Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, CLE, CCCE, CLD View Presentation Outline

Science of the Mother Baby Bond: How Attachment Impacts Epigenetics, Brain Development & Stress

Attachment begins during pregnancy, not in the moments, weeks, and years post birth. This attachment, the motherbaby bond, is forged through an awareness of the biological and emotional connection between mother and child from the very earliest moments of conception. This crucial prenatal period is impacted by emotional and nutritional experience of the mother and has a lot to do with who babies turn out to be. The prenatal attachment that occurs, regardless of a mother’s conscious awareness, is changing the brain development, personality, and genetic expression of her baby. This presentation discusses epigenetics, brain development, molecular messaging between mother and baby, and the impact of stress on the baby’s future health.

Melissa Cole, MS, IBCLC
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Beyond the Basics of Latch: Support strategies for helping babies when the basics aren’t enough

In a perfect world, every baby would latch beautifully right after delivery and breastfeed happily ever after. In reality what we often see is that most moms and babies need a little help to get breastfeeding off to a good start. Many dyads need a lot of help. And a few mother/baby pairs need a miracle to breastfeed successfully. How can we best help those tough cases? There are many reasons babies struggle to latch and feed well. Some issues may include structural issues, physical discomfort, respiratory concerns, medical issues, digestive issues, poor feeding tool choices, prematurity, etc.

Jaye (Simpson) Haleryn, LC (retired), CLE®, CIIM, BT and Jewel Mohr, MED, IBCLC

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Structure and Function: How the Infant's Structure Affects the Infant's Function

This program discusses why structural issues happen, what challenges they cause or contribute to, and the long-term effects if left untreated, and techniques to use to assess infant structure.

  • We look at pregnancy, labor and delivery, infant feeding and behavioral challenges, difficulty meeting developmental milestones, and behavioral issues in older children due to untreated structural issues as infants.
  • We look, in detail, at the infant body, learning how to recognize structural asymmetries and musculature tightness by sight and feel.
  • We finish the program learning how to evaluate the infant structure, using hands-on assessment skills to recognize problem areas that may be contributing to infant function.

Attie Sandink, RN, IBCLC, CLE

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Assisting in Latch: Following Baby's Cues

When too much good information is actually too much! Parents can be so overwhelmed by all the messages they receive from their caregivers. Can our approach to Position and Latch be normalized? Can we can decrease the physical and psychological trauma often experienced by new parents just trying to do what all mammals do so normally? Admittedly there will always be some breastfeeding difficulties but let us come together and work at making it easier. By implementing a more simple plan of care we can all decrease the stress level not only for our clients but also for ourselves as we look at the baby’s innate behavior and activate better client learning skills. 

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