LCGB Conference and AGM 2015 – Speakers and sessions

Lactation Consultants of Great BritainPast Events


Coming of age, 21 years of professional ICBLC help for breastfeeding mothers and babies

Friday 24th April Featured speakers:

  • Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D, IBCLC, FAPA
  • Joyce E Miller, Ph.D, BS, DC, DABCC
  • Linda J Smith, MPH, FACCE, IBCLC, FILCA

8 -9am Registration
12.45 – 2pm Lunch
5.20pm End
5.45pm LCGB AGM
7.30pm Evening meal

Saturday 25th April Featured speakers:

  • Sally Etheridge, BA, PCGE, IBCLC
  • Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D, IBCLC, FAPA
  • Linda J Smith, MPH, FACCE, IBCLC, FILCA

8.30 – 9 am Registration
12.15 – 1.30pm Lunch
4.30pm End


Speaker & session details

Coming of Age 21 years of professional IBCLC help for breastfeeding mothers & babies

NSPCC National Training Centre, Gilmour Close, Leicester, LE4 1EZ


Friday 24 April 2015

Linda J Smith:The Impact of Birthing Practices on Breastfeeding–focus on the UK

Joyce Miller:Support for the Breastfeeding Baby: The Chiropractor’s Role Part 1

Sarah Levitt: In Search of the Black Mother: breastfeeding in art and life

Linda J Smith:Leave ‘Em Wanting More: Interactive Teaching Games for Breastfeeding Education

Joyce Miller:Support for the Breastfeeding Baby: The Chiropractor’s Role Part 2

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett:Breastfeeding Makes All the Difference: Breastfeeding’s Role in Creating Resilience and Overcoming Adversity

Saturday 25 April 2015

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett:New Findings in Depression Research: The Impact of Birth Experience, Previous Sexual Assault and Breastfeeding

Sally J Etheridge:Breastfeeding, Food Banks and Poverty in the UK

Linda J Smith:The Cat in the Hat: Ethics of juggling multiple roles as a lactation care provider

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett:Weighing In on Obesity and Breastfeeding

Weighing in on Obesity and Breastfeeding

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., IBCLC

Public health officials have been sounding the alarm about the “obesity epidemic,” not only in the U.S., but in industrialized nations around the world. In response, breastfeeding is offered as an important preventative measure for both maternal and childhood obesity. Unfortunately, strategies designed to improve breastfeeding rates among women with higher BMIs often backfire and become self-fulfilling prophecies by discouraging heavier women from breastfeeding. Despite these limitations, breastfeeding has an important role to play in obesity prevention. This presentation provides an overview of current research on surprising causes of obesity, such as sleep disorders, psychological trauma, and discrimination and outlines the limitations of current approaches. This session also describes research on the impact of BMI on breastfeeding, and provides practical steps for working with mothers with higher BMIs.

The Cat in the Hat: Ethics of juggling multiple roles as a lactation care provider


Discuss ethical principles that apply to breastfeeding support providers. Describe the role and structure of mother-support groups, hospital-based support groups, and peer counselling programs. Discuss strategies to overcome miscommunication and misunderstandings among providers of BF 333support

Breastfeeding, Food Banks and Poverty in the UK

Sally Etheridge IBCLC

For increasing numbers of families in the UK, life has become worryingly uncertain. How do mothers with infants and babies cope when they are hit with crisis, whether through loss of family income, the stress of facing welfare cuts or coping with housing issues? Food banks and now baby banks are hitting the headlines. Yet the role of breastfeeding as ‘an emergency-preparedness activity’, as described by Karleen Gribble, is overlooked and still seen as having relevance only in ‘developing countries’. How can the breastfeeding community come together to support all babies and mothers at such times, and to raise the profile of the critical importance of breastfeeding among those making the decisions and delivering services?

This session will update on progress since last year’s conference, on the work between coalition members of the Baby Feeding Law Group to develop a resource for food bank organizers and volunteers, and a pilot to implement the resource supported by Leicester City Council.

What’s New in Postpartum Depression Research: Recent Findings on Breastfeeding and Depression, Birth Interventions, and Preterm Birth

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA

A number of recent studies have raised questions about the way we understand depression in new mothers. For example, what is the role of depression in breastfeeding cessation and does mothers’ prenatal intention to breastfeed make a difference? Researchers have also found that epidurals lower the risk of depression, but the sample sizes are often small. Finally, a concerning trend has emerged regarding the link between depression, PTSD, and preterm birth. Women with depression or PTSD are at increased risk for preterm birth. The World Health Organization has recently identified preterm birth as the single greatest cause of infant mortality worldwide. These findings also have important implications for racial/ethnic disparities in both preterm birth and infant mortality. This presentation will summarize and synthesize these recent studies and present new findings from the Survey of Mothers’ Sleep and Fatigue that address the link between birth interventions and depression in mothers.

