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The How (and Why!) to Facilitate Lactation Success:

Pumping, Protocols, and Practical Tips for the Perinatal and Neonatal Healthcare Provider.

A 3 hour workshop bringing together lactation consultants, physicians, and nurse experts from across Canada to share lactation science and educate on best practices.

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The outcome? Targeted tips and education for frontline care providers to better support families on their lactation journey.  

Who should attend? nurses and nursing students, social workers, and physicians/resident physicians working in neonatal intensive care (NICUs), Labour & Delivery, and postpartum wards.

What is the cost? Thanks to our generous sponsors, this workshop is free. We do appreciate your confirmation and attendance as space is limited, and this workshop is popular!


What is the format? Brief lectures with Q&A, videos with narration, and interactive discussions.


What will be discussed? The panel will cover:

  • The benefits of breastmilk and the Canadian Neonatal Network (CNN) benchmarks for breastfeeding - Where are the opportunities for improvement?  

  • Safety and potential benefits of breastmilk with COVID-19 infection and vaccination as well as general medication safety in lactation 

  • The concept of breast “programming” and how very early, frequent, and effective milk expression with the correct pump (or a baby!) is critical to long-term lactation success 

  • Building Breastfeeding teams: how can we translate the evidence into practice? 

    • How to facilitate rapid access to high quality pumps with a hospital loaner program

  • Practical Tips for the Frontline Provider: Through videos and virtual demonstrations:


  • How to trouble shoot common lactation challenges in the neonatal period, including:​​

    • Techniques for hand expression (and how to teach them to patients!) in conjunction with pumping

    • An intro on how to fit pump flanges and how (and when!) to use nipple shields

    • Nipple 911: prevention and treatment of nipple pain and breakdown or engorgement

    • Low milk volumes/undersupply – power pumping, Domperidone, and more

  • Lactation-related practices that can improve neonatal outcomes, including:

    • Oral Immune Therapy (OIT) and the importance of colostrum

    • Kangaroo Care/skin-to-skin

    • Non-nutritive sucking (NNS) and the transition to oral feeding

    • Brief discussion of bottle supplementation: positioning and volume

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Fabiana Bacchini and Dr. Rebecca Hoban 


Benefits of Human Milk

Dr. Belal Alshaikh


Human Milk safety: Covid-19 and medications

 Dr. Rebecca Hoban


Breast programming and importance of early, frequent, and effective milk expression 

Dr. Rebecca Hoban


Breastfeeding pathway, Pumping Protocol, Pump Loaner Program 

LCs: Samantha Sullivan, Laura McLean, Jaclyn Erasmi, Glynnis DuBois


Trouble shooting 

LCs: Samantha Sullivan, Laura McLean, Jaclyn Erasmi, Glynnis DuBois



Lactation practices to improve outcomes

LCs: Samantha Sullivan, Laura McLean, Jaclyn Erasmi, Glynnis DuBois



Translation into the community setting

 Jordyn Peck-Doman


Video Recording - Workshop - October 5th and November 4th

How (and Why) to facilitate lactation success

*Note: Both workshops had the same content

Sponsored by:


Dr. Belal Alshaikh


Dr Alshaikh completed his residency training at the Children Hospital of Damascus. He trained in Neonatology at the University of Calgary and completed his Research Fellowship in Nutrition and Gastroenterology at the Children Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania.  In addition to his training in Pediatrics and Neonatology, Dr Alshaikh completed a master degree in Clinical Epidemiology at the University of Calgary.  Dr Alshaikh is currently a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Calgary and Medical Director of the NICU at South Health Campus in Calgary. Dr Alshaikh Co-Chairs the Canadian Neonatal Gut Health of EPIQ and is a founder of the Society of the Neonatal Nutrition Gut and Growth. 


Dr. Rebecca Hoban


Dr. Rebecca Hoban is a neonatologist and Director of Breastfeeding Medicine at SickKids, and Associate Professor at University of Toronto. Dr. Hoban graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed pediatric residency at Cincinnati Children’s, neonatology fellowship at Tufts, and a MPH at Harvard before joining Rush Medical Center. Dr. Hoban transitioned to Hospital for Sick Children (Sickkids) in 2017, where her focus is human milk. Current projects include improving human milk provision in high-risk neonatal populations, milk biomarkers to predict lactation success, inflammatory markers in human milk, and human milk as potential stem cell therapy for intraventricular hemorrhage.


Glynnis DuBois 


Glynnis is a registered nurse and speech-language pathologist with a specialty in paediatric feeding. She has worked with families in both hospital and community settings for 40 years and has been a lactation consultant (IBCLC) for over 25 years. For the past 20 years she has been a member of the Breastfeeding Support Program at Sickkids.


Jaclyn Erasmi 

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Jaclyn has been a Registered Nurse for 20 years. Her primary focus has been in Maternal-Child health, having worked in all areas including Antenatal, Postpartum and NICU. She is currently a member of the Breastfeeding Program at SickKids working as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.  


Laura McLean 


Laura is a Registered Nurse and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, currently working as a member of the Breastfeeding Program at SickKids. In addition, she has been a guest lecturer at U of T for the last 5 years teaching nursing students about infant feeding and nutrition. 


Samantha Sullivan


Samantha is a Registered Nurse and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, with varied experience. She has worked at SickKids for almost 20 years and is a member of the Breastfeeding Program, providing support to families in the NICU and throughout the hospital. 


Jordyn Peck-Doman


Jordyn is a Registered Nurse with a Graduate Certificate in Perinatal Intensive Care. She began her career in Paediatrics, but has primarily worked in Neonatal Intensive Care (Level II & III), Postpartum, and Labour & Delivery. She is passionate about women and children's health and is currently enrolled as a student in the Master of Nursing Primary Health Care Nurse Practitioner Program at Western University. 

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