Sourthern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition



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Dignity Health - St. Rose Dominican, San Martin Campus

8280 West Warm Springs Road, Las Vegas, NV 89113

Hello everyone and it is that time of year for our annual Fall Breastfeeding Educational Symposium! This year we have done something special and the Southern Nevada Breastfeeding Coalition has teamed up with the Nevada Statewide Maternal and Child Health Coalition to present this year's Fall Breastfeeding Symposium with world famous, Kathleen Kendall Tackett. This is an event for all health care providers that work with women and families in the postpartum period.

We welcome all healthcare professionals that work in this community including: Physicians, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Social Workers, Registered Nurses, Midwives, Doulas, Lactation Professionals, WIC employees, Mental Health Therapists as well as students from all the disciplines. We have been approved by the licensing boards for the following continuing education credits: 5 category 1 CME's, 5 RN CEU's, 5 MFT/CPCS CEU's, 4.75 Credits for Social Workers, and 5 LCERPS for Lactation.

IMPORTANT NOTE: This year, we have LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE. This will be first come first serve. We have a total of 85 seats available to purchase for $35 each and we will have 15 scholarships that will be given out from the Nevada Statewide Maternal and Child Health Coalition. If you would like to apply for this scholarship, Please email Jacqueline Kennedy, MCH Chair at

About the Presenter:

Dr. Kendall-Tackett is a health psychologist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, and the Owner and Editor-in-Chief of Praeclarus Press, a small press specializing in women's health. Dr. Kendall-Tackett is Editor-in-Chief of two peer-reviewed journals: Clinical Lactation and Psychological Trauma. She is Fellow of the American Psychological Association in Health and Trauma Psychology, Past President of the APA Division of Trauma Psychology, and a member of the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest. Dr. Kendall-Tackett specializes in women's-health research including breastfeeding, depression, trauma, and health psychology, and has won many awards for her work including the 2016 Outstanding Service to the Field of Trauma Psychology Award from the American Psychological Association’s Division 56. Dr. Kendall-Tackett has authored more than 400 articles or chapters, and has just completed her 35th book, The Phantom of the Opera: A Social History of the World’s Most Popular Musical. Her most recent books include: Depression in New Mothers, 3rd Edition (2017, Routledge UK), Women’s Mental Health Across the Lifespan (2017, Routledge US, with Lesia Ruglass), Psychology of Trauma 101 (2015, Springer, with Lesia Ruglass) and The Science of Mother-Infant Sleep (2014, Praeclarus, with Wendy Middlemiss). Her websites are,, and

Timeline of the Event:

  • 9:00am - 9:30am: Registration and Welcome; breakfast provided in vendor area.
  • 9:30am - 10:40am: Topic: Breastfeeding Makes all the Difference: Breastfeeding’s Role in Resiliency and Overcoming Adversity.
    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.
  • 10:40am – 11:50am: Topic: What’s New in Postpartum Depression Research: A 2016 Review.
    A 2016 review of the literature on postpartum/postnatal depression revealed some emerging trends in this ever-changing field. For example, postpartum depression organizations often state that it affects 10% of new mothers. Recent studies have found much higher rates, often as high as 30% to 40%. Women at highest risk—mothers who are young, ethnic minority, and who have experienced adversity and violence—are often not included in the “10%” statistic, which seriously underestimates the problem. Other groups at high risk are immigrants, mothers who have survived natural disasters or who are abused by their intimate partners. Depression research is particularly relevant for breastfeeding advocates in that it is a major cause of breastfeeding cessation. Yet exclusive breastfeeding protects maternal mental health. Depression during pregnancy is also concerning because it increases the risk of preterm birth—the number one cause of infant mortality worldwide. Finally, many common birth interventions, such as epidurals, increase this risk for both depression and breastfeeding problems.
  • 11:50am - 12:50pm: Lunch Time/Break, Lunch provided and networking opportunity.
  • 12:50pm - 2:00pm: Topic: Birth Trauma: Causes and Consequences of Birth-Related PTSD.
    Recent studies have found that as many as 1 in 4 women have symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following their births. What types of symptoms do they have and how do these symptoms impact breastfeeding and women’s emotional health? In this session, you will learn about the new DSM-5 criteria for PTSD and why some types of births are more likely to cause symptoms. You will also learn how these symptoms might impact breastfeeding, and what mothers and practitioners can do to help.
  • 2:00pm - 3:10pm: Topic: Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers.
    Each year, hundreds of thousands of women initiate breastfeeding only to stop in the first few days or weeks postpartum. Why does this happen? It’s certainly not lack of information or lack of mothers’ interest in the topic. This attrition suggests that a different approach is needed. This session describes the seven natural laws for nursing mothers that simplify breastfeeding and help mothers tap into their own innate wisdom. These laws are based on the latest research from around the world and will help you teach mothers more effectively so they can have a successful breastfeeding experience.
  • 3:10pm - 3:30pm: Topic: Q & A with Kathleen Kendall Tackett.