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GOLD Lactation Alumni Presentations 2019

Expand your clinical knowledge and challenge yourself to think critically about current ideas and practices with three thought provoking presentations. Deepen your knowledge about the lymphatic system of the breast and how lymphatic congestion forms the foundation of some lactation problems, improve outcomes by learning to be intentional with your bedside care, and examine whether risk-based language is always the right choice when it comes to motivating changes in behaviour and promoting awareness of the importance of breastfeeding.

Free to GOLD Learning Delegates with Alumni Status - Do you have Alumni status? As a special thank you to our past participants that have attended 5 or more Conferences, you are invited to attend with a complimentary registration. Add this package to your cart and follow the check out process. When prompted, login with your GOLD Learning associated email address and on the final step, the discount will be automatically applied. Not sure if you're elgible, check your Alumni Status here.

GOLD Annual Members: Please note that GOLD Annual Membership is not the same thing as having Alumni Status.

$45.00 USD
Total CE Hours: 3.00   Access Time: 4 Weeks  
Lectures in this bundle (3):
Duration: 60 mins
Alison K. Hazelbaker, PhD, IBCLC, FILCA, CST, RCST, PPNE
Creating Flow: Using Lymphatic Drainage Therapy for Breastfeeding Issues
USA Alison K. Hazelbaker, PhD, IBCLC, FILCA, CST, RCST, PPNE

Dr. Hazelbaker has been a therapist in private practice for over 30 years. She specializes in cross-disciplinary treatment and to that end has taken training in several modalities to best assist her clients. She is a certified Craniosacral Therapist, a Lymph Drainage Therapy practitioner, a Tummy Time™ Trainer, a Haller Method practitioner, A Pre and Perinatal Psychology Educator, a Lactation Therapist Diplomate, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and a fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association.

She earned her Master’s Degree from Pacific Oaks College (Human Development specializing in Human Lactation) and her doctorate from The Union Institute and University (Psychology, specializing in Energetic and Transformational healing.)

People recognize her as an expert on infant sucking issues caused by various structural problems like torticollis, plagiocephaly, brachycephaly and tissue shock-trauma. She invented the Hazelbaker™ FingerFeeder and the Infant Breastfeeding CranioSacral Protocol™ to assist in the resolution of this type of infant sucking dysfunction.

Objective 1: Describe the rich lymphatic anatomy and physiology of the breast;

Objective 2: Discuss three cases where lymphatic drainage therapy resolved the breast issue;and

Objective 3: Describe the use of lymphatic drainage of the breast during lactation.

USA Alison K. Hazelbaker, PhD, IBCLC, FILCA, CST, RCST, PPNE

Surprisingly, lymphatic congestion forms the foundation of some lactation problems like chronic plugged ducts and un-resolving nipple and breast pain. In this cutting-edge presentation, Dr. Hazelbaker covers the anatomy and physiology of the lymphatic system (especially as it pertains to the breast) and discusses the most common presentations and causes of lymphatic breast congestion. She demonstrates the Lymphatic Drainage Therapy technique in videos of three cases. Dr. Hazelbaker leaves the audience with a brief breast self-care regimen that can enhance the breast health of every participant when used consistently.

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Duration: 60 mins
Nekisha Killings, MPH, IBCLC
BreastSide Manner: A Patient-Centered Approach to Lactation Support
U.S.A. Nekisha Killings, MPH, IBCLC

Nekisha Killings is an equity strategist, internationally board-certified lactation consultant, and maternal and child health advocate who speaks, teaches, and facilitates on topics related to equity and dismantling bias across various sectors.

When she is not home educating 4 future world changers, she acts as a Director of Equity, Inclusion and Belonging at Lactation Education Resources and consults organizations on creating and implementing strategies to better support marginalized communities.

