This course will briefly review the biology of early lactation, the evidence and feasibility behind measures and biomarkers of lactation success, and explore how biomarkers might be utilized clinically to improve lactation outcomes.
Rebecca Hoban MD, MPH
Dr. Rebecca Hoban is a staff neonatologist and the Director of Breastfeeding Medicine at The Hospital for Sick Children (“SickKids”) in Toronto, and an Assistant Professor of Paediatrics at the University of Toronto. Dr. Hoban graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and completed a pediatric residency at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, a neonatal-perinatal medicine fellowship at Tufts University, and a MPH at Harvard before joining the neonatology and human milk research team at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Dr. Hoban joined SickKids in 2017 as neonatology staff, with a focus on human milk. Current projects include improving mother’s milk provision in the NICU, milk biomarkers to predict lactation success, inflammatory markers in human milk, and fresh milk as potential stem cell therapy in premature infants with intraventricular hemorrhage.
Upon completion of this program, the participant will be able to:
- Summarize how early milk volumes predict long-term lactation success, with a focus on the preterm population
- Understand the physiology of secretory activation and its importance for long-term lactation
- Learn about the use of biomarkers of secretory activation in term and preterm populations - how can we predict lactation problems earlier?
By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Certificate Mother's milk markers
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