Souther Tier Breastfeeding Coalition Conference

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Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital, Inc.

The Southern Tier Breastfeeding Coalition are proud to present…

The Heart And Science Of Breastfeeding

A Day With Laurel Wilson IBCLC, RLC, BSc, CLE®, CCCE, CLD, CPPI

Conference Agenda April 17th, 2020

* The speaker does not provide powerpoint presentations. Once registered you will recieve a link to download resources to print out on your own.*

Registration - 7:15am - 7:45am

Welcome - 7:45am - 8:00am

8:00- 10:00- Science of Mother Baby Bond and Epigenetics

Recent research on epigenetics, literally meaning above the gene, has led medical professionals to query about how the environment impacts the developing baby both in utero and throughout its lifetime. The genome is the genetic information inherited from one’s parents, but the epigenome is what deciphers the genome for each cell throughout the body. This deciphering process is impacted by both the internal and external environment of an individual. The external environment can include nutrition, chemicals, toxins, etc. The internal environment would include neuropeptides (emotional molecules) and stress hormones. The environment changes the proteins in the body that help the epigenome translate DNA. This finding has increased awareness of the importance of nutrition on the epigenome. Studies now are finding that the changes in the epigenome can influence not only that individual but can be passed along to future progeny, sometimes four generations out. The first nutrition for a human outside the womb is breastmilk, and thus its epigenetic impact is potentially expansive. New research has expanded the field of epigenetics to include breastmilk and how it potentially changes the epigenome and can affect the lifelong health of a baby. This presentation focuses on some of the latest published research- milksharing/wet nursing and the epigenome, human milk, attachment, stress during pregnancy, and changes in gene expression and gut flora.


  • Define the epigenome and the microbiome.

  • List 2 ways that human milk can influence the epigenome and have an impact on the long-term health of the baby.

  • List one potential negative impact of chronic prenatal stress on the neonate.

10:00-10:15- Break

10:15-11:15- A Gentle Touch: The Unique Breastfeeding Needs of Post Cesarean Mothers

With a cesarean rate of 32.2% in the United States, the need for specific breastfeeding support that meets the unique needs of these mothers is imperative. Mothers who have has cesarean section are at risk of edemitized breasts, sedated or sleepy babies, delay in lactogenesis, increased pain, and difficulty moving in early postpartum. This presentation looks at the new concept of family-centered cesarean and how this approach changes breastfeeding outcomes and family attitudes about their birth. Additionally, techniques and information for better success post-cesarean will be reviewed.


  • List three potential risks to breastfeeding post-cesarean section.

  • Define family-centered cesarean.

  • Identify three things nurses/doulas/LCs can do that can help ease challenges associated with cesarean section.

11:15-12:15- Hold the Phone! Diet Does Matter During Breastfeeding: Implication of Diet on

Fatty Acid Composition and Other Nutrients

For more than a decade most lactation professions have been suggesting to families that diet matters very little in terms of human milk composition. We have told parents that they can essentially eat whatever they want, it does not matter to the bottom line. However, new studies imply that in fact, diet does matter in terms of the composition of fatty acids and essential nutrients available in milk that can potentially impact life long health. Studies also show that changes in diet can lead to gene methylation which impacts gene expression, as well changing the oligosaccharide profile which shapes the microbiome. This presentation takes you on a tour of some recent research finds to better understand how maternal diet (potentially prenatally through lactation) DOES play a role in human milk and how a parent’s diet can potentially influence a breastfeeding baby’s health.


  • Identify at least one way that maternal diet can impact fatty acid profile in human milk.

  • List the primary reason changes in the oligosaccharide profile in human milk can have health consequences in the baby.

  • List at least three nutrient changes in human milk that can be influenced through maternal diet.

