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Breastfeeding Medicine for Breast Surgeons
This comprehensive breastfeeding medicine for breast surgeons course reviews all aspects of lactation relevant to breast care providers and surgical practice. It begins with an introduction to the field of breastfeeding medicine and lactation and concludes with a “lactation primer” for surgeons. Core course topics include interventions in obstructive and inflammatory conditions such as mastitis and abscess; nipple areolar complex pathology; benign masses during lactation; plastic surgery and breastfeeding; and, managing the intersection of breast cancer and breastfeeding. Included in the course are key references from the medical and surgical literature, as well as patient education material that can be utilized in surgical clinics.
At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to do the following:
Describe approaches to effectively managing obstructive and inflammatory conditions in lactation, including plugging, mastitis, abscess, phlegmon, and galactocele
Review appropriate interventions for complications that affect the lactating nipple areolar complex, including trauma, subacute mastitis, blebs, and vasospasm
Discuss the unique management of benign masses in lactation, as well as the management of breast cancer and breastfeeding
Explain how plastic surgery procedures on the breast can impact lactation
Describe how a history of breast cancer or a new diagnosis while breastfeeding can impact lactation, and how surgical providers can support these patients
Review basic principles of lactation applicable to breast care and surgical practice, as well as access reference tools and patient education material for clinical settings
Introduction to Breastfeeding for Breast Surgeons
Appendicitis of Lactation: Obstructive and Inflammatory Conditions
The Nipple Areolar Complex in Lactation
Breast Masses and Benign Breast Conditions in Lactation
Plastic Surgery and Breastfeeding
Breast Cancer and Breastfeeding
Lactation Primer for Breast Surgeons
Take Home Points
This recorded activity, Breastfeeding Medicine for Breast Surgeons, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 5.75 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians.
IBCLC: This recorded course has been allocated 5.75 (L) Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs) by IBLCE. CERPs approval # CLT117-04.
Katrina B. Mitchell, MD, IBCLC, FACS is a board-certified general surgeon, fellowship-trained breast surgical oncologist, and international board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) whose practice includes the care and surgery of women with breast cancer and benign breast disease. She also treats maternal complications of lactation, and has a special interest in pregnancy and postpartum breast cancer. She resides in Santa Barbara, California and practices at the Ridley Tree Cancer Center at Sansum Clinic. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her son at the beach. More information about her clinical and educational interests is available at katrinamitchell.org.