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Biological Nurturing: Releasing Innate Behaviours to Enhance Breastfeeding

Ottawa, Ontario
September 26, 2011

8:15 a.m.-4:15 p.m.
Hellenic Meeting and Reception Centre, 1315 prince of Wales Drive

Speaker:  Suzanne Colson PhD, MSc, BA RGN, RM
At the completion of the seminar, participants will be able to:

  • Identify the components and subcomponents of biological nurturing and understand the mechanisms of how and why biological nurturing works
  • Differentiate between innate and learned behaviours
  • Describe the use of reflex theory to support breastfeeding initiation and summarize four
  • types and three functions of primitive neonatal reflexes in the breastfeeding context
  • Describe the difference between dorsal and frontal neonatal breastfeeding positions
  • Identify the continuity of behaviours linking birth with  breastfeeding
  • Describe neonatal behavioural states
  • Critically appraise a typical hospital guideline for babies not interested in breastfeeding
  • Describe how babies latch and breastfeed in sleep states
  • Describe baby reflex feeding cues
  • Describe innate maternal breastfeeding behaviours
  • Define "hormonal complexion"™
  • Describe behavioural versus mechanical effects of oxytocin
  • Identify common practices that may inadvertently suppress high maternal oxytocin pulsatility
  • Describe two clinical pathways to clarify how to use biological nurturing during the first postnatal days
  • following normal hospital/home birth and as a proactive strategy to reduce the impact of abrasive birth interventions
  • Use biological nurturing to initiate breastfeeding in a variety of circumstances, including following normal
  • birth and where special circumstances of labour and delivery or physiology are factors affecting breastfeeding

IBLCE has approved this program for 5.5 L-CERPs

Registration Fee before September 6, 2011: $160
Registration Fee after September 6, 2011: $175

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