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Maxine Scringer-Wilkes, RN, BN, MN, IBCLC

  • Speaker Type: Translating Knowledge Into Practice: Creating Effective Lactation Care Plans Lecture Pack 2021
  • Country: Canada

Maxine graduated with a nursing degree followed later on by her Master of Nursing in 2017 both from the University of Calgary. Maxine was a public health nurse in Calgary for 13 years, where providing face to face contacts with new families soon after discharge is a standard of care. Most families named feeding challenges as their biggest concern. In turn, Maxine developed a passion for lactation support, worked towards and attained the International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant designation, in order to assist families to reach their feeding goals.

In 2016, Maxine made the transition from public health to acute care where she currently works in all areas of a large Children’s hospital to support dyads with a myriad of lactation concerns but is primarily in the NICU. Maxine’s responsibilities includes orienting new staff to teaching a provincial lactation education within a team. Maxine is passionate about sharing knowledge with aspiring LCs and is a mentor to many. Maxine participates on numerous committees to update lactation and feeding policies, procedures and documents. Furthermore, she volunteers on provincial and national breastfeeding committees.

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Walking with NICU Families Through Their Infant Feeding Journey
To graduate from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) infants are required to be adequate feeders. Feeding is a learned skill for NICU babies that is expected to “be there in waiting” after a long medical and or surgical admission. Effective feeding and subsequent weight gain in the NICU are the measures and skill to which a discharge ticket home is granted. Feeding can sometimes be overlooked in regards to its role in infant well being and parental confidence. Infants are admitted to surgical level 3 NICUs for many reasons, including prematurity, necrotising enterocolitis, intestinal perforations, gastroschisis, duodenal atresia, omphaloceles, therapeutic hypothermia, seizures, and oesophageal atresia /fistulas including genetic or metabolic abnormalities. Many of these illnesses have a very long course toward healing and recovery before oral feeding is introduced. Lactation Consultants in the NICU are well positioned to ensure support of the family and medical team along the way, to optimize successful oral feeding upon discharge home. This talk will look at some of the ways that parental presence and mom’s milk is therapeutic in the NICU, and how the progression of breastfeeding can be the ticket to going home.
Presentations: 6  |  Hours / CE Credits: 6  |  Viewing Time: 4 Weeks