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WEBINAR-Bridging the Gap: A Partnership Between a Hospital System and Public Health (WIC) Breastfeeding Peer Counselors and Staff1 credit offered
Hospitals can develop partnerships with community agencies or groups that facilitate early, ongoing breastfeeding support following hospital discharge. The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) breastfeeding peer counselors are an essential source of this support in many global communities. Aims/Purpose: The presentation will explain the innovation of how a health system of 8 hospitals, three Health Districts WIC breastfeeding peer counseling programs, and a university collaborated to improve breastfeeding support within their communities. The purpose was to ease the transition from hospital to home for the breastfeeding dyad by establishing organizational structures and processes that facilitated ongoing breastfeeding support in the community. Narrative: Establishing breastfeeding community partnerships all over the world are essential to the development of sustainable community strategies that can offer mothers access to effective breastfeeding support. A referral pathway was developed to facilitate the peer counselors’ ability to offer early support by giving them access to mothers before hospital discharge. Process maps and authorization forms were developed through dialogue with key stakeholders (e. g. hospital leadership, nurses, physicians, and WIC breastfeeding staff) will be shown. Conclusion: The primary outcome of this program was to evaluate the feasibility of the process, which was successfully implemented with no added costs. Additionally, this program provided an innovative approach to delivering ongoing breastfeeding support to vulnerable populations and guidance for nurses in establishing community partnerships that benefit their patients.
WEBINAR - Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: Implicit Bias and Crucial/Courageous Conversations1.5 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.
WEBINAR - Can Herbs Solve Breastfeeding Problems?1.5 credits offered
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.
WEBINAR - A Multidisciplinary Approach to the Diagnosis and Treatment of Breastfeeding Pain1 credit offered
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).
WEBINAR - Lactation and Palliative Care: Why and How to Provide Lactation Support During Serious Illness or Before an Anticipated Death1 credit offered
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.
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 Study1 credit offered
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.
WEBINAR-The Maternal-Child Microbiome: An Overview of Evidence and Implications1.25 credits offered
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.
WEBINAR - Lactation Support After Discharge from the NICU: Follow-Up for Premature Babies1 credit offered
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.
WEBINAR - Nonprescription Drugs and Lactation: Helping Families Make Informed Decisions1 credit offered
The use of nonprescription products by breastfeeding mothers is even more common than the use of prescription drugs. Pharmacists, doctors, and lactation consultants must be able to provide proper advice on the use or safety of nonprescription products during breastfeeding. The presentation on breastfeeding and nonprescription drugs will provide the necessary information to do so. Credit: 1 L CERP and 1 Contact Hour
WEBINAR - Case Studies on the Referral of Infants for Bodywork: Clinical Signs and Lactation Outcomes1.5 credits offered
The concept of bodywork for infants with breastfeeding difficulties is still new (especially outside of the USA) and there is not much published evidence to support it. However, clinical experience seems to suggest that bodywork is a useful tool to help some infants. Through the presentation of case studies, this webinar shares clinical experience related to common questions asked by lactation specialists: When might bodywork help a baby? To whom can I refer the infant? What might the results be? Credit: 1.5 L CERPs and 1.5 Contact Hours