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Breastfeeding Webinar: Navigating Lactation

Online 15 October 2021 - 31 January 2022



View Online: October 15th 2021 - January 31st 2022

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Group and Student discounts available!

Registrations close November 30th 2021



Participating in our new conference “Navigating Lactation“ provides an indepth understanding of current topics in breastfeeding and human lactation.


This online conference brings together a faculty of leading experts from Australia and around the world and draws together the thread of issues that face breastfeeding families and those who work with them.


Online conferences represent a cost effective and environmentally sustainable way of gaining education. We bring this learning experience right to your device – phone, tablet, laptop or computer. This conference will be accredited with CERPs and CPDs.


We hope to see you there!

Navigating Lactation Online Webinar
04:00 AM Finish- approx running times only.
05:00 AM The oxytocin factor - Kerstin Uvnäs Moberg
06:00 AM Trauma and breastfeeding - Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
07:00 AM New insights into milk production - Nancy Mohrbacher
08:00 AM “Help! Breastfeeding makes me feel bad, sad or mad”. How to help mothers who struggle with negative emotions when breastfeeding - Zainab Yate
09:00 AM What mothers wish professionals knew about the compatibility of medication and lactation - Wendy Jones
10:00 AM The dangerous obsession with the infant feeding interval - Emma Pickett
11:00 AM Optimising breastfeeding outcomes for women with gestational diabetes mellitus - Sharon Perrella
12:00 PM Interventions designed to promote exclusive breastfeeding in high-income countries: What does the research tell us? - Helen Skouteris
01:00 PM Breastfeeding & hypoglycemia: The highs & the lows - Nancy E. Wight
02:00 PM HAND-ling the pain: The role of therapeutic breast massage in lactation - Maya Bolman
03:00 PM Finding connection in complexity: How lactation consultants care for women and infants with complicated breastfeeding difficulties - Jen Hocking
04:00 PM Oral function, airway & epigenetics - Alissa O'Keefe
05:00 PM How can we help the HIV+ mother who wants to breastfeed? - Pamela Morrison
06:00 PM Pumping More Milk More Comfortably - Diana West
07:00 PM Birthing in our community - Kristie Watego
08:00 PM Gut health considerations when working with infants - Tamika Newman
09:00 PM Mammary candidiasis: A medical condition without scientific evidence? - Esther Jiménez Quintana
10:00 PM Integrating breastfeeding self-efficacy into care of the preterm population - Merrilee Brockway
11:00 PM Lactogenic & anti-lactogenic foods and herbs - Hilary Jacobson
SPEAKERS: Diana West, Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Sharon Perrella, Jen Hocking, Nancy Mohrbacher, Zainab Yate, Emma Pickett, Helen Skouteris, Maya Bolman, Nancy E. Wight, Pamela Morrison, Alissa O'Keefe, Wendy Jones, Kerstin Uvnäs Moberg, Esther Jiménez Quintana, Kristie Watego, Tamika Newman, Merrilee Brockway, Hilary Jacobson
Diana West
Diana West

Diana West is an IBCLC in New Jersey and retired La Leche League Leader. She has published many books, including; The Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk, Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family, the 8th edition of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding after Breast and Nipple Procedures, Defining Your Own Success: Breastfeeding after Breast Reduction Surgery, and ILCA’s popular Clinician’s Breastfeeding Triage Tool.

Diana has also co-authored a research article about trans men’s experiences with lactation and gender identity.


Kathleen Kendall-Tackett
Kathleen Kendall-Tackett

Dr. Kendall-Tackett is a health psychologist, IBCLC, and owner and editor-in-chief of Praeclarus Press, a small press specializing in women’s health. She specialises in women’s-health research including breastfeeding, depression, trauma, and health psychology, and has won many awards for her work.

She is the author of many books, articles or chapters on the subject. Dr. Kendall-Tackett is editor-in-chief of the journal, Psychological Trauma and was founding editor-in-chief of Clinical Lactation, a position she held for 11 years.



Sharon Perrella
Sharon Perrella
BAppSc PGradDipClinNsg(Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing) GradCertHealth(Child Adolescent & Family Health Nursing) MSc RN RM IBCLC

Sharon Perrella is a research fellow at the Geddes Hartmann Human Lactation Research Group at The University of Western Australia and works as a IBCLC at One For Women. Sharon has an extensive clinical background in neonatal nursing, and experience as a peer breastfeeding counsellor with the Australian Breastfeeding Association.

