Serotonin, Nutrition, and Breastfeeding
The role the hormone serotonin plays in the body has been the subject of much recent literature. Not only does it play a significant role in mood disorders, it also affects the onset of lactogenesis II and involution. Aimed primarily at midwives, this session will bring you up to speed on the latest literature and why we need to be cognisant of the role of serotonin from the outset.
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.