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Body Positive Lactation: Addressing the Unique Needs of Lactating Parents with
Large Chests

(60-90 min)
 

As lactation consultants, we play a crucial role in supporting lactating parents with larger breasts/chests. However, the practical and psychological challenges that these parents face can be overwhelming, including physical discomforts, lack of suitable products, body shaming, and hypersexualizing messages from the media. On top of these, there is a lack of evidence-based guidelines and protocols to address their unique needs.

 

In this presentation, we will delve into these challenges and provide practical solutions, including recommendations for functional products, skills to address provider bias, and a trauma-informed care model for body acceptance. With the aim of empowering lactating parents with larger breasts/chests, this presentation will equip you with the knowledge and tools needed to support them through their breastfeeding/chestfeeding journey.

Join us as we work together to create a safe and supportive environment for all lactating parents.

Lactation and Infant Reflux: Exploring the Relationship, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options

(60-90 min)
Infant reflux, also known as regurgitation or spit up, is a common condition that causes parental stress and feeding concerns. With a quarter of chief complaints in the first year of life, there is a need for evidence-based and effective solutions for parents and healthcare providers. This presentation will focus on the impact of lactation and breastfeeding on infant reflux, examining the differences between Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER) and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), current treatment recommendations, and at-home strategies to reduce reflux triggers and improve digestion. The goal is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between human milk feeding  and infant reflux, and empower parents and healthcare providers with safe and effective treatment options.

From Prohibition to Harm Reduction: Lactation Counseling for Cannabis

(60-90 min)

The use of cannabis, although still stigmatized and controversial, is becoming increasingly accepted in society. With its expanding legalization, it is important to understand the effects of cannabis use during lactation, as it is estimated that 5-9% of parents use it while breastfeeding.

This presentation aims to educate medical providers and lactation supporters on the history of medical cannabis use, the impact of race-based fear mongering in its illegalization, and current medical recommendations and research.

Moreover, the presentation will equip attendees with the necessary skills and tools to engage in open and non-judgmental conversations with families regarding harm reduction strategies when using cannabis during the postpartum period, while addressing their own implicit biases.

It’s not all about the ovaries:  Supporting Lactation with PCOS

(60-90 min)


This presentation focuses on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), a leading cause of infertility that affects up to 20% of birthing parents. The symptoms of PCOS, such as insulin resistance, raised levels of androgens, and irregular menses, can also impact lactation outcomes.

 

The presentation will delve into the four types of PCOS and their connection to metabolic function and lactation, as well as provide guidance on interpreting lab results, safe and effective interventions to support milk production, and addressing personal biases that may negatively impact obese parents.

 

The presentation will also examine the impact of ethnicity and socioeconomic status on PCOS risk and explore systemic changes that can improve lactation outcomes for all families, taking into consideration international recommendations and the elimination of explicit and implicit biases.

Unraveling Microbiome Support During Lactation and Infancy

(90-120 min)
This presentation aims to educate lactation professionals on the crucial role of the microbiome in regulating various bodily functions during the perinatal period. We will explore the consequences of dysbiotic conditions, which can result in symptoms leading to premature weaning and long-term impact on the parent-infant dyad.

By the end of the presentation, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the importance of microbiome health and practical strategies to support parents and infants in maintaining and recovering from dysbiotic conditions.

This presentation offers clinically relevant information and actionable recommendations to integrate into lactation education and care plans.

 

Other topics available upon request...

  • Feeding Compensations and Facilitations
     

  • Waiting It Out: Risks vs Benefits
     

  • The Role of the Lactation Consultant in Primary Care
     

  • Infant Formula: What's in it and how does it compare?

The Scoop on Poop: Understanding Infant Defecation

This presentation aims to educate lactation professionals about infant stooling norms through looking at a global lens and into historical data regarding infant defecation compared to modern expectations and acceptance.  Participants will learn about the role of human milk, antibiotics, alterations in the infant diet, and the role of supplements on the effect of stooling frequency, color, consistency as well as develop and understanding of low-risk management techniques which can be used to improve infant gastrointestinal function and reduce commonly occurring symptoms associated with infant discomfort and colic.  Additionally, participants will understand and accurately describe the differences between constipation, dyschezia, and other functional gastrointestinal diseases (FGIDs) and how feeding support can improve symptoms within care coordination

