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Sonya Boersma, BN, MScN, RN, IBCLC

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Lactation 2023, Ethics 2024
  • Country: Canada

For over 25 years Sonya Boersma has supported best practice, working with mothers and babies, as well as professionals. She delivers a calm and informative consult to a diversity of clients and situations. For her it's an honour to work with new, new-again, or soon-to-be parents, tailoring care to each.

Sonya also has a broad range of experiences supporting health care professionals to provide infant feeding evidence-based care. She has been instrumental in developing resources regionally and provincially. As a provincial Health Promotion Consultant, Sonya assisted health care organizations like hospitals to progress in implementing the WHO's Baby-Friendly Initiative. She was the coordinator of provincial breastfeeding protocols, including Informed Decision Making: Infant Feeding and facilitated IDM and other workshops around the province for a variety of health care professionals.

As an IBCLC and Registered Nurse in various roles such as public health, northern nursing in Yukon Territory, Canada, as a birth doula, and as an independent Lactation Consultant, she has been fortunate to work with parents in the whole childbirth continuum.

In her spare time, she's likely outside hiking, cycling, or cross-country skiing or being with family.

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Informed Decision Making: Gaining Skills & Confidence with Tricky Conversations
It can be tricky when as health professionals, we want to build trust and support our client, and at the same time, presenting evidence-based information on infant feeding can be uncomfortable. The purpose of this presentation is to enhance awareness, augment skills and comfort in having informed decision making (IDM) conversations, so participants can more confidently engage with their clients. In this presentation we will review scenarios where IDM conversations are needed, explore language to begin, and discuss tips on engaging your client. We will also refresh knowledge of the risks of not breastfeeding/chestfeeding, as well as differences between direct breastfeeding versus feeding expressed breast milk. Further, we will discuss communication strategies using practical examples and provide participants with supporting resources including sample videos so that participants may confidently have conversations with clients about infant feeding that generate informed decision making.
Lectures by Profession, Product Focus
Presentations: 28  |  Hours / CE Credits: 29.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Presentations: 1  |  Hours / CE Credits: 1  |  Viewing Time: 2 Weeks
Hours / CE Credits: 1 (details)  |  Categories: (IBCLC) Clinical Skills, Counseling Skills
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Increasing Food Security: The Crucial Role of Breastfeeding
As food and goods become more expensive, some infant feeding options are increasingly difficult for families to afford. Inflation, the pandemic, infant formula shortages, and supply chain issues create added formidable challenges. The costs of formula are considerable for families, for the health care system, and for the environment, yet breastfeeding is not routinely a part of food security conversations. The purpose of this presentation is to clearly understand the issues of food security in the context of breastfeeding, the risks and expenses of not breastfeeding, and discuss measures to help increase food security. People suffering from hunger has slowly been increasing since 2014, and worsening still with the pandemic (FAO et al., 2020). For infants, growth failure can start before birth. Suboptimal growth may start or continue because of breastfeeding or formula feeding practices as well as inadequate complementary foods. Those who can least afford infant formula, tend to be those more likely use it (Kopp et al., 2023). To understand the nature of the issue, we examine food security in the context of breastfeeding globally and with data from select countries. We will explore the impacts of suboptimal or no breastfeeding, list measures to improve breastfeeding rates, and thereby improve food security for infants and their families.
Presentations: 5  |  Hours / CE Credits: 5  |  Viewing Time: 6 Weeks