Presentation Information

Joy MacTavish

The Intersection Between Lactation, Sleep, and Family Well-Being

  • Speaker: Joy MacTavish , IBCLC, RLC, Holistic Sleep Coach
  • Presentation Type:
  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 Nursing CEU, 1 CME, 0.1 Midwifery CEU, 1 Dietetic CEU

New parents often have questions and concerns about infant sleep, and the changes and challenges that go along with it. It is important to meet families where they are at the intersection between infant feeding, lactation, sleep, and family well-being. As lactation professionals, we can support them in gaining greater understanding of what to expect for infant sleep, as well as how to navigate challenges that may arise while working toward their lactation goals.

This presentation provides evidence-based information about common topics related to lactation and infant sleep. Participants will leave with an understanding of the key steps for how to integrate the management of infant sleep challenges into a lactation care plan. This includes 1.) a process for obtaining information about current sleep, and the variety of factors that may be impacting infant and parental sleep; 2.) elements to consider as a lactation care plan is created; and 3.) how to provide evidence-based information and resources in a compassionate manner that will allow informed decision-making about next steps toward their lactation and sleep goals. Incorporating this process into one’s practice will lead to more comprehensive care plans that take into account the realities and needs of the each family.