Beyond Baby Brain:
Embracing Neurodiverse Families
in your Lactation Practice

1.25 CERPs + 1.25 CEUs

Help neurodiverse parents breastfeed/chestfeed and support new parents with ADHD

Did you know that science estimates one in ten adults in their 20’s and 30’s may be on the neurodiversity (ND) spectrum? As lactation consultants, we need the skills to help neurodiverse parents breastfeed/chestfeed and support new parents with ADHD.

Neurodiversity is poorly understood by most care providers, as training specific to patient care for those populations is not standard in any field.

When sleep-deprived and under times of heavy stress, common neurodiversity traits are often much more pronounced.

Many medications are also contraindicated for pregnancy and/or breast/chestfeeding, which makes overcoming common challenges even harder– let alone the challenges faced when taking care of a baby who isn’t feeding well! 

We have a responsibility as providers to consider the facets of our care that may be inaccessible to people on the ND spectrum. From booking, to billing, to the consult itself, it can be hard to look through the lens of someone who thinks completely differently than we do.

This talk will cover the unique characteristics of different spectrum disorders as well as strategies for care and increasing accessibility to our care for these clients and their families. 

Bryna is so amazing.  I feel that there was so much I not only discovered about myself and the way I function through this presentation, but also how to enhance my communication, teaching, service, and care working with all families.  

Jayne Lee Carpenter, CBS, BFPC
Beyond Baby Brain: Embracing neurodiverse families in your lactation practice (1.25 CERPs + 1.25 CEUs)


  • Identify common characteristics and language of adult spectrum disorders.
  • Emphasize barriers to access neurodiverse parents face when seeking lactation care.
  • Outline strategies for success when delivering care for neurodiverse lactation clients.
  • Help neurodiverse parents breastfeed/chestfeed
  • Support new families with ADHD

IBLCE Content Outline

  • V. 7 Maternal Mental Health
  • V. 12 Cultural Competency
  • VII. A. 7 Communications Technology
  • VII. A. 8 Website VII. B. 3 Care Plan Creation
  • VII. B. 4 Documentation
  • VII. B. 5 Educating Families
  • VII. B. 8 Emotional Support
  • VII. B. 9 Empowerment
  • VII. C. 3 Code of Professional Conduct
  • VII. C. 4 Principles of Confidentiality

Bryna made the subject fun & easy to understand different perspectives.

Julie Fields, IBCLC

This content was affirming, wonderful, then difficult, then wonderful again. 

Laura Spitzfaden, IBCLC
Beyond Baby Brain: Embracing neurodiverse families in your lactation practice (1.25 CERPs + 1.25 CEUs)

Meet Your Instructor

Bryna Sampey has glasses and a gray shirt. They are smiling warmly against a multicolored background.

Bryna Sampey, IBCLC

Bryna has been an IBCLC since 2010, and has been  working with families as a doula and lactation counselor since 2006. She has undertaken additional training and continuing education in the areas of oral restriction management, Rhythmic Movement Training (RMT), Primitive Reflexes in infants, TummyTime™, cultural congruency and competency, and counseling strategies. Bryna is also certified in Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (infant and adult). In her doula work, she specializes in high risk and surgical birth.

Bryna also teaches Stand By Me: Informed Consent and Collaborative Lactation Care Plans.

“I have ADHD, and have experienced a lifetime of barriers in attempting to access care systems designed for neurotypical folks. As a lactation consultant and care provider, myself, I have designed systems that ease these barriers for many on the neurodiversity spectrum.”

Beyond Baby Brain: Embracing neurodiverse families in your lactation practice (1.25 CERPs + 1.25 CEUs)