To date, nutritional recommendations for the postpartum period have focussed on achieving a healthy body weight and meeting the elevated nutritional requirements of breastfeeding. However, changes in multiple physical, emotional and social factors during this time pose significant challenges to consuming a high quality and varied diet, and leave women susceptible to nutritional deficiencies and poor health. With clinical follow up ending at 6 weeks, dietitians have not commonly played a significant role in postpartum care.
This presentation highlights how dietitians are uniquely positioned to support this vulnerable subgroup and identifies important research questions emerging in this field. Dr. Naomi Cahill reviews nutritional requirements during the postpartum period, identify risk factors, and the nutritional implications and interventions to consider when providing individualized nutrition guidance to postpartum women.
Date of Presentation: June 8, 2019
Speaker: Naomi E. Cahill PhD RD is a registered dietitian with over 15 years experience in clinical, community, academic, and non-profit settings. She completed her Doctorate in Epidemiology in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Queens University, Kingston. Her thesis focused on knowledge translation through guideline implementation. Naomi is currently the Content and Communications Manager for the Society for Implementation Science in Nutrition, a new global society dedicated to improving nutrition implementation world-wide.
- Video presentation (1 hr 15 min) with the presentation slides (pdf)
- Audio file (mp3 file)
- Bonus! This presentation includes a CFDR research presentation:
Food insecurity during pregnancy in Canada (with handout)
Researcher: Jordan Mak
Cost: $19.95 for members; $24.95 for non-members; $14.95 for students