iLactation 2021 Conference: Bridging the gap to provide a continuum of care and Effective counseling skills for the lactation professional

Time-frame: 120 minutes
CERP: yes

Bridging the gap to provide a continuum of care

This talk uses humor and scenarios to point out the necessity that those entrusted with a family’s care be professional, inclusive and open in order to provide the best support possible. We explore connections we should make as lactation professionals and emphasize the importance of referring to the client’s care team. When lactation consultants create strong relationships with other professionals in the community, they are able to make appropriate referrals avoid burn-out.

Effective counseling skills for the lactation professional

This topic explores the many ways to communicate successfully with prenatal and postpartum individuals. The talk highlights open-ended questions, affirmations, education and the anticipated results of three-step counseling. The presentation also explains how to recognize “change talk” and what words may signal an “open door” to further opportunities for sharing. Circle Charts and Participant Centered Education are discussed in detail. This talks prepares the counselor to share information in an open-minded, non-judgmental way that results in profitable teaching and learning for the counselor and perinatal person. These skills are presented in a fun, unique way and provide more tools for the lactation educator’s tool box.

Christy Jo Hendricks, IBCLC

Christy Jo Hendricks

Country: United States
Phone number: 951.809.7827


Making Milk

Making Milk is full of artistic examples of breastfeeding and various options for supplementing with mamas milk. This coloring book promotes mindfulness while enjoying reading the affirmations and creating an artistic work of art.

Mommy Feeds Baby

Mommy Feeds Baby is a wonderful children’s book that normalizes breastfeeding. This book portrays the natural, organic and nutritional food moms provide through breastmilk; and the bonding that is created through breastfeeding. The lack of breastfeeding educational material for children prompted the production of Mommy Feeds Baby. This book fills a void that has been lingering in homes and hospitals where breastfeeding is the preferred feeding choice.

Moms and children love the message and delivery of this unique, pioneering book that depicts breastfeeding as unique and individual as it is. The breastfed children and families displayed in Mommy Feeds Baby vary in age and ethnicity. Illustrations display infants to toddlers, dyads to tandem, families and siblings-all involved in the celebration of breastfeeding. This hardback book contains remarkable illustrations that have been digitally enhanced and animated in order to captivate young audiences. The repetitious, easy-to-read phrase, confirms what many individuals wish to convey, and has children chanting, “Mommy feeds Baby.” A book on such a personal topic would not be complete without a page reserved for the reader’s own photograph. The last page in the book has been dedicated for moms to document their own breastfeeding experience. This space allows moms to incorporate themselves into the story by recording their favorite breastfeeding memory and inserting a personal photograph. It is important to remember the early years, and Mommy Feeds Baby provides a perfect outlet to commemorate the precious memories of bonding and breastfeeding.