Upcoming Meeting

Our March speakers are:

Sarah Reyes, PhD

Dr. Sarah Reyes recently graduated with her PhD in Nutrition from Cornell University. Currently, she works as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Manitoba with Dr. Meghan Azad. For her doctoral research, Dr. Reyes conducted the Milk in Life Conditions trial, a randomized trial that investigated the effects of typical at-home pumping and storage practices on the breast milk microbiome. Her research will be published later this year. You can follow Dr. Reyes on Twitter @smreyesphd as well as her Facebook page Milk and Microbes: bit.ly/MilkandMicrobes.


Fiona Jardine, PhD Candidate, ALC

Fiona Jardine is an Advanced Lactation Consultant and PhD candidate at the University of Maryland’s iSchool, where she is conducting groundbreaking research into breastfeeding without nursing: the exclusive pumping of breast milk. Although her dataset is expansive, her findings focus on the socioecological influences on exclusive pumpers and how their lived experience of exclusive pumping could be improved. You can follow along with her findings here: bit.ly/EPresearch. Through her lactation consulting, Fiona provides information and support to those facing breastfeeding issues. On campus, Fiona participates in the “Need to Feed” project, which is gathering data about existing lactation/feeding facilities, as well as working to improve them. She redesigned the breastfeeding symbol to be inclusive of both nursing at the breast and pumping (see universalbreastfeedingsymbol.com). Find out more about Fiona on her website: fionamjardine.com.

Our Topics will be: 

Pumping Practices and Bacterial Contamination of Breast Milk

Most women rely on pumping at some point to meet infant feeding recommendations. Some pumping journeys are short-lived, for example, to resolve difficulties feeding at the breast early postpartum. For others, their pumping journeys continue for several months, such as is the case for working mothers and exclusive pumpers. Knowledge about appropriate pumping and storage practices are essential to preserving the unique qualities of breast milk and ensure it is safe to consume.

Today, we’ll talk about current research around pumping practices and bacterial contamination of breast milk. We will focus on evidence of bacterial contamination of milk pumped at home for women’s own infants as well as contamination of informally shared breast milk. We’ll explore the evidence of the implications for bacterial contamination for preterm and healthy infants. We will also discuss evidence-based methods to prevent bacterial contamination.

Why do some breastfeeders exclusively pump and what can we do to support them?

Exclusive pumping (EPing; also EP, EPed, EPer) can—and successfully does—provide the solution to many breastfeeding problems while still providing many of the benefits of feeding human milk. The rates of EPing are increasing; however, little is known about the reasons for EPing initiation and whether these reasons affect breastfeeding duration and cessation, as well as EPers’ lived experiences. As we know, the practical, information, and emotional support breastfeeders receive plays a vital part to their success.

Today, we’ll discuss the findings of my research—a cross-sectional, self-report, mixed-methods survey, administered online to over 2,000 current and/or former EPers. We’ll learn about the reasons these breastfeeders EPed and whether there are any associations between other factors, such as respondent demographics and prenatal education. We’ll also bust some of the myths that many EPers have been told and talk about EPers’ experiences of others’ reactions to and support of their EPing journey. You’ll leave today’s session with a new outlook on EPing and with new skills and information about how to support EPers

5 L-CERPS will be awarded for the conference.