Originally published April 16, 2012
The WIC team of North Georgia Health District 1-2, based in Dalton, is an active partner with the Northwest Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition and plays an integral role in the successful breastfeeding conferences the coalition coordinates annually.
This year's conference was in Dalton on March 28, when the coalition presented Breastfeeding: Protecting Mothers' Life Long Health by guest speaker Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., an award-winning health psychologist, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, specialist in mind-body medicine and author of a wide body of publications addressing trauma, women's health, depression and breastfeeding.
More than 200 professionals who work with breastfeeding mothers attended the conference, including physicians, nurses, lactation consultants, dietitians, certified nurse midwives, La Leche League leaders, WIC staff, nutritionists and nurse practitioners.
Kendall-Tackett spoke on issues such as the impact long-term child abuse may have on a breastfeeding woman, the implications of poor sleep on breastfeeding, steps that can be taken to address maternal fatigue, the positive effects touch has on infant feeding and various treatments for depression in breastfeeding women.
"We are proud to be part of the Northwest Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition because of the amazing support it lends to breastfeeding in this region," said Carol Hendrix, WIC breastfeeding coordinator. "This was an outstanding seminar, which provided healthcare professionals with vital information that will make a positive difference in the lives of breastfeeding mothers and their babies."