About the Speaker

Robyn is an energetic and dynamic speaker who brings personal experience combined with evidence-based research to her presentations. Her motivation for speaking is to bring attention to subjects she feels are little understood, and yet affect many women.

Robyn’s main focus is on Breastfeeding in the Military, a topic that presents unique challenges and circumstances far different from those encountered by women in the civilian workforce. Robyn is an expert in the field of breastfeeding in the military, the founder of the website www.breastfeedingincombatboots.com and the award winning author of the comprehensive book “Breastfeeding in Combat Boots: A Survival Guide to Successful Breastfeeding While Serving in the Military” published by Hale Publishing. Her expertise on the subject is also well suited to those working with women in any non-traditional field such as police, firefighting, construction and the like.

As a tattooed and pierced IBCLC, Robyn has a personal as well as professional interest in Body Modifications. With the rise in tattooing and piercings by the new generation of breastfeeding mothers, Robyn feels that the topic of Body Modifications and how it relates to breastfeeding, is very relevant. Robyn has been a well-received speaker in local venues.

Her presentations are suited to both professionals as well as parents and she is willing to present on topics to the left with enough lead time and compensation.

Official Bio for Brochure

Robyn Roche-Paull, RN, BSN, IBCLC, has been working with breastfeeding mothers for over 18 years. She holds Bachelor’s degrees in Maternal Child Health and Nursing. Currently, Robyn is working as an IBCLC at Madigan Army Medical Center serving AD military families. She is a Retired La Leche League Leader. Robyn is the author and founder of “Breastfeeding in Combat Boots” a resource for military mothers choosing to breastfeed. She is a veteran of the US Navy with experience breastfeeding on active duty. Robyn lives in Graham, WA with her 3 children and husband. She is the proud owner of various tattoos and piercings, and lives in the digital world more than she probably should.

Bio for Introduction

Robyn Roche-Paull, IBCLC and US Navy veteran, is the award winning author of the comprehensive book “Breastfeeding in Combat Boots: A Survival Guide to Successful Breastfeeding While Serving in the Military” published by Hale Publishing and the founder of the website www.breastfeedingincombatboots.com. She has over a decade of experience helping breastfeeding mothers and babies, and began her breastfeeding career while still on active duty in the US Navy. She served six years as an aircraft mechanic on F/A-18 Hornets and A-6 Intruders on deployment overseas and stateside. During that time she gave birth to breastfed her son for over a year before separating from the military with an Honorable discharge. Robyn wrote her book due to the difficulties she experienced breastfeeding her son while on active duty, and her desire to help other military mothers be successful at breastfeeding so that they do NOT have to experience those difficulties; but instead can enjoy all that breastfeeding has to offer both mother and child.

Robyn has been working with breastfeeding mothers for over 18 years. She holds a Bachelor’s degrees in both Nursing and Maternal Child Health. Currently, Robyn is working as an IBCLC at Madigan Army Medical Center serving AD military families. In addition, Robyn is a Retired La Leche League Leader. She maintains her website and Facebook page, writes for various blogs and magazines, and helps active duty military mothers worldwide via email and Skype. Robyn is the proud owner of various tattoos and piercings, and lives in Graham, WA with her husband of 24 years, who is a Chief Petty Officer in the US Navy, and her three (long-term breastfed) children.

Robyn has won numerous awards for her book, including Finalist in the Foreword Reviews Book of the Year awards, National Parenting Products Awards as an Honors level winner, and the Silver Medal award from the Military Writers Society of America.

Robyn is an energetic and dynamic speaker who brings personal experience combined with evidence-based research to her presentations. She is an expert in the field of breastfeeding in the military, a topic that presents unique challenges and circumstances far different from those encountered by women in the civilian workforce. Her motivation for speaking is to bring attention to subjects she feels are little understood, and yet affect many women. Robyn has been a well-received speaker locally, nationally and internationally. She has spoken at ILCA, LLL Conferences and at military bases world-wide.




Presentations

Active Support for Active Duty Breastfeeding Moms

Time-frame: 60-75
CERP: no

Support and information is crucial to the success of combining breastfeeding and a military or other non-traditional career. This presentation covers the following: an overview of the challenges that are present in the military and other non-traditional environments for breastfeeding mothers and strategies to overcome those challenges.

