University as an Assistant Professor and the Graduate Program Director in the Department of Human Nutrition. At Winthrop, Hope runs a research lab that focuses on helping mothers to reach their infant feeding goals, improving access to human milk, and analyzing the nutritional content of human milk.

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Provider Perceptions of IBCLCs in Primary Care Settings: A Pilot Study
In 2020, only 25.6% of dyads in the US were exclusively breastfeeding at six months. One contributing factor to low exclusivity rates is the absence of a specialized physician who provides dyad care. Consequently, pediatricians and obstetricians provide lactation education and support in the primary care setting. Little is published about perceptions of and roles related to lactation practices in primary care settings, and no survey instrument exists to investigate these topics. A 58-question survey was developed, validated, and subsequently distributed to primary care providers (PCPs) in the field of maternal and child health to help define current perceptions and practices related to lactation care and referrals. In this pilot study, responses were received from 40 PCPs in the Southeastern United States and included in the analysis. Results highlight areas of strengths and areas for improvement in current practices of PCPs with regards to lactation services. These data can be utilized as a framework for developing interventions and/or programs that will improve lactation care in primary care settings.
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Presentations: 28  |  Hours / CE Credits: 29.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Presentations: 1  |  Hours / CE Credits: 1  |  Viewing Time: 2 Weeks