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Linda Smith, MPH, IBCLC

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Perinatal 2017
  • Country: USA

Linda J. Smith, MPH, FACCE, IBCLC, FILCA is a lactation consultant, childbirth educator, author, and internationally-known consultant on breastfeeding and birthing issues. Linda is ILCA’s liaison to the World Health Organization’s Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative and consultant to INFACT Canada/IBFAN North America. She holds a Master’s in Public Health, is an Adjunct Instructor in the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University in Dayton OH, and is the author of 4 textbooks on birth and breastfeeding and the book Sweet Sleep for parents. She has lectured in at least 15 countries; her presentations have been translated into 10 languages including Inuktitut. She owns the Bright Future Lactation Resource Centre, on the Internet at

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The Impact of Birth Practices on Breastfeeding
For breastfeeding to succeed, the baby must be able and willing to feed; the mother must be able and willing to let her baby nurse many hours a day and night; breastfeeding should be comfortable and pleasant for both; and circumstances and surroundings must support the dyad so the mother feels free to continue. Birth medications, procedures, and the attitudes of attendants can create significant barriers for the mother, baby, or both. This presentation focuses on mechanical forces and drugs that affect the baby’s ability to suck, swallow, and breathe during feeding.
Presentations: 22  |  Hours / CE Credits: 22.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks