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Breastfeeding Clinical Skills Day

Greater Shepparton Best Start Breastfeeding Working Group

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 from 8:45 AM to 4:30 PM (AEST)

Breastfeeding Clinical Skills Day

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Breastfeeding Clinical Skills Day

Tuesday August 26th 2014

Eastbank Centre
70 Welsford Street Shepparton

Registration/check in opens from 8.45am

Presentations commences 9.00am

Morning tea and lunch provided


CERPs have been approved!


Speaker profiles:


Bridget Ingle

Bridget Ingle is a Lactation Consultant working in private practice in Brisbane for 22 years. Her background in paediatric nursing and midwifery provided the basis of a continuing interest in infant and maternal health. Initially, a personal interest in breastfeeding led to training as a voluntary counsellor for Australian Breastfeeding Association throughout the early 1990s. Bridget gained her certification as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 1992 and has worked continually in the field of breastfeeding and lactation support and education since then. Bridget has gained considerable experience in complex breastfeeding situations of both the mother and baby and has a special interest in all causes of suck anomalies, at-breast feeding line use, and cleft lip/palate. She provides education to health professionals in a number of different arenas and regularly presents at national and international conferences and she also enjoys mentoring health professionals in clinical skills. Bridget has also undertaken extra study in orofacial myology as a way of enhancing her support of the breastfeeding dyad. She recently cofounded the Australasian Society for Tongue and Lip Ties.

Bridget is a wife, mother of 3 grown-up/almost-grown-up children, committee organiser extraordinaire and long distance runner not-so extraordinaire.


Heather Harris

Heather Harris is a midwife of over 44 year’s clinical midwifery experience who has worked in a number of hospitals in Australia and overseas. She is currently working as Clinical Midwife Consultant – Lactation at Birralee Maternity Unit – Eastern Health in Melbourne Australia, and shares a private business Boroondara Breastfeeding Centre specialising in lactation consulting and also health professional education.

In 2001 she joined Medecins Sans Frontieres as a midwife. Since that first mission, she has completed another eight, in countries including Sri Lanka, Nepal, Cote d’Ivoire, South Sudan and Somalia and has very recently returned from working in the typhoon disaster zone in the Philippines. During this transformative time she was exposed to many obstetric and midwifery challenges and is forever grateful to the local staff from whom she learned so much and who taught her grace under pressure.

She is an artist, songwriter, a published poet and writer having contributed two chapters in Labour of Love (2005), and a chapter in Diabetes and Pregnancy (2000) and is featured in “The Milk of Female Kindness “– an anthology which was published this year. A peer reviewed paper relating some of her experiences with premature baby care in Africa can be found online in the International Breastfeeding Journal – Feb 2007. “With a Little Help From My Friends.” She is a frequent presenter at conferences, usually speaking on lactation related issues.


Katie James
Katie is a Midwife, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, has completed a Masters of Midwifery and is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor.

Katie has worked in the fields of community midwifery in the UK and Australia, early parenting drop in support services, both hospital and private lactation services, parent education, and been involved in lecturing and tutoring Nursing and Midwifery students at the Sunshine Coast University and currently works both in lactation management and education and as a clinical Lactation Consultant at the Royal Women’s Hospital.






New approaches to Mastitis – how to avoid, how to manage
with Heather Harris

Mastitis is a debilitating and all too common illness which afflicts the breastfeeding woman especially in the early weeks after birth. The management of mastitis requires more than just antibiotics and can have a profound impact on breastfeeding outcomes. This presentation will include the “hows” and “whys’ of mastitis and current management options to ensure the best outcome possible.




Session A

Positioning is everything – the pitfalls and pleasures of positioning variations
with Bridget Ingle

Breastfeeding support health professionals know “good positioning and attachment” are required for optimal breastfeeding outcomes. Whilst these two factors form the foundations of everything else that follows with breastfeeding, they are not one in the same thing –position must come before attachment. Position influences the infant’s ability to attach correctly, stimulate the breast and transfer milk adequately. The mother relies on all of these factors for her role in the process. This practical session helps delegates to look at the influence of each position change on the infant’s ability to perform. It helps deepen the appreciation of the mother’s understanding of how she can learn about her role in presenting the optimal circumstances for her baby to breastfeed correctly.




Session B
Back to Basics
with Katie James

The continuum of breastfeeding care, from antenatal to postnatal. A guide to identifying those women who may slip through the net. How to provide greater antenatal support as well as effective follow up care postnatally. A refresher and new-look at some of the helpful tips you can incorporate in your practice everyday; ways which will help you to improve breastfeeding outcomes for the women you support and increase your confidence and ability to identify and avoid potential future pitfalls.



All Tied Up – tongue embryology, screening assessment and management of tongue tie
with Bridget Ingle

Tongues should not be tied down. A fully mobile tongue is essential for many healthy body system functions. A recent increase in interest and observation about the impact of tongue restrictions throughout the lifespan has turned our focus on the importance of breastfeeding on tongue function and tongue function on breastfeeding. This talk will proceed from embryological understanding of the persistent tongue tie to screening, assessment and management options with the emphasis on the impact on the breastfeeding dyad.




Session C
Weight loss and dealing with perceived and real low milk supply
with Katie James

The most common reason women stop breastfeeding is their perceived lack of breastmilk. One of the most common health professional initiatied reasons supplementation is commenced earlier is due to early weight loss. This presentation will look at each of these areas to help us correctly manage these issues and promote longevity of breastfeeding.




Session D
BMI and reproductive health – a growing concern
with Heather Harris

The alarming increase in body mass index in the woman of reproductive age is having a profound impact upon pregnancy, labour and breastfeeding outcomes. It contributes to infertility, first trimester miscarriage, gestational diabetes, post term pregnancy, increased caesarean rates, post partum haemorrhage and lactational insufficiency. This presentation will explore the reasons why the overweight woman faces these challenges and give midwives some strategies both antenatally and postnatally to manage some of these potential challenges.


Followed by a panel discussion with all speakers.


For more information contact Greater Shepparton Best Start Breastfeeding Project Officer
Kristie Welch (Monday and Tuesday), phone (03) 5832 9782 or email

Free all day parking is located in Marungi Street opposite the Goulburn Valley Regional Library, if parking in an alternative location please check parking signs to confirm time limits and any costs associated.


Book your accommodation early
or phone 1800 808 839

Refund Policy
Due to the demand for places at the Breastfeeding Conference the following refund/cancellation conditions apply.

Cancellation more than 4 weeks (prior to 29th July 2014) prior to the conference - total of registration fee will be reimbursed

Cancellation 2      to 4 weeks (30th July to 12th August 2014)      prior to the conference - 50% of the registration fee will be reimbursed

Cancellation at      2 weeks or less (13th August to 26th August 2014)      prior to the conference - no refund will be made.

Please contact the event organiser if you require a refund.

Credit Card payments are our preferred method of payment and the only payment option available for registering online.

Please contact the event organiser if you are unable to pay via Credit Card.


Professional photography used on this page supplied by Kellie Crosier Photography.


Have questions about Breastfeeding Clinical Skills Day? Contact Greater Shepparton Best Start Breastfeeding Working Group

When & Where

Eastbank Centre
70 Welsford Street
Shepparton, 3630

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 from 8:45 AM to 4:30 PM (AEST)

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Greater Shepparton Best Start Breastfeeding Working Group

The Greater Shepparton Best Start Breastfeeding Working Group is made up of representatives of a number of Greater Shepparton based organisations who work together on projects around the promotion of breastfeeding.

The Greater Shepparton City Council receives Best Start funding through the State Government of Victoria.

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