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  • WEBINAR - Sustainable Motherhood: The Impact of the use of Artificial Infant Milk on the Environment

    Includes Credits

    Sustainable Maternity: Traditionally, Breastfeeding consultants have had abundant scientific evidence about the risks of not breastfeeding. Both risks for the baby and the mother, in the short and long term. As important as these are, we seem not to be able to attract a society that feeds on breast milk substitutes and believes that this causes no harm. The main objective of my presentation is to give the lactation consultant another area of evidence related to the current and vital issue of caring for the environment. During my presentation we will walk through the different areas of concern, beginning with the effects on land, erosion, deforestation, lowered productivity and biodiversity. Additionally, we will explore the huge water footprint in the manufacture of dry milk and water pollution. We will then touch on antibiotic use in cattle and the secondary effects on humans. More environmental impact topics will include air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, packaging, use of plastics, transportation, as well as the waste derived from the extra menstrual periods and lack of birth control. Breast milk is a valuable renewable natural resource, and is the most ecological existing food source. It is produced and delivered to the consumer in the same place, without using other resources, does not cause contamination and helps to ensure the nutrition of the weakest and poorest, when food security has become a concern.

  • WEBINAR - Effect of Precise Assessment for Frenotomy in Ankyloglossia Infants Less Than 6-months Old on Breastfeeding Success Rate and Efficacy

    Includes Credits

    Research by (Messner AH et.al,2000) showed that there are controversies in management of ankyloglossia infants among physicians. Most of lactation consultants believe that early frenectomy helps to improve breastfeeding efficacy and ensure breastfeeding success even though minority of physician's respondents believe tongue tie associated with feeding problems. The objective of this study was to show the importance of precise assessment for early frenectomy in infants less than 6 months old to improve breastfeeding success rate and this also prevents unnecessary frenectomy for whom are not indicated. This research recommends that early frenectomy significantly improve breastfeeding success rate but should not be routinely done for all ankyloglossia infants especially for whom are not having breastfeeding difficulties. A precise assessment of tongue tie and breastfeeding is very important to be performed prior to the procedure in order to prevent unnecessary frenectomy.

  • WEBINAR - Challenges of Health Care Providers: Father's Role in Breastfeeding

    Includes Credits

    Breastfeeding mothers require a lot of support in initiating and maintaining breastfeeding. Many researchers have confirmed that breastfeeding practices have physiological, psychosocial, economic and environmental advantages for children. This study is expected to benefit the health provider to support, promote, and protect breastfeeding with regards to challenges they experience while caring for their client. Literature indicates positive associations of breastfeeding practices with child health. Those babies who receive exclusive breastfeeding and optimum feeding are less likely suffer from various health problems. This study will also utilize qualitative method as an inquiry. The focus group provided an avenue to health care providers to share their awareness with regards to breastfeeding, their perspectives on the father's role and the challenges that they are facing in promoting, protecting and supporting breastfeeding.

  • DOCUMENTARY: We're Mammals

    Includes Credits

    Breastfeeding challenges are prevalent particularly in the early stages after birth. According to a study published in Pediatrics 2013, 92% of women studied in the United States experienced breastfeeding challenges, including problems with latching, breastfeeding pain and milk quantity concerns. Breastfeeding is a physiological function of all mammals and once the basics are understood, supporting mothers and babies in the early stages becomes much easier. This documentary will explore how competent infants are at locating the breast and latching. Infants are hardwired to breastfeed, just like other mammals, and have inborn feeding behaviors that are easy to observe. This documentary is the lactation consultant's experience comparing her clients in Vancouver, Canada with rural areas of Iran. This education can help to demonstrate a new possibility for health care providers by offering simple and effective breastfeeding support.

  • WEBINAR - Protecting Mother-infant Contact and Breastfeeding During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Includes Credits

    The COVID-19 pandemic has presented an enormous global challenge with significant implications for maternal, neonatal and child health. Lactation professionals face numerous barriers to supporting breastfeeding and the use of human milk due to rapidly evolving scientific knowledge, public health and governmental measures attempting to control the epidemic, and additional threats to health systems that struggle to limit infection and supply protections to health care workers. This presentation brings together knowledge from public health and the social sciences to provide key insights and resources for protecting mother-infant contact and breastfeeding during the pandemic.

  • WEBINAR - Physical Therapy Techniques in Lactation

    Includes Credits

    Breast and nipple pain, engorgement, and recurrent plugs leading to mastitis are common reasons why mothers stop breastfeeding earlier than recommended. Despite their prevalence, these remain challenging conditions to treat. In the past, patients with deep, chronic breast pain in breastfeeding were often treated for yeast infections, though no scientific evidence exists to support this diagnosis. More current literature has established subacute mastitis, persistent hyperlactation (“oversupply”), and dermatitis as causes of breast pain. Once these conditions have been treated or ruled out, patients nevertheless may experience persistent pain, plugging, and/or engorgement. Recent reports describe the efficacy of pharmacologic interventions, such as antihistamines and beta blockers, in functional breast pain. Before starting medication, breast physical therapy interventions can be utilized. In addition to treatment of pain, these techniques can employed for relief of engorgement, plugging, and inflammation.

  • WEBINAR - Baby Led Weaning and the Role of the IBCLC

    Includes Credits

    Baby Led Weaning as an approach to introducing solids has been growing in popularity over the past 15 years. However, despite the growing demand from parents, there remains a lack of guidance from health care professionals. Additionally, there are some misconceptions around baby led weaning including safety. This presentation looks to provide further understanding of what baby led weaning is and how the lactation professional can provide guidance to parents.

  • WEBINAR - Breastfeeding Strategies Used by Women with Physical Disabilities

    Includes Credits

    Women with physical disabilities have a desire to breastfeed. However, women with physical disabilities also experience unique barriers that may interfere with their feeding goals. Improved support from healthcare professionals, including lactation consultants is necessary to overcome these challenges. This presentation will outline how healthcare professionals can incorporate the breastfeeding techniques identified in our study when caring for and supporting women with physical disabilities who wish to breastfeed.

  • JHL 36(1) Factors Associated with Breastfeeding Among Women with Gestational Diabetes

    Includes Credits

    After completing this study module, the learner will be able to: 1. List one factor related to women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) not initiating or not maintaining breastfeeding 2. Explain two benefits of breastfeeding for women with GDM 3. Describe an intervention that can lead to early initiation and longer duration of breastfeeding, especially in women with GDM

  • JHL 36(2) Neonatal Eating Assessment Tool – Breastfeeding: Reference Values for Infants Less Than 7 Months Old

    Includes Credits

    After completing this study module, the learner will be able to: 1. Define Neonatal Eating Assessment Tool (Neo EATBreastfeeding) reference values for infant breastfeeding behavior in full-term, healthy infants less than 7 months old 2. Explain the intended creation and use of the NeoEAT Breastfeeding Tool