She has a special interest in preterm breastfeeding, and milk production. Since being awarded a PhD in 2015 Sharon has used ultrasound and intraoral vacuum measurement to examine sucking dynamics and suck-swallowbreathe coordination, while her current work focuses on the identification and management of women at risk of reduced breastfeeding duration.



Jen Hocking
Jen Hocking
PhD, BA, BN, Grad Dip Mid, M Mid,

Jen Hocking is a registered nurse and midwife who worked in the public maternity system in Victoria for 20 years. Now a midwifery lecturer at Australian Catholic University and a member of the ACU MERIT midwifery research group. Jen’s PhD was a focused ethnographic study examining the clinical practice of Lactation Consultants who provide support and care for breastfeeding women.

Jen is chair of the Victorian branch of the Australian College of Midwives, a member of the BFHI advisory committee and the Australian World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative.


Nancy Mohrbacher
Nancy Mohrbacher

An IBCLC since 1991, Nancy has worked in private practice, worked for a major breast-pump company and a national corporate lactation program. She has authored many books for lactation professionals and parents. Currently, an international speaker, and trainer to aspiring lactation consultants with the Breastfeeding for Love project in China, she also contracts with hospitals to help improve breastfeeding practices.

Her mission is to simplify life for new families, many of whom--without realizing it--make breastfeeding more complicated than it needs to be. In 2008, she was awarded the designation FILCA, Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association for her contribution to the lactation field.


Zainab Yate
Zainab Yate
MSc, BSc

Zainab studied medical ethics & law at the Imperial College London. She is a biomedical ethicist, independent researcher and campaigner. She published the first peer-reviewed study looking specifically at breastfeeding/nursing aversion and agitation in 2017. She is the leading international expert in Aversion, and has recently published the only book on the topic with specialist publishers Pinter & Martin, London.

She has helped thousands of women and families through her free structured support course and peer-to-peer support group online. Zainab is a breastfeeding peer supporter with the NHS and a breastfeeding advocate and infant feeding research ethics expert for ethical committees in the UK.


Emma Pickett
Emma Pickett

After a career as a deputy headteacher, Emma trained with the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers, qualifying as a breastfeeding counsellor in 2007. She went on to become an IBCLC in 2011. She has supported families at groups in North London for 13 years as a volunteer and answers calls on the helpline.

Her book, You’ve Got It In You: a positive guide to breastfeeding was followed by The Breast Book: a puberty guide with a difference – it’s the when, why and how of breasts. Her third book on breastfeeding past 6 months and beyond is due to be published in 2022.


Helen Skouteris
Helen Skouteris

Helen Skouteris is a Monash Warwick Professor in Health and Social Care Improvement and Implementation Science, Head of the Health and Social Care Unit (HSCU), Co-Lead of the Evidence Synthesis, Qualitative Research and Implementation Science Division of School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, and Director of the Centre of Research Excellence in Health in Preconception and Pregnancy, Monash University.

Trained as a developmental psychologist, Helen is an internationally esteemed maternal and childhood obesity researcher whose research spans preconception, pregnancy, postpartum, childhood and adolescence, with a focus on psychosocial and lifestyle health.


Maya Bolman
Maya Bolman

Maya Bolman certified as IBCLC in 2001 and currently works at Senders Pediatrics and Breastfeeding Medicine of Northeast Ohio. Maya is well known internationally for her work promoting hand expression and breast massage to health professionals and parents. She recognizes that teaching these basic tools helps empower them to work through breastfeeding challenges including engorgement, plugged ducts, separation from the infant, and milk supply concerns.

She co-created an instructional video The Basics of Breast Massage and Hand Expression and has also conducted research on the effectiveness of Therapeutic Breast Massage in Lactation (TBML).


Nancy E. Wight
Nancy E. Wight

Nancy is board-certified in Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and has been an IBCLC since 1988. She is recently retired from clinical practice. Nancy is a founding member of the San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition. She established the first hospital Donor Milk Depot in San Diego over 25 years ago.

She received a 2014 Golden Wave Award by the California Breastfeeding Coalition and the WIC Breastfeeding Champion Award in 2017. Nancy is also a past president of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.


Pamela Morrison
Pamela Morrison
Retired IBCLC (1990-2020)

Pamela has been speaking and writing on behalf of breastfeeding in the context of HIV since 1995. Having certified in 1990 as the first IBCLC in Zimbabwe, a country with extremely high HIV-prevalence, she worked in private practice and served as a member of the Zimbabwe National Multi-sectoral Breastfeeding Committee, as a BFHI trainer and assessor, and assisted with development of national Code legislation and HIV and breastfeeding policy.

She was a member of World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, authoring the WABA publication, International Policy on HIV and Breastfeeding: a Comprehensive Resource.


Alissa O'Keefe
Alissa O'Keefe
IBCLC, BEd, Cert IV Bf Ed Couns (ABA), CSOM (Orofacial Myology)

Alissa runs a private practice as a Certified Orofacial Myologist and IBCLC supporting complex cases in private practice on the Mid North Coast. Her background includes the study of behavioural neuroscience, parent education, teaching and orofacial myofunctional therapy. She is currently undertaking a Nutrition degree.

With a special interest in human rights, evolutionary biology, food intolerances, airway health, epigenetics and tongue ties, she has worked in a range of settings both city and rural, as well as overseas and have been part of several tertiary level research projects.


Wendy Jones
Wendy Jones
PhD, MPharmSc

Wendy is known for her work on providing a service on the compatibility of drugs in breastmilk. She was one of the founder members of UK charity the Breastfeeding Network. She authored the books; Breastfeeding and Medication, Breastfeeding for Dads and Grandmas, Why Mothers Medication Matters and Breastfeeding and Chronic Medical Conditions. She co-edited with Prof Amy Brown A Guide to Supporting Breastfeeding for Medical Professionals.

She was awarded a Points of Light award by the UK Prime Minister in 2018 and an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List 2018 for services to mothers and babies.


Kerstin Uvnäs Moberg
Kerstin Uvnäs Moberg

Kerstin Uvnäs Moberg got her MD and a PhD in Pharmacology at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. She has been employed as a full professor of Physiology at the University of Agriculture in Uppsala, Sweden. She has worked with research linked to the physiology of labour and breastfeeding for more than 30 years.

The focus of the research has been on the role of oxytocin and sensory stimulation, in particular stimulation of cutaneous sensory nerves during labour, skin-to-skin contact after birth and breastfeeding.


Esther Jiménez Quintana
Esther Jiménez Quintana

Dr Jiménez is a researcher at the Complutense University of Madrid. Her interest areas include perinatal and human milk microbiota, and the characterization of probiotic bacteria and study of their use in bacterial dysbiosis. Her thesis studied the influence of maternal microbiota during the prenatal (cord blood, amniotic fluid) and postnatal period (colostrum and milk) in bacterial colonization of the newborn’s gut.

In addition, a pilot study of probiotics to treat lactational mastitis was performed. She is co-author of 32 publications in international journals.


Kristie Watego
Kristie Watego

Kristie Watego is a Bundjalung woman and Birthing and Early Childhood service manager at the Institute of Urban and Indigenous health and was previously the manager of the Birthing in Our Community Service. Her people come from far and wide. Tweed Heads is where her Aboriginal heritage originates from, Torres Strait Islands, Mer Island and all the way out to Lifu Island also recognising her South Sea Islander culture.

The Bundjalung people are the original custodians of northern coastal areas, and have strong connections to the Byron Bay region. She is immensely proud of her Culture and takes every opportunity to learn from her Elders.


Tamika Newman
Tamika Newman

Tamika currently works as a private practice IBCLC on the Gold Coast, QLD.  She has practiced as a Registered Nurse and Midwife since 2005 and worked in a large tertiary hospital setting for over 10 years. Tamika qualified as an IBCLC in 2010 and she currently works with a large case load of between 300-400 families per year and supports families both in Australia and Internationally.  Tamika has a special interest in oral restrictions, re-lactation, gut health/human microbiome, epigenetics as well as  biologically normal infant sleep and feeding practices.






Merrilee Brockway
Merrilee Brockway

Dr. Merilee (Meredith) Brockway is a PhD prepared nurse with expertise in maternal-child health, infant feeding, and patient engagement. She completed her PhD in nursing at the University of Calgary, examining maternal breastfeeding self-efficacy and infant feeding outcomes in moderate and late preterm infants.

Merilee is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Manitoba in Dr. Meghan Azad’s lab, exploring clinical applications of donor human milk for very preterm infants. Specifically, her proposed research will explore the hypothesis that in the absence of mother’s own milk, the use of donor milk matched to maternal secretor status will result in significantly more favourable microbiome diversity.

Merilee is also a co-lead on the iPOP study, building on her expertise in patient and community engagement to ensure inclusiveness, representation, and meaningful exploration throughout the collaboration.  When Merilee is not researching breastfeeding and human milk, she enjoys skiing and hiking with her family in the Canadian Rockies.


Hilary Jacobson
Hilary Jacobson
Holistic Lactation CH.HU.SI, CCHt

Hilary is a Swiss-certified Holistic Lactation Consultant and a mindfulness-based Hypnotherapist. She has authored three books for breastfeeding mothers: Mother Food: A Breastfeeding Diet Guide with Lactogenic Food and HerbsHealing Breastfeeding Grief: How mothers feel and heal when breastfeeding does not go as hoped and A Mother’s Garden of Galactagogues: Growing and using milk-boosting herbs and foods from around the world.

In 1999, Hilary co-founded the first online group for mothers with complex breastfeeding problems, MOBI Motherhood Intl. As a hypnotherapist, Hilary helps mothers in the postpartum heal from birth trauma and breastfeeding grief.

Merillee Brockway - NL2021

Integrating breastfeeding self-efficacy into care of the preterm population - 1hr approx

Background: Breastmilk feeding reduces morbidities and improves outcomes related to prematurity. However, breastmilk feeding rates in preterm infants are substantially lower than those in term infants. Breastfeeding self-efficacy theory is a social change theory, which is predictive of exclusive breastmilk feeding at 2 months postpartum in mothers of full-term infants. However, this theory has not been well explored in mothers of moderate and late preterm infants.   Aims and Objectives: To explore maternal experiences with feeding moderate (320/7– 336/7 weeks’ gestational age) and late preterm infants (340/7 – 366/7 weeks’ GA) in neonatal intensive care units and assess applicability of breastfeeding self-efficacy theory. Methods: We conducted a qualitative descriptive exploration of maternal experiences with infant feeding in neonatal intensive care units. Using purposive, maximum variation sampling, we selected mothers of preterm infants born at 320/7 – 346/7 weeks, who experienced high mean differences in their BSE scores between admission and discharge. Fourteen mothers participated in semi-structured telephone interviews. Data were examined using thematic analysis. To explore and describe breastfeeding self-efficacy within the context of neonatal intensive care units, we super-imposed the four sources of information from breastfeeding self-efficacy theory onto the defined themes. Results: Three main themes emerged: (a) institutional influences, (b) relationship with he pump and (c) establishing breastfeeding, with an emphasis on the importance of direct breastfeeding at discharge. Overlaying the four sources of information from breastfeeding self-efficacy highlighted the presence of three sources of information: verbal persuasion, performance accomplishment and physiologic/affective responses. Vicarious experience was not identified in maternal experiences with infant feeding. Conclusion: Our findings indicate that breastfeeding self-efficacy is an applicable theory for mothers of preterm infants.page3image3728256


Esther Jiménez Quintana - NL2021

Mammary candidiasis: A medical condition without scientific evidence? - 1hr approx

Human milk is considered the best option when feeding a baby since is uniquely tailored to meet infants’ specific nutritional requirements. Breastfeeding confers child protection at short-term against gastrointestinal and respiratory infections. In addition, besides child health, breastfeeding also positively affects maternal health. Mastitis constitutes a major problem experienced by breastfeeding women, with incidences rates of around 20% in developed countries but with wide variations among studies. Mastitis is a process characterized by an inflammation of more than one lobule of the mammary gland accompanied, in most of the cases, by a microbial dysbiosis, including a lower microbial diversity, increased abundance of opportunistic pathogens, and depletion of commensal obligate anaerobes. Many physicians, midwives and lactation consultants believe that yeasts (particularly Candida spp.) play an important role as an agent of nipple and breast pain despite the absolute absence of scientific proofs to establish such association. Therefore, microbiological analysis of human milk should be the method for determining the etiology of mastitis and establishing an efficient treatment for this condition. Our microbiological research in more than 2,000 milk samples from women suffering of nipple and breast pain showed that the role played by yeasts is, if any, marginal. In contrast, our results strongly support that coagulase negative staphylococci and streptococci (mainly from the mitis and salivarius groups) are the agents responsible for such cases.


Maya Bolman – NL2021

HAND-ling the pain: The role of therapeutic breast massage in lactation - 1.5hr approx

Breast pain is one of the major causes of weaning. The likelihood of weaning increases the longer pain persists. Engorgement, plugged ducts, and mastitis are commonly associated with acute breast pain. Therapeutic Breast Massage in Lactation (TBML) is one of the important measures to resolve pain quickly. The purpose of this presentation is to enhance knowledge of TBML techniques for relieving discomfort caused by engorgement, plugged ducts and mastitis in lactating women and learn how to empower breastfeeding mothers to use these techniques as well.

After this presentation participants will be able to:

  •       Describe how breast massage is used by different cultures to help with problems such as engorgement, plugged ducts, and mastitis          
  •       Identify causes of and treatment options for acute breast pain                   
  •       Demonstrate how hand expression and Therapeutic Breast Massage in Lactation (TBML) can assist in management of engorgement, plugged ducts and mastitis     
  •       Explain how to teach TBML techniques to breastfeeding parents


Jen Hocking - NL2021

Finding connection in complexity: How lactation consultants care for women and infants with complicated breastfeeding difficulties - 1hr approx

Jen conducted a focused ethnography of lactation consultant practice over a range of settings in Melbourne, Australia. The study findings included the work that LC’s carry out with women and infants with complex medical problems as well as women with complex breastfeeding issues. LCs were observed to utilise a number of strategies in their practice to help women to achieve their breastfeeding goals. This is the first time that this practice of complex breastfeeding support work has been documented and there are many messages for current clinicians who are engaging with women and their infants with complex problems.

After this presentation participants will be able to:

  •       Gain an understanding of relational approaches to breastfeeding support
  •       Learn about ways to incorporate this approach to complex problems in practice
  •       Understand the concept of an embodied approach to breastfeeding


Wendy Jones – NL2021

What mothers wish professionals knew about the compatibility of medication and lactation - 1hr approx

Sadly, many mothers are told that they cannot breastfeed when taking medication and/ or ongoing procedures. This is rarely based on evidence-based information or an understanding of how drugs pass into milk and the value of term breastfeeding. In this presentation Wendy will explore the way to use specialist sources of information, illustrated by situations commonly encountered by lactating parents.

After this presentation participants will be able to:

  •       Understand some of the factors which control the passage of drugs into breastmilk. 
  •       Use a polarity map to empower decision making by professionals and parents
  •       To understand the implications for mothers of being told to stop breastfeeding


Kerstin Uvnäs Moberg - NL2021

The Oxytocin Effect - 1hr approx

Pregnancy, labour, birth and skin-to-skin contact after birth form an entity. Oxytocin is being released during all these phases. Mental and physiological adaptations are induced, which facilitate motherhood, by oxytocin released from nerves in the brain. The anti-stress effects induced by oxytocin are particularly strongly activated by skin-to-skin contact. It is obvious that any intervention during or after birth, that hinders activation of oxytocin release might interfere with the oxytocin related adaptations. Examples of such negative consequences will be discussed in the presentation.


Nancy Mohrbacher - NL2021

Insights into milk production - 1.25hr approx

The #1 cause of early weaning and formula supplementation is worries about milk production. This presentation describes insights and teaching tools (some newly developed) that lactation supporters can use to help more families better understand milk production and the impact of their choices on their ability to meet their long-term feeding goals. Includes basic milk production dynamics, their impact on engorgement and oversupply, special considerations for families with multiples and employed parents, as well as those exclusively pumping, relactating, and inducing lactation.

After this presentation participants will be able to:

  •       Give an overview of basic concepts and teaching tools for families
  •       Explain how milk production works, including the impact of early nursing on engorgement and oversupply 
  •       Tailor the concepts of basic milk-production dynamics to families with multiples, employed nursing parents, and those who are exclusively pumping, relactating, and inducing lactation 


Pamela Morrison - NL2021

How can we help the HIV+ mother who wants to breastfeed? - 1hr approx

Breastfeeding in the context of HIV has always been a political hot potato, frequently marred by myth-information and commercial interests, especially in the Global North.  In 2009 the WHO Technical Consultation provided transformational evidence about the very low risk of HIV transmission through breastfeeding for mothers who receive adequate treatment. This presentation explores the main routes of mother to child transmission (MTCT) of HIV and the risk attributed to each. Research that previously characterized breastfeeding as risky and replacement feeding as safe is scrutinized. 

After this presentation participants will be able to:   

  •       Outline the main routes of mother-to-child transmission of HIV and attribution of different risk estimates between the Global North and the Global South
  •       Become familiar with past research that has characterized breastfeeding as risky and replacement feeding as safe in the context of maternal HIV, and current treatment modalities that can now greatly reduce risk     
  •       List the reasons why HIV+ mothers in developed countries want to breastfeed, and how to help them discuss current findings with their clinicians and doctors
  •       Teach mothers the principles of effective lactation management and assist them to maximize safety and minimize risk of viral transmission during breastfeeding and weaning  


Tamika Newman - NL2021

Gut health considerations when working with infants - 1hr approx

In the past decade, compelling research about gut microbiome and the importance of human milk for infants has been undertaken and shared. For many reasons, the majority of infants today have their microbiome compromised – either from birth practices, difficult feeding journeys or societal pressures/influences. This presentation aims to help health professionals become aware of ways that we can facilitate the achievement of optimal gut health when working with infants, to ensure the best start to life time health and well-being.

After this presentation participants will be able to:

  •       Understand what factors can affect and influence the gut microbiome in relation to infant feeding
  •       Understand some common symptoms that indicate poor gut health 
  •       Learn strategies that can be implemented to help families optimise the gut microbiome


Alissa O’Keefe - NL2021

Oral Function, Airway & Epigenetics - 1hr approx

Breastfeeding has long been renowned as a key way to shape future health. In this presentation, Alissa delves into the latest research connecting breastfeeding function and/or dysfunction with breathing and how this shapes the development of infants gut health, intolerances, wellness, chronic dis-ease risk, and the wellness profile of the local and world populations. We connect the dots in these key fields of health to find what matters most for the role of the IBCLC /breastfeeding supporter.

After this presentation participants will be able to:   

  •       Identify key components of infant oral function
  •       Name anatomy essential to the suck-swallow-breathe synchronicity
  •       List possible ramifications of dysbiosis
  •       Define microbiome 
  •       Define metabolome 
  •       List signs and symptoms of infant gut dysbiosis
  •       List signs and symptoms of oral dysfunction
  •       List signs and symptoms of airway dysfunction in infants


Sharon Perrella - NL2021

Optimising breastfeeding outcomes for women with gestational diabetes mellitus - 1hr approx

Evidence shows longer breastfeeding duration may reduce many of the health risks associated with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM), though breastfeeding after GDM is seemingly also more difficult. A number of biochemical and psychosocial factors as well as health care practices likely contribute to suboptimal breastfeeding outcomes in this population. In this presentation we will explore individualised antenatal education and planning, postnatal practices and support that can be offered to women with GDM to optimise their breastfeeding outcomes.

After this presentation participants will be able to:

  •       List the effects of gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) on maternal and infant health
  •       Identify possible effects of GDM on breastfeeding
  •       Discuss the role of breastfeeding in reducing GDM-related health risks
  •       Describe strategies to promote breastfeeding in women with GDM


Emma Pickett - NL2021

The dangerous obsession with the infant feeding interval - 0.75hr appox

Responsive feeding is increasingly being understood as the optimal way to get breastfeeding off to a good start. However, there is still often a creeping feeling that longer intervals are still ‘better’. This presentation discusses the science behind responsive feeding and the danger of perceiving scheduled feeding as the secret ideal. Emma will look at the barriers to parents trusting responsive feeding, how to overcome them and will also outline how bottlefeeding can be made more ‘responsive’.

After this presentation participants will be able to:

  •       Understand how responsive feeding maximises breastfeeding success 
  •       Reflect on how best to support parents to trust responsive feeding 
  •       Understand the challenges to establishing responsive feeding as the default approach to breastfeeding/ chestfeeding 
  •       Utilise strategies to support parents with responsive bottlefeeding


Helen Skouteris - NL2021

Interventions designed to promote exclusive breastfeeding in high-income countries: What does the research tell us? - 1hr approx

In this presentation, Helen reports the findings of a conceptual and methodological synthesis of interventions designed to promote exclusive breastfeeding to six months in high-income countries. A significant increase in the duration of exclusive breastfeeding was found in about 1/3 of the studies. Helen details the components of the more successful interventions and highlights the gaps in the research relating to maternal body mass index (BMI) across the studies. Compared to women of optimal body mass index, those who are living with overweight and obesity are more likely to breastfeed for a shorter duration. More research is needed.

