Presentation Information

Mercedes Thomas

Unlocking the Power and Dismantling the Bias: Lactation Education in a Digital World

  • Speaker: Mercedes Thomas , MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC, IBCLC
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  • Duration: 60 Mins
  • Credits: 1 CERP, 1 Nursing CEU, 1 CME, 0.1 Midwifery CEU, 1 Dietetic CEU

There is no secret that compared to other industrialized nations that the breastfeeding and infant mortality rates in the United States are shameful. This is true in other parts of the world as well and often, part of the problem is poor access to quality information about breastfeeding. Not to mention the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic left even more birthing parents to fend for themselves and to lean on social media for support and "Dr. Google" to find the answers to the parenting challenges that plagued them.

What if lactation professionals and healthcare providers could help turn the negatives into positives? What if part of the solution to the dismal maternal mortality statistics and breastfeeding rates for Black and other marginalized parents was the dissemination of quality digital health content?

This presentation will explore the use of content creation as a means to engage, educate and advocate for marginalized families. It will also take a deeper dive into the health disparities that exist and the high stakes involved for families who lack resources and lactation support.