PCOS: Unpacking the Challenges and Finding Solutions for Lactation

This presentation focuses on Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS), a leading cause of infertility that affects up to 20% of birthing parents. The symptoms of PCOS, such as insulin resistance, raised levels of androgens, and irregular menses, can also impact lactation outcomes. The presentation will delve into the four types of PCOS and their connection to metabolic function and lactation, as well as provide guidance on interpreting lab results, safe and effective interventions to support milk production, and addressing personal biases that may negatively impact obese parents. The presentation will also examine the impact of ethnicity and socioeconomic status on PCOS risk and explore systemic changes that can improve lactation outcomes for all families, taking into consideration international recommendations and the elimination of explicit and implicit biases.

Unraveling Microbiome Support During Lactation and Infancy

This presentation aims to educate lactation professionals on the crucial role of the microbiome in regulating various bodily functions during the perinatal period. We will explore the consequences of dysbiotic conditions, which can result in symptoms leading to premature weaning and long-term impact on the parent-infant dyad. By the end of the presentation, participants will gain a deeper understanding of the importance of microbiome health and practical strategies to support parents and infants in maintaining and recovering from dysbiotic conditions. This presentation offers clinically relevant information and actionable recommendations to integrate into lactation education and care plans.

From Prohibition to Harm Reduction: Lactation Counseling for Cannabis

The use of cannabis, although still stigmatized and controversial, is becoming increasingly accepted in society. With its expanding legalization, it is important to understand the effects of cannabis use during lactation, as it is estimated that 5-9% of parents use it while breastfeeding. This presentation aims to educate medical providers and lactation supporters on the history of medical cannabis use, the impact of race-based fear mongering in its illegalization, and current medical recommendations and research. Moreover, the presentation will equip attendees with the necessary skills and tools to engage in open and non-judgmental conversations with families regarding harm reduction strategies when using cannabis during the postpartum period, while addressing their own implicit biases.

Lactation and Infant Reflux: Exploring the Relationship, Diagnosis, and Treatment Options

Infant reflux, also known as regurgitation or spit up, is a common condition that causes parental stress and feeding concerns. With a quarter of chief complaints in the first year of life, there is a need for evidence-based and effective solutions for parents and healthcare providers. This presentation will focus on the impact of lactation and breastfeeding on infant reflux, examining the differences between Gastroesophageal Reflux (GER) and Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), current treatment recommendations, and at-home strategies to reduce reflux triggers and improve digestion. The goal is to provide a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between human milk feeding  and infant reflux, and empower parents and healthcare providers with safe and effective treatment options.

Big Chests, Big Challenges: A Trauma-Informed Care Model for Body Acceptance and Breastfeeding Success

As lactation consultants, we play a crucial role in supporting lactating parents with larger breasts/chests. However, the practical and psychological challenges that these parents face can be overwhelming, including physical discomforts, lack of suitable products, body shaming, and hypersexualizing messages from the media. On top of these, there is a lack of evidence-based guidelines and protocols to address their unique needs.

 

In this presentation, we will delve into these challenges and provide practical solutions, including recommendations for functional products, skills to address provider bias, and a trauma-informed care model for body acceptance. With the aim of empowering lactating parents with larger breasts/chests, this presentation will equip you with the knowledge and tools needed to support them through their breastfeeding/chestfeeding journey. Join us as we work together to create a safe and supportive environment for all lactating parents.

Other topics available upon request
 

  • Supporting Normal Function: Infant Feeding Compensations and Facilitations
     

  • Frenotomy Timing: When is Baby Ready for Release?
     

  • The Role of the Lactation Consultant in Primary Care

"Brilliant and captivating topic and presenter!"

"This speaker was so knowledgeable and explained the science in a way that made it understandable to
even beginners in the field. Thank you for this presentation."

"Fantastic. Best presentation I've seen here in my few years attending. I appreciated the cultural humility as well as inclusive language."

"Megan Dunn was Fantastic!! Her research and in-depth review and synthesis of this complex and timely
topic into easier to understand data points must to be commended!! "

"Just so thankful for the evidence based approach as well as the focus on bias and trauma
informed care."

"I appreciate the up to date info it is very different from how we were counseling women just 2 years ago when I was last doing prenatal education."

"Very technical and thorough, I'm looking forward to diving deeper into the materials she shared"

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