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Essential Lactation Skills Lecture Pack

When it comes to caring for breastfeeding/chestfeeding families, there are certain foundational skills that we should all be well versed in. This package is perfect for everyone who wants to makes sure that their foundation of knowledge is strong and up to date with the latest evidence. Getting milk production off to a good start, latch and positioning, breast assessment, infant oral assessment, history taking and care plan development will all be covered in detail by our expert speakers.

$110.00 USD
Total CE Hours: 6.00   Access Time: 4 Weeks  
Lectures in this bundle (6):
Duration: 60 mins
Melissa Cole, MS, IBCLC
Infant Oral Assessment: Exploring Anatomy and Function Beyond the Frenulum
USA Melissa Cole, MS, IBCLC

Melissa Cole, MS, IBCLC, RLC is a board certified lactation consultant, neonatal oral-motor assessment professional, and clinical herbalist in private practice. Melissa has been passionate about providing comprehensive, holistic lactation support and improving the level of clinical lactation skills for health professionals. She enjoys teaching, researching and writing about wellness and lactation-related topics. Melissa holds a bachelor of science degree in maternal child health and lactation consulting and her master’s work is in therapeutic, clinical herbalism. Melissa actively conducts research and collaborates with several lactation and health care professional associations. Before pursuing her current path, Melissa’s background was in education and cultural arts, which has served her well in her work as a lactation consultant and healthcare educator. She loves living, working and playing in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her 3 children.

Objective 1: Demonstrate the basics of infant oral anatomy assessment;

Objective 2: Describe immature vs. mature suck patterns; and

Objective 3: Identify at least 3 aspects of oral assessment.

USA Melissa Cole, MS, IBCLC

Is it a tongue tie? What else could be going on? Having a deeper understanding of the orofacial complex and functional oral motor patterns can help take your assessment techniques to the next level. Curious about jaws, tongues, palates, oral tone, suck patterns, and more? This presentation will focus on understanding the finer details and the bigger picture when it comes to infant oral assessment.

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Duration: 60 mins
Positioning and Latch for Breastfeeding

Catherine Watson Genna BS, IBCLC is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in private practice in New York City. Certified in 1992, Catherine is particularly interested in helping moms and babies breastfeed when they have medical challenges and is an active clinical mentor. She speaks to healthcare professionals around the world on assisting breastfeeding babies with anatomical, genetic or neurological problems. Her presentations and her writing are enriched by her clinical photographs and videos. Catherine collaborates with Columbia University and Tel Aviv University Departments of Biomedical Engineering on research projects investigating the biomechanics of the lactating nipple and various aspects of sucking and swallowing in breastfeeding infants. She is the author of Selecting and Using Breastfeeding Tools: Improving Care and Outcomes (Praeclarus Press 2009) and Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants (Jones and Bartlett Learning 2008, 2013, 2017) as well as professional journal articles and chapters in the Core Curriculum for Lactation Consultant Practice and Breastfeeding and Human Lactation. Catherine served as Associate Editor of the United States Lactation Consultant Association’s official journal Clinical Lactation for its first seven years.

Objective 1: List 4 subtle signs of a shallow latch;

Objective 2: List 2 ways to facilitate infant and maternal innate feeding capabilities; and

Objective 3: Detail strategies for optimizing latch when breastfeeding tools are needed.


The comfort and effectiveness of breastfeeding depend largely on how deeply the baby is attached to the breast and how stable the body positions of mother and baby are. This presentation reviews infant requirements and capabilities for breastfeeding and best practices to facilitate optimal latch.

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Duration: 60 mins
Nekisha Killings, MPH, IBCLC
Marching Orders: Developing Practical and Impactful Care Plans
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 importance of care plans in full spectrum care;

Objective 2: Consider key components of impactful plans; and

Objective 3: Acquire skills to write inclusive care plans.

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

What good is a successful patient consult if the follow-up instructions are not thorough or are too complicated to follow? In this talk, we’ll review best practices in Care Plans, and explore innovative approaches to developing plans. The goal is to increase patient compliance and the right Care Plan can be a powerful tool towards full compliance. We will discuss pitfalls of traditional plans, dos and don'ts in writing plans, and crafting plans that are culturally sensitive and realistic. We’ll also explore using to technology to create adaptable and adjustable plans.

