About the Speaker

Jan Tedder, BSN, RN, IBCLC, FNP is a family nurse practitioner, lactation consultant, international educator, pediatric specialist and program developer with 40 years’ experience providing lactation services and primary care. Jan created HUG Your Baby, an award-winning international organization specializing in helping parents, and the professionals who serve them, understand newborn behavior. HUG Your Baby “live” presentations and online trainings have been well received in twenty countries around the world. A published author, Jan was inducted into the national nursing honor society, Sigma Theta Tau, honored as the North Carolina Maternal Child Health Nurse of the Year and recipient of the North Carolina Nurses Association’s Award of Commendation. Her HUG DVD, website, and online training were winners of the 2007 and 2009 National Health Information, World Wide Web Health, and Web Health Awards.

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HUG Your Baby and Breastfeeding Support (in Spanish, Italian, Dutch and Japanese)

Time-frame: 120

The introductory HUG Your Baby information and resources have been translated into Spanish, Italian, Dutch and Japanese. Collaboration with local professionals assured that HUG Your Baby is culturally sensitive and will meet the needs of those serving families around the world.

Breastfeeding Basics: What every professionals should know about lactation education and support

Time-frame: 90

Health care professionals needs lactation information based on the work they do. However, all professionals who interact with young families need a basic background in breastfeeding education and support. This introductory presentation identifies common myths about breastfeeding, explores primary breastfeeding benefits, reviews milk production and reasons for lactation recommendations, and considers appropriate community support all breastfeeding families want and need.

Nursing Strikes: Child development, child temperament and breastfeeding issues create this perfect storm

Time-frame: 60

A baby suddenly avoids breastfeeding. Mothers are understandably distraught. Discover how a child’s development and temperament create an environment to trigger a strike. Consider how breastfeeding routines contribute to this problems. Finally, explore specific techniques and strategies to help mother and baby negotiate this important parent-child event.

The Nurse as Innovator: HUG Your Baby, One Example of Innovative Nursing Practice

Time-frame: 60

Nurses have the opportunity to positively influence the direction of today’s health care system. Jan addresses issues impacting a nurse’s steps toward innovation including: courage to take the first step; clarify internal and external motivations;  identify barriers to change; develop diverse collaborations; create an effective timeline and establish “can-do” support in your community. Examples from the journey of HUG Your Baby are offered to inform and inspire this process in others.

Effective Strategies, Tools and Techniques for Birth, Lactation and Early Parenting Professionals

Time-frame: 360
CERP: yes

Today’s parents face small concerns and (sometimes even) big challenges. Though they seek facts and figures over the internet, they often turn to professionals just like YOU to identify information, tools and strategies to meet their needs. This evidence-based workshop gives birth, lactation and early parenting professionals skills to help parents prevent and solve common, but important, early parenting problems and to increase their confidence as new parents. Professionals discover innovative the HUG Strategies and the “Roadmap to Breastfeeding Success”. Inspiring case studies, engaging parent video and a demonstration with a young family gives professionals confidence to share HUG Your Baby with the parents they serve.

Helping Parent Understand and Respond Effectively to their Newborn

Time-frame: 60
CERP: yes

Parents who misunderstand their newborn’s behavior are at higher risk for postpartum depression, for abandoning breastfeeding and for less confidence as new parents. Based on current child development, lactation and pediatric literature, this workshop offers family-friendly concepts and resources to help parents prevent and solve problems around baby’s eating, sleeping, crying and attachment.

Innovative Teaching Strategies Promote Breastfeeding Duration and Parent Confidence

Time-frame: 60
CERP: yes

How we teach can be as important as what we teach. Three HUG Strategies include “Start Here, not There,” “See, the Share,” and “Gaze, then Engage.” Discover how “Broadcasting and Commentating” engages parents and opens them to important information you have to share.

Teaching Child Development to Extend Breastfeeding Duration

Time-frame: 90
CERP: yes

Research confirms that misunderstanding a child’s normal development and lacking skills to manage parenting challenges are frequently overlooked variables that cause women to add formula, prematurely introduce solids, or abandon breastfeeding. This workshop reviews developmental changes from birth to one year that impact breastfeeding to promote breastfeeding duration, facilitate parent-child interaction and boosts parent confidence.

Jan Tedder

Country: United States
Phone number: 919-923-6609
Email: jan@hugyourbaby.org
Site: https://hugyourbaby.org/ . https://huglactation.com/
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Certified HUG Teacher – Online Training

Benefits of becoming a Certified HUG Teacher: Boost your knowledge, confidence and skills with young families; Increase your recognition as an expert in the birth and early parenting world; Gain specific tools to enhance individual and group parent education; Earn 6 Contact Hours credit (approved by NC Nurses Assn, CAPPA, DONA and ICEA). Click Here for YouTube description

HUG Strategies: Innovative, effective parent education – Online Training

HOW we teach can sometimes be as important as WHAT we teach! Discover the innovative (and effective) HUG Strategies:Start Here, not There; See, then Share; Gaze, then Engage. This online course explains the child development and lactation research that inspired these concepts, offers engaging parent stories and shows fun parent videos that make these concepts easy to understand and ready to incorporate into your work with young families.

