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Andrea Herron, RN, MN, CPNP, IBCLC

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Learning Day 2021 (Summer)
  • Country: United States

Andrea Herron, is one of the first and longest continuous certified pediatric nurse practitioners in the United States. After more than 40 years working with breastfeeding mothers and their babies and teaching parenting classes, she is among one of the most experienced consultant in the field of lactation.

Regardless of the issue or concern, Andrea has guided thousands of mothers to meet their breastfeeding and early parenting goals through support groups, lactation consultations, and childrearing education. After receiving a Master's in nursing from UCLA, Andrea became an early pioneer in the back-to-breastfeeding movement, and educated health professionals as an instructor in the UCLA lactation educator course all over the United States. Her private lactation practice, Growing with Baby in San Luis Obispo, California, was used as the national model for private practices by Women Infant and Children (WIC), the federally funded health and nutrition program.

One of her favorite and most popular topics she teaches through her Growing with Baby parenting groups is, Understanding your Infant’s behavior and cues. This topic and many of the other topics she teaches are includes in her newly released book, Suckle, Sleep, Thrive: Breastfeeding Success Through Understanding Your Baby’s Cues. Co-written with Lisa Rizzo.

Andrea has been married to Larry Herron, an orthopedic spine surgeon, for over 35 years. They are the proud parents of a grown son, two Labradors, a cat, and parrot. The couple reside in Shell Beach, California.

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The Relationship Between Parent/Infant Synchrony, Breastfeeding Success and Infant Cues
During early breastfeeding it is critical that parents learn how to respond to and meet the individual infant’s needs. Compared to other mammals, the human newborn has a larger and more adaptable brain (head). The infant is particularly immature and dependent on appropriate, responsive care giving, and an environment for optimum development, survival and safety. Successful breastfeeding and parent and infant self-esteem are dependent upon the caregiver’s understanding of infant signals and contingent appropriate responses as the baby matures. This presentation focuses on understanding: (1) the newborn's abilities and senses; (2) how parents can identify and understand the abilities (Baby Watching Techniques); (3) infant states of awareness; and, (4) in-depth illustrations of infant cues and their interpretation.
Presentations: 3  |  Hours / CE Credits: 3  |  Viewing Time: 6 Weeks