Nancy has served as a breastfeeding reporter since 1984. Her extensive knowledge of the breastfeeding research and her one-on-one work with thousands of families give Nancy a broad perspective that makes her well-qualified to speak on most breastfeeding topics. A regular contributor to many publications, Nancy has spoken at breastfeeding conferences around the world. If you would like a talk on a topic that is not listed, just ask. Nancy is willing to create talks to meet your needs.
Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA is author or coauthor of several books for professionals and parents, including Breastfeeding Answers Made Simple and its pocket guide edition, Breastfeeding Solutions, and Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers (with Kathleen Kendall-Tackett). Her go-everywhere Breastfeeding Solutions smartphone app is available for Android & iPhones. Nancy has been helping breastfeeding families since 1982. Board-certified as a lactation consultant in 1991, she ran a large private lactation practice in the Chicago area from 1993 to 2003. In 2008 Nancy was in the first group of 16 to be awarded the designation Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association (FILCA) for her lifetime achievements in breastfeeding.
Nancy Mohrbacher is a lactation consultant who has been helping nursing mothers for over 30 years. She is the author of many books, including Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers, Breastfeeding Answers Made Simple, Breastfeeding Solutions: Quick Tips for the Most Common Nursing Challenges and a companion Breastfeeding Solutions app. Her most recent book is Working and Breastfeeding Made Simple. Nancy is a La Leche League Leader, Breastfeeding USA counselor, writes for many publications, speaks at breastfeeding conferences around the world, and has been honored for her contributions in the field of breastfeeding with the designation FILCA, Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association.
This talk is best suited to breastfeeding specialists and covers:
A summary of how infant illnesses and chronic health problems can affect breastfeeding and interventions that can help mothers meet their breastfeeding goals. Illnesses covered include respiratory illnesses, diarrhea, vomiting, and gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). Chronic conditions covered include cardiac issues, cleft lip and palate, Down syndrome, PKU, and galactosemia.
This talk for breastfeeding specialists addresses what we know and don’t know about this hot topic and provides an overview of the research and answers to common questions:
This thought-provoking session covers what clinicians need to know when working with mothers and babies with tongue and lip ties, as well as our best role within the health care team..
Add more “tools” to your “lactation toolbox” at this video-packed session, which includes an international cast of characters. Provides a chronological summary of recommended approaches to latch, with a description of what we got right and which assumptions were later proved wrong. Includes an overview of the hardwiring both mothers and babies bring to breastfeeding, a checklist for evaluating basic breastfeeding dynamics, and anatomical issues that can interfere.
Learn how term and preterm babies can be transitioned from bottles, nipple shields, and other feeding methods to full breastfeeding using insights from recent research. A four-part framework is provided for determining possible causes of breast refusal along with insights into how to target interventions to the cause of the feeding problem. Because babies are hardwired to breastfeed, even those who have been fed using other methods for months can be helped to accept the breast.
This talk is appropriate for those working in hospitals and those who work with mothers and babies in other settings.
New in 2014. During the past month, nearly 6% of pregnant women have abused legal or illegal substances. What are the risks of breastfeeding and not breastfeeding for women who continue to use drugs such as alcohol, marijuana, opiates and opioids (morphine, heroin, methadone), and others after their baby’s birth? Under what circumstances should we encourage or discourage breastfeeding among addicts and substance abusers? Hear what the experts recommend.
New in 2014. Many mothers today seek human milk from other mothers, sometimes in unorthodox ways. As the demand for human milk grows, the realities of some types of milk-sharing have breastfeeding supporters scrambling. This talk examines the range of milk-sharing options and the ethical and practical considerations for parents and breastfeeding supporters. Options covered include milk banks (for-profit and nonprofit), wet nursing, milk-sharing organizations (such as Eats on Feets and Human Milk 4 Human Babies), and the Wild West of milk sharing, online milk sellers and buyers.
Covers the entire course of breastfeeding, from birth to weaning, incorporating key paradigm shifts and innovative teaching strategies. Includes the significance of right-brain interactions in the early postpartum, the importance of touch to health and survival, how realistic expectations can help increase breastfeeding duration, the effect of breast storage capacity on feeding patterns, and much more.
Provides strategies for assessing breast pain, likely and unlikely causes, and an overview of effective treatments. It also answers the question: Can shooting or burning pain between feedings be caused by ductal candidiasis, and if not, what other possible causes should we consider?
This talk provides an overview of the research on the association between infant feeding during the first year and the risk of childhood obesity. Discover what we’ve learned about the effects of feeding method on milk intake and feeding dynamics (breast versus bottle), how milk composition affects body function and appetite (human milk versus infant formula), and whether what’s in the bottle makes a difference. Learn also about the other factors that may affect the risk of obesity during childhood and beyond.
This session offers a high-level discussion of milk production at different stages of breastfeeding and in different situations. It begins with a primer on assessing milk adequacy during the first week of life, the need for supplements, and when supplements are needed, feeding volumes and methods. It provides a review of up-to-date, evidence-based strategies for optimizing milk production in mothers exclusively pumping and a guide for using the new Magic Number concept to help employed mothers maintain their milk production long term. It also includes a brief overview of the latest thinking on galactogogues.
Increasing the rate of exclusive breastfeeding is a public-health priority that can improve health outcomes of mothers and babies. Of the identified barriers to exclusive breastfeeding, few are more challenging than those related to mothers’ belief in their ability to breastfeed and their unrealistic expectations of breastfeeding and baby behavior. Learn how a woman’s breastfeeding self-efficacy impacts her feeding decisions, and how the research on self-efficacy should inform our strategies when working with families. Learn also why so many mothers supplement with formula, the role of culture in this decision, and some evidence-based strategies for addressing these issues.
We are in the midst of a pumping epidemic. Learn what the latest research tells us about how to establish healthy milk production for mothers with babies in the NICU and for those who choose to pump and bottle feed. Find out how to use breast storage capacity to individualize a pumping plan and specific strategies for how to best support mothers in this situation.
Do many of the mothers you see find breastfeeding painful? This session provides an in-depth review of the causes of nipple pain and trauma. It also reviews comfort measures mothers can use and includes a four-stage system for assessing nipple trauma and recommended, evidence-based treatments for each stage.
Geared for those who work with mothers and babies after birth. Learn how to make early breastfeeding easier, which postpartum practices have long-term implications, what biology tells us about normal feeding patterns and the effects of skin-to-skin contact and separation on infant stability.