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Tuesday, September 20, 2022
*** All sessions will be recorded – recordings will be available through October 20, 2022 ***
|8:30 – 9:00
|Morning Coffee – (optional) Virtual Networking Session
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|9:00 – 9:10 am
|Welcome! Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition and La Leche League of Mountains Plains opening remarks, logistics of the day
|9:10 – 10:10
|General Session: Nekisha Killings, MPH, IBCLC
Normalize Brown Breasts®: A Primer for Breast Assessment in Non-White Skin Tones
|10:10 – 10:20
|10:20 – 11:20
|General Session: Liz Brooks, JD, IBCLC, FILCA
The International WHO Code in Every Day Practice: Real Life Scenarios
|11:20 – 11:30
|11:30 – 12:30
|General Session: Hilary Jacobson
Galactagogues: Mysteries of Inflammation and Prolactin
|12:30 – 12:50
|12:50 – 1:50
1 A: Critical Early Lactation Challenges: Busting Myths, Recognizing Risks, Maximizing Milk — Marianne Neifert, MD, MTS, FAAP
1 B: It’s Not What it Looks Like: How systemic racism and implicit bias affects Black breastfeeding rates — Tameka Jackson-Dyer, BASc, IBCLC, CHW
1 C: Connection and Care: Virtual Support for Tongue-Tied Infants — Melissa Cole, MS, IBCLC, RLC
|1:50 – 2:00
|2:00 – 3:00
2 A: The Doctor’s Medical Bag: Addressing Maternal Mortality through Medical Home Visits — Sonal Patel, MD, CLE
2 B: We know the problem. What’s the solution? – The Milk That Built America — Whitney Dunlap, IBCLC and Vita Malama, MA
2 C: Colorado’s Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Recognition — Taran Schneider, MA and Jason Gold
COBFC Networking Hour – 3:00-4:00
Please plan to join us for fun, networking and to participate in the Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition’s annual meeting.
We will meet virtually – Zoom (will be included on your emailed agenda)
Keynote – General Session – Normalize Brown Breasts®: A Primer for Breast Assessment in Non-White Skin Tone — Nekisha Killings, MPH, IBCLC
Is a red spot always a key indicator of mastitis? What about the deep purple trademark of vasospasm? How does eczema present on non-white skin? Performing a standard breast assessment may cause clinicians to overlook or misidentify key indicators of maladies in patients that are not fair-skinned. Learn how you can improve your assessments and familiarize yourself with other ways to identify common conditions in patient populations that were not featured in your textbooks. This talk is based on Nekisha’s landmark new resource tool – The Melanated Mammary Atlas®
Keynote – General Session – The International WHO Code in Every Day Practice: Real Life Scenarios – Liz Brooks, JD, IBCLC, FILCA
There is a lot of confusion about what the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes (International Code, a.k.a. WHO Code) means, and how to support it, in a world full of marketing. Do you violate the International Code if you work for a hospital that uses formula for its patient babies? Can you teach how to use a bottle-and-teat to breastfeeding parents? Can you share glossy handouts from pump or bottle manufacturers? Does it matter if your facility is seeking Baby-Friendly status? The IBLCE Code of Professional Conduct encourages IBCLCs to adhere to the International Code as do nearly all the lactation support providers organizations and groups. This session will use real-life examples to discuss challenges faced by healthcare providers and lactation support counselors, asking: a) does the International Code apply; (b) are other options available to curtail marketing influences in the healthcare workplace; and (c) what are the consequences when there is a violation of the International Code? This session is potentially eligible for an ethics continuing education credit (e-CERP).
11:30 a.m-12:30 p.m.
Keynote – General Session – Galactagogues: Mysteries of Inflammation and Prolactin – Hilary Jacobson
What do traditional postpartum foods have in common? They reduce inflammation, support the hormonal balance of lactation, support the liver, kidney, and pancreas, improve gut health, train the immune system’s innate immune responses and facilitate optimal development of the mammary glands. In this session, we will discuss a selection of useful traditional galactagogues for use before and after childbirth; learn how long-chain polysaccharides contribute to the multi-system effects of many galactagogues; understand how high-caloric beverages and snacks, in the presence of insulin resistance, are effective for temporary increases in milk production (although not the healthiest choice); and discuss the basics of the Lactogenic Diet for effective use in the face of low milk supply that is not responding to interventions.
