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GOLD Learning Day - Level-Up Your Lactation Skills

Take your professional lactation skills to the next level! This special package is designed to hone your assessment and clinical management skills and abilities. We've brought together four experts to provide an in depth look at knowledge and skills that will help to elevate the level of care you provide to breastfeeding/chestfeeding families. Join Catherine Watson Genna, Jada Wright, Carmela K Baeza and Melissa Cole to learn more about cervical auscultation, disorganized infant feeding, the assessment and management of mastitis and thinking critically about the use of clinical lactation tools. Level-up your lactation skills!

$50.00 USD
Total CE Hours: 4.00   Access Time: 6 Weeks  
Lectures in this bundle (4):
Duration: 60 mins
Introduction to Cervical Auscultation

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.

1. Describe how to perform cervical auscultation as part of a breastfeeding assessment.

2. Define the auditory characteristics of a normal swallow, a normal breath, and efficient suck:swallow patterning.

3. Explain how cervical auscultation can be used to guide feeding management in infants at risk of ineffective breastfeeding.


Cervical Auscultation (listening with a stethoscope over the baby’s neck or chin during feeding) is a useful tool for lactation consultants in assessing suck:swallow:breathe rhythms and coordination. This presentation uses recorded sound files of cervical auscultation of breastfeeding infants to illustrate some uses of this technique for breastfeeding assessment, clinical problem solving, and identifying dyads who require referrals for speech/feeding therapy or medical care.

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Duration: 60 mins
Assessment and Management of Mastitis

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.

1. Describe how to correctly manage an acute lactational mastitis

2. Define, explore and address other types of mastitis (subacute, chronic, granulomatous)

3. Describe emerging therapies for mastitis according to latest evidence


In this session, the speaker will review the latest evidence and protocols for management of acute lactational mastitis and other types of mastitis, discuss clinical symptoms, microbiological findings and therapeutic approaches, as well as delve into emerging therapies and the evidence behind them.

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Duration: 60 mins
Disorganized Infant Feeding: Beyond Suck, Swallow, Breathe

Jada Wright Nichols is an Atlanta-based women’s wellness consultant. She graduated from Tennessee State University, with a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology and audiology. She has a master’s degree in occupational therapy and has worked in a variety of rehabilitation settings, across the life-span.

Additionally, she is a massage therapist, lymphedema therapist, holistic nutritionist, birth and postpartum doula, yoga instructor, and international board-certified lactation consultant (IBCLC). She is a lactation consultant at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and the owner of Blossom Health and Maternal Wellness, and Bloom Early Intervention, which provide in-home and virtual services for new and expectant families, as they navigate various aspects of parenting, access, and equity.

1. Describe the neurodevelopmental deficits that may interfere with successful breastfeeding

2. Describe opportunities to assess and strengthen nuerodevelopmental delays that impact breastfeeding

3. List equitable ways to facilitate advanced breastfeeding support In any setting


Suck swallow breathe coordination is one of the earliest and most meaningful motor milestones of a developing infant. That level of coordination varies between breastfeeding and bottle feeding. Too frequently, if there are any challenges while feeding at the breast, bottle feeding is recommended, often without a complete assessment around the challenge itself. Infant feeding may be disorganized for one of a variety of contributing factors. It is important to be able to identify one or more of those factors, and to facilitate a solution, which may include seeking the insight and intervention of another allied health professional. Honing observation skills, incorporating diagnostic tools, and coordinating feeding assessments and protocols with specialists assist in preserving the initial breastfeeding relationship, with equity.

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Duration: 60 mins
Melissa Cole, MS, IBCLC
Thinking Critically About the Use of Clinical Lactation Tools
U.S.A. Melissa Cole, MS, IBCLC

Melissa Cole is a board-certified lactation consultant, neonatal oral-motor assessment professional and clinical herbalist in private practice. Melissa is passionate about providing comprehensive, holistic lactation support and improving the level of clinical lactation skills for health professional. She enjoys teaching, researching and writing about wellness and lactation-related topics. Her bachelor’s degree is in maternal/child health and lactation and her master’s degree is in therapeutic herbalism. 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.

Utilize critical thinking skills when selecting clinical lactation tools
Select tools that help families work on and identify their unique feeding goals
List risks and benefits of nipple shields and supplementation methods including cup and finger feeding, bottle and at-breast supplementation

U.S.A. Melissa Cole, MS, IBCLC

Having in-depth knowledge about clinical lactation tools should be a part of any lactation professional’s toolbox. In this session we will review evidence and clinical application of tools such as nipple shields, cup feeding, finger feeding, at-breast supplementation and bottles. Feeding-related tools may be needed during lactation for a variety of reasons but what are the benefits and risks? We will explore critical thinking strategies for tool selection. Clinicians that have a strong foundation in feeding tools can often help family’s find creative ways to meet their feeding goals faster than just a ‘wait and see’ approach.

This session will have you re-thinking how you think about feeding tools and when to use them.

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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 4 L-CERPs.

This is an Australian College of Midwives CPD Endorsed Activity. This program is approved for 4 ACM CPD Endorsed Hours.

Dietetic CPEUs - Continuing Professional Education Units
Applicable to Dieticians & Nutritionists, this program has been approved for 4 Dietetic CPEUs by the Commission on Dietetic Registration - the credentialing agency for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Midwifery CEUs - MEAC Contact Hours
This program is accredited through the Midwifery Education & Accreditation Council (MEAC) for 4 Contact Hours or 0.4 CEUs. Please note that 0.1 MEAC Midwifery CEU is equivalent to 1.0 NARM CEUs.

Nurse Contact Hours
This nursing continuing professional development activity was approved by the American Nurses Association Massachusetts, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation for 3 Nursing Contact Hours.
Nurse Contact Hours are valid until 08/08/2024.

Upon completion of this activity, GOLD learners will be able to download an educational credit for this talk. Successful completion requires that you:
  • View this presentation in its entirety, under your individual GOLD login info
  • Successfully complete a post-test (3 out of 3 questions correctly answered)
  • Fill out the Evaluation Survey

If you have already participated in this program, you are not eligible to receive additional credits for viewing it again. Please sent us an email to [email protected] if you have any questions.

Tags / Categories

(IBCLC) Education and Communication, (IBCLC) Equipment and Technology, (IBCLC) Infant, (IBCLC) Infant, (IBCLC) Maternal, (IBCLC) Techniques, Breastfeeding Complications, Breastfeeding Support, Mastitis & Breast Infections, Supporting Sucking Skills

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