Breastfeeding Makes all the Difference: Breastfeeding’s Role in Creating Resilience and Overcoming Adversity

Kathleen Kendall Tackett, PhD, IBCLC, FAPA

We do not live in a perfect world. Many new mothers have experienced abuse and adversity as children. They want to be good mothers. But they often wonder whether they will perpetuate the cycle of violence that they have experienced. They may also have a history of depression and wonder whether this has harmed their children. Fortunately, we can offer new mothers hope. Recent studies have found that breastfeeding helps mothers mother—even when there is a history of abuse. It not about the milk; it’s the physical act of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding improves maternal sleep, lowers the risk of depression, lessens anger and irritability, and even attenuates the negative effects of past sexual assault. Breastfeeding protects babies when their mothers are depressed and is associated with better children’s mental health up to age 14. Because mothers must be responsive to their babies, breastfeeding promotes secure attachments, which has lifetime implications for babies’ health. Breastfeeding mothers are less likely to physically abuse or neglect their children. And if a mother has a history of sexual abuse or assault, breastfeeding attenuates (lessens) the impact of sexual assault/abuse on sleep, depression, anxiety, and anger or irritability. Breastfeeding offers mothers a chance to do things differently—to be a different kind of parent. When it comes to overcoming adversity and stopping the intergenerational cycle of violence, breastfeeding makes all the difference.

Leave ‘Em Wanting More: Interactive Teaching Games for Breastfeeding Education


Breastfeeding education can be fun and effective when based on principles of adult learning. Different teaching methods and specific adult learning strategies for using games in breastfeeding education programs will be covered in this practical session.

In search of the Black Mother: breastfeeding in art and life

Sarah Levitt MA FMA

Ernst Neuschul’s remarkable 1931 painting of “the Black Mother” is a highight of Leicester museums’ important collection of German Expressionist Art. Strikingly realistic, it captures a moment in time when traditional breastfeeding practices were giving way to the bottle.

Sarah Levitt, a costume historian by background, uses this picture as the starting point through an exploration of breastfeeding as seen through art.

Support for the Breastfeeding Baby: The Chiropractor’s Role

Joyce Miller, BSc, DC, PhD

Little is more important to the long-term health of the newborn baby than breastfeeding. All health care professionals must use their individual skills to assist the mother and baby to achieve a successful breastfeeding dyad.

Mechanical forces during intra-uterine life and during birth may negatively affect the oral-motor function of the newborn. Although it is difficult (if not impossible) to precisely establish exact reasons for these problems, assisted births such as forceps, vacuum extraction and cesarean sections have been implicated.

It is the job of the chiropractor, who provides manual therapy for structural problems in the human skeleton, to detect these physical problems and to work to maximize their functional effectiveness. An examination of the infant must be performed to detect any musculoskeletal problems that may affect the infant’s feeding efficiency. A common example is an injury to the sterno-cleido-mastoid muscle either due to restricted intra-uterine position or to minor injury during birth. This may result in a head tilt seen in the child as well as reticence to feed on the “uncomfortable” side.

The chiropractor is one of the many professionals ready to support and assist the breast feeding dyad toward success so that the child may continue to feed in the long term. In a recent study of infants referred to our chiropractic clinic for treatment of sub-optimal breastfeeding, most children improved and were able to go on to exclusive breastfeeding. The goal of this presentation is to illuminate the types of problems and treatments for biomechanical problems implicated in suboptimal breastfeeding.

The Impact of Birth Practices on Breastfeeding – UK focus


Explain the origin of birth moving from home to hospitals related to current outcomes. Discuss risks of induction of labor to mother and baby. Discuss outcomes of Cesarean surgery to the breastfeeding mother and baby. Discuss risks of chemical pain relief methods including epidurals on breastfeeding. Discuss strategies to help breastfeeding dyads recover from birth interventions.


Linda Smith is a lactation consultant, childbirth educator, author, and internationally-known consultant on breastfeeding and birthing issues. Linda is ILCA’s liaison to the World Health Organization’s Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative and consultant to INFACT Canada/IBFAN North America. As a former La Leche League Leader and Lamaze-certified Childbirth Educator, she provided education and support to diverse families over 35 years in 9 cities in the USA and Canada.

