Upcoming Meeting

Our November speakers are:

Lilianna Simon, MD, IBCLC, FABM

Dr. Simon specializes in Lactation & Breastfeeding Medicine, is a IBCLC and a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine; she is also a Pediatric Critical Care physician and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.  She is the Vice-President for the Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition.  Dr. Simon has lectured on breastfeeding in the U.S. and internationally.  She helped update the ABM human milk protocol in 2017 and is translating several ABM protocols into Portuguese.

Dana Silver, MD, FAAP, FABM

Dr. Dana Silver is Director of Greenspring Pediatric Associates and the Division of General Pediatrics at the Herman and Walter Samuelson Children’s Hospital at Sinai in Baltimore. She received her B.S. from Cornell University in 1987, and her M.D. from University of Maryland in 1991. She completed residency and chief residency at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland.

Dr. Silver has lectured across the mid-Atlantic region on breastfeeding, and has worked on advocacy and legislative issues. In 2013, Dr. Silver received the honor of being named a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.

Nancy Heter McAlduff, RN, BSN, IBCLC, RLC

Nancy is currently president of the Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition. She works as a lactation consultant at Howard County General Hospital. Previously she worked as the peer counselor coordinator for the Maryland Wic program.

Our November topics are:

The Amazing Science of Breastfeeding

There is a very intricate exchange between mother and child that happens with human milk and at the time of breastfeeding. Some are related to the many components in breast milk and how they each and together affect the child’s system at many different levels, creating a homeostasis or a disequilibrium that will be long lasting for the life of both these individuals.  We will discuss some of the most recent literature on this intricate exchange, of the benefits of breastfeeding and the risks of formula feeding for the child, the mother, and society.  We will also give you some practical tools to help you promote, protect and support the mother-baby dyad and breastfeeding.

Providing Culturally Humble Breastfeeding Support

In this session participants will learn the racial disparities in infant and maternal mortality in US and Maryland, along with breastfeeding rates. The concepts of cultural humility vs. cultural competence and the use of cultural scripts (Tervalon & Murray-Garcia, 1998) will be presented. Participants will learn how scripts affect the care they provide their patients. Case studies will present real world examples and help participants absorb these.

Tongue-Tied: A Panel Discussion about the different approaches to tongue tie

Assessment, Management and Controversies – A review and panel discussion of the challenges in diagnosing and managing ankyloglossia in the breastfeeding infant from the perspective of a pediatrician, dentist, and ENT. Ask the professionals your questions. The questions might include:

– Clipping in the nursery vs. waiting (pros and cons)
– Laser vs. Scissors; What percent of referrals do you not clip?
– Do you ever do frenotomies in infants out of concerns for future issues (GERD, dental/orthodonture issues, speech, licking a lollipop, etc) if the infant is thriving and/or formula feeding?
– Exercises after the procedure and what is done for follow up? Lip Tie and breastfeeding problems
What about Posterior tongue tie

5 L-CERPS will be awarded for the conference.