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Kathleen Marinelli, MD, IBCLC, FABM, FAAP

  • Speaker Type: Breastfeeding in the NICU Lecture Pack 2018
  • Country: USA

Kathie, an Associate Professor of Pediatrics, University of CT School of Medicine, is a neonatologist, member of the Human Milk Research Center at CT Children’s Medical Center, Hartford, CT, and graduated from Cornell University and Cornell University School of Medicine, completing postgraduate training in Pediatrics, Pediatric Nephrology and Neonatology at Children’s National Medical Center, George Washington University, Washington DC USA. In the inaugural group of physicians designated “Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine” (FABM), she served twelve years on the ABM Board of Directors, chaired the Protocol committee, and chaired the United States Breastfeeding Committee 2013-14. Elected to the International Lactation Consultant Association Board July 2014-17, she is a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Breastfeeding, serves as the AAP Connecticut Chapter Breastfeeding Coordinator since 2000, and Chairs the Baby-Friendly USA NICU Initiative. Initially founding Medical Director of the New England Mother's Milk Bank she is currently co-Medical Director of the Mothers' Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes and has authored many chapters, monographs, peer-reviewed manuscripts, and ABM protocols. Her research centers on breastfeeding and the use of human milk in the NICU, cup feeding, donor milk/donor milk banking, the Baby-Friendly NICU, global maternal-child issues and the education of medical professionals. Lecturing extensively in the United States and abroad, she resides in Glastonbury, CT, her greatest accomplishment her 4 amazing young adults, 19 to 29 years of age.

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Best Practices to Support Breastfeeding in Neonatal Intensive Care
There are many challenges faced by mothers, families and staff with the hospitalization of a sick or premature infant that affect lactation and breastfeeding. These include mother-infant separation, initiation and maintenance of lactation by milk expression, compromised milk production, barriers to infant-mother-parent bonding, the need for family-centered care, and the many issues related to continuity of care both during the hospitalization and between facilities and caregivers. We will explore current evidence concerning the support of mothers’ and families’ choice to transition from milk expression to breastfeeding of their infants in intensive care. While our knowledge of the importance of human milk has grown immensely with respect to nutrition, acute and chronic disease risk reduction and prevention, neurodevelopment, physiology, and the intestinal microbiome among others, there remains a gap in the translation of this knowledge into the practice of transition of human milk feeding to breastfeeding in many countries, regions and individual intensive care units/wards. It can be done—we will explore the evidence for how!
Presentations: 4  |  Hours / CE Credits: 4  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks