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  • WEBINAR - Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: Implicit Bias and Crucial/Courageous Conversations

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.5 credits offered

    The DEI and Implicit Bias 90-minute webinar will be facilitated utilizing a social justice lens that examines the connectedness between diversity, equity and inclusion. Through an examination of individual, institutional, and environmental influences as related to social injustice, participants will increase personal awareness, expand knowledge and encourage actions. They will learn more about their own socialization and social identities along with the conscious and unconscious prejudices and bias they may hold. ILCA members will identify and challenge unexamined beliefs about self and others and understand how these beliefs have been established through a system of inequity based on privilege and power. After examining the inequities that exist within the lactation space, ILCA members will gain an understanding of implicit bias and how it is a barrier to equity. Furthermore, they will be encouraged to accept diverse perspectives and given tools needed to engage in challenging conversations. Through utilization of the Four Agreements of Courageous Conversations and the Crucial Conversation Model, ILCA members will be provided with a foundation to engage in healthy discourse.

    Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: Implicit Bias and Crucial/Courageous Conversations

    The DEI and Implicit Bias 90-minute webinar will be facilitated utilizing a social justice lens that examines the connectedness between diversity, equity and inclusion. Through an examination of individual, institutional, and environmental influences as related to social injustice, participants will increase personal awareness, expand knowledge and encourage actions. They will learn more about their own socialization and social identities along with the conscious and unconscious prejudices and bias they may hold. ILCA members will identify and challenge unexamined beliefs about self and others and understand how these beliefs have been established through a system of inequity based on privilege and power.  After examining the inequities that exist within the lactation space, ILCA members will gain an understanding of implicit bias and how it is a barrier to equity. Furthermore, they will be encouraged to accept diverse perspectives and given tools needed to engage in challenging conversations. Through utilization of the Four Agreements of Courageous Conversations and the Crucial Conversation Model, ILCA members will be provided with a foundation to engage in healthy discourse.

    Credit: 1.5 E CERPs and 1.5 Contact Hours

    Source: ILCA Webinar 18 April 2019 

    Presented by: Dr. Adrienne Coleman and Traci D. Ellis, JD, SHRM-SCP

    Upon completion, the learner will be able to:

    • Reflect on their own bias and how implicit bias serves as a barrier to achieving equity, in society and in the lactation space.
    • Learn to interrupt bias and identify patterns of inequity in breastfeeding.
    • Learn a method to approach diversity, equity and inclusion courageous conversations, specifically related to understanding barriers in breastfeeding and addressing inequities within the lactation space.

    Learning Level: All

    Disclosures: ILCA accepts no commercial support for continuing education activities. The activity planners have no conflicts of interest to declare. The presenter has no significant financial interest or other relationship with the manufacturer(s) of any product(s) or provider(s) of any services relating to the subject matter of this presentation unless otherwise stated below.

    CERPs: ILCA is an approved provider of Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs) with the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). (CLT-108-7).

    ANCC: ILCA is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (ILCA-P0286). Accepted for BRN credit by the Board of Registered Nursing.

    CDR: The CDR accepts hours without prior CDR approval and recognizes approval by the ANCC. When recording hours on the CDR Activity Log, indicate the provider as "ILCA (ANCC)."

    Dr. Adrienne Coleman

    Adrienne Coleman is an innovative, creative, problem-centered, equity-minded leader who has contributed to the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) space for the past fifteen years. As a speaker, researcher and DEI expert, she has influenced educational institutions, social-service organizations, law enforcement, government agencies and international groups in moving DEI work forward.  In addition, she has been responsible for assessing potential barriers and developing strategies focused on recruiting and retaining a diverse community; designing training initiatives on cultural competency, implicit bias, stereotype threat and other topics designed to increase awareness; and implementing DEI policies and strategic plan. Her equity-focused research in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) has informed programs throughout the nation, been shared globally and led to the development of the D-STEM Equity Model, a comprehensive approach to diversifying the STEM education to career pipeline, from a racial perspective.

    Traci D. Ellis

    JD, SHRM-SCP

    Traci D. Ellis is a strategically focused and culturally versatile HR executive, experienced strategist in diversity, equity and inclusion, and attorney who helps organizations create and sustain engaging diverse, equitable and inclusive cultures. Traci is also a sought-after speaker on the intersection of race, law and politics, as well as inclusive leadership. Her career has been an exciting mix of law firm, corporate, government and self-employment. But regardless of the professional title, her passion...both professionally and personally...has always been the pursuit of mission-driven organizations where employees thrive and a world free from discrimination and harassment based on race, sex, gender, national origin, color and all the other ways in which we diminish each other. Creating a vibrant and inclusive organizational culture is key.  Additionally, as a Gallup-certified Strengths coach, she coaches leaders on discovering and flexing their strengths to increase leadership capacity, create highly engaged teams and meet personal and professional goals, particularly through a DEI lens.

  • WEBINAR - Can Herbs Solve Breastfeeding Problems?

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.5 credits offered Recorded On: 04/09/2019

    For centuries, women across the world have used herbs to assist with breastfeeding problems. This lecture will discuss herb utilization during breastfeeding including analyzing 35 herbs most commonly used by breastfeeding women, identifying herbs considered harmful, and providing resources for further research. During this session, skilled lactation care providers will be given evidence-based information regarding the use of herbs and their potential impact on milk production, as well as where to find reliable information to inform clients.

    Can Herbs Solve Breastfeeding Problems?

    For centuries, women across the world have used herbs to assist with breastfeeding problems. This lecture will discuss herb utilization during breastfeeding including analyzing 35 herbs most commonly used by breastfeeding women, identifying herbs considered harmful, and providing resources for further research. During this session, skilled lactation care providers will be given evidence-based information regarding the use of herbs and their potential impact on milk production, as well as where to find reliable information to inform clients.

    Credit: 1.5 L CERPs and 1.5 Contact Hours

    Source: ILCA Webinar 9 April 2019 

    Presented by: Sara Chana Silverstein, BA, IBCLC, RH (AHG)

    Upon completion, the learner will be able to:

    • Understand how herbs and botanicals work in the body and their role in breastfeeding.
    • Identify when herbs will not solve breastfeeding problems.
    • Learn safety concerns for the mother and the baby.

    Learning Level: All

    Disclosures: ILCA accepts no commercial support for continuing education activities. The activity planners have no conflicts of interest to declare. The presenter has no significant financial interest or other relationship with the manufacturer(s) of any product(s) or provider(s) of any services relating to the subject matter of this presentation unless otherwise stated below.

    CERPs: ILCA is an approved provider of Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs) with the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). (CLT-108-7).

    ANCC: ILCA is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (ILCA-P0286). Accepted for BRN credit by the Board of Registered Nursing.

    CDR: The CDR accepts hours without prior CDR approval and recognizes approval by the ANCC. When recording hours on the CDR Activity Log, indicate the provider as "ILCA (ANCC)."

    Sara Chana Silverstein

    BA, IBCLC, RH (AHG)

    Sara-Chana Silverstein is a board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC), master herbalist RH (AHG), classical homeopath, businesswoman, wife, keynote speaker and mother of seven children. She is regularly featured on TV news shows across the US discussing breastfeeding and also how people can integrate alternative with conventional medicine. She is a consultant to many pediatricians, surgeons, obstetricians, midwives and general doctors, and is currently guest lecturing to residents on breastfeeding at New York medical schools. She also created the APP: Sara Chana’s Savvy Breastfeeding Guide which has 350 articles and 150 original videos.  Sara-Chana runs a breastfeeding clinic in Brooklyn, New York and has had the honor of helping over 25 thousand mother/baby dyads. As a doula, while researching breastfeeding behavior in the first four hours of life, she helped deliver 469 babies.  Sara-Chana is passing on this wise-women awareness to modern women.

  • WEBINAR - A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Breastfeeding Pain

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 03/12/2019

    This presentation discusses the role of the feeding therapist as part of a multidisciplinary approach to supporting lactation. Evaluation and treatment of the dyad includes assessment of both members as it relates to the feeding experience. Multiple challenges can be faced by the dyad, especially in the early learning stage of lactation and feeding. This presentation will review strategies for reducing mother’s pain, including intervention for latch difficulties, assessment of oral mechanism, and wound management (e.g., lesions, irritations, excoriated nipples).

    A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Breastfeeding Pain

    This presentation discusses the role of the feeding therapist as part of a multidisciplinary approach to supporting lactation. Evaluation and treatment of the dyad includes assessment of both members as it relates to the feeding experience. Multiple challenges can be faced by the dyad, especially in the early learning stage of lactation and feeding. This presentation will review strategies for reducing mother’s pain, including intervention for latch difficulties, assessment of oral mechanism, and wound management (e.g., lesions, irritations, excoriated nipples).

    Credit: 1 L CERP and 1 Contact Hour

    Source: ILCA Webinar 12 March 2019 

    Presented by: Amber Valentine, MS,CCC-SLP, BCS-S, IBCLC, CNT

    Upon completion, the learner will be able to:

    • Participants will be able to identify correct and incorrect latch and will be able to determine at least three causes of nipple pain.
    • Participants will be able to describe techniques for management of nipple pain related to breastfeeding.
    • Participants will be able to recognize appropriate referrals determined during evaluation and treatment process

    Learning Level: Intermediate

    Disclosures: ILCA accepts no commercial support for continuing education activities. The activity planners have no conflicts of interest to declare. The presenter has no significant financial interest or other relationship with the manufacturer(s) of any product(s) or provider(s) of any services relating to the subject matter of this presentation unless otherwise stated below.

    CERPs: ILCA is an approved provider of Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs) with the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). (CLT-108-7).

    ANCC: ILCA is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (ILCA-P0286). Accepted for BRN credit by the Board of Registered Nursing.

    CDR: The CDR accepts hours without prior CDR approval and recognizes approval by the ANCC. When recording hours on the CDR Activity Log, indicate the provider as "ILCA (ANCC)."


    Amber Valentine

    MS, CCC-SLP, BCS-S, IBCLC, CNT

    Amber Valentine is a Speech-Language Pathologist who graduated from the University of Kentucky in the United States with her MS in Communication Disorders.  She is a Board Certified Specialist in Swallowing and Swallowing Disorders and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She worked for Baptist Health Systems, Inc. for 8 years before moving to Florida where she worked for Wolfsons Children’s Hospital and Mayo Florida in the USA. She is now back in Kentucky working for Baptist Health Lexington. She has experience in adults and pediatrics with feeding and swallowing difficulties including bedside swallow evaluations, Modified Barium Swallow studies, FEES, and pediatric feeding evaluations including NICU. She has provided guest lectures for the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville on feeding and swallowing topics. She has presented at the hospital level, local, state, national, and international levels on pediatric feeding/swallowing and breastfeeding.

  • WEBINAR - Lactation and Palliative Care: Why and How to Provide Lactation Support During Serious Illness or Before an Anticipated Death

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 02/13/2019

    While many births are joyous, not all births have happy endings. Many families experience the postpartum period loving and caring for an infant who will not live. This webinar describes how options for palliative care, hospice, and end of life can include breastfeeding/chestfeeding and lactation.

    Lactation and Palliative Care: Why and How to Provide Lactation Support During Serious Illness or Before an Anticipated Death

    While many births are joyous, not all births have happy endings. Many families experience the postpartum period loving and caring for an infant who will not live. This webinar describes how options for palliative care, hospice, and end of life can include breastfeeding/chestfeeding and lactation.

    Credit: 1 L CERP and 1 Contact Hour

    Source: ILCA Webinar 13 February 2019 

    Presented by: Elizabeth Smith, MPH, ICCE, IBCLC, RLC

    Upon completion, the learner will be able to:

    • Define palliative care and understand how it pertains to the perinatal period.
    • List the benefits of breastfeeding during serious illness or life threatening experiences.
    • Provide additional resources for grieving families

    Learning Level: Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced

    Disclosures: ILCA accepts no commercial support for continuing education activities. The activity planners have no conflicts of interest to declare. The presenter has no significant financial interest or other relationship with the manufacturer(s) of any product(s) or provider(s) of any services relating to the subject matter of this presentation unless otherwise stated below.

    CERPs: ILCA is an approved provider of Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs) with the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). (CLT-108-7).

    ANCC: ILCA is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (ILCA-P0286). Accepted for BRN credit by the Board of Registered Nursing.

    CDR: The CDR accepts hours without prior CDR approval and recognizes approval by the ANCC. When recording hours on the CDR Activity Log, indicate the provider as "ILCA (ANCC)."

    Elizabeth Smith

    MPH, ICCE, IBCLC, RLC

    Elizabeth Smith holds a Master of Public Health with an emphasis in maternal child nutrition. She has been the perinatal education coordinator for the past 17 years at the University of Utah Hospital in the United States. She was instrumental in getting the hospital designated as Baby Friendly in 2008 and is now the Baby Friendly Coordinator and recently survived re-dedication. Elizabeth is a board member of the International Childbirth Education Association, Utah Maternal Mental Health Collaborative, Utah Breastfeeding Coalition, and the Mountain West Mothers' Milk Bank. She sits on committees for the March of Dimes, University Hospital Perinatal Bereavement, and the Hospital Perinatal Quality Committee.

  • WEBINAR - Lactation Support After Hospital Discharge in an Urban Community: The Impact of Follow-up Phone Calls, Outpatient Lactation Support Sessions, and Breastfeeding Café Meet Ups

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 01/30/2019

    This presentation will review NYU Langone's multi-faceted approach to providing prenatal anticipatory guidance and continued lactation support after hospital discharge to enhance optimal infant feeding. Discussion will include the implementation of our creative 3-pronged approach to engage the breastfeeding family.

    Lactation Support After Hospital Discharge in an Urban Community: The Impact of Follow-up Phone Calls, Outpatient Lactation Support Sessions, and Breastfeeding Café Meet Ups

    This presentation will review NYU Langone's multi-faceted approach to providing prenatal anticipatory guidance and continued lactation support after hospital discharge to enhance optimal infant feeding. Discussion will include the implementation of our creative 3-pronged approach to engage the breastfeeding family.

    Credit: 1 L CERP and 1 Contact Hour

    Source: ILCA Webinar 30 January 2019 

    Presented by: Francine Pasadino, RNC-OB, CNM, MA, IBCLC, C-EFM and Gladys Vallespir Ellett, RN, MA, IBCLC, LCCE

    Upon completion, the learner will be able to:

    • Describe the current evidence related to Step 10 of the BFHI program
    • Identify interventions that have a positive impact on breastfeeding duration and exclusivity
    • Apply strategies that address post discharge breastfeeding outcomes specific to their community demographics

    Learning Level: Beginner/Intermediate

    Disclosures: ILCA accepts no commercial support for continuing education activities. The activity planners have no conflicts of interest to declare. The presenter has no significant financial interest or other relationship with the manufacturer(s) of any product(s) or provider(s) of any services relating to the subject matter of this presentation unless otherwise stated below.

    CERPs: ILCA is an approved provider of Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs) with the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). (CLT-108-7).

    ANCC: ILCA is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (ILCA-P0286). Accepted for BRN credit by the Board of Registered Nursing.

    CDR: The CDR accepts hours without prior CDR approval and recognizes approval by the ANCC. When recording hours on the CDR Activity Log, indicate the provider as "ILCA (ANCC)."

    Francine Pasadino

    RNC-OB, CNM, MA, IBCLC, C-EFM

    Throughout her extensive career, Francine Pasadino, RNC-OB, CNM, MA, IBCLC, C-EFM, has held numerous roles in perinatal nursing including full-scope midwifery, and has served as an OB/GYN nurse educator, a nurse leader in obstetrics and the neonatal intensive care unit, and on the faculty in schools of nursing.  She is a graduate of NYU School of Education, in New York, United States, with a master's degree in nurse midwifery, is an international board-certified lactation consultant, and holds national certifications in inpatient obstetrical nursing and electronic fetal monitoring. Ms. Pasadino has been published as a contributing author in a Lippincott review series. She currently oversees Childbirth Education and Lactation Services at NYU Langone Medical Center.

    Gladys Vallespir Ellett

    RN, MA, IBCLC, LCCE

    Gladys Valyspir Ellett, RN, MA, IBCLC, LCCE, works to improve the breastfeeding experience of expectant parents and new families through prenatal education and postnatal support programs. Throughout her more than 10 years at NYU Langone, in New York, United States, she has served in several positions, including the coordinator for parent education and community outreach, assistant nurse manager on the Mother–Baby Unit, and as practice nurse for NYU Langone Maternal–Fetal Medicine. Ms. Ellett is a graduate of New York University College of Nursing and holds a master's degree in education from the American University. She is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, as well as a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator who serves as chair of Continuing Education for Lamaze International.

  • WEBINAR - The Relationship Between Weight Loss and Exclusive Breastfeeding in Full-term Newborns During the First 2 Weeks of Life: Results of a Prospective, Observational Cohort Study

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 01/08/2019

    Current clinical guidelines used for assessing newborns’ weight have lacked adequate measurements and have not accounted for growth differences in breast and formula fed neonates. The objectives of the study presented were to determine mean weight loss for breastfed infants and examine the impact of weight loss on exclusive breastfeeding rates. Accurate data about infant weight patterns can help guide practice and transform how feeding care is delivered to newborns and their mothers.

    The Relationship Between Weight Loss and Exclusive Breastfeeding in Full-term Newborns During the First 2 Weeks of Life: Results of a Prospective, Observational Cohort Study

    Current clinical guidelines used for assessing newborns’ weight have lacked adequate measurements and have not accounted for growth differences in breast and formula fed neonates. The objectives of the study presented were to determine mean weight loss for breastfed infants and examine the impact of weight loss on exclusive breastfeeding rates. Accurate data about infant weight patterns can help guide practice and transform how feeding care is delivered to newborns and their mothers.

    Credit: 1 L CERP and 1 Contact Hour

    Source: ILCA Webinar 8 January 2019 

    Presented by: Diane DiTomasso PhD,RN

    Upon completion, the learner will be able to:

    • Describe the implications of excessive weight loss for full-term breastfed neonates.
    • Identify weight loss patterns for full-term breastfed neonates.

    Learning Level: Beginner/Intermediate

    Disclosures: ILCA accepts no commercial support for continuing education activities. The activity planners have no conflicts of interest to declare. The presenter has no significant financial interest or other relationship with the manufacturer(s) of any product(s) or provider(s) of any services relating to the subject matter of this presentation unless otherwise stated below.

    CERPs: ILCA is an approved provider of Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs) with the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). (CLT-108-7).

    ANCC: ILCA is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (ILCA-P0286). Accepted for BRN credit by the Board of Registered Nursing.

    CDR: The CDR accepts hours without prior CDR approval and recognizes approval by the ANCC. When recording hours on the CDR Activity Log, indicate the provider as "ILCA (ANCC)."

    Diane DiTomasso

    PhD, RN

    For more than 25 years, Dr. Diane DiTomasso worked as a nurse in the area of maternal child nursing. Her areas of specialty included antepartum, labor and delivery, postpartum, lactation, and newborn care. She was instrumental in establishing one of the first outpatient lactation services in Rhode Island, United States for women seeking breastfeeding support. She also worked with colleagues to earn New England’s first Baby Friendly Hospital Award at South County Hospital in Wakefield, Rhode Island. Currently, she is the coordinator of the maternal child health nursing course at the University of Rhode Island. She teaches
    nursing students in classroom and clinical settings. In addition, she teaches nursing research courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. Dr. DiTomasso has several peer-reviewed publications on the topics of breastfeeding and neonatal weight loss.

  • WEBINAR-The Maternal-Child Microbiome: An Overview of Evidence and Implications

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1.25 credits offered Recorded On: 09/04/2018

    The scientific world is exploding with excitement over the discovery of the microbiome. While it appears clear that suckling infant’s intestinal microbiome communicates with the mother’s lactocyte and perhaps beyond, little is known about the effects of this communication in practical terms. This presentation will review what is known and attempt to explain what it means, both now and in the future.

    The Maternal-Child Microbiome: An Overview of Evidence and Implications

    The scientific world is exploding with excitement over the discovery of the microbiome. While it appears clear that suckling infant’s intestinal microbiome communicates with the mother’s lactocyte and perhaps beyond, little is known about the effects of this communication in practical terms. This presentation will review what is known and attempt to explain what it means, both now and in the future.

    Credit: 1.25 L CERPs and 1.25 Contact Hours

    Source: ILCA Webinar 4 September 2018

    Presented by: Jarold T. Johnston Jr. MSN, CNM, IBCLC

    Upon completion, the learner will be able to:

    • Identify the Maternal-Newborn Microbiome.
    • Discuss the value of the microbiome and its effect on wellness.
    • Identify implications of the microbiome and dysbiosis.

    Learning Level: Intermediate

    Disclosures: ILCA accepts no commercial support for continuing education activities. The activity planners have no conflicts of interest to declare. The presenter has no significant financial interest or other relationship with the manufacturer(s) of any product(s) or provider(s) of any services relating to the subject matter of this presentation unless otherwise stated below.

    CERPs: ILCA is an approved provider of Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs) with the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). (CLT-108-7).

    ANCC: ILCA is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (ILCA-P0286). Accepted for BRN credit by the Board of Registered Nursing.

    CDR: The CDR accepts hours without prior CDR approval and recognizes approval by the ANCC. When recording hours on the CDR Activity Log, indicate the provider as "ILCA (ANCC)."

    Tom Johnston

    MSN, CNM, IBCLC

    Tom Johnston is unique as a midwife and lactation consultant and the father of eight breastfed children. Recently retired after 27 years in the US Army, he is now an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Methodist University where he teaches, among other things, Maternal-Child Nursing and Nutrition. You may have heard him at a number of conferences at the national level, to include the Association of Woman’s Health and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN), the International Lactation Consultant's Association (ILCA), or perhaps at dozens of other conferences across the country. In his written work he routinely addresses fatherhood and the role of the father in the breastfeeding relationship and has authored a chapter on the role of the father in breastfeeding for "Breastfeeding in Combat Boots: A survival guide to breastfeeding in the military".

  • WEBINAR - Lactation Support After Discharge from the NICU: Follow-Up for Premature Babies

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 08/08/2018

    IBCLCs may play an essential role in assisting families to accomplish a positive, healthy, and smooth transition home after the NICU stay. The IBCLC can recognize families' need for continuing support after discharge and implement strategies to protect the breastfeeding relationship, attachment, and long-term mental health.

    Lactation Support After Discharge from the NICU: Follow-Up for Premature Babies

    IBCLCs may play an essential role in assisting families to accomplish a positive, healthy, and smooth transition home after the NICU stay. The IBCLC can recognize families' need for continuing support after discharge and implement strategies to protect the breastfeeding relationship, attachment, and long-term mental health.

    Credit: 1 L CERP and 1 Contact Hour

    Source: ILCA Webinar 8 August 2018

    Presented by: Paulina Erices, BS, IBCLC, Barbara Deloian, PhD, CPNP, IBCLC, and Natalie Gates, IBCLC, BC

    Upon completion, the learner will be able to:

    • Identify major challenges to establish lactation after NICU stay.
    • Identify three main needs that parents discuss about their transition from the NICU to home.
    • Identify the role of the lactation consultant in the transition home.

    Learning Level: Beginner/Intermediate

    Disclosures: ILCA accepts no commercial support for continuing education activities. The activity planners have no conflicts of interest to declare. The presenter has no significant financial interest or other relationship with the manufacturer(s) of any product(s) or provider(s) of any services relating to the subject matter of this presentation unless otherwise stated below.

    CERPs: ILCA is an approved provider of Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs) with the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). (CLT-108-7).

    ANCC: ILCA is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (ILCA-P0286). Accepted for BRN credit by the Board of Registered Nursing.

    CDR: The CDR accepts hours without prior CDR approval and recognizes approval by the ANCC. When recording hours on the CDR Activity Log, indicate the provider as "ILCA (ANCC)."

    Paulina Erices

    BS, IBCLC

    Paulina Erices is the mother of three children, a bilingual Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in private practice and Maternal Child Health Specialist for the Jefferson County Health Department in Colorado. She is originally from Chile and has lived in the US for almost 15 years. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from PennState and is currently completing her Masters of Science in Leadership and Organizations from the University of Denver. She is a member of several groups working to improve child health and well-being, including the Early Childhood Colorado Partnership, the NICU Consortium, and the Community Leaders in Health Equity. Paulina's goal is to elevate the voices of the community to effectively improve systems of care through advocacy and policy. Paulina lives in Littleton, Colorado where she spends her free time birding with her family and training her dog Aussie.

    Barbara Deloian

    PhD, CPNP, IBCLC

    Barbara Deloian is a certified pediatric nurse practitioner and lactation consultant who career focused on supporting families of premature and high-risk infants throughout her over 35 plus year career.  Through her work in public health, pediatric cardiology, child development and perinatal and premature infant follow up programs she has supported parent-child relationships throughout a child's early years of life.  She is particularly aware of the challenges parents face with feeding, sleep and fussiness after discharge from the NICU as well as parents significant need for information, support, education, and local community resource connections once home from the hospital.  Upon retirement she started Special Kids, Special Care, Inc., a non-profit, to provide health support services to families of premature and medically fragile infants to assure healthier child outcomes especially families facing health disparities.

    Natalie Gates

    IBCLC, BC

    Natalie Gates is a new IBCLC starting her private practice in Denver, CO. She has been a Breastfeeding USA Counselor and volunteer since 2015, and she also volunteers with the Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition and Special Kids, Special Care. She has three children, including her 35 weeker NICU graduate.

  • CONF 2018 To Clip or Not to Clip? Clinical Dilemmas Regarding the Release of Posterior Tongue Tie and their Implications for Infant Feeding

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 07/20/2018

    A case for clipping, a case for waiting: Difficult decisions in clinic Background: As far as anterior tongue tie is concerned, there is a vast body of knowledge that has been validated. As for posterior tongue tie, the scientific evidence is lacking. Medical diagnoses are not part of the scope of practice of Lactation Consultants. Hence, there is a lot of confusion among professionals (both Drs and Lactation Consultants), resulting in over diagnosis and over treatment. Nonetheless, there is a lot of pressure on Lactation Consultants not to miss this diagnosis of tongue tie. Objective: To present a unique perspective of an experienced Lactation Consultant who is also experienced in diagnosing and treating various types of tongue ties. Methods: Clinical cases of babies with posterior tongue ties will be shown, including clinical photos. The presentation will focus on the clinical dilemmas regarding releasing posterior tongue ties and their implications for breastfeeding. Clinical Data and Statistics will be presented. Results: Exclusive breastfeeding was achieved in clinical cases with posterior tongue ties that where not released. Follow-ups will be shown. Conclusions: In some cases of posterior tongue ties, good breastfeeding counseling can make the action of releasing the tongue redundant.

    To Clip or Not to Clip? Clinical Dilemmas Regarding the Release of Posterior Tongue Tie and their Implications for Infant Feeding

    A case for clipping, a case for waiting: Difficult decisions in clinic Background:  As far as anterior tongue tie is concerned, there is a vast body of knowledge that has been validated. As for posterior tongue tie, the scientific evidence is lacking.  Medical diagnoses are not part of the scope of practice of Lactation Consultants. Hence, there is a lot of confusion among professionals (both Drs and Lactation Consultants), resulting in over diagnosis and over treatment. Nonetheless, there is a lot of pressure on Lactation Consultants not to miss this diagnosis of tongue tie. Objective:  To present a unique perspective of an experienced Lactation Consultant who is also experienced in diagnosing and treating various types of tongue ties. Methods: Clinical cases of babies with posterior tongue ties will be shown, including clinical photos. The presentation will focus on the clinical dilemmas regarding releasing posterior tongue ties and their implications for breastfeeding. Clinical Data and Statistics will be presented.   Results: Exclusive breastfeeding was achieved in clinical cases with posterior tongue ties that where not released. Follow-ups will be shown. Conclusions: In some cases of posterior tongue ties, good breastfeeding counseling can make the action of releasing the tongue redundant.

    Credit: 1 L CERP and 1 Contact Hour

    Source: ILCA Conference July, 2018 - Portland, Oregon, USA

    Presented by: Gina Weissman DMD, RN, IBCLC

    Upon completion, the learner will be able to:

    • Identify a key component of IBCLC’s role in promoting, supporting, and advocating for breastfeeding families using social-ecological theory and considering the social determinants of health.
    • List two ways to increase the visibility of their role in interdisciplinary practice within their context of practice.
    • Describe one way they can translate evidence-based practice into their community of practice with a goal of protecting breastfeeding.

    Learning Level: All

    Disclosures: ILCA accepts no commercial support for continuing education activities. The activity planners have no conflicts of interest to declare. The presenter has no significant financial interest or other relationship with the manufacturer(s) of any product(s) or provider(s) of any services relating to the subject matter of this presentation unless otherwise stated below. 

    CERPs: ILCA is an approved provider of Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs) with the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). (CLT-108-7).

    ANCC: ILCA is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (ILCA-P0286). Accepted for BRN credit by the Board of Registered Nursing.

    CDR: The CDR accepts hours without prior CDR approval and recognizes approval by the ANCC. When recording hours on the CDR Activity Log, indicate the provider as "ILCA (ANCC)."

    Gina Weissman

    DMD, RN, IBCLC

    Dr. Gina Weissman began her career as a dentist, receiving her D.M.D. at The Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem.  Dr. Weissman has been working as an IBCLC since 1999 (recertified: 2004, 2009, 2014). She currently is also an RN nurse, and works in Laniado Maternity Hospital as a Lactation Consultant. Dr. Weissman mentors lactation students to the IBCLC certification via Pathway 1 and 3.

  • CONF 2018 Safe and Sustainable Implementation of BFHI's Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding: EMPower Breastfeeding and the New EMPower Training Initiative

    Contains 3 Component(s), 1 credit offered Recorded On: 07/20/2018

    Background: There has been a rapid increase in the number of maternity care facilities practicing the evidence-based care outlined in the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding (Ten Steps). Contributing to this increase are the state recognition programs for hospitals working on these best-practices, and the federally-funded projects helping facilities with technical assistance and training. With any rapid change effort, sustainability and safety are of utmost importance. With this in mind, the newly-funded EMPower Breastfeeding Training Initiative (EMPower BTI) focuses on safe implementation of the clinical practices contained within the Ten Steps. Aim/Purpose: This presentation will share the results and lessons learned from the EMPower Breastfeeding Initiative (EMPower), including cohort data on Baby-Friendly designation progress, breastfeeding rates and other clinical measures on front-line practices. (EMPower closes in April of 2018). In addition, the transition to EMPower BTI will be discussed as it relates to safe implementation of evidence-based maternity care practices supporting breastfeeding. (EMPower BTI begins September 2017, with recruitment in early 2018). Narrative: The Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) has proven effective at improving maternity care practices and increasing breastfeeding rates. Recent changes in the global BFHI guidelines have reconsidered and repackaged the Ten Steps and may signal a need for adapting ongoing efforts in the US. Conclusion: Federally-funded efforts contribute to safe and sustainable uptake of the Ten Steps. Note: A revised abstract including detailed results/conclusion will be submitted for consideration in the JHL publication of abstracts after the federal grant has closed in April.

