Mary Kay Smith, RN, IBCLC, FILCA

Expertise

  • Adoptive Nursing
  • Advocacy for Breastfeeding
  • Anatomy and Physiology of Infant Feeding
  • Anatomy and Physiology of Lactation
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Nipple
  • Birth Interventions and Breastfeeding
  • Birthing Practices and Breastfeeding
  • Breast and Nipple Assessment
  • Breast Surgery and Breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding Classes
  • Breastfeeding Dyad Assessment
  • Communication Skills for Breastfeeding Specialists
  • Counseling Methods for Breastfeeding Specialists
  • Culture and Breastfeeding
  • Diabetes and Breastfeeding
  • Lactation Management for the Health Care Professional
  • Latching Theory and Techniques
  • Marketing and New Media for Lactation Professionals
  • Maternal Assessment for Breastfeeding
  • Premature Breastfeeding Babies
  • Products for Breastfeeding
  • Professional Education for Breastfeeding
  • Relactation
  • Supplementation of the Breastfeeding Infant
  • Technology for Breastfeeding Specialists
  • Teen Breastfeeding Mothers
  • Tongue-Tie Assessment and Treatment
  • Tools for Breastfeeding Management
  • Weaning
  • WIC Counseling Methods
  • WIC Policy and Procedures
  • Work - life balance
  • Working and Breastfeeding
  • Yeast and Breastfeeding

Previous Conferences

  • September 13, 2013
    Louisville,
    Kentucky,
    United States
  • March 6, 2013 - April 6, 2013
  • International Lactation Consultant Assn
    July 21, 2010 - July 25, 2010
    San Antonio,
    Texas,
    United States
  • International Lactation Consultant Association
    July 22, 2009 - July 26, 2009
    Orlando,
    Florida,
    United States
  • ICEA 2003: Session Promoting Breastfeeding to Diverse Populations
    September 13, 2003 - September 14, 2003
    Chicago ,
    Illinois,
    United States

About the Speaker

As a board certified lactation consultant since 1988, I have experience with breastfeeding infants and lactating women at all ages and stages of lactation. I am an experienced teacher and lecturer, writer and editor. I have planned numerous professional presentations and conferences, and have mentored many lactation consultants and mother baby nurses. I have been praised for my compassionate care and understanding of women in all walks of life and diverse cultures.  I have been involved in all aspects of infant, newborn, pediatric and maternal postpartum care. 

Official Bio for Brochure

Mary Kay has been assisting breastfeeding women since 1982, after being accredited as a La Leche League Leader in Illinois.  After opening a breast pump rental depot in 1985, working with moms and babies in unique medical situations led to deeper interest in the science of lactation. This led to pursuing the IBCLC credential in 1988. She has been active in La Leche League at the state, division, and international levels and has worked with Peer Counselors since 1993. She is also a Registered Nurse and Certified Childbirth Educator.

She is a member of the Michigan Breastfeeding Network (A Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies sub-group) and BirthNetwork, a organization supportive of natural childbirth and attachment parenting, and AHWONN.

As a lecturer and writer, Mary Kay has presented at local, regional and national conferences on breastfeeding and has published numerous articles for parents and health care professionals.

Bio for Introduction

Mary Kay has been assisting breastfeeding women since 1982, after being accredited as a La Leche League Leader in Illinois.  After opening a breast pump rental depot in 1985, working with moms and babies in unique medical situations led to deeper interest in the science of lactation. This led to pursuing the IBCLC credential in 1988. She has been active in La Leche League at the state, division, and international levels and has worked with Peer Counselors since 1993. She is also a Registered Nurse and Certified Childbirth Educator.

She is a member of the Michigan Breastfeeding Network (A Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies sub-group) and BirthNetwork, a organization supportive of natural childbirth and attachment parenting, and AHWONN.

As a lecturer and writer, Mary Kay has presented at local, regional and national conferences on breastfeeding and has published numerous articles for parents and health care professionals. She was formerly employed at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit, MI from 2005 to 2013.

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.)

Breastfeeding the Special Needs baby

30 - Full Day minutes
CERP

Addressing the needs of Special Needs babies and their mothers: can be part of a half or full day program. Includes cleft lip and palate, Down Syndrome, twins or multiple births, late preterm infants, neurological impairments.

Expressing and Storing Milk: Establishing a Full Milk Supply for a NICU Baby

60 - Half Day minutes
CERP

Part of a group of sessions addressing the needs of mothers of premature babies or newborns in the NICU. Includes anatomy and phyiology of milk production and establishing an adequate milk supply.

Tools of the Trade: Breastfeeding Devices, Pumps and Gadgets

30 - 90 minutes
CERP

Discerning the appropriate use of breast pumps, devices and gadgets which are used for management of breastfeeding situations; includes selecting breast pumps appropriate for a situation, types of bottle nipples, use of supplementation devices, nipple shields, sore nipple treatments and other inteventions. Counseling mothers on the use of these products.

Breastfeeding the High Risk Infant: NICU

60 - Full Day minutes
CERP

Learner will be able to: inform families about the benefits of human milk for preterm or hospitalized infant, instruct mothers in use of breast pump to establish a milk supply, assist with transitioning infant to the breast, instruct mother in techniques appropriate for infants geatational age and medical condition, barriers to breastfeeding infants in NICU, feeding characteristics of infants based on gestational age including late preterm infants.

Ethical Dilemmas for Breastfeeding Helpers

30 - 75 minutes
CERP

Situations we may encounter as a part of a team assisting women who breastfeed. Learners will be able to discern between evidence-based practice and opinion, describe ways to communicate with other health care providers even when in disagreement, addressing situations which may aise that present an ethical challenge, and how being aware of these challenges can improve our practice.

Breastfeeding Advocacy: Creating an Effective Team

30 - 75 minutes
CERP

What are the characteristics of a breastfeeding advocate? Developing an attitude of non-neutrality regarding breastfeeding, addressing factors at influence infant feeding decisions, prenatal concerns that indicate a need for further educaion or support, strategies to promote breastfeeding in the community, addressing barriers or resistance to change.

Asking the Right Questions

30 - 60 minutes
CERP

Assessment and documentation for lactation consultants, nurses, breastfeeding peers, an others who care for breastfeeding women. The importance of good observation skills, information gathering, documentation to direct appropriate care for breastfeeding issues. Objectives: list several components of a comprehensive assessment related to inpatient or outpatient setting for mother and infant, at least three points to include in documenting a consultation and plan of care, and reporting interventions and outcome of the visit to a health care provider.

Maternal and infant issues that impact breastfeeding

60 - 90 minutes
CERP

How physical and medical issues of both mother and infant can impact the course of breastfeeding. Objectives: List at least two maternal and two infant conditions and the potential effects upon breastfeeding. Describe at least two risk factors related to labor, delivery and postpartum that may affect breastfeeding. State several interventions to assist with breastfeeding when mother and baby are separated due to medical issues.

Contact Info

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+1 (734) 645 7952

Curriculum Vitae

Speaking Services

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Nearest Airport: 
Detroit Metro (DTW)
Willing To Travel To: 
Northeast - US
Mid-Atlantic - US
Southeast - US
Northern Mid-West - US
Central Mid-West - US
Southern Mid-West - US
Northwest - US
Mid-Pacific - US
Southwest - US
East Canada

References

Kay Hoover, Barbara Wilson-Clay, Lisa Marasco, Diana West, Jan Riordan, Jan Barger, Linda Kutner, Phyllis Kombol, Terriann Shell, Dee Kassing and many other notable and well known lactation consultants and members of ILCA. Personal references available upon request.