GOLD Lactation Alumni Presentations 2018

Be inspired at our annual GOLD Lactation Alumni Presentations! This one day event is comprised of 3 BRAND NEW Presentations by several of our most popular past GOLD Lactation Conference Speakers. Dive into some fascinating new talks from Dr. Amy Brown, Michelle Emanuel and Laurel Wilson as they educate us about breastfeeding trauma, interoception, and the impact of a breastfeeding person's diet on milk composition.

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. A separate invitation email will also be sent to our Alumni Status Delegates. 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. You will still be able to enjoy a 10% discount from your registration fee!

$45.00 USD
Total CE Hours: 3.00   Access Time: 4 Weeks  
Lectures in this bundle (3):
Durations: 68 mins
Breastfeeding trauma: how can we recognise and support mothers who wanted to breastfeed but were unable to meet their goals?

Dr Amy Brown is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health, Policy and Social Sciences at Swansea University in the UK. Her research explores psychological, cultural and societal barriers to breastfeeding, with an emphasis on understanding how we can better support women to breastfeed and subsequently raise breastfeeding rates. Her primary focus is how we can shift our perception of breastfeeding as an individual mothering issue, to a wider public health problem, with consideration how we can make societal changes to protect and encourage breastfeeding. Dr Brown has published over 50 papers exploring the barriers women face in feeding their baby during the first year and has recently published her first book ‘Breastfeeding Uncovered: Who really decides how we feed our babies’. She is a regular Huffington Post blogger, aiming to change the way we think about breastfeeding, mothering and caring for our babies.

Objective 1: To examine the wider psychological concept of trauma;

Objective 2: To understand how women feel when they want to breastfeed but cannot;

Objective 3: To consider how women's experiences of not being able to breastfeed fit trauma theory;

Objective 4: To explore how women experiencing breastfeeding trauma can best be supported.


It is recognised that women can experience feelings of guilt, unhappiness and anger when they cannot meet their breastfeeding goals. Breastfeeding difficulties leading to early cessation are a risk factor for postnatal depression. However research has not previoulsy examined these feelings of loss and distress in relation to clinical models of trauma.

From a research study exploring the experiences of over 3000 women who stopped breastfeeding before they were ready and held negative emotions around this decision, I argue that a subset of these women are displaying symptoms of clinical trauma in relation to their experience. The trauma stems from physical experiences of a difficult breastfeeding experience, but also the loss of a much desired breastfeeding relationship. The combinaton of these events leave the individual traumatised and understandably reactive to the topic of breastfeeding.

Trauma models identify numerous emotions and behaviours that individuals typically display when they have been traumatised by an event. These include recurrent distressing recollections of the events, intense psychological distress at exposure toreminders of the event and efforts to avoind thoughts, feelings or activities that remind one of the event. This talk will identify how these symptoms are present in the experience of some women who have been unable to breastfeed and draw on suggestions from women as to how we may move forward from this, in order to both promote breastfeeding and support those who are unable to do so.

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Durations: 62 mins
Michelle Emanuel, OTR/L, CIMI, CST, NBCR, RYT 200
Interoception: Beyond the Homunculus....the real Sixth Sense and its primary function as Sensory input to the Autonomic Nervous System
USA Michelle Emanuel, OTR/L, CIMI, CST, NBCR, RYT 200

Michelle has 20 years of experience as a Neonatal / Pediatric Occupational Therapist and over 15 years experience as a Craniosacral Therapist and Infant Massage Instructor. She is a Certified CranioSacral Therapist through the Upledger Institute. She serves as a Teacher's Assistant) for CranioSacral Therapy, SomatoEmotional Release , as well as CranioSacral Therapy for Pediatrics. In addition to this, Michelle has a wide variety of specialty baby craniosacral therapy training and experience. She is certified in Yoga, Reflexology, and infant Massage. Michelle has started to focus on her private practice, teaching her own curriculum including the Tummy Time method and and cranial nerve dysfunction for the newborn to precrawling infant.

Objective 1: Define Interoception and the location of interoceptive processing;

Objective 2: Describe 2 clinical applications for the precrawling babyas it relates to oral function and breastfeeding;

Objective 3: List 2 functions of the Autonomic Nervous System and impacts on connection, oral function and breastfeeding.

USA Michelle Emanuel, OTR/L, CIMI, CST, NBCR, RYT 200

Interoception is a term used to describe our nervous system's awareness of the sensations from the gastrointestinal and visceral system, as well as the primary sensory part/input to baby's Autonomic Nervous System. ANS function and regulation underlay all automatic processes of the body, from heart beat to breastfeeding and digestion function, as well as maintaining a calm state in order to engage in social interaction or to transition easily in and out of sleep. More simply put, interoception is "feelings from the body". In addition to visceral information, interoceptive pathways carry information related to affective touch, itch, temperature and pain and are delivered to a separate area of the brain, the insular cortex, which also contains a map of the body, similar to the well known homunculus. Interception plays a large role in dynamic equilibrium and autonomic regulation of tissues of the body. Interoceptive information and the processing is the basis of all important activity to optimize energy utilization. This system is often compromised in babies who present with complex oral dysfunction, tethered oral tissues, postural asymmetries, fussiness, gas, reflux or other dysregulation in function. How babies feel is mirrored in how they function, compromised function equals compromised interoceptive processing. This talk covers the basics of this system and practical clinical applications for precrawling babies to optimize neurodevelopment and breastfeeding abilities.

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Durations: 70 mins
Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, BSc, CLE, CLD, CCCE
Hold the Phone! Diet Does Matter During Breastfeeding: Implication of Diet on Fatty Acid Composition and Other Nutrients
USA Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, BSc, CLE, CLD, CCCE

Laurel Wilson, BS, IBCLC, CCCE, CLE, CLD, CPPFE, CPPI owns MotherJourney in Morrison, Colorado. She has her degree in Maternal and Child Health – Lactation Consulting. With twenty-five years of experience working with Parents in the childbearing year and perinatal professionals, Laurel takes a creative approach to working with the pregnant family. She is a co-author of best-selling books, The Greatest Pregnancy Ever: The Keys to the MotherBaby Bond and The Attachment Pregnancy: The Ultimate Guide to Bonding with Your Baby. She currently spends a great deal of her time working with hospitals seeking BabyFriendly Status as a consultant and educator. She strives to provide the latest techniques, research and programs to her clients. Laurel is a board certified as a lactation consultant, childbirth educator, labor doula, lactation educator, Prenatal ParentingTM Instructor, and Pre and Postpartum fitness educator. She served as the CAPPA Executive Director of Lactation Programs for 16 years and trained Childbirth Educators and Lactation Educators for CAPPA certification. She is on the Board of Directors for the United States Breastfeeding Committee, a Senior Advisor for CAPPA, and also on the Advisory Board for InJoy Health. Laurel has been joyfully married to her husband for more than 25 years and has two amazing sons, whose difficult births led her on a path towards helping emerging families create positive experiences. She believes that the journey towards and into parenthood is a life changing rite of passage that should be deeply honored and celebrated.

Objective 1: Identify at least one way that maternal diet can impact fatty acid profile in breastmilk;

Objective 2: List the primary reason changes in oligosaccharide profile in breastmilk can have health consequences in baby;

Objective 3: List at least three nutrient changes in breastmilk that can be influenced through maternal diet.

USA Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, BSc, CLE, CLD, CCCE

For more than a decade most lactation professions have been suggesting to families that diet matters very little in terms of breastmilk composition. We have told parents that they can essentially eat whatever they want, it does not matter to the bottom line. However, new studies imply that in fact, diet does matter in terms of the composition of fatty acids and essential nutrients available in milk that can potentially impact life long health. Studies also show that changes in diet can lead to gene methylation which impacts gene expression, as well changing the oligosaccharide profile which shapes the microbiome. This presentation takes you on a tour of some recent research finds to better understand how maternal diet (potentially prenatally through lactation) DOES play a role in breastmilk and how a parent’s diet can potentially influence a breastfeeding baby’s health.

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Breastfeeding and Lactation

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