12:15-1:15- Lunch

1:15-2:30- Can a Baby be Allergic to Breastmilk: Sensitivities, Allergies, Galactosemia and Lactose Intolerance

Lactation professionals often hear from their clients that their breastfed babies have been diagnosed with lactose intolerance. This lack of understanding regarding types of lactose intolerance and potential issues with breastfeeding involving the newborn gut often leads to a cessation of breastfeeding. This session will cover the three main types of lactose intolerance as well as galactosemia. Maternal gut damage and protein sensitivity and how that can impact the breastfed baby will also be addressed. Attendees will also learn about the most common foods that cause food sensitivity and allergies and what referrals are best made with these issues.


  • Identify three main types of lactose intolerance.

  • List two reasons lactose intolerance as a diagnosis in a healthy, term newborn is unlikely.

  • Define galactosemia.

  • List the four most common foods that can cause food sensitivity/allergy for the breastfeeding newborn.

2:30-2:45- Break

2:45-3:45- Up in Smoke – Using Evidence to Inform Our Practice with Cannabis and Human Milk Feeding

As the recreational and medicinal use of marijuana increases around the world, the potential for babies to be impacted by this herb during breastfeeding increases exponentially. In the United States, several states have recently legalized or are on the path to legalizing the consumption of marijuana (cannabis). This trend has led to more lactation consultants and healthcare professionals being faced with the question, “Is it safe for me to use marijuana while I breastfeed?” The answers given vary widely and this is due largely to myth, bias, and poorly conducted and accessed research. The Medications and Mother’s Milk Guide considers cannabis to be an L4, contraindicated for breastfeeding while Lactnet states that it is preferable for users to continue breastfeeding and yet minimize the baby’s exposure to smoke. These widely differing recommendations lead healthcare professionals to scratch their heads and face the knowledge that they just don’t know what to say to mothers. Additionally, there are reports of social services removing babies from homes due to mother’s marijuana use while breastfeeding. An entirely newly discovered system (the endocannabinoid system) within the human interacts with marijuana and is largely responsible for brain development, homeostasis, and much more. Discover how and why cannabis chemicals can potentially change a baby's brain development and epigenome. This presentation looks at the most recent research and policies surrounding this controversial herb.


  • Identify two cannabinoids in cannabis that are of potential concern during the perinatal period.

  • Define the endocannabinoid system.

  • List two open-ended questions you can use when counseling parents who potentially may be using cannabis during the perinatal period.

3:45-4:15- Questions, Door Prizes, Evaluations

Our Lady of Lourdes Memorial Hospital, Inc., NEEC Provider Unit is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. (OBN-001-91)

Application has been made for IBLCE CERPs recognition


Laurel Wilson has twenty-six years of experience working with families in the childbearing years, is a perinatal professional, and currently travels the world speaking about the importance of human milk and attachment. She is co-author of best-selling books, The Greatest Pregnancy Ever: The Keys to the MotherBaby Bond and The Attachment Pregnancy: The Ultimate Guide to Bonding with Your Baby, original Editor of the CAPPA Lactation Educator Manual, and contributing author to Round the Circle: Doulas Talk About Themselves. Laurel is a board-certified as a lactation consultant, childbirth educator, labor doula, lactation educator, Prenatal ParentingTM Instructor, and Pre and Postpartum fitness educator. She served as the CAPPA Executive Director of Lactation Programs for 16 years. She served on the Board of Directors for the United States Breastfeeding Committee from 2016-2019. Her current service roles include acting as a Senior Advisor for CAPPA and being on the Advisory Board for InJoy Health. Laurel has been joyfully married to her husband for more than 28 years and has two amazing sons, whose difficult births led her on a path towards helping emerging families create positive experiences. She believes that the journey towards and into parenthood is a life-changing rite of passage that should be deeply honored and celebrated.

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Breakfast: Yogurt and Fresh Fruit Parfaits ( build your own), Coffee, Tea

Lunch: Pasta Buffet with caesar salad, grilled vegetables, cucumber & tomato salad, grape tomatoes & mozzarella, fresh bread, coffee/tea

Afternoon Break: Cookies, coffee/tea

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