Breastfeeding Continuing Education Seminar

headshot of Jennifer Rebecca Thomas, M.D.March 19, 2018– Experts agree breastfeeding is the best source of nutrition for babies to develop, grow and stay healthy. Southeast Georgia Health System is committed to helping health care professionals and the community understand the importance of breastfeeding, and to serve as a support team and resource to any new mother choosing to breastfeed. Healthcare professionals and community members are invited to attend a continuing education seminar, “Breastfeeding: The Gift for Life,” on Friday, May 4, 2018. The event takes place 8 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Linda S. Pinson Conference Center on the Brunswick Campus, 2415 Parkwood Drive.

The all-day conference fee is $75 (plus a $6.24 convenience fee) and includes conference materials and lunch. This activity has been submitted to Alabama State Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. Alabama State Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Guest speaker and health care professional, Jennifer Rebecca Thomas, M.D., MPH, IBCLC, FAAP, FABM, will discuss various breastfeeding topics, including why breastmilk is not just food, helping mothers with low milk supply, and communicating with physicians about breastfeeding. Thomas is a pediatrician and breastfeeding medicine specialist at Aurora Healthcare in Franklin, Wisconsin and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Community and Family Medicine and Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). She received her medical degree from MCW in 1993, and her masters in public health in 2011. She has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) since 2003.

Thomas currently serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Breastfeeding Executive Board after spending several years as the Chief of the Chapter Breastfeeding Coordinators. She is a founder and an Immediate-past Chairperson of the Wisconsin Breastfeeding Coalition. She is the author of "Dr. Jen's Guide to Breastfeeding." She has received national awards for teaching, advocacy for children, and innovation within her practice and community. She is one of only a few physicians to be internationally recognized as a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (FABM) for her expertise on breastfeeding. Thomas’ interests and research have focused on issues related to the use of social media to support breastfeeding mothers.

For more information regarding this event, contact Kim Buckley, R.N., BSN at kbuckley@sghs.org or call 912-466-4171. Online registration is available until May 1 at sghs.org/breastfeeding.

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