Some of the topics include: finding a time and place for pumping, deployment and separation, shipping milk home, unique workplace environments, HAZMAT issues, command, co-worker and rank issues, PT and uniform issues, and finding support.

Body Modifications and Breastfeeding: What You Need to Know

Time-frame: 60-75
CERP: yes

What’s a hip, tattooed, pierced and breastfeeding (or soon-to-be) mom to do? Is there breastfeeding during or after tattooing and nipple piercings? This presentation will provide a review of the available literature regarding breastfeeding and body modifications, a discussion of why women choose to alter their bodies through body modifications, evidence-based information on the safety and different types of body modifications available and the effect on breastfeeding, and how to identify and reduce any potential barriers to successful breastfeeding with tattoos and piercings.

Breasts, Bottles, and Bonding

Time-frame: 30-75
CERP: yes

This presentation takes a hard look at the differences between breastfeeding, bottlefeeding, and pumping and how they differ and how those differences affect mother and baby both physically and emotionally.  Provides practical and concrete strategies to optimize mother-baby closeness even when facing separation.

Breastfeeding in Combat Boots: Strategies to Support Active Duty Breastfeeding Mothers

Time-frame: 120
CERP: yes

Women in the military are not reaching the goals set by Healthy People 2020 and the American Academy of Pediatrics for breastfeeding due to a lack of information and support. This presentation covers the following: An overview of the available literature regarding breastfeeding in the military, and the many challenges that are present in the military environment for breastfeeding mothers to include – time and place for pumping, deployment and separation, unique workplace environments, HAZMAT issues, co-worker and rank issues, PT and uniform issues, and command support.

This presentation will offer strategies for use by lactation professionals when working with breastfeeding military mothers to include: a.) education of commanders and co-workers b.) implementation of military breastfeeding instruction and policies c.) counseling on pumping skills and strategies d.) deployment and separation issues e.) time-management skills f.) hazardous chemicals, uniform and physical training issues g.) support from family and spouse, support groups, lactation consultants.

HAZMAT and Breastfeeding: What You Need to Know

Time-frame: 60-75
CERP: yes

Mothers working in non-traditional fields such as firefighting, military or the police often find themselves exposed to hazardous materials. This session will discuss what is known about hazardous materials and breastfeeding in the literature, whether, how and why maternal exposure to HAZMAT may affect breastfeeding, and best practices for reducing exposure by the breastfeeding mother.

Pumps & Pumping: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Time-frame: 60-75
CERP: yes

Pumps and pumping are fact of life for the military breastfeeding mother who must be separated from her baby for 12 or more hours a day and/or days/weeks or months at a time. This presentation covers the many types of pumps available and what to look for when choosing a pump, the dangers of used pumps, and resources for pumps such as Tricare and WIC. This presentation will also offer techniques for pumping to maximize milk production including: hand expression, pump settings, pumping schedules and more. A brief discussion regarding WHO code compliance is included.

Strategies to Support Breastfeeding in Non-Traditonal Occupations

Time-frame: 90-120
CERP: yes

Women in non-traditional occupations face unique challenges when breastfeeding. Many are not reaching the goals set by Healthy People 2020 and the American Academy of Pediatrics for breastfeeding due to a lack of information and support. This presentation covers the following: An overview of the available literature regarding breastfeeding in non-traditional jobs, lack of time and place for pumping, separation issues, various workplace environments, HAZMAT issues, co-worker and male-dominated workplace issues, physical training and uniform issues, and workplace support.

This presentation will offer strategies for use by lactation professionals when working with breastfeeding mothers to include: a.) education of supervisors and co-workers, b.) implementation of breastfeeding instructions and policies, c.) pumping skills and strategies to maximize production, d.) separation issues, e.) hazardous materials exposure, f.) uniforms and physical training, g.) support from family and spouse, support groups, lactation consultants.

Robyn Roche-Paull RNC-MNN, BSN, IBCLC


Country: USA
Phone number: 253-904-7734
Email: BFinCB@gmail.com
Site: http://www.breastfeedingincombatboots.com
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