Lactational Mastitis

Causes and Management for Clinicians

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Mastitis, particularly poorly-managed mastitis, has a major impact on breastfeeding duration. Effective management and prevention of re-occurrence in clinical practice requires adequate understanding of the different causes of mastitis and knowledge of appropriate strategies and therapies.

Contrary to popular belief, mastitis is not synonymous with infection. In many cases there is no infection, hence the importance of appropriate clinical management that allows for a distinction between infective mastitis and other causes of inflammation of lactating breast tissue. Careful management can avoid the use of unnecessary antibiotic exposure.

In this lecture, naturopath and lactation consultant Dawn Whitten, covers the important role herbal medicines and nutritional treatments, including specific probiotics, can play in the treatment and prevention of mastitis. Dawn's presentation will help give you a clear understanding of the practical management strategies of mastitis, as well as good referral practice.

Lecture length ~60 mins. Audio-visual lecture counts towards annual CPE requirements.

Your Instructor

Dawn Whitten
Dawn Whitten

Dawn Whitten BNat (Hons), FNHAA, IBCLC, is passionate about protecting and nurturing the microbiome of the next generation. She is a researcher and educator and clinician with 15 + years experience focused on women’s health through pregnancy and beyond, and infant and toddler health. She is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.Click here for a full bio.

Course Curriculum

  Lactational Mastitis: Causes and Management
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Frequently Asked Questions

What currency is the price in?
The price is in US dollars (USD).
How long can I access the course materials?
You will have access to the webinar for 4 months and you can print off the pdf notes at any point during this time.
What resources do I get?
You will get access to the webinar to watch and will have access to a printable pdf copy of the session slides.
Can I claim continuing professional education points (CPE) after the completion of the course?
Please check with your professional association in regards to their CPE requirements. Some health professionals in some countries will certainly be able to claim the CPE/CPD points for the completion of the courses and webinars (e.g., naturopaths and nutritionists in Australia). You will receive a certificate upon completion of the course.
Do I need prior training to get the most out of this course?
No. But understanding key probiotic principles and being aware of common myths in this area will help you get more out of the course. Some short videos focussing on common probiotic myths are available here:
Is it possible to consult with Dawn Whitten about my, or my baby's, health issues?
To enquire about a consultation with Dawn Whitten, contact the Goulds Natural Medicine Clinic via email ([email protected]) Skype appointments are available.

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