Popular Lecture Topics and Courses • Updated August 2018


Exam Preparation Course / Lactation Management Course: A comprehensive course designed to prepare candidates for the IBLCE exam, serve as an introduction to professional breastfeeding care, and/or update and expand lactation management skills. Six full days of instruction, an exam simulation, and many interactive activities, clinical slides, videos, and skill-building techniques are presented in a uniquely warm and supportive learning environment. Approved by LEAARC for up to 90 CERPs.

Clinical Topics

Impact of Birthing Practices on Breastfeeding:  numerous presentations based on the book  Impact of Birthing Practices on Breastfeeding, second edition (2009). Focus areas:

  • Infant sucking (protecting the infant mouth)
  • Maternal outcomes
  • Epidural effects on infant neurobehavior
  • Long-term consequences and public health implications
  • Immediate and Continuous/Sustained Skin-to-skin contact after birth
  • Evidence-based maternity practices
  • Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative
  • What causes labor pain and what to do about it
  • Physics and Forces in birth: effects on the infant
  • Restoring the continuum: helping babies who can’t suck normally
  • Reach out and Touch: STS, KMC, massage and why touch matters
  • International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes


Sleep, SIDS, Bedsharing, Co-Sleeping Controversy – numerous presentations based on Sweet Sleep: Naptime and Nighttime Strategies for Breastfeeding Families, LLLI/Random House, 2014

  • Reducing SIDS Deaths and Increasing Breastfeeding are Compatible Goals
  • Sleeping Through: New Research on Infant Sleep Patterns and Risk of SIDS
  • Update on Infant Mortality / SIDS initiatives
  • Who’s been sleeping in My Bed?
  • Problems with Pacifiers
  • Plugs and Cages: The Dark Side of Cribs and Pacifiers
  • Impact of Swaddling on Breastfeeding Infants
  • Sustaining exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months

Breastfeeding Management – Preventing & solving common breastfeeding problems

  • ABC’s of Solving Breastfeeding Problems
  • Common Speed Bumps In The First Week Post Birth
  • The Pain Issue: Prevention and Management of Breast and Nipple Problems
  • Yeast Infections in the Breastfeeding Dyad: a Hidden Culprit
  • Reach out and Touch: Hands-On Skills for Facilitating First Feedings; and Fine-Tuning Positioning and Latch.
  • Restoring the Continuum (Back to the Breast when baby isn’t latching)
  • Breastfeeding Case Studies
  • Gadgets and Tools, equipment and devices
  • When Mother is Sick
  • Perinatal Lyme Disease: What We Know & What We Don’t Know


Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) and related topics

  • International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes
  • Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies
  • Complementary Feeding of the Breastfed Child
  • Safe Formula Preparation for the Non-Breastfeeding Mother and Baby
  • Global BFHI outreach
  • Sabotage by another Name
  • Mother-Friendly, Baby-Friendly

 The Science of Breastfeeding & Human Lactation

  • What Makes Milk: a Fresh Look at What Matters and What Doesn’t
  • Wondrous, Magical Mothers’ Milk
  • Journey from Placenta to Pizza: What “Readiness to Eat” Means to the Baby
  • Fostering the New Normal: Breastfeeding for Two years and Beyond
  • Lifecycle of the breastfeeding Mother-Baby Dyad
  • The Making of a Mother
  • The Matrix of Breastfeeding: The Milk, the Breasts, and the Mother-Baby Relationships.
  • Breastfeeding and Birth Control
  • Breastfeeding and Women’s Health
  • Debunking Breastfeeding Myths
  • How to Find References, Use PubMed and Evaluate Research

 Political, Legal, Ethical and Policy Issues

  • Decoding the Codes: International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes, Code of Ethics, Code of Professional Conduct
  • Ethical Issues for LC Practice: It’s All About Money
  • Legal Issues Related to Lactation Consultant Practice
  • Politics of Breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding as a Public Policy Issue
  • Good News on the US National Scene
  • No More Calvin-Ball: Leveling the Playing Field for Breastfeeding Mothers
  • Best Practices in Infant and Young Child Nutrition (IYCN): The Global BFHI
  • Obesity Begins at Birth
  • Look UP not Down: Breastfeeding Support is part of the US Health Care Infrastructure
  • Surgeon General’s Action 6: International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes
  • Gaps and Strengths in US Policies on Infant and Young Child Feeding: An Analysis based on the Global Strategy for Infant and Young Child Feeding (MPH thesis)

 Counseling, Teaching, and Promotion of Breastfeeding

  • Leave ‘Em Wanting More: Teaching Games for Breastfeeding Classes
  • Pop Beads, Jelly Beans and Golf Balls: The Art of Presenting the Science of Breastfeeding
  • Listening Between the Lines: Counseling Skills for Lactation Consultants
  • How to Talk so Mothers will Listen
  • What’s Hot, What’s Not: Evaluating Breastfeeding Educational Materials
  • Supporting Breastfeeding in a Multicultural Setting
  • Protection, Promotion and Support of Breastfeeding Women from various cultures.
  • ABC’s of Baby-Friendly Communities
  • Building a Breastfeeding Community
  • Breastfeeding is a Contact Sport
  • Breastfeeding is Good for Business
  • Fish Can’t See Water: Enhancing Cultural Diversity in Lactation Support Settings
  • Teaching or Preaching? Reframing the “Breast is Best” Message
  • The Rose that Grew from Concrete: Multi-ethnic collaboration to increase IBCLCs
  • How to Find References, Use PubMed and Evaluate Research


Contact me to request any of these, or a new topic not listed.


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