After this presentation participants will be able to:

  •       List three interventions that increase the rate of exclusive breastfeeding
  •       List three reasons why breastfeeding is of a shorter duration in mothers with a high body mass index


Kathleen Kendall-Tackett - NL2021

Trauma and breastfeeding - 1hr approx

Trauma affects at least one third of childbearing women. This presentation will provide an overview of the types of trauma women are most likely to experience and provide strategies for working effectively and comfortably with trauma survivors. Dr Kendall- Tackett also provides an overview of research showing that breastfeeding helps trauma survivors cope and lessens the risk of intergenerational trauma.


Kristie Watego - NL2021

Birthing on our country - 1hr approx

Birthing on Country is a metaphor for the best start in life for Aboriginal and Torres Strait babies and their families. Birthing on Country Services are recommended in national policy and described as maternity and family health services that are philosophically aligned to an Aboriginal world view, co-designed with community, enable Indigenous governance, connection with land, country and traditional practice; and are provided by a culturally competent workforce. Kristie will discuss how a multiagency partnership drove the redesign of services in line with Birthing on Country principles and their experiences translating policy into practice. She will also detail the positive outcomes resulting from this new model of care.  


Diana West - NL2021

Pumping More Milk More Comfortably - 1hr approx

Increasing numbers of parents around the world are pumping their milk when breastfeeding isn’t possible.  Offering insights from both personal experience and 25 years in private practice, this presentation explores strategies for maximizing milk removal and pumping comfort, including pump selection, flange fitting, hands-free options, scheduling, and tips that make all the difference.


Nancy E. Wight - NL2021

Breastfeeding & hypoglycemia : The Highs & the Lows - 1hr apprx 

Transient low blood glucose levels in the first 1–2 hours after birth are common, occurring in almost all mammalian newborns. Despite >60 years recognition that low blood glucose can cause neurologic compromise, we still do not know how low, for how long, and in which specific infants. This presentation will review the updated Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) recommendations and the evidence behind them. The ABM clinical protocol provides practitioners with pragmatic, evidence-based guidance to keep infants safe while minimizing both unjustified interventions and adverse outcomes. 


Zainab Yate - NL2021

"Help! Breastfeeding makes me feel bad, sad or mad". How to help mothers who struggle with negative emotions when breastfeeding. - 1hr approx 

The psychological and emotional burden of breastfeeding through negative emotions presents a uniquely challenging time for mothers when trying to build life-bonds with their nurslings.                                                                                                                                       There is a paucity of studies around the medical condition of D-MER, though the phenomenon of breastfeeding aversion is now well known. Zainab intertwines the breastfeeding experience with analysis of the concepts of ‘Nurture’ from the Arabic language and ‘Skinship’ from Japanese Culture, presenting a biopsychosocial model of the condition, outlining risk factors in specific cohorts.                    

After this presentation participants will be able to:

  •       Understand how and why society, biology and personal preferences & needs can contribute to experiencing negative emotions when breastfeeding    
  •       Describe a differential diagnosis pathway to determine the different causes of when breastfeeding triggers negative emotions in different cohorts and dyads       
  •       Utilise a step-by-step method to assist those who struggle with aversion to identify their causes, triggers, and what will help



NL21- Hilary Jacobson - Lactogenic & anti-lactogenic foods and herbs

In this presentation, Hilary reviews anti-lactogenic and lactogenic foods, herbs, medications, and lifestyle influences. She will review well-known reasons for their lactogenicity, aswell as turning to newer research and eye-opening explanations that are not yet written about or publicized. She covers the topic of transition foods – those that prepare mammary tissue during pregnancy and early postpartum, enabling mothers to have a more trouble-free start to lactation. She will also look at how these herbs and foods are used in treating UTIs and asthma.

After this presentation participants will be able to:

  • Have a functional overview of lactogenic and anti-lactogenic foods, herbs and supplements
  • Understand a proposed use for late pregnancy and early postpartum
  • List the lactogenic herbs and foods that can be used in preventing UTIs, Asthma and Respiratory Disease.   

IBCLC CERPS Approval number CL2021-1AU 20.5 L CERPs Education hours = 20 ACM CPDs have been applied for.

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