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Dec 15 2015

Monthly Journal Club

Rush Mothers’ Milk Club is actively enrolling participants in a NEW Continuing Education Opportunity.


The Rush Mothers’ Milk Club Presents:

A NEW Multidisciplinary Continuing Education Opportunity

 Monthly Journal Club

 “Cutting Edge Issues in Lactation and Human Milk

for Vulnerable Populations”




$30 fee due upon registration

No charge for Rush employees using LEAP funds


Approved for 3 Continuing Ed Credits


Held the third Tuesday of each month


Rush University Medical Center

Armour Academic Center
600 S. Paulina
539 Lecture Hall




The parking garage entrance at Rush is located on Harrison Street.

From the garage, take the 4th floor walkway to the entrance of the Professional Building. Obtain a visitor pass at the information desk to your right, then proceed to the Armour Academic Center elevators on your left. Take the Armour Academic Center elevators to the 5th floor and follow the signs to 539 Lecture Hall. 


December 15, 2015


3:30pm arrival



 This month's speaker: 

Dr. Paula Meier, PhD, RN, FAAN  

Paula P.  Meier,  RN,  DSNc, FAAN

This month's topic:

“Donor Milk for Premature Infant Feeding in the NICU: Why is it “Second Best” Compared to Mother’s Own Milk?”

  • Describe the multiple differences in DHM and OMM that result from: 1) preterm versus term milk; 2) longitudinal changes in lactation; 3) milk collection, handling, and storage including freeze-thaw cycles; 4) Holder pasteurization processes; 5) interaction with DHM and the infant’s digestive processes; 6) misfit between DHM and OMM when both are fed to the infant (e.g., partial DHM and partial OMM); 7) commonly used fortification practices with DHM.

  • Apply this evidence to clinical practice, especially with respect to the timing of DHM use and the addition of exogenous fortifiers to optimize outcomes.

  • Articulate the cost implications of DHM feeding versus the investment of resources in the feeding of OMM in the NICU.

Please email questions to: or call 312-942-2336


The purpose of this activity is to disseminate current research findings related to human milk on  infant growth, reduction in disease, and neurodevelopmental outcomes in vulnerable populations.


  • Compare and contrast the health outcomes and  cost of human milk,donor milk, and formula feedings for vulnerable populations of infants and mothers.

  • Delineate the mechanisms by which human milk provides short and long term reduction in the risk of diseases and their associated costs for vulnerable populations of infants and mothers.

  • Apply these cutting- edge findings to the multi-disciplinary clinical care of vulneable populations of infants and mothers.

  • Develop protocols for care of women with risk factors.



July's meeting featured Dr. Donna Geddes, PhD, Senior Research Fellow and Chief Investigator Hartman Human Lactation Research Group, University of Western Australia, discussing “Breastfeeding and Breast Expression: Imaging and Evidence”. Post-meeting comments include:

“Engaging speaker. I learned so much! ”

“Very interesting ultrasound videos.”

“Great topics of real interest. Expert speaker! ”

“Awesome presentation! Very informative and interesting. ”

"Fascinating to see those ultrasound showing the increased bloodflow to the nipple area."

"Very pertinent information."

"Great presentation!"


June's meeting featured Dr. Paula Meier, PhD, RN, FAAN.   Post-meeting comments include:

“Very informative.”

“This was another great session!”

“Truly informative with great information.”

“Paula Meier is an expert in this filed. Learned so much from her!”


May's meeting featured Dr. Jan Engstrom, PhD, APN, CNM, WHNP-BC discussing “The Reset Hypothesis: Lactation as the Fourth Trimester of Pregnancy to reduce the Rise of Later-Onset Maternal Morbidities”.   Post-meeting comments include:

“Excellent presentation, compelling research. I intend to bring this info back my workplace.”

“Great information very useful in education arsenal especially for those on the fence or intending to use formula. ”

“Excellent discussion from group on journal articles. Excellent presentation. Paula Meier is so knowledgeable.”

“Terrific presentation! Dr. Engstrom is a fabulous presenter. ”

"I learned so much!"

"Wonderful presentation and discussion."

"Excellent information expertly presented."


February's meeting featured Dr. Paula Meier, PhD, RN, FAAN discussing Human Milk Microbiome.  Post-meeting comments include:

“Great information! Really enjoyed & learned a lot. Thank you!”

“A BIG thank you! Wonderful presentation-fascinating research!”

“Excellent discussion from group on journal articles. Excellent presentation. Paula Meier is so knowledgeable.”

“Excellent content, slides helpful, Q & A helpful. Presenter warm, approachable, highly knowledgeable.”


Disclosure Statement:

Rush University is accredited as a provider of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Rush University designates this live activity for (3) Continuing Education credit(s).

This activity is being presented without bias and without commercial support.

Rush University Medical Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Rush University Medical Center designates this Journal Club activity for 3 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Rush University is an approved provider for physical therapy, occupational therapy, respiratory therapy, social work, nutrition, speech-audiology, and psychology by the Department of Professional Regulation. Rush University designates this Journal Club activity for 3 continuing education credits.

 Lactation Consultants: IBLCE CERPs applied for.

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Griffin Breastfeeding Conference Press Release

August 4, 2009

Rush University Medical Center Hosts Conference Examining

Chicago Breastfeeding Rates and Ways to Reduce the Disparities

Experts from Illinois Department of Human Services, Chicago Department of Public Health and Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association to Speak

(CHICAGO) –Over 100 certified breastfeeding peer counselors, lactation consultants, nurses, physicians, dietitians and community health workers are expected to gather at Rush University Medical Center on Thursday, August 6 from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. in Room 500 at 1725 W. Harrison Street, Chicago, to attend the Griffin Inaugural Conference on Breastfeeding:  The Primary Foundation for Health. 

At the conference, experts from Rush, Illinois Department of Human Services, Chicago Department of Public Health and Black Mothers’ Breast Feeding Association will discuss strategies for organizing Chicago communities to reduce breast feeding disparities.

¨      Dr.  Myrtis Sullivan, associate director of the Office of Family Health, Illinois Department of Human Services, will be discussing Chicago’s current breastfeeding rates and where there are gaps within the neighborhoods and communities of Chicago

¨      Dr. Terry Mason, commissioner, Chicago Department of Public Health, is scheduled to speak about the importance of breastfeeding to the reduction in health risks throughout the lifespan.  Recent studies show that breastfeeding reduces the risk for infection, obesity, diabetes, and other chronic diseases throughout the lifespan, and as such is the primary foundation for health.

¨      Keynote speaker Kiddada Ramey, president of the Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association in Detroit, Mich., will give a feature presentation on effective strategies for community breastfeeding.  Ramey will also address reasons why African American women breastfeed at lower rates than other populations in the United States.


  Breastfeeding Conference

“By bringing experts in the field together for this conference, we will identify hospital-community partnership strategies to increase the rates of breastfeeding initiation and duration among Chicago women,” said Paula Meier, director for clinical research and lactation in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Rush.

“Our goal is to identify geographic areas and populations within Chicago neighborhoods that have low rates of breastfeeding and to discuss the most effective ways we can reduce those breastfeeding disparities,” said Meier.

Anne and Ken Griffin are sponsoring the event. 

Continuing education credits applied for from the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.  Rush University College of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Illinois Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.  This CNE activity is being offered for 4.2 contact hours. 

The conference cost is $25.  For more information or to register for the event, please call 312-942-4932.