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Breastfeeding Success: Supporting the Mother/Baby Journey
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DVD Video - 4+ hours   Instructions
Multi-disc DVD recording (5 hours, 55 minutes) with electronic manual and instructions.
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  1. Design a plan for a baby who does not latch well in the first 24 hours postpartum.
  2. Determine the important roles that oxytocin and vasopressin play in the first hours of mother and baby’s time together.
  3. Analyze the research regarding mothers’ decisions to supplement breastfeeding in the early days postpartum.
  4. Assess the essential patient teaching components on infant behavior that mothers must understand to be able to optimally read baby’s early cues for comfort vs. food.
  5. Examine the role of hormonal alterations in overweight and obese mothers that challenge milk supply.
  6. Compare normal breast structure vs. hypoplastic breast structure and the effect on breastfeeding success.
  7. Develop strategies to support the mother-baby relationship and breastfeeding following various traumatic birth experiences.
  8. Evaluate your professional practice strategies to enhance mother’s commitment to breastfeeding after discharge.
Baby-Friendlier Hospitals
  • The ten steps to baby friendly status
  • The role of the CDC/Maternity Care
  • Practice surveys in improving the atmosphere for breastfeeding success
  • International vs. local perspectives in achieving identified goals

Traumatic Birth
  • Mom’s history
  • Pregnancy losses
  • How you are born does matter:
  • Induction, epidural, c-section
  • Are a good birth and a safe birth mutually exclusive?
  • Red flags to be aware of in the chart
  • Consequences for breastfeeding and mother-baby interaction
  • Would a referral for “other” services be helpful for mom?

Implications of Obesity on Breastfeeding Success
  • The large-breasted, obese woman:
  • Positioning and counseling strategies
  • The obese woman with small breasts:
  • Assessing for insufficient glandular tissue
  • Recognizing hormonal difficulties that may impact milk supply

Supporting the Latch
  • Positioning tips
  • The decision to breastfeed – or not to breastfeed: Who chooses what?
  • Laid back breastfeeding
  • Innate infant & maternal behaviors and their role in feeding
  • Anatomical mismatches contribute to additional challenges
  • What a “bad latch” means for breastfeeding duration
  • The reluctant nurser

Professional Challenges that Complicate Patient Teaching
  • Professional boundaries in a helping profession
  • The continuum of involvement: From distant to over-involved
  • What should guide practice:
  • Anecdotal/personal experience or evidence-based research?

Getting Past the First Night Home
  • Recent research sheds new light on mother’s assessment of infant intake
  • Hospital practices that sabotage the first night home
  • What mothers need to know about infant behavior
  • What mothers need to know about making milk
  • Preparing mothers for return to home & return to work
  • Addressing insufficient milk supplies

Breastfeeding Communities
  • Influencing the choice to breastfeed
  • The role of social media in social change
  • Celebrating victories



Dawn M. Kersula is a lactation specialist and perinatal educator who founded/continues to staff the outpatient lactation clinic at a hospital in Vermont. She has worked with birthing and breastfeeding families for more than 30 years. Respected for her expertise in the field, Dawn is a requested presenter at international childbirth conferences and locally continues to coordinate her hospital's perinatal education programs/support groups. As president of the Vermont Lactation Consultants Association, she works closely with the Vermont State Breastfeeding Network to offer training opportunities throughout the state and has had the opportunity to impact change through several legislative initiatives that have resulted in pro-breastfeeding legislation in Vermont.

Dawn's passion and commitment is evidenced through her certification as a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE), active involvement with ILCA (International Lactation Consultants Association) and appointment as a fellow with the American College of Childbirth Educators (FACCE). Her master's research focused on PTSD following traumatic childbirth experiences and, in her role as a perinatal psychologist, she continues to have a special interest in the developmental transition to motherhood. To her credit, Dawn has published over 30 articles pertaining to the specialty of breastfeeding.

Speaker Disclosures:

Financial: Dawn M Kersula has an employment relationship with Brattleboro Memorial Hospital. She receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc.

Nonfinancial: Dawn M Kersula has no relevant nonfinancial relationship to disclose.
The following individuals contributed to the planning of this educational event: Content Expertise - Dawn M. Kersula, MA, RN, LCCE, FACCE, IBCLC; Nurse Planner - Mary Meyers, RN, MSN
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Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Midwives, Clinical Nurse Specialists, Dietitians, Nurse Educators, Lactation Counselors/Consultants, Childbirth Educators, Doulas, Breastfeeding Mothers, Certified Professional Midwives