During my recent visit to Australia, I had the opportunity to meet with Associate Professor, Catherine Fetherston, at Murdoch University, South Street campus in Western Australia. We had a wonderful lunch together and discussed varying subjects about breastfeeding, mastitis, milk banking, milk sharing, and the ethics of co-sleeping in Australia. Cathy recorded last month a wonderful expert lecture called "Understanding Mastitis, Current Knowledge and New Perspectives" and we are offering it as our special this month.
I crossed the country to Melbourne where I met up with Lenore and we had a wonderful evening out with Dr. Lisa Amir and Dr. Anita Bearzatto. Our dinner conversation covered topics of last year’s ILCA conference, candida, induced lactation and tongue tie. We also discussed getting together during our next visit to Melbourne in August for the Australian Breastfeeding Association 50th anniversary Liquid Gold conference.
We would like to give a special thank you to Freddy Angel and Trinity Maas for being so accommodating during our stay in Australia.
This month we would like to share with you an interesting article by Linda J Kvist. As health care professionals working with lactating mothers we need to know how to evaluate and assess for mastitis. We need to know how to help these mothers and when to refer for treatment as about 1/3 of breastfeeding mothers will experience mastitis some time during their breastfeeding experience.
We hope you enjoy reading “Re-examination of old truths: replication of a study to measure the incidence of lactational mastitis in breastfeeding women” published online through the International Breastfeeding Journal.