Helping Parents Understand their Newborn – Online Training

Mothers who misunderstand their baby’s behavior are more likely to add formula, begin solids prematurely, or abandon breastfeeding all together. Mothers struggling with excessive crying, state regulation issues or misunderstood sleep cycles have increased postpartum depression and delayed parent-child bonding. Evidence-based online course gives birth and early parenting professionals skills to help parents prevent and solve problems around their baby’s: sleeping, eating, crying and parent-child interaction. Click HERE to watch YouTube description of course.

Roadmap to Breastfeeding Success – Online training

Misunderstanding or misinterpreting a baby’s normal behavior cause many women to add formula, prematurely begin solids or abandon breastfeeding. This online course: Helps professionals understand WHY and WHEN babies have predictable changes in their eating, sleeping or general behavior which often confuse mothers; Provides strategies and resources to help parents anticipate and problem-solve around these changes.; Utilizes convenient “Come and Go” format for busy professionals; Offers multicultural videos, memorable graphics and instructive case studies; Enables you to help mothers to meet their breastfeeding goals! Click HERE to watch YouTube description of program.

Give Them The HUG: An Innovative Approach to Helping Parents Understand the Language of their Newborn

Published in Journal of Perinatal Education 17:2, 14-20, 2008.

Research suggests, and perinatal educators experience, that misunderstanding newborn behavior can undermine a new parent’s confidence, decrease breastfeeding success, interfere with bonding, and even con- tribute to neglect and abuse. This article examines current literature and focuses on three skills parents need in order to become confident and effective mothers and fathers: understanding a newborn’s state, reading an infant’s cues, and appreciating a baby’s capabilities. Using language that is family-friendly, concise, and clear, this article describes an innovative program, called ‘‘The HUG,’’ which provides this information and gives perinatal educators new skills and techniques for explaining newborn behavior to parents in order to help parents understand, enjoy, and attach to their baby.

Online education for lactation professionals: Teaching child development to extend breastfeeding duration

Manuscript submitted to Clinical Lactation March, 2018.

Breastfeeding initiation is on the rise in New Mexico; however, breastfeeding duration here, and around the world, does not meet international recommendations. Misunderstanding a baby’s behavior is often an overlooked variable that decreases breastfeeding duration. 138 New Mexico WIC professionals recently completed HUG Your Baby’s Roadmap to Breastfeeding Success—a two-hour online program, with accompanying resources, that covers key information from birth to one year. After completing the course, participants demonstrated increased knowledge of how child development impacts breastfeeding, expressed a stronger intention to teach parents about normal child behavior, and reported greater confidence to do so. The course was viewed as evidence-based, its online format was well-received, and participants would recommend it to colleagues.

Roadmap to Breastfeeding Success: Teaching Child Development to Extend Breastfeeding Duration

Published in Journal of Perinatal Education. 24(4), 239-248, 2015.

Although medical literature establishes the benefits of, recommendations for, and variables impacting breastfeeding duration, the belief that her baby is not satisfied causes many women to abandon breastfeeding. Infant behaviors commonly misinterpreted as breastfeeding problems include increased crying, hard to calm, difficult to wake up, “restless” sleeping, frequent awakenings at night, or seemingly inattentive to or uninterested in his or her mother. Using family-friendly concepts and language, The Roadmap to Breastfeeding Success gives childbirth, lactation, and early parenting professionals background information and innovative resources to help mothers meet their breastfeeding goals, thus promoting the health and well-being of mothers, babies, families, and communities.

Shimpuku, Y. and Tedder, J. (2103). HUG Your Baby: Evidence-based support tool for early child rearing. .

Published in Japanese Journal of Nursing Education. 54(12): 1114-1118, 2013.

This paper introduces the Japanese version of the “HUG” program. Collaborating with Tedder, we give the participants handouts and a HUG DVD translated into Japanese that explain the skills we presented in the program so that they can utilize it at home whenever needed. Now we are gathering outcome data to measure the achievements of the program aims. By examining these outcomes, we will be able to consider and modify the contents of the Japanese “HUG” program for a better fit with Japanese parents.

Teaching for Birth and Beyond: Online Program Incorporated into a Birthing and Parenting Certification.

(July, 2012). International Journal of Childbirth Education. 27(3):65-68;

Teaching about newborn behavior enhances parent-child relationships, facilitates breastfeeding, and boosts parent confidence. To promote optimal training and services, some national childbirth, lactation , and doula organizations now requires that anyone beginning their certification must complete HUG Your Baby’s 2-hour online course on newborn behavior. This article explores the rationale for teaching this subject, reviews course content, and presents course evaluations by 110 professionals who complete training from 2011-1012.

The HUG: An Innovative Approach to Pediatric Nursing Care

Published in MCN, 43(4) 210-214; 2007. The HUG is an innovative approach to pediatric nursing care developed by the authors and designed to support parents in optimizing the health and well-being of their children.  The HUG is intended to distill aspects of the literature into accessible, memorable, and practical strategies that pediatric nurses at all levels and in varied settings can use.  Three HUG strategies are Start Here, not There, See, the Share, and Gaze, then Engage. Nurses’ use of the HUG is aimed at helping nurses enhance their relationships with parents, helping parents feel heard and attended to, encouraging parents to share what worries them most, and increasing nurses’ job satisfaction.