Linda has worked in a 3-hospital system in Texas, a public health agency in Virginia, and served as Breastfeeding coordinator for the Ohio Department of Health. Linda was a founder of IBLCE, founder and past board member of ILCA, and is a delegate to the United States Breastfeeding Committee from the American Breastfeeding Institute. Linda earned a Master Degree in Public Health through the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University in 2011.

She owns the Bright Future Lactation Resource Center, whose mission is “Supporting the People who Support Breastfeeding” with lactation education programs, consulting services, and educational resources. BFLRC is on the Internet at

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett Ph.D., IBCLC, FAPA

Kathleen Kendall-Tacket is a health psychologist, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and Owner/Editor-in-Chief of Praeclarus Press, a small press specializing in women’s health. She is a Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Texas Tech University School of Medicine in Amarillo, Texas, and received the 2011 Community Faculty Award from the Department of Pediatrics at Texas Tech. Dr. Kendall-Tackett is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in both the Divisions of Health and Trauma Psychology.

She is former Associate Editor of the journal Psychological Trauma, and current Editor-in-Chief of Clinical Lactation. Dr. Kendall-Tackett is author of more than 310 journal articles, book chapters and other publications, and author or editor of 22 books in the fields of trauma, women’s health, depression, and breastfeeding, including Depression in New Mothers, 2nd Edition (2010, Taylor & Francis), The Psychoneuroimmunology of Chronic Disease (2010, American Psychological Assn), and Breastfeeding Made Simple, 2nd Edition (co-authored with Nancy Mohrbacher).

She is a founding officer of the American Psychological Association’s Division of Trauma Psychology, and is currently serving her second term as Division Secretary. Dr. Kendall-Tackett received a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in psychology from California State University, Chico, and a Ph.D. from Brandeis University in social and developmental psychology. She has won several awards including the Outstanding Research Study Award from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, and was named 2003 Distinguished Alumna, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, California State University, Chico

Joyce Miller, BSc, DC, PhD, FACO (US), RCC Fellow (UK)

Joyce Miller developed the busy infant and child practice at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic in Bournemouth, England and is Programme Leader for the University of Bournemouth’s Master’s Degree in Musculoskeletal Health of the Paediatric Patient. She is also a certified Brazelton practitioner, completed at Cambridge University in 2006 and in 2009 completed certification in Paediatric Nutrition from the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health.

She is co-founder of the AECC-Bournemouth University Feeding Clinic specialising in help for mothers and babies struggling to breastfeed. As an author of more than 50 papers, she has presented her research and work all over the world with the aim to improve the musculoskeletal health of infants and children.

Sally Etheridge BA, PGCE, IBCLC.

Sally works as an IBCLC in Leicester, the first city in the UK where there is no British White majority. Sally has had a particular interest in working with and alongside BME communities since studying in Toulouse for her degree in French in 1987 – she was invited to return to Toulouse in 1988 to deliver a workshop at the first ever French conference on literacy skills among immigrant communities, a subject she was almost totally unqualified to comment on!

The interest in multi-culturalism, and diversity, and the too frequent link with poverty and deprivation, has grown, through teaching French in a large community college, to her current life as IBCLC and project lead of a community breastfeeding support project MAMMAS. She has previously been an LLL leader, going on to be part of LLL Education and Development team, delivering LLL’s Peer Counsellor Programme. Since Education and Development team, delivering LLL’s Peer Counsellor Programme. Since LLLPCP was closed in 2011 she has focused on community breastfeeding work, particularly in BME communities, in Birmingham as well as Leicester.

A core element of her approach to protecting and supporting breastfeeding is its role in the wider society; mitigating poverty, health inequalities and social isolation, and creating strong communities of women from all walks of life.

Sarah Levitt M.A., F.M.A.

Head of Arts and Museums

Culture and Neighbourhood Services

Leicester City Council

Sarah Levitt grew up in Leek, Staffordshire. A BA in Art History and an MA in the History of Dress were followed by work at Platt Hall Gallery of English Costume, Manchester City Art Galleries, Bristol Museum and Art Gallery and Gunnersbury Park Museum, West London. She came to Leicester in 1997 as Head of Museums, and became Head of Arts and Museums in 2006.

Sarah is a Fellow of the Museums Association and has written and lectured extensively on her areas of expertise. She has been involved with many local, regional and national initiatives and organisations relating to culture over the years. She was the East Midlands lead officer for the DCMS-funded Renaissance in the Regions museums programme and she is currently on the board of the Collections Trust, as well as a member of the Women Leaders in Museums Network.


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