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Childbirth and Breastfeeding Sessions for Leaders and Health Professionals at the LLLI Conference

From: LEAVEN, Vol. 43 No. 1, January-February-March 2007, pp. 16-17.

At the LLLI Conference, themed 50 Years -- Celebrating the Power of Breastfeeding, there will be a variety of breastfeeding and childbirth sessions to choose from. All of these sessions will provide the latest in evidence-based research about lactation and will offer invaluable tools to all those who help mothers breastfeed their babies.

New this year, attendees can choose to attend a continuing education (CE) luncheon each day, which will host a professional speaker and give participants the opportunity to network with other parents and professionals from around the world. The speakers at the CE luncheons will be: Dr. Nils Bergman ("Mother Baby Togetherness: The Biological Needs of the Baby for the Mother"), Linda J. Smith, BSE, FACCE, IBCLC ("Winning at Childbirth: Priorities for Childbirth and Breastfeeding"), and Dr. Peter Hartmann ("The Latest Research on the Anatomy of the Lactating Breast and Implications for Clinical Practice").

In addition to CE luncheons, the LLLI Conference also offers CE sessions, which provide professional credit for lactation professionals. Internationally recognized speaker, researcher, and educator, Karin Cadwell, PhD, RN, IBCLC, is scheduled to present a session. Cadwell implemented the WHO/ UNICEF Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative in the United States, and is a delegate to the US Breastfeeding Committee. She was visiting professor and chair of the Health Communications Masters Degree program at Emerson College, and is an adjunct professor at the Union Institute and University. Dr. Cadwell served on the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and was on the panel of experts who developed the first lactation consultant certification exam. She has extensive clinical experience including hospital and community practice. She continues to counsel nursing mothers on Cape Cod in Massachusetts. She is co-author of Breastfeeding A-Z: Terminology and Telephone Triage, Case Studies in Breastfeeding: Problem Solving Skills and Strategies, Maternal and Infant Assessment for Breastfeeding and Human Lactation, and Reclaiming Breastfeeding for the United States.

Thomas W. Hale, RPh, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics at Texas Tech University School of Medicine, will present a session on medications and mothers' milk. He will describe the transmission of drugs into human milk and how to breastfeed away from peak levels, and discuss various medications including galactogogues, antidepressants, birth control preparations, anesthetic agents, and radio contrast agents.

Dr. Hale is an experienced clinical pharmacologist and author of Medications and Mothers' Milk and an expert on the use of medications in breastfeeding women. He is considered one of the leading experts in the field of human lactation and the use of medication. He has written or co-authored more than 25 publications, dozens of abstracts, and numerous book chapters. Dr. Hale currently has a number of research projects underway on various aspects of human lactation, medications, clinical pharmacology, and mastitis.

There will be additional breastfeeding and childbirth sessions at the Conference that do not provide CE credits. Some Leaders, especially those in attendance with non-separating toddlers, prefer the more informal atmosphere of these presentations.

Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC will present the session "Facing the Challenges for the Next 50 Years." He is a dynamic, humorous, and inspiring speaker who has presented sessions worldwide.

Dr. Newman graduated from the University of Toronto Medical School and did his training in pediatrics in Quebec City. He has worked as a physician in Central America, New Zealand, and South Africa. He founded the first hospital-based breastfeeding clinic in Canada and has been a consultant for UNICEF for the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, evaluating the first Baby Friendly Hospitals in Gabon, the Ivory Coast, and Canada. Dr. Newman devotes himself to helping mothers and babies succeed with breastfeeding. He has several publications on breastfeeding including The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers.

At another session, Sheila K. Kippley will present "Breastfeeding and Natural Child Spacing: How Ecological Breastfeeding Spaces Babies." She and her husband, John F. Kippley, authored a book by the same name. They believe that ecological breastfeeding provides wonderful nutrition and comfort to a baby, as well as producing an extended time of postpartum infertility. They state that studies have shown that mothers who follow the seven standards of ecological breastfeeding experience an average of 14 to 15 months after childbirth before menstruation returns. On the average, couples who practice ecological breastfeeding and who conceive as soon as fertility returns will have their babies spaced about two years apart.

Dr. Mayer Eisenstein, MD, JD, MPH will present "Using the Home Court Advantage for Childbirth." He states: "I had been looking for years for an analogy to explain that special edge which all home birth mothers have over their hospital counterparts." He found the analogy while looking to sports statistics where all else being equal, the home team has the advantage. He believes mothers giving birth at home also experience the home court advantage. He says: "It is no surprise that similar statistics apply to having a baby in your own 'home court.' Babies are born at home usually in half the time of a hospital-delivered baby and usually with no intervention from the home birth team. The mother has her 'fans' there, as close as they can get to her, and as many fans as she needs around her to 'cheer' her to victory."

Dr. Eisenstein is an avid supporter of breastfeeding mothers and a popular speaker. He hosts the Homefirst Family Health Forum, a nationally syndicated radio program. He is an energetic and enthusiastic speaker.

Kathryn Taylor, MAMT, MTBC will present "Inno-vative Music Therapy for Childbirth." She will focus on using creative arts and music during preparation for birth including prenatal bonding, home practice relaxation techniques, and preparing siblings for the birth of the new baby. Taylor will also discuss using music for relaxation and pain management during early, active, and transition sages of labor and delivery by addressing how music effects biological, psychological, sociological, and emotional processes during the birthing process. She will also talk about choosing effective music for relaxation during breastfeeding to help promote bonding and sleep.

Kathryn Taylor has her Master of Arts in Music Therapy, is a Board Certified Music Therapist, and a member of the American Music Therapy Association. She received a certificate in Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth Techniques, which qualifies her to teach Creative Arts Childbirth Education courses to birthing couples and provide Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth labor and delivery support. She also holds certificate training in Neurologic Music Therapy Techniques and in Kindermusik education. She is pursuing a NICUMT Certification which will certify her to work in Neonatal Intensive Care Units with premature infants using music therapy techniques.

The LLLI Conference will also feature other exciting topics such as the role of the father during delivery and breastfeeding, breastfeeding art, ethics, the business history and economic impact of breastfeeding, and complementary and alternative treatments for depressed new mothers. Plan to join us in Chicago on July 20-23, 2007. For more information on Conference speakers, activities, and registration, go to www.llli.org.

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