The science of human lactation – from discovery to translation

2 modules


Course Length
60 mins

Medela Global Education



In this talk, Professor Geddes will discuss her research which uses the latest technology to investigate breastfeeding patterns, explore why some women feel pain during breastfeeding, and as well, understand how our vulnerable preterm babies feed at the breast.

She will discuss what to expect when breastfeeding, ways to overcome pain experienced during breastfeeding by some women, and will outline how milk changes in response to the mums and the baby’s health to protect them both. With this knowledge we can reassure or advise breastfeeding mums with more confidence along their breastfeeding journey.

This webinar is hosted by UWA and Medela AG as part of the UWA Research Impact Series.



Professor Donna Geddes (AUS)

Professor, School of Molecular Sciences @The University of Western Australia

Professor Geddes is internationally renowned for her novel work with ultrasound imaging that has revolutionized the our understanding of the anatomy of the lactating breast, milk ejection and blood flow, as well as the infant’s sucking technique, suck-swallow-breathe co-ordination, gastric emptying and body composition of both the term and preterm infant. She has since expanded her range of research interests to include the synthesis and removal of milk from the breast, the composition of human milk and its impact on the growth and body composition of breastfed infants, the investigation of HM metabolites and the search for biomarkers that are indicative of breast dysfunction.


Upon completion of this program, the participant will be able to:

  • Understand the anatomy of the lactating breast and milk ejection patterns.
  • Understand the baby’s sucking dynamics
  • Understand various influences on the milk removal
  • Get insights into upcoming research


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Certificate The science of human lactation – from discovery to translation

The science of human lactation – from discovery to translation
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Added 16 days ago, by Tan
Thanks. Learn a lot from this chapter
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Added 4 months ago, by Karolina
Information included in this webinar are very useful in IBCLC's practice.
Added 4 months ago, by Anonymous
Muito bom
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Added 8 months ago, by DENIS
Very interesting and useful!!!!

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