About the Speaker

Barbara Robertson is the owner of The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor.

Barbara’s professional experience includes:

More than 17 years experience working with mothers and babies, helping them resolve breastfeeding issues
Current International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) since 2004
Over 25 years teaching experience with all ages, newborn to adult
Director of Professional Development for the United States Lactation Consultant Association 2009-2014
Associate Editor Clinical Lactation 2010-Present
Grant awarded from the Michigan Breastfeeding Network 2010
Co-chair of the Washtenaw County Breastfeeding Coalition from 2005-2009
MA Curriculum Development in Education
BA in Education, Communication, and Children’s Literature

Barbara has been involved in education for over 28 years. She received a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education in 1988 and her Masters in Education in 1995. Barbara left teaching elementary students in 1995 to raise her two children. Her children spurred her to become involved in La Leche League and, in 1998, she became a La Leche Leader. She enjoyed this work so much that she decided to sit for the International Lactation Consultant Exam and became a board certified lactation consultant. Barbara is the Director of The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor, on site at the Center for the Childbearing Year. She teaches breastfeeding classes for parents, runs support groups, trains professionals, and is in private practice as a lactation consultant. Barbara has developed a 90 hour professional lactation training and a 20 hour course which fulfills the “Baby Friendly” education requirements. Barbara volunteered for the United States Lactation Consultation Association as the Director of Professional Development. Her responsibilities included coordinating educational opportunities for IBCLCs across the country. Her website is extensive including blogs, podcasts, and youtube videos. She loves working with mothers and babies, helping them with breastfeeding problems in whatever way she can.

Official Bio for Brochure

Barbara has been involved in education for over 28 years. She received her Masters in Education specializing in Curriculum Development in 1995. As the Director of The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor, Barbara teaches breastfeeding classes for parents, runs support groups, trains professionals, and is in private practice as a lactation consultant. She has developed a 90 hour course for lactation professionals, and a 20 hour training for hospital staff. Barbara has fully utilized her education background by becoming an entertaining and knowledgeable speaker on a variety of lactation related subjects. She is also an Associate Editor for Clinical Lactation, a journal that she helped develop for USLCA. She loves working with mothers and babies, helping them with breastfeeding problems in whatever way she can.

Bio for Introduction

Barbara has been involved in education for over 28 years. She received a Bachelors degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Communications in 1988 and her Masters in Education specializing in Curriculum Development in 1995. Barbara left teaching elementary students in 1995 to raise her two children. As the Director of The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor, Barbara teaches breastfeeding classes for parents, runs support groups, trains professionals, and is in private practice as a lactation consultant. She has developed a 90 hour course for lactation professionals, and a 20 hour training for hospital staff. Barbara has fully utilized her education background by becoming an entertaining and knowledgeable speaker on a variety of lactation related subjects. Barbara sits on the board of her profession organization, the United States Lactation Consultation Association as the Director of Professional Development. Her responsibilities include coordinating educational opportunities for IBCLCs across the country. She is also an Associate Editor for Clinical Lactation, a journal that she helped develop for USLCA. She loves working with mothers and babies, helping them with breastfeeding problems in whatever way she can.




Presentations

Lactation Pain Management

Time-frame: 120-390
CERP:

Breast and nipple pain are often miss-understood and miss-diagnosed! Pain is one of the major reasons many mothers discontinue breastfeeding. What can you do to help? Understanding breastfeeding pain, its causes and solutions, are a critical tool for anyone working with mothers and babies.
This one day training will provide a strong understanding of common types of lactation pain, pain origins, and possible solutions.

Initiating Lactation Success

Time-frame: 120-390
CERP: yes

Most mothers want to breastfeeding and the first few days postpartum can make or break their success.
The presentation is must have day for anyone working with mothers and babies during the birth and early postpartum!
This one day training will provide a thorough understanding of what is happening to lactation during the birth and the first few days afterward and how to help facilitate success.

So you think your can help? Communication skills that help families meet their breastfeeding goals

Time-frame: All Day
CERP: yes

How we communicate with our clients is critical to how successful our help will be. Traditionally, health care providers “inform” clients as to what they should do to improve their health. Breastfeeding is one of the best ways to improve health of both mothers and babies. By using non-traditional communication techniques, support people can increase their odds that the time they spend with their clients will be evoke the positive health changes the clients are interested in achieving. This session will focus on two techniques. The first, Motivational Interviewing, will be introduced to the participants leaving them with thought provoking new ideas about how they work together. The second technique explores how we can help our clients identify the obstacles that are preventing them from reaching their goals. The combination of helping clients identify their obstacles to success while using the collaborative communication techniques of Motivational Interviewing is powerful and will help us become stronger support people for positive health change.

Create A Custom Presentation for You!

Time-frame: All Day
CERP: yes

Barbara Robertson’s expertise in lactation allows her to be able to create and customize a presentation on any of her areas of expertise. Start a dialog to create the conference which meets the educational needs for your community!
Notes about this presentation for conference organizers:

Given the proper notice Barbara Robertson can turn any of her modules from her 90 hours Professional Lactation Course into a seperate lecture customized for you.

What?! I have to go back to work already? Creating an action plan for working and breastfeeding success

Time-frame: All Day
CERP: yes

Abstract:

According to the Business Case for Breastfeeding, 80% of breastfeeding mothers stop breastfeeding within one month of returning to work. What is going on? How are breastfeeding mothers being undermined upon returning to work and what can we do to help? In this session, the top five obstacles and solutions to help your clients succeed will be presented. Particular areas of vulnerability for working breastfeeding mothers will be analyzed, including pumps and pumping, bottle feeding, and childcare settings. If a mother is given proper emotional support, is well informed regarding the mechanics of maintaining her milk supply, and is prepared to negotiate correct feeding in a childcare setting, her chances of reaching her breastfeeding goals can be greatly increased.