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Duration: 60 mins
Lisa Amir, MBBS, MMed, PhD, IBCLC
Taking a Lactation History: From Pregnancy to Postpartum and Beyond
Australia Lisa Amir, MBBS, MMed, PhD, IBCLC

Professor Lisa Amir is a general practitioner and has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 1989. She is the author of over 120 peer-reviewed articles on breastfeeding. She works in breastfeeding medicine at The Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. She is a Principal Research Fellow at Judith Lumley Centre, La Trobe University and is the Editor-in-Chief of the open access journal, International Breastfeeding Journal.

Objective 1: Discuss that the importance in “taking a history” to help resolve clients’ concerns;

Objective 2:List the different phases of a consultation: from opening to closing; and

Objective 3: Describe how to communicate effectively and the use of open-ended questions.

Australia Lisa Amir, MBBS, MMed, PhD, IBCLC

In this talk, Dr Lisa Amir explains how to take a history in a breastfeeding consultation. Developing rapport, listening and asking the right questions are essential to helping women experiencing challenges with breastfeeding. This talk will consider taking a history from clients before and during pregnancy, as well as early postpartum and later in their breastfeeding journey.

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Duration: 60 mins
Getting Milk Production off to a Good Start

Carmela is a family medicine MD, bachelor´s degree in Public Health Education, and IBCLC since 2005. She is also a BFHI Evaluator and the co founder and past president of the Spanish Lactation Consultant Association (AECCLM). She works in a private Family Wellness Clinic, Raices, as person in charge of the lactation program, which includes two IBCLCs attending breastfeeding families and an extensive offer of breastfeeding training for health care professionals and breastfeeding peer counsellors. The team has trained over three thousand doctors, midwives and nurses from both the Spanish National Health Service and the private sector in Spain. She is a frequent lecturer at national conferences, and has also lectured internationally, both on-site and online. She is the author of several scientific papers on breast pain, mastitis and tongue tie. She is also the author of a breastfeeding/parenting book, “Amar con los Brazos Abiertos” (To Love with Open Arms). She is married to Carlos and they homeschool their four children.

Objective 1: Describe prenatal strategies that will help prevent low milk supply;

Objective 2: describe postpartum strategies that will protect optimal initiation of milk production; and

Objective 3: recognize and acquire the essential skill of recognizing effective suckling.

The most frequent cause of weaning worldwide is mother´s feeling that she does not have enough milk or that her infant is hungry despite her efforts… and frequently this perception becomes a reality. What support systems and clinical strategies can we use to protect mother´s normal capacity for milk production?

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Duration: 60 mins
Katrina B. Mitchell, MD, IBCLC, FACS
Performing Physical Breast Assessment
United States Katrina B. Mitchell, MD, IBCLC, FACS

Katrina B. Mitchell, MD, IBCLC, PMH-C is a breast surgeon, lactation consultant, and perinatal mental health provider. Her surgical practice includes the care of women with breast cancer and benign breast disease. She sees runs a daily breastfeeding medicine practice, treating patients for a wide variety of lactation concerns ranging from hypolactation to nipple trauma. Additionally, she provides medication management and support for women impacted by perinatal mood and anxiety conditions.

Dr. Mitchell lectures locally, nationally, and internationally on the intersection of lactation and surgery, and has authored book chapters, clinical care protocols, and journal articles on the topic. She is the creator of the, an evidence-based resource for breastfeeding families and the communities that support them. Dr. Mitchell resides in Santa Barbara, California and practices at the Ridley Tree Cancer Center at Sansum Clinic. She enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her son camping at the beach. She can be reached at

Objective 1: Describe key aspects of the breast physical exam, focusing on the breast and nipple areolar complex (NAC);

Objective 2: Describe exam and purpose of regional nodal basin drainage;

Objective 3: Describe which diagnostic imaging studies are indicated in the setting of lactation.

United States Katrina B. Mitchell, MD, IBCLC, FACS

The purpose of this presentation is to first review basic components of the breast physical exam, including assessment of the breast, nipple areolar complex (NAC) and regional nodal basins. We also briefly will review breast imaging that may be required for diagnostic purposes in the setting of lactation.

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GOLD Conferences has been designated as a Long Term Provider of CERPs by the IBLCE--Approval #CLT114-07. 6 CERPs (5 L-CERPs, 1 R-CERP)

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Tags / Categories

(IBCLC) Education and Communication, (IBCLC) Infant, (IBCLC) Infant, (IBCLC) Maternal, (IBCLC) Techniques, Breastfeeding Support, Establishing Breastfeeding, Latch & Position, Managing Milk Supply, Maternal & Infant Assessment

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