Clinical Webinar - Thursday, November 15, 2018

1 PM EST / 12 PM CST / 11 AM MST / 10 AM PST

Cultural Practices in Infant Feeding


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Sandra Sundquist Beauman, MSN, RNC-NIC

Manager, Clinical Trials Operations

Dept of Pediatrics/Division of Neonatology

University of New Mexico

Bio: Sandra Sundquist Beauman has been a neonatal nurse for her entire career, spanning over 30 years. For 19 years, she was a neonatal clinical nurse specialist in various hospitals around the Los Angeles area, including Level II and Level III NICUs. Most recently, she was at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena where she worked for 14 years as a CNS in a level IIIB referral NICU.  In 2012, Sandy moved to Albuquerque, NM where she works at the University of New Mexico, Health Sciences Center, Department of Pediatrics as the manager of clinical trials operations. In this role, she is a coordinator for several neonatal studies, most of which are funded through the National Institutes of Health and part of the Neonatal Research Network (NRN). She also assists in the design of research studies both through the NRN and independent studies.  She has completed her own study about bacterial growth in human milk warmed to body temperature.

In addition to her clinical practice, Sandy has her own business, CNS Consulting.  Through this business, Sandy lectures nationally and has published a number of articles and book chapters.  In addition, Sandy consults with neonatal product manufacturing companies in an effort to bring the needs of patients and the clinical team to the attention of the manufacturer/designer of medical devices. 

Sandy is also an active member of the National Association of Neonatal Nurses (NANN) and has held several volunteer roles. 

Sandy’s passion is to advance the practice of neonatal nursing through education and research.  Sandy and her husband enjoy traveling to all parts of the world where it becomes obvious that in spite of distance, language and resources, people have more commonalities than differences.

Timeline and Objectives

Summary of Presentation:

This presentation will begin with a review of the effect of breastfeeding and other infant feeding practices on outcomes.  There are many factors that impact a mother’s decision about how to feed their infant.  Many of these factors are social or cultural in nature.  If we, as healthcare providers can understand the basis for these decisions, we may be able to impact those decisions for the best outcome for the infant.  This presentation will discuss many of these factors with particular focus on various cultural beliefs and practices that influence feeding decisions.

Timeline of Presentation

The speaker will use the allotted time of 60 minutes to provide information to the webinar participants. The content will be delivered according to the timetable outlined below:

  • 1:00 – Discuss the health benefits of breast feeding and delaying solid foods for both the mother and infant
  • 1:15 – Identify cultural beliefs that may impact infant feeding choices
  • 1:45 -Discuss methods to support infant health while respecting cultural practices
  • 1:55  Q&A

Objectives of Presentation:

At the conclusion of the presentation, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the health benefits of breast feeding for both the mother and infant
  • Identify cultural beliefs in various cultures that may impact infant feeding choices
  • Identify factors that influence breast feeding initiation and continuation within the culture of the NICU.