Breastfeeding: Baby’s First Milestone

Time-frame: 90 minutes
CERP: yes

Breastfeeding is widely acknowledged as being the healthiest way to feed an infant for at least two years. In the United States of America, the CDC 2014 Breastfeeding Report Card states that 79.2% of mothers start out breastfeeding. However, as the babies get older, these numbers plummet. Only 49.4% of these babies are receiving any breastmilk by 6 months of age. We know from the literature that the primary reasons mothers stop breastfeeding in these early months are pain and worrying about their breastmilk supply. These are problems with solutions if the proper support is in place. Why is this support lacking? Is it because for all of the talk, “breast is best”, the importance of breastfeeding is not really valued? What if successful breastfeeding was reframed into a milestone? Baby’s first milestone? This presentation will explore other milestones, walking, talking, and learning to read, and what happens if babies and young children are not reaching these markers in a reasonable time frame. What support systems are in place to help these milestones be achieved if babies are faltering? The possible reasons for a baby not being able to breastfeeding and possible solutions will then be examined from the lens of having proper support systems in place.

Barbara D. Robertson

Country: USA
Phone number: 734-975-6534
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Supporting Families, Building Confidence, and Increasing Breastfeeding Success

Helping families feel more confident can lead to greater breastfeeding success. IBCLCs can play a role in this. They can help families learn to trust their own parenting abilities, trust themselves,and trust their babies to tell them what they need. This article outlines many practical tips forIBCLCs to try. Better communication leads to improved relationships with families and this inturn can help families learn to trust themselves.

Eight Things Fostering Kittens Have Taught Me About Infant Feeding

In this article Barbara discusses the lessons she has learned from feeding another type of mammal, kittens. Because of her fostering experience and needing to supplement these orphaned babies, Barbara has come up with eight key points about supplementation that apply to all mammals, not just kittens.

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