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ABM Conference 2011 - Who's going?

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TruthSweet Thu 02-Jun-11 20:18:38

Anyone else going to the conference in London? I am, and I am getting really excited in a sad lactogeek sort of way grin

crikeybadger Thu 02-Jun-11 20:21:41

Would have loved too, but sadly tis too far away and too complicated leaving the wee badger.

I'm going come next year though that's for sure.

Is it always in London?

TruthSweet Thu 02-Jun-11 20:55:03

I have heard it alternates between North/South.

IlanaK Thu 02-Jun-11 21:06:17

I'll be there. And yes, it does alternate venue, though not always as simple as North/South alternate.

TruthSweet Fri 10-Jun-11 16:27:39

Bumpity bump bump

TheRealMBJ Fri 10-Jun-11 20:47:04

I'm very envy can't go sad

Pesephone Fri 10-Jun-11 20:58:28

I'm gutted I can't go but am hoping to next year.

TheRealMBJ Sun 12-Jun-11 08:16:35

How was it?

TruthSweet Sun 12-Jun-11 11:55:32

Bloody fantastic, if you pardon the swearing!

There was a presentation on Cleft lip/palate which went in to detail about how support is given to a family from the first diagnosis at the 20w scan all the way through to 20y! Also, told us that bfing is possible with a cleft lip in a lot of cases though positioning may have to be changed depending on which side the cleft is (feeding cleft side up to facilitate breathing).

A mother did a presentation on bfing's unique benefits to a baby with Down Syndrome (aids hypotonia, digestive issues, heart problems, lowered immune system to name a few) and spoke about how to support a family in bfing their baby with Down Syndrome.

Wendy Jones gave a presentation on bfing and medications. She gave us lots of information about how medication can get into breastmilk and how medication cannot (if it is a high protein binding med it's less available to get into bm/if it has low bio-availability [i.e. can it be taken orally or injected only], etc) and how the helpline supports mothers to make up their own minds on whether they want to take the medication or wean.

She told us about a survey that was done on mothers calling the helpline and 98% chose to bf and take the meds after given the information and 2% (8 women IIRC) chose to not take the medication given the possible side effects. Not one woman weaned!

Wendy Jones has decided to launch a new website which is under construction at the moment but will be a portal for advice for mothers & HCP.

There was a presentation on TT which was really fascinating and went in to lots of detail on how to identify and support mothers with a baby with TT (but not diagnose of course) and how to refer them to a TT clinic for diagnosis/cutting. Not all TTs need cutting and how two babies can have similar TT but one can bf fairly easily but one can't at all so you can't judge the effects on bfing by looking at the baby you have to wait and see what the effects might be (though the earlier the referral the better).

The last presentation was on premature babies and it was quite heart breaking to see the pictures of such small babies and to hear how the mother's struggled (often against medical professionals) to bf their babies.

It was a really great day smile

Cosmosis Sun 12-Jun-11 13:54:17

Did any of you manage to spot each other?

Pesephone Sun 12-Jun-11 15:57:04

Sounds fantastic, so gutted I missed out. But really looking forward to next years.

TheRealMBJ Sun 12-Jun-11 16:03:45

Sounds like it was brilliant!

crikeybadger Sun 12-Jun-11 16:46:21

Thanks for the summary Truthsweet, sounds like it was fab. smile

TruthSweet Sun 12-Jun-11 22:39:46

It was very fab - I got to thank Wendy Jones for all the help she has given me over the years and met up with IlanaK and OrganicCarrotCake too.

I just can't wait for the next one grin

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