Mastitis remains a cause of significant concern for breastfeeding mothers and health professionals who are tasked with assisting them through this difficult experience. This presentation will examine clinical knowledge and evidence related to the aetiology, pathophysiology and management of mastitis during lactation, whilst also exploring recent research that provides new perspectives based on the normal microbiome observed in milk.
- Cathy Fetherston
- 1 L CERP / 1 Pre-IBLCE exam hour
- Access period:
- One week
- Lecture recorded for Health e-Learning
Associate Professor Cathy Fetherston is Head of Nursing and Associate Dean Learning and Teaching in the School of Health Professions at Murdoch University in Western Australia. Cathy has also been an IBCLC since 1992, and worked in a private community hospital lactation clinic until 2010. She still provides continuing breastfeeding education to midwives, lactation consultants and child health nurses and conducts short courses in Breastfeeding and Human Lactation to assist candidates to prepare for the IBCLE. Cathy's research interests are varied but there has been a focus on mastitis and pathophysiology of the lactating breast. She has published a number of papers in this area and a book chapter on the immunological protection of the breast.