Nekisha holds a Masters in Public Health and penned the chapter titled Cultural Humility in the latest Core Curriculum for Interdisciplinary Lactation Support text. Nekisha is on a mission to normalize brown breasts and nipples in health education, thereby better equipping healthcare providers to accurately assess and treat people of color.

Nekisha's work is rooted in a compassion and candor that could only have been cultivated in years of supporting new parents during their first days of parenthood. Nekisha is an active duty military spouse who has been awarded the Spouse of the Year designation for her volunteer efforts supporting families.

Objective 1: Discuss the value of empathic patient centered care;

Objective 2: Engage and interact with patients and clients from varied cultural backgrounds;and

Objective 3: List at least 5 actions they can apply in practice immediately to improve patient interactions.

U.S.A. Nekisha Killings, MPH, IBCLC

Warm and empathic bedside manner is a lost art in provider-patient interactions. Be it time constraints, systemic limitations, lack of trust or training, the disconnect is apparent and the consequences are grave. In this talk, lactation support providers have an opportunity to learn how to be intentional in their approach to care in a way that honors the patient and their needs while also meeting them where they are. This talk will consider attitude, cultural, language, and other factors that might have traditionally impeded communication or relational connection in order to get to the heart of drawing lines of trust and respect between Patient and provider.

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Duration: 60 mins
Watching Our Words: Is Risk-Based Language Always the Right Choice?

Michelle Pensa Branco MPH IBCLC is a lactation consultant and public health advocate. In addition to her clinical practice, which has included in-hospital, outpatient and private practice settings, she advocates for improved maternal-child health practices at the local, national and global level. She has a particular interest in the impact of trauma to breastfeeding families, models of peer support to improve breastfeeding outcomes and the application of health communication principles to the promotion and protection of breastfeeding. Michelle serves as the Director of Peer Support Programs and provides clinical lactation expertise for Nurture Project International, the only international NGO focused exclusively on infant feeding in emergencies. With Jodine Chase, she co-founded a Canadian non-profit organization, SafelyFed Canada. She is also an active member of the Ontario Public Health Association’s Breastfeeding Promotion Working Group. Michelle has previously served as the Vice-Chair of La Leche League Canada, the Communications Director for the Canadian Lactation Consultants Association as well as the Toronto Coordinator of INFACT Canada. When she is not travelling for work, Michelle stays close to home, living with her family just outside Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Objective 1: Explain the difference between risk and hazard;

Objective 2: Provide an example of where “risk” is an effective motivator;and

Objective 3: Describe what is meant by “intention-behaviour gap”.


Within the lactation world, it is widely accepted that optimizing infant feeding practices and normalize breastfeeding, we must frame breastfeeding as the physiological norm and not breastfeeding as the risk behaviour. For example, breastfeeding does not reduce the risk of type II diabetes, but rather not breastfeeding increases the risk of type II diabetes. Most of us have had this framing drilled into us during our training and can deftly turn around any headline to reflect the correct wording.

It is, indeed, scientifically correct that breastfeeding is the physiological norm for human: artificial feeding is no more “normal” for the human baby than using a wheelchair to be mobile. However, health communication is about more than delivering scientifically accurate facts to the target population. In motivating parents to initiate breastfeeding and then maintain exclusive breastfeeding for 6 months and alongside complementary foods for at least 2 years and beyond, the science of health behaviour is often overlooked.

In this session, we will discuss some of the major models of health behaviour change and how risk is perceived and acted up on within these models, drawing from both maternal-child health and other public health. We will review the rationale for using risk-based language as well as the evidence for different perspectives, including the use of social marketing strategies.

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CERPs - Continuing Education Recognition Points
GOLD Conferences has been designated as a Long Term Provider of CERPs by the IBLCE--Approval #CLT114-07.
This program is approved for 3 L-CERPs.

Tags / Categories

(IBCLC) Education and Communication, (IBCLC) Maternal, (IBCLC) Maternal, Bodywork to Support Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding Education, Counseling Skills

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