Health Care Provider Seminar Session Topics 

Session I:

Simplifying Breastfeeding: The First 36 hours

-Simple adjustments in position that make early breastfeeding easier

-How swaddling and separation affect a newborn

-How often a newborn should feed

-How your birthplace can support breastfeeding in both word and deed

Discover how to make early breastfeeding easier, which postpartum practices have long-term implications, what biology tells us about normal feeding patterns, and the effects of skin-to-skin contact and separation on infant stability. (CERP*/CNE**/CEU 1 hour )

Nancy Mohrbacher, LLL Leader, IBCLC, FILCA

session ii:

Understanding breastfeeding behaviors

-A review of how and why latch/attachment recommendations have changed over the past three decades

-How hands-on and hands-off help affect breastfeeding outcomes

-How to use the reflexes babies are born with for an easier breastfeeding start

-The role of babies' hands in finding and latching to the breast

-Current best practices

Provides a chronological summary of recommended approaches to latch, with a description of what we got right and which assumptions were later proven wrong. Includes the information needed to implement a simplified breastfeeding initiation strategy designed to reduce the incidence of the three most common problems during the first weeks after birth. Also includes a checklist for evaluating basic breastfeeding dynamics. (CERP*/CNE**/CEU 2 hours)

Nancy Mohrbacher, LLL Leader, IBCLC, FILCA

session iii:

Lunch and Learn: La Leche league through the years

This lunch-time session will discuss the history of how seven women grew the field of lactation peer support to the international organization we know today. It will highlight the involvement LLL has had in creating other offshoot organizations and affected policies worldwide.  

Jennifer Kaczynski

Session iv:

nipple pain and trauma: causes and treatments

-The most common causes of nipple pain and trauma

-Comfort measures that can ease pain

-Unusual causes of nipple pain and trauma

-Current treatments and some up-and-coming options

More than 90% of new mothers experience nipple pain. This session provides an in-depth review of the causes of nipple pain and trauma. It also reviews comfort measures mothers can use and includes a four-stage system for assessing nipple trauma and recommended, evidence-based treatments for each stage. (CERP*/CNE**/CEU 1 hour)

Nancy Mohrbacher, LLL Leader, IBCLC, FILCA

session v:

concerns about low milk production

-How to determine when baby is getting enough milk during the first week of life and if supplements are needed, how much to give and how to feed them

-Why so many mothers give formula supplements and how to address this

-Strategies for establishing healthy milk production while pumping exclusively for babies in special care

-How employed mothers can use the Magic Number concept to keep milk production steady long term

-The latest thinking on medications and herbs that boost milk production

This session offers a high-level discussion of milk production at different stages of breastfeeding and in different situations. It offers a primer on assessing milk adequacy during the first week of life, the need for supplements, and when supplements are needed, feeding volumes and methods. Additional topics covered may include a review of up-to-date, evidence-based strategies for optimizing milk production in mothers exclusively pumping, a guide for using the new Magic Number concept to help employed mothers maintain their milk production long term, and/or the reasons mothers use formula supplements and some strategies for addressing this. It also includes a brief overview of the latest thinking on herbs and medications that boost milk supply. (CERP*/CNE**/CEU 1.5 hours)

Nancy Mohrbacher, LLL Leader, IBCLC, FILCA


*CERPs have been applied for from IBLCE through a partnership with LLL Alliance. 

**This continuing nursing education activity was approved by the South Carolina Nurses Association, an approver with distinction, by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Approval valid through April 7, 2019. No conflicts of interest have been disclosed by presenters or planners. 

Each session will be monitored for attendance. Participants can choose any or all sessions to attend. Partial credit can be achieved by attending 90% of the chosen session, signing in with the session monitor, and completing an evaluation form. Up to 5.5 hours of continuing education can be earned throughout the course of the day. Materials expire 2 years after approval. 


While attendance in these topics is not limited to health care providers, the topics cover technical content and require an intensive learning environment. Contented breastfeeding babies in arms are welcome. Please attend immediately to any situation that may distract others, including happy baby noises. Please be respectful of another’s need to hear and learn from the speaker and quietly respectful to the speaker who is presenting.