Jan Barger, RN, MA, IBCLC, FILCA

Expertise

  • Baby Training/Sleep Programs
  • Birth Interventions and Breastfeeding
  • Birthing Practices and Breastfeeding
  • Colic and Breastfeeding
  • Depression in Breastfeeding Mothers
  • Jaundice and Breastfeeding
  • Lactation Management for the Health Care Professional
  • Medications and Breastfeeding
  • Counseling Methods for Breastfeeding Specialists
  • Ethics of Breastfeeding Counseling/Practice
  • Formula Feeding Issues
  • In-Patient Lactation Management
  • Low Milk Production
  • Parenting Techniques
  • Yeast and Breastfeeding

Previous Conferences

About the Speaker

Public speaking and teaching has always been one of Jan's favorite occupations ever since teaching OB in a school of nursing and then childbirth education classes after the birth of her first daughter. Developing and working in an out-of-hospital birthing center has given her a real desire to help health professionals understand how routine hospital events can impact -- for good or for ill -- the breastfeeding experience. Continuing to work with mothers and babies on a daily basis both in the hospital and in the office gives Jan a very practical approach and life situations provide plenty of humor, as well as an understanding of the importance of "story" and case studies in helping participants grasp the essentials of evidence based lactation management. Jan has spoken on dozens of topics internationally related to breastfeeding, birthing and parenting since the late 1970's, and works with two other IBCLCs teaching a week long lactation consultant preparation course, a 2 1/2 day cram/review course, a four hour "Building Bridges Between the Hospital and WIC" program, and numerous other shorter workshops and seminars. See the LEC website: www.lactationeducationconsultants.com

Official Bio for Brochure

Jan Barger has worked in all aspects of maternal-child health (except NICU) including developing and coordinating an out-of-hospital birthing center. She became a lactation consultant in 1985 in private practice and  with a large pediatric group. She is also Administrative Director and instructor with Lactation Education Consultants, an organization that provides courses for aspiring and practicing lactation consultants. Jan served as the 1990-92 president of the International Lactation Consultant Association, and on the board of the IBLCE from 1992-1994. She lives in Wheaton, Illinois.

Bio for Introduction

Jan Barger has worked in all aspects of maternal-child health (except NICU) including developing and coordinating an out-of-hospital birthing center. She became a lactation consultant in 1985 in private practice and with a large pediatric group. She is also Administrative Director and instructor with Lactation Education Consultants, an organization that provides courses for aspiring and practicing lactation consultants. Jan served as the 1990-92 president of the International Lactation Consultant Association, and on the board of the IBLCE from 1992-1994. She is co-author of Clinical Experience in Lactation: A Blueprint for Internship (LEC), Exam Practice Book (LEC) and Clinical Instruction in Lactation (ILCA).  She lives in Wheaton, Illinois with her husband Bob, has two daughters, one son (who made her a lactation consultant) and two grandchildren.

Presentations

This speaker is pleased to provide presentations on the following topics to professional and parenting conferences. Presentations on other topics may be available upon request and subject to sufficient development lead-time. (For CERP topics, required paperwork will be provided promptly to meet CERP deadlines.)

A Practical Approach to the Eleven Steps to Successful Breastfeeding

60 - 120 minutes
CERP

WHO/UNICEF's 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding are an excellent jumping off point to look at what is happening in hospitals and how changes can be made to facilitate mother/baby interaction and getting breastfeeding off to a good start. The one step that was left out has been added -- that of labor and delivery interventions -- induction, epidurals, medications, C/Section on demand...and more.

A Practical Approach to the Eleven Steps to Successful Breastfeeding

60 - 120 minutes
CERP

WHO/UNICEF's 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding are an excellent jumping off point to look at what is happening in hospitals and how changes can be made to facilitate mother/baby interaction and getting breastfeeding off to a good start. The one step that was left out has been added -- that of labor and delivery interventions -- induction, epidurals, medications, C/Section on demand...and more.

Non-latching Babies,...Frustrated Moms...Exasperated Staff

60 - 120 minutes
CERP

What to do with the baby who won't latch? How can we keep moms from giving up? Why are staff so quick to supplement? When is it appropriate -- when is it not? What is the problem with "it's TIME to feed the baby?" What behaviors do parents and staff need to be watching for to facilitate a good breastfeed?

Overcoming Common Breastfeeding Problems

60 - 180 minutes
CERP

Some problems start in the hospital -- some after mom and baby are discharged. Sore nipples, plugged ducts, mastitis, slow weight gain, poor milk supply, pumping concerns, the fussy and colicky baby, sleeping through the night -- and many other issues can plague breastfeeding moms. Sometimes the solutions are simple -- sometimes complex. What does the evidence say we should be doing about these?

Parenting on Cue

30 - 75 minutes
CERP

Breastfeeding works best when babies are fed on a schedule they design themselves -- not one that is mandated for them. Parenting works best when mothers and fathers learn BabyTalk, and what their babies need to grow and thrive. This session will take a look at some of the parenting philosophies and books that are currently popular, and will help participants understand the good, the bad, and the useless.

Baby's Second Night

30 - 60 minutes
CERP

What IS Baby's Second Night? Why are babies so fussy on that second night? Why are supplementation rates so high? What is really going on here, and is there anything we can do about it?

Baby's Second Night

30 - 60 minutes
CERP

What IS Baby's Second Night? Why are babies so fussy on that second night? Why are supplementation rates so high? What is really going on here, and is there anything we can do about it?

What about Medications?

60 - 75 minutes
CERP

What is the role of the IBCLC regarding medications? What does "prescribe" mean? How do we use the information we have to determine the good, the bad, and the irrelevant when it comes to moms taking meds?

Normal Breastfeeding and Normal Babies

30 - 60 minutes
CERP

What are we teaching new parents about breastfeeding and baby behavior? Why do so many mothers come away from the hospital with negative thoughts about their very normal babies -- "He's lazy." "She just wants instant gratification." How are we helping moms love their babies and understand them?

Building the New Parent Connection

90 - 120 minutes
CERP

Where do we begin in connecting with new parents? How do we promote breastfeeding with millennial moms? What are some of the most pervasive breastfeeding myths? What to include in prenatal education? Those first couple of overwhelming weeks...how can we best help? What are the most common concerns these new parents have?

Bridging the Gap Between Hospitals and Community Partners

60 - 75 minutes
CERP

How can hospitals and community partners work together? Doesn't that violate HIPAA? Isn't WIC the formula giveaway program? How are they helping breastfeeding parents? What's all this about the Surgeon General's "Call to Action?" A practical look at how we can make it work.

Excellent time to break into small groups and discuss what can be done between hospitals and community partners -- setting goals and developing coalitions.

Barriers to Babies Latching: Breaking Them Down

90 - 120 minutes
CERP

Assessing babies -- assessing breasts -- assessing breastfeeding -- now what? What does normal breastfeeding look like? What should we be expecting? What happens with the baby doesnt' latch? What do we do -- when do we panic? Or do we? Another look at laid back breastfeeding and what we are teaching -- a paradigm shift in our approach to latch

Contact Info

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+1 (630) 665 6848

Curriculum Vitae

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Nearest Airport: 
Chicago O'Hare (ORD)
Willing To Travel To: 
Northeast - US
Mid-Atlantic - US
Southeast - US
Northern Mid-West - US
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Northwest - US
Mid-Pacific - US
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East Canada
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West Canada
South America
Asia
West Europe
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Middle East
Africa
Australia
Languages: 
English

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