Upcoming Meeting

Our June speaker is:

Lisa Marasco MS,IBCLC

Lisa Marasco has been working with breastfeeding mothers for over 30 years.  She has been Internationally Board Certified since 1993. She holds a masters degree in Human Development with specialization in Lactation Consulting and was designated a fellow of ILCA in 2009.  Lisa is a co-author of The Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to making more milk, a contributing author to the Core Curriculum for Interdisciplinary Lactation Care, and a new Cochrane Collaborative author. She is employed by WIC of Santa Barbara County while she continues to research, write & speak. In addition, Lisa is an Associate Area Professional Liaison for La Leche League of So. Calif/Nevada, and serves on the Breastfeeding Coalition of Santa Barbara County.

Our June topics are:

The Making of a Milk Factory

Lactation is the end-product of a long process that involves laying a foundation and then building upon that foundation during each pregnancy. The process can be affected by hormonal, environmental, and pregnancy factors. This talk lays a foundation for understanding the implications of various conditions. By the end of this session, participants will be able to identify some of these risk factors for milk supply problems and have a better understanding of what to expect and how to help the mother in her situation.

Deciphering the Lactation Curve: Lessons in Physics” from the Dairy Industry

The concept of a lactation curve is well known in the dairy industry, but not in the human lactation world.  When we look at milk production in the paradigm of this curve, we begin to understand the underlying drivers of milk production and why some women’s production seems more resilient than others. This talk explores the factors involved in the curve, the concept of persistency, and the importance of what happens in the beginning to long-term calibration.  Various curves will be shown and underlying causes discussed. The overall goal is to provide a new way of looking at milk production that will help us to understand our clinical situations better for the purpose of present and future strategizing.

Is it her hormones? Hormonal Imbalances and Insufficient Milk Supply

When good management isn’t good enough to improve low milk supply, what else could it be? Hormones play important roles in lactation and when they aren’t working right, lactation may be affected. Conditions such as thyroid dysfunction, diabetes, prolactin problems and polycystic ovary syndrome affect lactation for some mothers. This session discusses how hormones work, what kinds of things can go wrong, identifying problems and developing treatment strategies.

5 CERPS will be awarded for the conference