Academy of
Breastfeeding Medicine

A worldwide organization of physicians dedicated to the promotion,
protection and support of breastfeeding and human lactation

             2017 ABM Conference Workshops


Building Consensus for Structuring Algorithm for Management of Scanty Human Milk Supply of Mother after Delivery

Gihan Fouad Ahmad, MD

Maintaining breastmilk supply is important for baby's health and growth. Various factors causing low milk supply may include: waiting too long to initiate breastfeeding, supplementing, an ineffective latch, use of certain medications, previous breast surgery, premature birth, maternal obesity, pregnancy-induced high blood pressure, and poorly controlled insulin-dependent diabetes. This workshop will introduce a simple algorithm and check sheet for diagnosing the suspected causes of scanty milk supply and a plan for its timely management.


Implementing Skin-to-Skin at C-Section Using Lean Problem Solving Techniques

Susan Crowe, MD

After a brief introduction to Lean problem solving tools, we will discuss the science behind skin-to-skin and increased milk volumes associated with hand expression of milk during the first hour after delivery. A simulation of the C-section operating room experience will include infant positioning tips and hand expression of milk during the first hour. Participants will be guided through the use of an A3 where they can begin to outline barriers and design solutions for their institutions.

Introduction to Infant Craniosacral Therapy (CST)

Nan Dahlquist, MD, FABM; Maryanne O'Hara, MD, FABM

The intent is to review some history behind CST and available clinical data behind the practice. We will show videos of techniques and hope to present a live demonstration of infant CST. Participants will practice some basic gentle touch techniques to explore the craniosacral rhythm. This workshop is not intended to train participants on the techniques, but to explore CST and its possible applications when supporting breastfeeding dyads. A bibliography will be available.


Gestalt Breastfeeding: Helping Women and Their Babies Fit Together Across Glorious Anatomic Diversities

Pamela Douglas, MBBS, PhD

Participants will learn about gestalt breastfeeding, an empowering, innovative, adaptive woman centered approach to identifying and managing problems of fit and hold. Offering strategies for pain-free, effective breastfeeding across anatomic diversities, it contributes to less pharmaceutical and surgical intervention. Based on 4 theoretical frames - physiologic breastfeeding initiation, a biomechanical model of infant suck, the neurobiological model of unsettled infant behavior, and simple psychological strategies from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy - it can be taught in 5 simple steps.


Breast Pumps - Hands On Learning and Understanding

Anne Eglash, MD, FABM; Lauren Hanley, MD; Amber Price, MD; Liliana Simon, MD

The number and types of pumps are rapidly increasing. More mothers than before are pumping and are often overwhelmed by these choices. Healthcare professionals are also having difficulty keeping up with the rate of novelty and technology. A hands-on approach will help participants understand the advantages and disadvantages of several pumps and accessories. We will offer a summary of recommendations for the best pumping practices, and methods for safe use of expressed breast milk.


Breastfeeding and Hormonal Contraception: An Interactive Session to Develop a Priority Research Agenda

Naomi Tepper, MD; Jamie Krashin, MD; Alison Stuebe, MD; Amy Bryant, MD; Stephanie Devane-Johnson

While updating the U.S. Medical Eligibility Criteria for Contraceptive Use for 2016, CDC identified gaps in evidence around the use of hormonal contraception for breastfeeding women. Further research is needed to develop evidence-based clinical recommendations and to effectively counsel breastfeeding women on contraception choices. Given the lack of consensus about key research questions, priority outcomes, and the most appropriate study designs to address these gaps, we will explore priorities for a research agenda with participation from the audience.


Design and Implement a Curriculum to Promote and Support Breastfeeding: Models that Work!

Tara Williams, MD; Natasha K. Sriraman, MD, FABM; Susan Santos, MD; Lydia Furman, MD; Amber Price, MD

We will incorporate large group discussion and small breakout groups to share effective ways to prepare the next generation of healthcare providers to be effective breastfeeding advocates. Participants will be briefly introduced to the basics of curriculum development and will review a showcase of teaching modules, tools, and curriculums that are actively being utilized in various institutional settings. Working in small groups, they will to develop their own curriculums that can be implemented at their own institutions.


Breast Massage in Lactation: Another Tool in Your Toolbox

Ann M. Witt, MD, FABM; Maya Bolman, BSN, RN

Therapeutic Breast Massage in Lactation (TBML) can significantly decrease acute breast pain, engorgement, and plugged duct severity. Videos will demonstrate TBML techniques that combine hand expression and breast massage for the treatment of milk stasis, and we will review case studies to show its clinical application. These simple techniques can be easily taught to mothers for self- management of engorgement and to healthcare providers for in-office use for immediate pain management. Breastfeeding women may be available to demonstrate TBML.


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