Clinical Topics

Breastfeeding Basics (90 min)


  • Define when the use of artificial baby milk began and evolved
  • List four positions for breastfeeding
  • Identify at least three elements of effective latch and transfer
  • Identify the steps of suck organization
  • Define the relationship between frequency and duration of feedings

Abstract: This session is suitable for any audience, but particularly for WIC, staff nurses, LC wannabe’s, and anyone seeking to learn more about supporting breastfeeding mothers. This topic also fits in well as a break out session for a birth or baby focused conference. Beginning with the foundation of breastfeeding, also included is information regarding the WHO Code, and other elements for breastfeeding success.

History and Assessment: It’s all in the Details (90-120min)

ILCA Presentation. May also be separated into two sessions.

  • State the six steps of the Lactation Consultant process
  • Identify three types of interviewing techniques
  • Define “triggers” and how they help structure an assessment
  • List the three main focus points of a lactation assessment
  • Define the role of evaluation and how it relates to assessment

Abstract: The two most important elements of providing professional breastfeeding support are taking a complete history and performing a detailed physical assessment. Yet, a history or full feeding observation can sometimes seem too lengthy a process when understaffed or short on time, not to mention a little tedious. This fun, interactive session changes that by incorporating information gathering techniques and tips. It also includes skills for applying patient information to critical thinking processes using role play and case study examples and discussion, with heavy use of clinical photos.

The Complicated Mother (60-90 min)


  • list reasons mothers may be “triple feeding” (breastfeeding, pumping, bottle feeding) as a vehicle to increase milk production and intake
  • List three medical diagnoses or birth complications for the mother that put breastfeeding at risk
  • List two unique challenges specific to mothers of multiples

Abstract: So often, many don’t realize how the mothers health, pregnancy and birth experience can impact breastfeeding; often long after birth has passed. The session shows you how and why these complications occur and lead to feeding issues. Also includes tips for helping the mother overcome problems to meet her feeding goals.

Baby Issues that Impact Breastfeeding (60-90 min)


  • List 3 challenge characteristics of the late preterm newborn
  • identify, during oral exam or breastfeeding, variations in oral structure or function that may impact breastfeeding
  • define and describe physiological, pathological and breastmilk (late onset) jaundice
  • list considerations for feeding care plans and discharge plans for babies with hyperbilirubinemia

Abstract: Hospital nurses and breastfeeding advocates are required to know how to recognize problems, stabilize, and refer out as needed; the same goes for any advocate in any setting-you must be able to recognize when something isn’t normal. Often, babies have problems that appear to be common (such as jaundice) but may the result of a cascade of problems. Identification, tips and tools are given.

Undercooked: Feeding Challenges of the Late Preterm Infant (60-90 min)


  • List 3 challenge characteristics of the late preterm newborn
  • Identify the steps of suck organization
  • Define the rationale for close follow up after hospital discharge

Abstract: Because they often have good birth weights and little to no difficulty with transition, late preterm infants are at significantly higher risk for post-birth complications. Learn how and why “the great pretenders” stay under the healthcare radar until small problems become large very quickly, and how the savvy advocate can prevent or anticipate these issues.

Clinical Implications of Tongue Tie (60 min)


  • Identify distinguishing characteristics or signs and symptoms of ankyglossia
  • List the main elements of documentation of assessment findings as related to tongue tie
  • Define the rationale for follow up care

Abstract: Often, the IBCLC is the first person to identify issues and symptoms related to tongue tie. However, most are not in a situation where this problem can be immediately corrected. Effective communication with mother, family and caregivers is critical. However, there are also important interventions that must be initiated in order to ensure the infant’s well-being, and protect the mothers supply.

Assistive Devices: Making the Choice (60-90 min)

Ninety minute session includes hands on instruction for checking suction levels on commonly used pumps.

  • List the differences between multi and single user breast pumps
  • Identify three specialty feeders and include rationale for use
  • Give complete instructions for paced bottle feeding to support breastfeeding

Abstract: There are lots of pumps and specialty feeders on the market, now more than ever. As a breastfeeding advocate, how do you decide which is necessary for your client? If a mother contacts you about a new gadget she has read about on the internet, will you be familiar with it? Learn to distinguish and determine rationale for use with common (and uncommon) items promoted for breastfeeding support.


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