19 episodes

2020 Baby is for parents with babies and the health professionals who care for them during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now more than ever we need evidence-based, biologically aligned strategies for protecting a baby's rapidly developing brain, gut and immune system. Featuring information, strategies from Neuroprotective Developmental Care (www.possumsonline.com), and wide-ranging conversations with parents, clinicians, and other experts, 2020 Baby re-thinks early life care for these exceptional, transformative times.

2020 Baby Dr Pamela Douglas

    • Kids & Family
    • 4.6 • 13 Ratings

2020 Baby is for parents with babies and the health professionals who care for them during the COVID-19 pandemic. Now more than ever we need evidence-based, biologically aligned strategies for protecting a baby's rapidly developing brain, gut and immune system. Featuring information, strategies from Neuroprotective Developmental Care (www.possumsonline.com), and wide-ranging conversations with parents, clinicians, and other experts, 2020 Baby re-thinks early life care for these exceptional, transformative times.

    Sleeping baby safely and enjoying nights as best you can: a conversation with Professor Helen Ball

    Sleeping baby safely and enjoying nights as best you can: a conversation with Professor Helen Ball

    In this podcast, you’ll hear all you ever wanted to know about sleeping baby safely at night! Professor Helen Ball, the world’s leading infant sleep researcher, established the Parent-Infant Sleep Lab at Durham University in 2000. Helen begins this conversation with Dr Pamela Douglas by outlining the trajectory of her professional life, then by addressing the historical forces which have shaped safe infant sleep guidelines internationally. Helen goes on to discuss the positive things that have been achieved concerning infant sleep policies and guidelines in her lifetime and the things she’d like to see changed. Finally, she and Pam look very closely at what the research tells us about how to sleep our babies as safely as possible, with Helen addressing common questions asked by parents, including about formula feeding and sleep, sleeping baby between parents, and the parent who is a ‘heavy sleeper’. https://education.possumsonline.com/professor-helen-ball-durham-infancy-sleep-centre-conference-2021 (Access Professor Ball's full bio here. )
    Associate Professor (Adjunct) Pamela Douglas is https://education.possumsonline.com/ (founder of the evidence-based Neuroprotective Developmental Care (or 'Possums') programs) (possumsonline.com) and author of https://www.amazon.com.au/Discontented-Little-Baby-Book-ebook/dp/B00M6G1ABO (The discontented little baby book: all you need to know about feeds, sleep, and crying).

    • 48 min
    The functional anatomy of sucking and swallowing in breastfed babies: Part 1

    The functional anatomy of sucking and swallowing in breastfed babies: Part 1

    Dr Nikki Mills is a New Zealand based pediatric ENT surgeon, who has a special clinical and research interest in breastfeeding and is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Nikki worked for many years at the Starship Children’s Hospital in Auckland, moving in 2020 to Nelson Hospital in Nelson, New Zealand. In this first episode of an in-depth 3-part conversation, Pam and Nikki take a deep dive into Nikki’s groundbreaking anatomical dissection studies of the floor of mouth fascia, which reveal the true nature of the infant lingual frenulum. They discuss the implications of her studies for the biomechanical model of infant suck during breastfeeding, the diagnosis of ‘posterior tongue-tie’, the decision whether or not to proceed with frenotomy, and the risks associated with frenotomy.

    Dr Pamela Douglas is a GP who works in breastfeeding medicine at the Possums Clinic Brisbane, with special clinical and research interest in breastfeeding, having first qualified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 1994. Pam is a GP-researcher and founder of the evidence-based Neuroprotective Developmental Care (or 'Possums') programs www.possumsonline.com. Pam is also author of The discontented little baby book: all you need to know about feeds, sleep, and crying.