Objectives:

List five obstacles to the continuation of successful breastfeeding for women who are returning to work.
Identify five solutions to common working and breastfeeding challenges.
Create a successful working and breastfeeding plan for mothers and babies.

Are you still nursing that baby? Taking a stand on breastfeeding the older baby.

Time-frame: Half Day
CERP: yes

Anthropologically speaking, human babies should be breastfed for at least two years. In our current culture, however, normal breastfeeding is cut short. Mothers are constantly being challenged regarding the value and practicality of breastfeeding, but social pressure to stop nursing reaches a new peak once a baby turns six months of age and beyond. In this session, we will address common areas where families face criticism from society and health care providers, including the nutritional value of breastmilk over time, introduction of solids, teething, dental caries, sleep issues, and weaning. Mounting evidence of the benefits—for mother, baby, and society—of normal breastfeeding duration, including the social and emotional advantages, will be presented. Finally, possible solutions will be proposed for helping families sustain normal breastfeeding. Currently, normal breastfeeding in our culture is the exception, not the rule. We can help change that fact!

Objectives:

Identify six challenges to breastfeeding a baby past six months in our culture.
List five benefits to families of breastfeeding a baby more than six months of age.
Identify strategies to help families sustain normal duration of breastfeeding.

Clinical and Communication Skills for Lactation Professionals

Time-frame: All Day
CERP: yes

This is a comprehensive 45 or 90 hour course designed to focus on problem solving, clinical skills, and communication techniques.

Basic goals:

To be able to explain the normal course of breastfeeding To be able to identify breastfeeding problems To be able to identify the underlying causes of breastfeeding problems To gain direct exposure to clinical strategies and gain enhanced confidence when working with breastfeeding dyads To be able to offer practical solutions in a compassionate, easily understandble way

Who would benefit from this course?

IBCLCs who need lacation CERPs for re-cerification Aspiring IBCLCs who are aquiring their lactation education hours RNs or other health care professions who want to increase their breastfeeding skills Peer Counselors, La Leche League Leaders, anyone who want to be able to better help mothers and babies wiht breastfeeding concerns

Working and Breastfeeding Sucess: Focusing on the Mother

Time-frame: Half Day
CERP: yes

According to the Business Case for Breastfeeding, 80% of breastfeeding mothers stop breastfeeding within one month of returning to work. What is going on? How are breastfeeding mothers being undermined upon returning to work and what can we do to help? In this session, the top five obstacles and solutions to help your clients succeed will be presented. Particular areas of vulnerability for working breastfeeding mothers will be analyzed, including pumps and pumping, bottle feeding, and childcare settings. If a mother is given proper emotional support, is well informed regarding the mechanics of maintaining her milk supply, and is prepared to negotiate correct feeding in a childcare setting, her chances of reaching her breastfeeding goals can be greatly increased.

Breastfeeding and Dentistry

Time-frame: 60-90
CERP: no

Breastfeeding and dentisty intersect in a number of ways. How can we help preserve breastfeeding while at that same time protect our baby’s teeth? The research on this topic will be reviewed and possible solutions will be discussed.

Tools We Use: What’s New?

Time-frame: 60-120
CERP: yes

This presentation focuses on the tools that are available to lactation professionals and which tools might be most useful in which situations.

Objectives:

The learner will be able to list at least two tools that are critical to their practice
The learner will be able to discuss assessment and clinical factors to help families determine the most appropriate breastfeeding tools for their breastfeeding situation.
The learner will be able describe advantages and disadvantage of three tools for supplementing a baby
The learner will be able to list at least two factors to consider in deciding whether to utilize a nipple shield with a particular baby
The learner will be able to describe the steps of paced bottle feeding with cueing to protect breastfeeding skills and help prevent over feeding
The learner will be able to discuss the pros and cons to different types of nipple creams and treatments

Supplementation: Should We or Shouldn’t We? And if so, How Much?

Time-frame: 60-120
CERP: no

How we supplement and how much we supplement infants is not always based upon accurate, medical information. This presentation strives to share the latest supplementation guidelines with lactation professionals to help reduce unnecessary supplementation of breastfeed infants. Both hospital and out- patient situations will be addressed.

Objectives:

The learner will be able to articulate Joint Commission’s definition of exclusive BF and define what are acceptable reasons for supplementation
The learner will be able to differentiate between appropriate and inappropriate supplementation in hospitals and in private practice
The learner will be able to calculate how much supplement is appropriate if the baby does need extra milk depending on the baby’s age and health status
The learner will be able to describe how to supplement in the most appropriate manner

Barbara Robertson


Email: barbara@bfcaa.com
Site: http://bfcaa.com
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Publications

Robertson, Barbara D. Breastfeeding Without Birthing- An interview with Alyssa Schnell. Clinical Lactation. 2016, 7(1).

 

Robertson, Barbara D. Hope from ashes: The creation of the NEC society- An interview with Jennifer Canvassar. Clinical Lactation, 2015 6(4). 156-160.

Robertson, Barbara D. Revisiting Nipple and Breast Pain: A Conversation with Anne Eglash, MD. Clinical Lactation. 2015, 6(3), 124-128.

Robertson, Barbara D. Free to Breastfeed—Voices of Black Mothers. Clinical Lactation, 2014, 5(3), 90-96. http://www.clinicallactation.org/sites/default/files/articlepdf/s3-CL-5-3.pdf

Robertson, Barbara D. Working and Breastfeeding: Practical Ways You Can Support Employed Breastfeeding Mothers. Clinical Lactation, 2014, 5(4), 137-140. http://www.clinicallactation.org/sites/default/files/articlepdf/CL5-4_Final_A7_137-140.pdf