    Safe and Sustainable Implementation of BFHI's Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding: EMPower Breastfeeding and the New EMPower Training Initiative

    Background: There has been a rapid increase in the number of maternity care facilities practicing the evidence-based care outlined in the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding (Ten Steps). Contributing to this increase are the state recognition programs for hospitals working on these best-practices, and the federally-funded projects helping facilities with technical assistance and training. With any rapid change effort, sustainability and safety are of utmost importance. With this in mind, the newly-funded EMPower Breastfeeding Training Initiative (EMPower BTI) focuses on safe implementation of the clinical practices contained within the Ten Steps.   Aim/Purpose: This presentation will share the results and lessons learned from the EMPower Breastfeeding Initiative (EMPower), including cohort data on Baby-Friendly designation progress, breastfeeding rates and other clinical measures on front-line practices. (EMPower closes in April of 2018). In addition, the transition to EMPower BTI will be discussed as it relates to safe implementation of evidence-based maternity care practices supporting breastfeeding. (EMPower BTI begins September 2017, with recruitment in early 2018).   Narrative: The Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) has proven effective at improving maternity care practices and increasing breastfeeding rates. Recent changes in the global BFHI guidelines have reconsidered and repackaged the Ten Steps and may signal a need for adapting ongoing efforts in the US.   Conclusion: Federally-funded efforts contribute to safe and sustainable uptake of the Ten Steps.  Note: A revised abstract including detailed results/conclusion will be submitted for consideration in the JHL publication of abstracts after the federal grant has closed in April.

    Credit: 1 L CERP and 1 Contact Hour

    Source: ILCA Conference July, 2018 - Portland, Oregon, USA

    Presented by: Kathy Parry MPH, IBCLC, LMBT; Julie Bourg BSN, RN, IBCLC; Gigi Lawless  BSN, RN, IBCLC

    Upon completion, the learner will be able to:

    • Report the results of the EMPower Breastfeeding Initiative.
    • Describe the new EMPower Breastfeeding Training Initiative effort.
    • Communicate the importance of safe implementation of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.

    Learning Level: All

    Disclosures: ILCA accepts no commercial support for continuing education activities. The activity planners have no conflicts of interest to declare. The presenter has disclosed that they have received competitive funds.

    CERPs: ILCA is an approved provider of Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs) with the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). (CLT-108-7).

    ANCC: ILCA is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (ILCA-P0286). Accepted for BRN credit by the Board of Registered Nursing.

    CDR: The CDR accepts hours without prior CDR approval and recognizes approval by the ANCC. When recording hours on the CDR Activity Log, indicate the provider as "ILCA (ANCC)."

    Kathy Parry

    MPH, IBCLC, LMBT

    Kathy is a social clinical research specialist at the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI) in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the Gillings School of Public Health at UNC-Chapel Hill. At CGBI, Kathy is Director of Prenatal Breastfeeding Education and management team member for the EMPower Initiative, a CDC-funded effort to increase the number of Baby-Friendly designated hospitals in the US. She also facilitates global projects at CGBI and is the Communications lead for the institute. Her previous work at CGBI includes the development of an adaptable Responsive Feeding curriculum for low-income countries fighting malnutrition and stunting, as well as published research on women’s perception of infant formula advertising. Kathy is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), Licensed Massage and Bodywork Therapist (LMBT), a Certified Educator of Infant Massage and a former DONA-certified birth doula. She serves as the current Chair of the North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition.

    Julia Bourg

    BSN, RN, IBCLC

    Julia is a social/clinical research specialist with CGBI. She is an elected member of the steering committee of the Louisiana Breastfeeding Coalition and has previously served as co-leader of the statewide clinical task force for The Gift Breastfeeding Initiative for the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals. Julia is a Registered Nurse an IBCLC. She began her nursing career in maternity services specializing in Maternal-Newborn and Neonatal Intensive Care. She and has led multiple local quality improvement projects to advance breastfeeding outcomes in her community, resulting in Terrebonne General Medical Center officially becoming one of the first hospitals in Louisiana to become Baby-Friendly in August 2014. She serves on expert panels and provides professional education and motivation related to Ten Step implementation. Julia’s efforts have been featured in the CDC’s 2014 Breastfeeding Report Card and she has been recognized by the Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.

    Gigi Lawless

    BSN, RN, IBCLC

    Gigi is a clinical research specialist at CGBI working with the EMPower Breastfeeding Initiative. Previously, she served as a Lactation Team Coordinator and Project Lead on implementation of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding that led to Baby-Friendly Designation at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. As a Registered Nurse and IBCLC, she has committed her career to focusing on maternal-child health and removing barriers to breastfeeding in the hospital and community settings. Gigi has been involved in state and national collaboratives and quality improvement efforts to promote, protect and increase exclusive breastfeeding rates. She utilizes LEAN methodology and small test of change cycles to adopt evidence based practices. Gigi has been asked to speak on panels related to her expertise and experience in implementing the Ten Steps. She is an active member on the NC Breastfeeding Coalition and NC Lactation Consultant Association.