About the Speaker

Alyssa’s passion revolves around supporting non-gestational parents to nurse their babies:  adoptive, intended (through surrogacy), partnered with the gestational parent, and more.   Alyssa’s own amazing experience breastfeeding her baby via adoption prompted her to become a lactation consultant so that she could help other families have their own extraordinary experiences. She has done extensive research on inducing lactation and relactation, and has worked with hundreds of non-gestational parents over the past several years. She believes that every parent who wishes to breast/chestfeed, no matter how their baby arrives, should have the support and helpful information to do so. Lactation professionals provide an essential link to the breast/chestfeeding success of these special families.

Official Bio for Brochure

Alyssa has been helping parents and babies with breastfeeding for the past 17 years and she has been accredited as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) since 2009. Her private practice, Sweet Pea Breastfeeding Support, provides individual lactation consultations either in person or by phone or videoconference for parents throughout the United States and beyond. Alyssa is also the co-host of the Breastfeeding Outside the Box podcast devoted to families breastfeeding in extraordinary situations. Alyssa enjoys working with all parents and babies, but she has an extra special place in her heart for helping non-birthing parents to breastfeed their babies. She is the author of Breastfeeding Without Birthing: A Breastfeeding Guide for Mothers Through Adoption, Surrogacy, and Other Special Circumstances and is an international speaker on the topics of inducing lactation, relactation, and other related topics. Alyssa is the proud mother of three breastfed children, two by birth and one by adoption.

Bio for Introduction

Alyssa has been helping parents and babies with breastfeeding for the past 17 years and she has been accredited as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) since 2009. Her private practice, Sweet Pea Breastfeeding Support, provides individual lactation consultations either in person or by phone or videoconference for parents throughout the United States and beyond. Alyssa is also the co-host of the Breastfeeding Outside the Box podcast devoted to families breastfeeding in extraordinary situations. Alyssa enjoys working with all parents and babies, but she has an extra special place in her heart for helping non-birthing parents to breastfeed their babies. She is the author of Breastfeeding Without Birthing: A Breastfeeding Guide for Mothers Through Adoption, Surrogacy, and Other Special Circumstances and is an international speaker on the topics of inducing lactation, relactation, and other related topics. Alyssa is the proud mother of three breastfed children, two by birth and one by adoption.




Presentations

Successfully Combining Breastfeeding with Work or School

Time-frame: 60 minutes
CERP: yes

Over half of U.S. mothers return to work or school following the birth of their babies.  Unfortunately, this transition back to work or school is a common time when parents discontinue breastfeeding.  They may find continuing to breastfeed creates more challenges for them than the benefits it offers.  Improved support during this time of transition can make all the difference.  This presentation discusses choosing a breast pump, communicating needs with employers. educating caregivers, managing pumping during the work/school day, milk storage, introducing a bottle, and more.

The Special Needs of Non-Gestational Nursing Parents: Adoption, Surrogacy, Co-Nursing and More

Time-frame: 60 minutes
CERP: yes

Every parent deserves the opportunity to breastfeed – even if that parent did not birth their baby.  And as professionals, it is important to recognize that these parents will come to us with some unique needs and circumstances.  They are likely to have health histories that are different than gestational parents.  They may have difficult feelings about their path to parenthood.  The timing of their baby’s arrival may be unknown until weeks or days beforehand.  They may be sharing the nursing role with a partner.  They can expect to need to supplement their milk production.  And of course, they won’t have the hormones of pregnancy to initiate lactation.  Understanding as best we can the unique needs of these extraordinary parents can go a long way towards being an inclusive lactation practice.

The Proficient Pumper

Time-frame: 30-75
CERP: yes

Many lactating parents rely on a breast pump to help provide milk for their babies when they are separated or not feeding directly from the breast/chest for other reasons. Some of these parents may find pumping uncomfortable. Many others have difficulty expressing enough milk to meet their babies’ needs. There are also those who produce an overabundance of milk while pumping. This session addresses all of these parents by providing ideas for making pumping as effective, efficient, and comfortable as possible.