12:50-1:50 p.m. – Breakout #1
1 A. Breakout Session – Critical Early Lactation Challenges: Busting Myths, Recognizing Risks, Maximizing Milk – Marianne Neifert, MD, MTS, FAAP
Those who work in the health professions are familiar with the distressing assertion: “Half of what we taught you was wrong. Worse yet, we don’t know which half!” The ability to rethink and relearn is vital among those who aspire to be lifelong learners. In this presentation on the critical first weeks of breastfeeding, Dr. Neifert will share new research to refute several commonly embraced breastfeeding assumptions. She will address early breastfeeding challenges during the critical coming-to-volume stage of lactation, including recognizing the large subset of newborns at-risk for ineffective breastfeeding, and preventing infant breastfeeding morbidities. Dr. Neifert also will review the use of “lactation technologies” among vulnerable newborns to ensure infant well-being, a plentiful milk supply, and the successful transition to exclusive at-breast feeding. Other timely topics will include antenatal expression of colostrum, breastfeeding guilt, and essential support.
1 B. Breakout Session – It’s Not What it Looks Like: How systemic racism and implicit bias affects Black breastfeeding rates – Tameka Jackson-Dyer, BASc, IBCLC, CHW
Most healthcare providers and lactation professionals are familiar with the statistics regarding Black breastfeeding rates, but few know the reasons behind the numbers. This presentation will explore the history of Black breastfeeding in the U.S. and how that – coupled with medical racism and the implicit bias in our healthcare system – has a profound effect on Black breastfeeding rates.
1 C. Breakout Session – Connection and Care: Virtual Support for Tongue-Tied Infants – Melissa Cole, MS, IBCLC, RLC
Providing virtual care has become a reality for many lactation professionals. How can we best consult families of tongue-tied babies virtually? How do we get the visual and functional information we need to guide our care when we are ‘hands-off’? This session will discuss strategies for health professional working remotely including assessment, documentation, care plan formation, teamwork, and the referral process. While different than in-person consultations, virtual connection and excellent care for tongue-tied babies and their families is possible! Learning to adapt our practice style, gather information digitally, and pivot with the times is vital for our role in providing comprehensive lactation support virtually.
2:00-3:00 p.m. – Breakout #2
2 A. Breakout Session – The Doctor’s Medical Bag: Addressing Maternal Mortality through Medical Home Visits – Sonal Patel, MD, CLE
Postpartum care is an aspect of medical care that is overlooked. Neglecting this critical period is directly fueling the increase of America’s maternal mortality. These maternal deaths have known negative economical ramifications affecting individual families, communities, and a country’s GDP. Reducing maternal mortality can be achieved by cost-effective medical home visits. By the end of this session, participants will understand: 1) Postpartum care is an aspect of medical care that is overlooked; 2) Neglecting this critical period is directly fueling the increase of America’s maternal mortality; 3) These maternal deaths have known negative economical ramifications affecting individual families, communities, and a country’s GDP; and 4) Reducing maternal mortality can be achieved by cost-effective medical home visits.
2 B. Breakout Session – We know the problem. What’s the solution? – The Milk That Built America – Whitney Dunlap, IBCLC and Vita Malama, MA
The goal of this session is to explain the underlying problems that hinder and plague African-diasporic backgrounds – Correcting the wrong that has plagued the black community and individuals of low socioeconomic backgrounds. Affordable and accessible breastfeeding support is vital to our breastfeeding families. and increasing breastfeeding support at the community level to make it more accessible.
2 C. Breakout Session – Colorado’s Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Recognition – Taran Schneider, MA and Jason Gold
Learn about Colorado’s Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Recognition program, which is focused on ensuring quality practices and policies are in place to support children, families, and staff. The BFCC Recognition builds local capacity and expertise while creating an important connection between early learning and health. Learn how you can help ensure infants and toddlers are valued, healthy, and thriving. Healthy Child Care Colorado and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment established a public-private partnership to meet a growing need to define and support breastfeeding friendly practices and policies within child care settings. Together, we gathered information from national, state, and local public health and early childhood sectors to inform what needed to be built in Colorado. We built upon strong local efforts emerging in a few Colorado counties, examined national models, and identified opportunities to enhance breastfeeding friendly child care in our state.
Thank you to all our amazing speakers!