    • 52 min
    The functional anatomy of sucking and swallowing in breastfed babies: Part 2

    The functional anatomy of sucking and swallowing in breastfed babies: Part 2

    Dr Nikki Mills is a New Zealand based paediatric ENT surgeon, who has a special clinical and research interest in breastfeeding and is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Nikki worked for many years at the Starship Children’s Hospital in Auckland, moving in 2020 to Nelson Hospital in Nelson, New Zealand. In this second episode of an in-depth 3-part conversation, Pam and Nikki continue their deep dive into Nikki’s groundbreaking research. This episode focusses on her histological study of the floor of mouth fascia, her MRI study of infant swallow during breastfeeding, and her endoscopic study of airway and swallow in babies with laryngomalacia. These three studies further clarify the nature of the infant lingual and labial frenula and the biomechanics of breastfeeding. Pam and Nikki continue their discussions about the implications of this research for the clinical support of breastfeeding mother-baby pairs.
    Dr Pamela Douglas is a GP who works in breastfeeding medicine at the Possums Clinic Brisbane, with special clinical and research interest in breastfeeding, having first qualified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 1994. Pam is a GP-researcher and founder of the evidence-based Neuroprotective Developmental Care (or 'Possums') programs www.possumsonline.com. Pam is also author of The discontented little baby book: all you need to know about feeds, sleep, and crying

    • 54 min
    The functional anatomy of sucking and swallowing in breastfed babies: Part 3

    The functional anatomy of sucking and swallowing in breastfed babies: Part 3

    Dr Nikki Mills is a New Zealand based paediatric ENT surgeon, who has a special clinical and research interest in breastfeeding and is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Nikki worked for many years at the Starship Children’s Hospital in Auckland, moving in 2020 to Nelson Hospital in Nelson, New Zealand. In this third and final episode of an in-depth conversation, Pam and Nikki continue their deep dive into our biomechanical understandings of infant suck during breastfeeding. This episode considers ultrasound studies of infant suck, and the implications for the clinical support of breastfeeding mother-baby pairs.
    Dr Pamela Douglas is a GP who works in breastfeeding medicine at the Possums Clinic Brisbane, with special clinical and research interest in breastfeeding, having first qualified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 1994. Pam is a GP-researcher and founder of the evidence-based Neuroprotective Developmental Care (or 'Possums') programs www.possumsonline.com. Pam is also author of The discontented little baby book: all you need to know about feeds, sleep, and crying.

    • 22 min
    Pumping breast milk for your baby

    Pumping breast milk for your baby

    Most women use a breast pump at some stage during their breastfeeding experience, or many find themselves pumping all the way through. Pumping is demanding work. In this discussion, Pam and Emma explore the role of pumping breast milk, including for increasing supply and returning to work. We explore strategies which support successful pumping, and also discuss problems which might arise and how to deal with them. We discuss when and how you might return to only feeding your baby directly from your breasts, and those situations when pumping might actually undermine your supply.
    Emma McCabe is a popular breastfeeding counsellor in New York City, USA, and mother of two. Dr Pamela Douglas is Founder of Neuroprotective Developmental Care (or the Possums programs), a GP-Lactation Consultant, and Breastfeeding Medicine Specialist. She is an Adjunct Associate Professor with the Transforming Maternity Care Collaborative, Griffith University, and Senior Lecturer with the Primary Care Clinical Unit, The University of Queensland, Australia. Dr Pam and her team have developed a new gestalt approach to breastfeeding, which draws on the latest ultrasound, vacuum and MRI studies of breastfeeding biomechanics to support effective, pain-free breastfeeding . Pam is also author of The discontented little baby book: all you need to know about feeds, sleep, and crying.

    • 47 min
    Disease X is here

    Disease X is here

    The SARS-CoV-2 pandemic hits New York hard, and Australia, like the rest of the world, battens down. This is a conversation recorded Friday 27 March 2020 between Dr Pamela Douglas, an Australian GP-researcher, Emma McCabe, a breastfeeding counsellor in New York City, and Honorary Associate Professor Peter Hill, an Australian academic and public health physician. We discuss the shocking but anticipated arrival of Disease X, living in the epicentre of a pandemic when you are caring for a baby, and the added risks that new mothers face. We discuss how vital it is right now to offer families evidence-based, evolutionary approaches to infant-care.

    • 12 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
13 Ratings

13 Ratings

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Conversations about breastfeeding based on evidence

I’m familiar with the Possums approach(es) but still learning so much from these conversations between Pam and a diversity of other experts at this unprecedented time. Highly recommend to anyone caring for a young baby or pregnant in the time of COVID-19.

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