About the Speaker

Meghan McMillin holds a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has been a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) since 2013 and became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2019

Meghan spent 5 years working clinically in the NICU, pediatric floor and women’s units of a local hospital. In 2019, Meghan started her own private practice with a focus on postpartum and infant care. The mama to two young kids with food allergies, helping other families manage food allergies, whether it’s while breastfeeding, during the introduction of solids, or later in childhood, is her passion.

Meghan is a member of the International Lactation Consultant Association and the United States Lactation Consultant Association. She enjoys sharing her knowledge through social media, freelance writing and public speaking. Meghan is the coauthor of the eBook What To Eat When Your Baby Can’t Tolerate Milk, Soy, or Egg Protein; Nutrition guidance for avoiding milk, soy, and/or eggs while lactating.

Meghan has presented both nationally and internationally including for GOLD learning, the National WIC Association and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In 2020, Meghan was awarded the Emerging Professional in Women’s Health Award from the Women’s Health Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 

Meghan lives with her husband and two children outside of Chicago, IL. In her spare time she enjoys working out, allergen-free baking and having dance parties with her kids in the kitchen.

Official Bio for Brochure

Meghan McMillin holds a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has been a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) since 2013 and became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2019

Meghan spent 5 years working clinically in the NICU, pediatric floor and women’s units of a local hospital. In 2019, Meghan started her own private practice with a focus on postpartum and infant care. The mama to two young kids with food allergies, helping other families manage food allergies, whether it’s while breastfeeding, during the introduction of solids, or later in childhood, is her passion.

Meghan is a member of the International Lactation Consultant Association and the United States Lactation Consultant Association. She enjoys sharing her knowledge through social media, freelance writing and public speaking. Meghan is the coauthor of the eBook What To Eat When Your Baby Can’t Tolerate Milk, Soy, or Egg Protein; Nutrition guidance for avoiding milk, soy, and/or eggs while lactating.

Meghan has presented both nationally and internationally including for GOLD learning, the National WIC Association and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In 2020, Meghan was awarded the Emerging Professional in Women’s Health Award from the Women’s Health Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 

Meghan lives with her husband and two children outside of Chicago, IL. In her spare time she enjoys working out, allergen-free baking and having dance parties with her kids in the kitchen.

Bio for Introduction

Meghan McMillin holds a Master’s Degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has been a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) since 2013 and became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2019

 

Meghan spent 5 years working clinically in the NICU, pediatric floor and women’s units of a local hospital. In 2019, Meghan started her own private practice with a focus on postpartum and infant care. The mama to two young kids with food allergies, helping other families manage food allergies, whether it’s while breastfeeding, during the introduction of solids, or later in childhood, is her passion.

 

Meghan is a member of the International Lactation Consultant Association and the United States Lactation Consultant Association. She enjoys sharing her knowledge through social media, freelance writing and public speaking. Meghan is the coauthor of the eBook What To Eat When Your Baby Can’t Tolerate Milk, Soy, or Egg Protein; Nutrition guidance for avoiding milk, soy, and/or eggs while lactating.

 

Meghan has presented both nationally and internationally including for GOLD learning, the National WIC Association and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In 2020, Meghan was awarded the Emerging Professional in Women’s Health Award from the Women’s Health Dietetic Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 

 

Meghan lives with her husband and two children outside of Chicago, IL. In her spare time she enjoys working out, allergen-free baking and having dance parties with her kids in the kitchen.




Presentations

Popular Diet Trends: Impact and Safety During Lactation

Time-frame: 60-75
CERP: yes

Diet culture is pervasive and it seems everyday brings about a new popular trend or style in how, when, or what to eat. The postpartum period often brings about an incredible amount of pressure to lose weight or “bounce back” to pre-pregnancy body shape. It’s no wonder many turn to popular diet trends with the promises of quick weight loss. However, with a lack of research in the lactating population, there remains concern regarding both the effect these diets may have on milk supply and their safety. This presentation will provide lactation professionals with the information they need to have informative discussions with their clients about popular diet trends.

What’s New in Infant Feeding & Nutrition

Time-frame: 60-75
CERP: yes

Infant feeding has come a long way and it seems like the recommendations are constantly changing. Infants and toddlers have unique nutritional needs and research shows that early nutrition affects health outcomes later in life. Unfortunately, there continues to be a lot of misinformation and a lack of professional guidance on how to best approach complementary feeding. This presentation will review the current evidence based guidelines including nutrient needs, feeding “styles”, and the introduction of allergens.

