CONF 2019 Integrating Lactation Support into Early Intervention Services for Infants with Special Needs

Recorded On: 07/25/2019

Integrating Lactation Support into Early Intervention Services for Infants with Special Needs

In this session, Jada Wright Nichols, MS, OTR/L, IBCLC presents on early childhood intervention as a support and educational system for very young children (aged birth to three in America, or to six, in some other countries) who have been victims of, or who are at high risk or have developmental delays or disabilities. Some states and regions have chosen to focus these services on children with developmental disabilities or delays, but Early Childhood Intervention is not limited to children with these disabilities.   The mission of early childhood intervention is to assure that families who have at-risk children in this age range receive resources and supports that assist them in maximizing their child's physical, cognitive, and social/emotional development while respecting the diversity of families and communities. Typically, the services are state/ regionally funded, and include physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech-language pathology, nutrition, social work, and, psychological, and education services.   These interdisciplinary services are produced in the child’s natural environment, and the service providers may be from the public or private sector.   Weaving lactation evaluation and consultation services into what’s already being provided is an ideal way to help normalize breastfeeding, and increase access to breastfeeding support to some of the most vulnerable families, thereby improving breastfeeding rates and helping to decrease comorbidities and other threats to public health.   Strategies for incorporating lactation support, as well as for working with other allied health professionals will be addressed.


Credit: 1 L CERP and 1 Contact Hour

Source: ILCA Conference July, 2019 - Atlanta, Georgia, US

Presented by: Jada Wright Nichols, MS, OTR/L, IBCLC

Upon completion, the learner will be able to:

Describe strategies for infusing lactation support into early intervention practices.

Identify local service providers with whom to collaborate for service provision.

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)."

Jada Wright Nichols

Jada Wright Nichols is maternal wellness consultant, who owns a private practice, which offers rehabilitation, yoga, massage, doula, and lactation services for new and expectant families. She also works as a NICU lactation consultant in a Children’s Hospital. She is an active member of the Tennessee Breastfeeding Coalition, a founder of BSTARS (Breastfeeding Sisters That Are Receiving Support), and the Vice-President of Breastfeeding USA.

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