• 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 - COVID-19 & Lactation: Translating Knowledge in a Pandemic

    Includes Credits

    The COVID-19 pandemic has presented an enormous challenge for the entire world, and unique challenges for lactation professionals as they face challenges supporting breastfeeding and the use of human milk in the face of rapidly evolving scientific knowledge, severe public health and governmental measures to attempt 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 help address some of the most pressing concerns lactation professionals face right now in the field.

  • 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.

  • WEBINAR - Care of the Same Sex Family

    Includes Credits

    Disparities exist in the health care system in regards to the quantity and quality of care received by LGBTQ individuals and same sex families as compared to heterosexual individuals and families. Nurses and health care providers require increased knowledge about this population and strategies to effectively communicate and care for individuals and families in this community. Many nurses and health care providers lack knowledge about the LGBTQ population and same sex families; they have not been educated in strategies to deliver culturally appropriate care.

  • WEBINAR - Disparities in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and the Role of the Speech-Language Pathologist in Lactation

    Includes Credits

    This presentation will describe the history of infant feeding in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and how culture is changing. We will learn how speech-language pathologist (SLP) have been pioneering safe and efficient swallow practices in the NICU while needing the support and knowledge of lactation consultants to help guide milk production and breastfeeding/chestfeeding. We will explore current breastfeeding/chestfeeding disparities and how this gap may be closed with the teamwork of lactation consultants and SLPs.

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

    Includes Credits

    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?

    Includes Credits 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.

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

    Includes Credits 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).

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

    Includes Credits

    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.