Nikki has a private practice, teaches infant massage classes, and works for a teaching facility and a public health agency. She has been a craniosacral therapy practitier for 15 years, and a is breastfeeding educator for health care professionals, currently teaching at least 50 trainings and workshops a year. She is a regular contributor to Lactnet, her professional Facebook page, and has a blog: www.breastfeedingalwaysbest.com/morning-thoughts/
Nikki is a nurse, a childbirth educator, a lactation consultant, an infant massage instructor, a cranio-sacral therapist, a researcher, a writer, and a public speaker; she has been working with breastfeeding for over 30 years. Areas of special interest include complementary and alternative therapies, the impact of birth on breastfeeding, and the interpersonal relationship between mother and baby. Her other interests include figure skating and playing back-up rhythm guitar (Cajun and old-time). Nikki imagines clean air, clean water and organic food being major international goals. She imagines that the pursuit of war is dropped, because it isn’t good for babies. She sees everyone, everywhere, caring for and about babies
Nikki is a lactation consultant, a nurse, an infant massage instructor, a childbirth educator, a craniosacral therapy practitioner, and an author. She is the mother of two beautiful breastfed daughters! She looks forward to meeting you today, hopes to answer your questions, and imagines a wonderful time spent together.
Childcare program staff can make or break the breastfeeding relationship, unless they are educated. When they learn about safe handling and storage of human milk, tips for giving baby control over its intake when fed by bottle, they can create an environment where all mothers (staff included) can feel welcomed to feed their babies in privacy and warmth.
In the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, this course can award 2 PQAS credits.
Resistance is a common challenge for us who work to see breastfeeding become the cultural norm. What happens when the resistance is in us? This presentation looks within the practitioner and offers suggestions and scripts to make our work easier, and guidelines for welcoming resistance as a messenger and harbringer of learning.
Integrative medicine blends conventional medicine with complementary and alternative medicine (CAM). In this presentation, Nikki discusses the history of the schism between the two, the importance of energy in healing, and uses current evidence to underscore the value of CAM in breastfeeding work. She can show how different modalities may be effective in treating clinical situations: infant colic, and maternal mastitis, bleb and breast pain. She can integrate audience activities into the discussions of craniosacral therapy, aromatherapy, and energy. In-depth discussions and case histories are offered about acupuncture, aromatherapy, craniosacral therapy, homeopathy, and massage (infant and maternal).
Currently, there are 11 theories for the association between lack of breastfeeding and diabetes and 5 theories for the association between formula feeding and obesity. This presentation will give an overview of the current situation in the US, present the current research, and offer strategies to ensure that infants receive only human milk.
What is craniosacral therapy? * Anatomy and physiology of the craniosacral system * Profile of affected infant * Profile of affected mother 2. Techniques · Light forces and palpation · IF THERE IS TIME: some audience partner work 3. Breastfeeding Management Model · Key concepts: assess lactation course thus far, treat mom, view mom and baby as unit · Prepare for possibility of SER (somato-emotional release) · Need time: several hours 4. Case Studies (IF TIME, CAN PRESENT BOTH) · SS: needed more help with breastfeeding, poor home environment (unsupportive H. and m-I-l), did still points and diaphragm releases on both. Saw LC when baby 8 weeks old. · TG: 6-hour labor, deep decelerations, emergency c/s, d/c home pumping and bottle-feeding and using nipple shield. Saw LC when baby 2 weeks old.
This presentation will present several counseling models,information about cultural views and beliefs about breastfeeding from around the world, and seeks to improve the participant’s sensitivity when working with women from different cultures.
This presentation will give the participant an overview of the evidence behind current practices around birth and postpartum. Options supporting the biologic template will be presented.
This course is sufficient to meet the Baby-Friendly requirement for training of maternity workers. It requires 3 full days.
Breastfeeding increases family harmony and reduces the risk of child abuse and neglect. This presentation is a review of the evidence.
Charting can be drudgery, yet it is an essential component of professional practice. How can a practitioner keep charting alive, accurate and rewarding? This workshop will define the importance of charting, including legal issues and standards of practice. It is appropriate for the new lactation consultant, and will be a refresher for the experienced lactation professional. The presentation starts with an actual case history where a LC was called in to give a deposition. The participants are invited to comment on the charting and learn from the mistakes of another. Charting recommendations for LC practice based on the law are described. Various methods of charting and types of breastfeeding assessment tools will be presented. Suggestions will be made to make charting easier and helpful. Several participatory activities will reinforce the presentation, and an exercise in humor will remind the audience of the importance of written language.
The workshop participant should, at the end of this presentation, be able: * To identify two concepts fundamental to this model of telephone counseling * To list several words, phrases, or attitudes to avoid * To identify particular interventions for each postpartum day in the first common or normal week of breastfeeding * To describe the value of the daily phone calls * To differentiate between the three core concepts of the model: 1) Mother the mother 2) Trust the baby 3) Keep them together