1.5 L-CERPs + 1.5 CEUs

Pumping Is Breastfeeding. Period.

Nichelle Brittany Clark, IBCLC, CBS
Course description
The first breast pump is credited to being invented/patented in 1854 by O. H. Needham. Since then, the pump industry has exploded, making breast pumps of some sort accessible throughout the Western World. But, while technology has transitioned with the times, the bias that exists within lactation has not. Clinicians are still drawing hard lines on what the “true” definition is. In this presentation, we’ll dive into why there’s still a debate and answer the age old question. Spoiler alert: Pumping is breastfeeding. Period.
Meet the Instructor

Nichelle Brittany Clark, IBCLC, CBS

Nichelle Clark is an IBCLC and Certified Breastfeeding Specialist (CBS), wife, and mother of one residing in Chesapeake, Virginia.

She is the owner of SonShine & Rainbows Lactation Services. Born and raised in Upper Marlboro, MD, Nichelle joined the United States Navy in 2010 and served honorably for 7.5 years. In her spare time, she admins multiple online support groups for People of Color, providing breastfeeding support and lactation education to her community.
As an exclusive pumping mom, Nichelle is a champion for breastfeeding parents to write their own rules and breastfeed their way. In 2020, she founded Black Breastfeeding 365, and organization that seeks to bridge the gap between Black Parents and the Lactation Professionals who serve them. When she’s not spending time with her husband and children, she serves as a United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA) Advisory Board Member.
Patrick Jones - Course author

Learners say 

This was such a fantastic talk highlighting the importance of acknowledging pumping as breastfeeding. I loved the emphasis on being in service to our community, and working collaboratively. Nichelle is not only extremely knowledgeable, but also so relatable and such a champion for the LGBTQIA+ and EP community. I'm grateful to have found this course, and will definitely seek others.

Paris E. Laliberte, CLC, Cert. Postpartum & Infant Care Doula

Everyone needs to view this course! Nichelle is a wonderful speaker whose passion radiates through the screen. The bonus of the pump comparison chart is the perfect guide to further support pumping Parents.

Erika Dudley, IBCLC, CBS

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Knowledge Gap
This presentation will address the learners' understanding of the definition of breastfeeding and how to support parents in breastfeeding/chestfeeding via pumping.


Define breastfeeding.


Discuss the importance of checking biases.


Explore reasons why parents may utilize a breast pump.
IBLCE Content Outline
V. 6 Identifying support networks
V. 7 Maternal Mental Health
V. 12 Cultural Competency
VII. B. 1 Active Listening
VII. B. 9 Empowerment

Course Lessons

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