Going back to work after having a baby? There are several important elements to consider in order to successfully continue nursing when you return to the office! In coordination with the Coalition of Oklahoma Breastfeeding Advocates (COBA), we have compiled a panel of statewide experts to assist with making that transition easier. There are so many things to take into consideration when going back to work and breastfeeding. Our experts will help answer all your questions: How often will I need to pump? Which pump is best for me? How do I clean my pump and store milk at work? What are my rights as working mother? We’ll also review the latest pumps on the market. Submit your questions early…. you don't want to miss this discussion!
Our experts for the panel are:
**Cheryl Coleman, RN, BSN, IBCLC (Tulsa)– Retired lactation consultant, who led Hillcrest Medical Center’s Baby-Friendly Designation process
Cheryl is a retired lactation consultant. She has been a registered nurse for over 40 years and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant for 10 years. She served as the lead for Hillcrest Medical Center's Baby-Friendly designation.
Prior to working at Hillcrest, Cheryl worked as an Education Specialist and Clinical Nurse Manager at Oklahoma State University Medical Center. She has served as a board member with the International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA) for 14 years in various capacities, including Director of Public Relations, Secretary, President-Elect and President. She was on the faculty for ICEA Basic Teacher Training and Postnatal Educator Workshops for many years.
Cheryl lives in Verdigris, Oklahoma with husband, Bob. They have 2 children and 2 grandchildren. Cheryl is passionate about Sooner sports, the Chicago Cubs, Oklahoma City Thunder, breastfeeding families, and doing the Happy Breastmilk Dance.
Jaclyn Huxford, BS, IBCLC (Oklahoma City) - Assistant Program Director, Technical Operations, OK Breastfeeding Resource Center
**Amanda Morgan, MPH, RDN, LD, IBCLC (Oklahoma City) - Breastfeeding Education Coordinator, WIC Service, OK State Dept. of Health
Amanda Morgan is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and works as the Breastfeeding Education Coordinator for the Oklahoma State Department of Health WIC Service Program. She received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Nutrition Sciences from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and her Master in Public Health with an emphasis in Health Promotions from the University of Oklahoma.
In her current role, Amanda is able to combine her passions for both nutrition and breastfeeding to encourage and support Oklahoma families in providing their children with the best start in life.
**Jaclyn Huxford, BS, IBCLCOBRC Assistant Program Director, Technical Operations
Jaclyn Huxford, IBCLC is a nutritionist and lactation consultant with over 7 years of experience in aiding families in their breastfeeding needs. She is passionate in helping mothers feed their babies while providing sound information and support. Her time working in public health has molded her counseling skills to help families work through any breastfeeding challenges that may arise. Jaclyn has been a moving force with the Oklahoma Breastfeeding Hotline to reach more families with the new texting option for communication.
Jaclyn completed her BS in Nutrition from Texas State University and has worked over the last 10 years in counseling including weight loss, maternal, infant, and child nutrition. Jaclyn seeks new research/studies regarding the benefits of breastfeeding and helping to make more Oklahoma hospitals reach Baby Friendly Designation. She also enjoys any activity outside with her husband, two young daughters, and the family pug.
**Brittany Sandoval, RN (Oklahoma City) - North Regional Manager, Military Mommies; Lactation Consultant, Mercy Health Center
Associate of Science in Nursing degree from Carrington College
After graduating from nursing school started out as an RN floor nurse, working with newborns and their postpartum parents
She works with lactating parents in a variety of settings, which include but are not limited to, the Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Pediatric Acute Care Unit, Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) and in the Pediatric Emergency Department
Most recently worked as a Lactation Consultant at Mercy Hospital in Oklahoma City
She is also the East Regional Manager and a Breast Pump Consultant for MilitaryMommies, a branch of BarberDME, which focuses on helping military families to ensure they get all of the pregnancy and postpartum items they qualify for through Tricare
She will sit for her International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) exam in September
She is the wife of an active military person and the mother of three children
Currently serves on COBA’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committee
Hosted by Heidi Russell (Oklahoma City) - Executive Director, Coalition of Oklahoma Breastfeeding Advocates (COBA)
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