An Individualized Approach to Inducing Lactation

Time-frame: 60-120 minutes
CERP: yes

Can a parent who did not birth their baby make milk for that baby? They certainly can, and it is happening in more and more families.   Non-birthing parents may be adoptive, intended (through surrogacy), the partner of the birthing parent, and/or trans-female.  While there are generic protocols for inducing lactation, customizing an approach to match the specific health history, circumstances, values and priorities of the parent will result in a plan to best meet their needs.  A personalized protocol for inducing lactation can be developed for each parent using 3 basic steps or less.  In this presentation, we will discuss how lactation occurs when it doesn’t immediately follow birth, tools and techniques involved in each step, timing of the three steps, and what degree of lactation can be expected.

Relactation: Resuming Milk Production after Days, Weeks, or Even Months

Time-frame: 60 minutes
CERP: yes

When is it too late to breastfeed a baby? Sometimes parents regret the decision not to breastfeed. Sometimes they discontinue breastfeeding and feel it was too soon. For various reasons, parents may wish to resume lactation.  Although it isn’t as easy to make milk without the hormones of pregnancy kicking things off, it is very possible for parents who haven’t lactated for days, weeks, or months to begin to produce milk once again.  This presentation was developed to help the listener understand when and why a parent may wish to relactate, what to expect, and the specific tools and techniques to resume milk production.

ReLATCHtation: Transitioning from Bottle-feeding to At-Breast/Chest Feeding

Time-frame: 60-90 minutes
CERP: yes

Newborn babies are hardwired for breastfeeding:  their newborn instincts direct them to latching at the breast/chest.  But what about older babies who are currently exclusively bottle-feeding – can they learn to breastfeed too?  A birthing parent may wish to initiate or resume breastfeeding after choosing not to breastfeed or discontinuing breastfeeding.  An adoptive or foster parent may be placed with an older baby or toddler whom they wish to nurse.  With patience, persistence, support, and some tools and tricks, it can be possible.  This presentation discusses how to know if baby is ready to breastfeed, setting the stage for success, and the process of gentle transitioning from bottle to breast/chest.

Tools for Supplementing Breastfeeding

Time-frame: 60 minutes
CERP: yes
While most nursing parents hope to produce enough milk to meet their babies’ needs, sometimes it just isn’t possible. For a variety of reasons including a  difficult start with breastfeeding, breast/chest surgery, insufficient glandular tissue, adoption, surrogacy, and LGBTQ non-gestational breastfeeding, supplementation may be necessary either temporarily or for the duration of breastfeeding.  While most parents assume supplementation means bottle-feeding, as lactation professionals we can educate the parents we work with about additional options.  We can educate parents about at-breast supplementation, finger-feeding, and bottle-feeding techniques that support breastfeeding so that they can select a supplementation tool that supports their needs, their babies’ needs and overall breastfeeding success.

Attachment Parenting as a Foundation of Successful Breastfeeding

Time-frame: 60 minutes
CERP: yes

Breastfeeding is a cornerstone of attachment parenting. But did you know that the other tools of attachment parenting can set the stage for breastfeeding success? Alyssa will discuss how natural childbirth, skin-to-skin, babywearing, co-sleeping, co-bathing, and infant massage are effective tools in establishing breastfeeding – or saving it, if breastfeeding got off to a difficult beginning.

Peer-to-Peer Milk Sharing

Time-frame: 30-60 minutes
CERP: yes

When a parent is unable to meet her baby’s needs with her own milk, milk donated by another nursing parent may be an option. Parents have always quietly, informally received donated milk from family members and friends. Recently, parents are connecting via the internet with nursing parents they have never met who are willing to donate their surplus milk to another baby in need. Milk donors are not screened, the milk is not pasteurized, and the handling and storage of the milk is not monitored. As a result, it is essential that parents take precautions whenever accepting donated milk. This session takes a close look at the concerns regarding milk sharing and how parents can minimize the risks involved.

The Breastfeeding Partner: How Dads and other Special People Make A Difference

Time-frame: 30-75
CERP: yes

According to research collected by the U.S. Surgeon General, the support of the breastfeeding partner is one of the most important factors for breastfeeding success. Dads and other breastfeeding partners can support breastfeeding success by providing emotional support, gathering resources, helping mother get comfortable, nurturing her, and more.  This session also suggests ways the partner can bond with the baby without bottle-feeding, so that mother can more successfully breastfeed without feeling that she must allow her partner to sometimes feed the baby.

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Alyssa Schnell


Country: USA
Phone number: 314-614-2074
Email: alyssa@sweetpeabreastfeeding.com
Site: http://SweetPeaBreastfeeding.com
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