Does a High BMI Affect Breastfeeding?

9m of CPD
Heather Harris
04 May 2016

Barker's Hypothesis states that women are programmed to develop in a certain way according to their mother's, and grandmother's, genetic and environmental upbringing. Does this mean there's any hope for overweight mothers and their babies? In this fascinating and frank talk, Heather Harris explains why weight loss is not always as easy as it seems, and how a high maternal BMI needs to be addressed early in order to avoid disastrous effects on the infant.


Heather Harris


Heather Harris first qualified as a midwife in 1970 and has worked in all areas of midwifery practice over the intervening years. She has served on a number of professional committees over the years, including ACMI (Vic) and ALCA (now LCANZ). She was involved in the successful BFHI accreditation for Mitcham Private Hospital, the RWH, and Box Hill hospital. She is a breastfeeding specialist who first qualified as an IBCLC in 1991. She has also been involved in the education of health professionals, presenting in all States of Australia, as well as in the US and Hong Kong. Since 2001, Heather has served as a midwife with Doctors Without Borders in the Ivory Coast, South Sudan, Somalia, Sri Lanka, and Nepal. She currently has her own private practice in lactation consultancy.


Ruth Fisher20 Apr 2018
Very well presented.

Katrina Johnson20 Apr 2018
Fabulous presenter and so knowledgeable. Has a way of explaining things in a clear and concise way, with a great understanding regarding the histology of disease.

Maureen Huggins23 Feb 2018
Informative and engaging presenter

Jan Herrmann06 Dec 2017

Jessica Clancy31 Oct 2017
Very interesting

Jennifer OHara24 Oct 2017
Highly recommended.

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