Nutrition During Lactation

Hope K Lima, PhD, RDN, IBCLC
Course description
Parental nutrition during the perinatal period can support intrauterine growth, postpartum healing, milk production, milk composition, and infant extrauterine growth and development. As lactation consultants, it is important that we are able to provide general dietary education during this time frame. In this presentation, we will review the basic endocrinology of milk production, how maternal diet does (or does not) impact the composition of human milk, which micronutrients may be of particular importance in the maternal diet, and general information about supplements during lactation.Review perinatal nutrition for parents, including herbs and medications.
Meet the Instructor

Hope K Lima, PhD, RDN, IBCLC

Hope became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 2017, completed her PhD in nutritional biochemistry in May 2018, and became a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) in September 2020. 

In addition to owning and operating Hope Feeds Babies, Hope is employed full time at Winthrop University in the Department of Human Nutrition overseeing the Certificate in Medical Lactation and running a research lab that focuses on helping mothers to reach their infant feeding goals, improving access to human milk, and analyzing the nutritional content of human milk.
Patrick Jones - Course author

Learners say 

Thank you for your invaluable contributions to the field of lactation, Hope. 

-Hannah Johnson, RN, IBCLC

I appreciate that Hope was able to discuss formula as a scientist and provide straightforward information without the bias we often encounter in lactation circles.

-Sarah, IBCLC

Hope is extremely knowledgeable in this area that many of us IBCLCs aren't well-versed in. 

- Clair Ashburn, IBCLC

Start learning now!

Knowledge Gap
IBCLC ability to support parental nutrition during the postpartum period


Describe the basic endocrinology of milk production


Discuss the importance of macronutrient intake for milk production


Identify micronutrients of concern in the diet during the postpartum period


Discuss the role of supplements in supporting health
IBLCE Content Outline
I B5 - Maternal nutritional status
II B1 - Hormonal influence of milk production
IV I - Herbs and supplements

Course Lessons

Guaranteed Security using one of the most advanced encrypted systems on the market.
The information in this page is being processed and encrypted securely using industry-leading encryption and fraud prevention tools.