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To CE or Not to CE?

Mary Hurt
LLLI PR Associate
From: LEAVEN, Vol. 37 No. 1, February-March 2001, p. 21

Do you see a CE session in your future? In other words, should you attend Continuing Education (CE) Sessions at La Leche League International's upcoming Conference ? International Board Certified Lactation Consultants are able to earn 17.4 Continuing Education Recognition Points by attending CE sessions at the Conference. Application has also been made for 14 CPE hours for Registered Dietitians and 17.4 contact hours for Registered Nurses.

Continuing Education Sessions are open to everyone who attends the Conference whether that person is a brand new breastfeeding mother or an experienced Leader. In addition to the classroom setting that many CE sessions use, there is also a "Case Studies" presentation. Leader Applicants and Leaders are sure to benefit from this session where Leaders and lactation consultants describe breastfeeding situations and brainstorm solutions. If you are considering becoming a lactation consultant, attending CE sessions might be of particular interest to you. Those who are planning to sit for the IBCLE may find it particularly helpful to attend.

However, anyone interested in learning more about breastfeeding will benefit from being on the forefront of the new information presented at CE sessions. One glance at the list of CE sessions will tell you how broad and deep the subject of breastfeeding is. Some Leaders feel that even though most breastfeeding situations can be resolved fairly simply, increased knowledge helps them to differentiate between management or lifestyle problems and medical or technical problems.

Those who attend CE sessions to earn credits pay an additional fee that includes a syllabus with information provided by the speakers. This syllabus will also be available for sale at the Conference Bookstore if you do not pay the extra fee for the credits.

CE sessions are divided into Basic and Advanced levels. The designation refers to the level of breastfeeding knowledge and experience a person would need to benefit from the session. The basic sessions give an overview of the topic including background information, current research, and practical tips. The advanced sessions build on the basics, provide more technical information, and assume a working knowledge of the topic.

Our distinguished faculty is exceptional in their ability to back up what they are saying by presenting the most accurate and up-to-date information in an interesting and informative manner. All Leaders and Leader Applicants are encouraged to extend their current level of breastfeeding knowledge through CE Sessions. Come join us for the Kaleidoscope of Family, Friends, and Cultures-it is sure to be a kaleidoscope of learning as well.

CE Sessions

Nils Johannes Bergman, MD, MPH who will speak on the topic Kangaroo Mother Care: Restoring the Original Paradigm for infant Care and Breastfeeding, was born in Sweden, grew up in Zimbabwe and trained as a doctor in South Africa. He has a diploma in Child Health in Developing Countries, a Masters degree in Public Health, and a Medical degree in Internal Medicine and Clinical Pharmacology. He is the Medical Superintendent of Mowbray Maternity Hospital. He states, "Kangaroo Mother Care has a huge potential impact on Infant Mortality Rates worldwide."

Premier researcher, Walter J. Rogan, MD, MPH will share his expertise about breast milk and environmental contaminants. Dr. Rogan has studied the effect of pollutant chemicals on the growth and development of children in Mexico, Taiwan, and the United States. He is Board Certified in General Preventive Medicine and is a clinical investigator in the Epidemiology Branch at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. His research has been published in many distinguished journals.

Jane Heinig, PhD, IBCLC is a faculty member in the Department of Nutrition, University of California. As a member of the DARLING research group, her work continues to provide fascinating insight and useful information on a broad range of lactation topics including breastfeeding and infant growth, lactation and maternal weight loss, the impact of exercise on breast milk production and content and nutrient volume and intake in breastfed infants. Dr. Heinig also serves as Editor-in-Chief of the journal of Human Lactation. Her presentations will focus on current findings in recent research and implications for practice.

Karin Cadwell, PhD, RN, IBCLC is a family therapist and certified Myers-Briggs Trainer. She has been working in the field of breastfeeding for more than twenty-five years and is a well-known lactation educator. Her presentations will focus on translating new research in adult education into effective teaching and counseling strategies for breastfeeding women and the use of the Myers-Briggs tool for assessing personality types and more effectively supporting each unique breastfeeding dyad.

Other topics to be covered will include:

  • The Society Who Mistook Its Children for Bats
  • Breastfeeding Promotion and Adolescent Mothers
  • Hidden Feelings of Motherhood: Coping with Mothering Stress, Depression, and Burnout
  • Candidiasis and Breastfeeding
  • Issues Surrounding Co-Sleeping and SIDS Risk: Research Findings, the Consumer Product Safety Commission Statement, and Sleep Training Programs
  • The Updated AAP Transfer of Drugs and Chemicals into Human Milk: Revisions, Revelations, and Realities of Practice
  • Reluctant Breastfeeding Infant
  • How Palatal Shape Affects Suck
  • Micronutrient Needs During Infancy: Minerals and Human Milk
  • Treatment Options in Depressed Breastfeeding Mothers: Allopathic, Alternative, and Lifestyle Changes
  • Perspective on HIV, AIDS, and Breastfeeding Research, Recommendations, Realities, and Reason
  • Infant Assessment in the Breastfed Baby
  • Breastfeeding Issues in the Early Postpartum-including Hypoglycemia, Labor Analgesia, and Supplementation by Cup
  • Lactation and Breast Health
  • Evidence-based Breastfeeding Practices in the NICU: the Rush Mothers' Milk Club Program
  • Infants at Risk for Breastfeeding Difficulties During the First Two Weeks Postpartum Factors Predictive of Weight Loss, Delayed Onset of Milk Production, and Poor Infant Suck
  • Donor Milk Banking in the 21st Century.International Perspectives and Policy
  • Medicinal Plants: Safety, Efficacy, and Breastfeeding Issues
  • Evidence-based Breastfeeding Practice in the Hospital and the Community
  • Vitamin D Supplementation in the Breastfed Infant: Is It Necessary?
  • Corporate Lactation Programs: Marketing the Value of Breastfeeding to Business and Meeting the Needs of Employed Mothers
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