Focus on Human Milk Components - Important conference coming to North Carolina.

I am delighted to have been in touch with Pamela K. Murphy, PhD, a Certified Nurse Midwife and Lactation Consultant, who is bringing pertinent and practical lactation education to North Carolina.

Dr. Murphy works at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, where she provides lactation guidance for mothers who give birth to infants born as early as 24 weeks gestation. These mothers are encouraged to provide their infant with their own breastmilk because of the numerous protective benefits breastmilk offers. Dr. Murphy collaborates with a multidisciplinary team of health care providers to establish and maintain maternal milk supply while supporting the preterm infant’s growth needs.

With years of experience working with young families, Dr. Murphy knows what information and support a new mom needs in order to succeed as a breastfeeding mother. As an educator of professionals at the university and national level, she has learned that lactation consultants want both the medical knowledge and the clinical skills this conference will provide.

Focus on Human Milk Components features neonatologists, Carol Wagner, MD, and Sarah Taylor, MD. They will cover important issues such as: the composition of maternal breastmilk, Vitamin D and breastmilk, and providing maternal breastmilk while supporting the growth needs of the preterm infant. Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Lactation Consultant, Barbara Haase, will discuss the benefits and technique of hind-milk intervention. Abbie Cluver, MD, a radiologist specializing in breast imaging, will discuss radiology topics in lactation. And, Dr. Murphy will discuss the hurdles mother's face with establishing and maintaining maternal milk supply while enduring the stress of having a preterm infant in the neonatal intensive care unit.

Join colleagues in Charlotte, NC, on September 12, 2011. Register at