When Cutting Milk Doesn’t Cut It; Supporting Lactating Families Through Restrictive Elimination Diets

Time-frame: 60-75
CERP:

Though the overall risk of the development of food allergies in infants remains very low, prevalence has been increasing. And with that increase, we are also seeing more concerns for food allergies in the exclusively breast/chest fed infant. This presentation aims to educate on the differences between food sensitivities, intolerance and allergies and the different types of food allergies (IgE mediated vs non- IgE mediated). We’ll review the current feeding recommendations for an infant that presents with food allergies. The ins and outs and the pros and cons of elimination diets will be explored. This presentation will also explore the role of the lactation consultant in managing food allergies and supporting our families that face this challenging situation.

 

Note: Meghan is highly regarded in the area of food sensitivities and allergies in the breast-fed infant. Her knowledge as a Registered Dietitian allows her to provide expertise when guiding parents through an elimination diet.

Baby Led Weaning: What the Lactation Professional Should Know

Time-frame: 60-75
CERP: yes

Baby Led Weaning as an approach to introducing solids has been growing in popularity over the past 15 years. However, despite the growing demand from parents, there remains a lack of guidance from health care professionals. Additionally, there are some misconceptions around baby led weaning including safety. This presentation looks to provide further understanding of what baby led weaning is, and isn’t, and how the lactation professional can provide guidance to parents.

Nutritional Considerations on Restrictive Diets While Lactating

Time-frame: 60-75
CERP: yes

There is a gap in knowledge on the implications of nutritional status and management of those on restrictive diets while breastfeeding. While exact numbers are unknown, we suspect many lactating persons are on restrictive diets for a variety of reasons. Not often discussed, maternal diet and nutrient intake does affect breast milk composition. Lactation professionals should be aware of the potential nutritional implications a restrictive diet may have on the mother-baby dyad. Participants will gain an understanding of how maternal diet can influence breast milk, the varying reasons a lactating person may be on a restricted diet, the potential nutrients of concern on restricted diets, and basic nutritional guidance to lactating persons on restricted diets.

Nutritional Considerations for the Lactating Parent: What We Know

Time-frame: 60-75
CERP: yes

Breast milk remains the biological norm for infant feeding. And while following a special diet isn’t a requirement for lactation, the research continues to  demonstrate that maternal diet does impact the nutritional composition of breast milk. This presentation aims to provide education on the nutritional requirement of a lactating parent including both macro and micronutrients. We’ll review which nutrients in breast milk are most influenced by the maternal diet.  This presentation will provide the lactation professional with guidance on how to provide basic nutritional care for the breastfeeding dyad.

Supporting Lactating Families & Infants With Food Allergies

Time-frame: 60-75
CERP: yes

Though the overall risk of the development of food allergies in infants remains very low, prevalence has been increasing. And with that increase, we are also seeing more concerns for food allergies in the exclusively breast/chest fed infant. This presentation aims to educate on the different types of food allergies (IgE mediated vs non- IgEmediated) and their symptoms commonly seen in a breast/chest fed infant. We’ll review the current feeding recommendations for an infant that presents with food allergies including maternal elimination diets. This presentation will also explore the role of the lactation consultant in managing food allergies and supporting our families that face this challenging situation.

 

Note: Meghan is highly regarded in the area of food sensitivities and allergies in the breast-fed infant. Her knowledge as a Registered Dietitian allows her to provide expertise when guiding parents through an elimination diet.

Meghan McMillin MS, RD, IBCLC


Country: United States
Phone number: 3123152003
Email: meghan@thelactationdietitian.com
Site: http://www.thelactationdietitian.com
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Publications

Avoiding allergens while breastfeeding: Guidance for women who are avoiding dairy, soy, and/or eggs while breastfeeding from two registered dietitians

This guide is like having a registered dietitian and board-certified lactation consultant in your back pocket! Have you been told to eliminate milk, soy, and/or eggs from your diet while you are breastfeeding your little one? This news can be overwhelming to many women, and unfortunately is not as simple as cutting out the milk in your morning coffee. This guide was written by two registered dietitians/licensed nutritionists with lactation expertise to help you know exactly how to cut out certain allergens to support you on your breastfeeding journey.

We broke this guide down into simple tips to follow to eliminate dairy, soy, and/or egg. Included is a list of foods and ingredients that are often “sneaky” ways that these allergens show up in food, guidance on general lactation nutrition, recipes, specific brand names of “safe” foods, grocery shopping tips, cooking/baking substitutions, and much more.

This guide will help support you on your breastfeeding journey in a simple and convenient way.