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. Attend live, or conveniently access recordings at your own pace over 4 weeks.

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. In 2016 she published her first book ‘Breastfeeding Uncovered: Who really decides how we feed our babies’, followed by her second ‘Why Starting Solids Matters’ in 2017. 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 Emanuel has over 20 years experience as a neonatal / pediatric occupational therapist, which includes neonatal intensive care unit, pediatric critical care, outpatient and a private practice, with a specialty in using soft tissue manual therapy assessment and treatment. Michelle has a wide variety of skills including newborn/infant development, pre and perinatal psychology, Autonomic Nervous System Regulation and Resiliency, infant sensory processing, baby massage, craniosacral therapy and other forms of bodywork. She specializes in bodywork for babies with torticollis, plagiocephaly and tethered oral tissues. Michelle is licensed and registered as an Occupational therapist, a national board certified Reflexologist and 200hour Registered Yoga Teacher. She is also certified in CranioSacral Therapy, Divine Sleep™ Yoga Nidra, Reflexology, Infant Massage, Baby's Massage, Neonatal Oral Motor Assessment Scale (NOMAS) and the Infant Behavioral Assessment. In addition to developing the TummyTime! method and a BabyYoga curriculum, she teaches both parents and professionals in the essentials of baby development and care.

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, 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, CLE, CLD, CCCE

Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, CLE, CCCE, CLD is Executive Director of Lactation Programs for CAPPA,the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association. She owns MotherJourney, focusing on training perinatal professionals on integrative and holistic information regarding pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. She has her degree in Maternal Child Health: Lactation Consulting and is an internationally board certified lactation consultant. Wilson is the co-author of two books, The Attachment Pregnancy and The Greatest Pregnancy Ever. She loves to blend today’s recent scientific findings with the mind/body/spirit wisdom. Laurel has been joyfully married to her husband for more than two decades and has two wonderful grown sons, whose difficult births led her on a path towards helping emerging families create positive experiences. She believes that the journey into motherhood 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, 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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Accreditation Our GOLD Alumni package is comprised of 3 presentations by leading Lactation Consultants. These lectures are BRAND NEW and have not been previously used in any of our GOLD Conferences.

Presentations viewing time is 4 weeks.

Live Schedule on January 16, 2018:

Speaker Time
Amy Brown PhD

EST 11:00 AM / PST 08:00 AM

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

EST 1:00 PM / PST 10:00 AM

Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, CLE, CLD, CCCE

EST 3:00 PM / PST 12:00 PM

CERPs - Continuing Education Recognition Points
GOLD Conferences has been designated as a Long Term Provider of CERPs by the IBLCE--Approval #CLT114-07

Tags / Categories

Breastfeeding and Lactation

How much time do I have to view the presentations?

  • The viewing time will be specified for each product. When you purchase multiple items in your cart, the viewing time becomes CUMULATIVE. Ex. Lecture 1= 2 weeks and Lecture Pack 2 = 4 Weeks, you will have a total of 6 weeks viewing time for ALL the presentations made in that purchase.
  • Time for viewing the talks begins once you purchase the product. For Live Webinars & Symposiums, the viewing period begins from when the live event takes place. Presentations can be accessed 24/7 and can be viewed as many times as you like during the viewing period.

What are bundled lectures?

  • Presentations may be available individually or via a bundled package. Bundled lectures are a set of lectures that have been put together based on a specific category or topic. Some lectures will be available in both individual and lecture form, whereas others will be available only via a bundled lecture pack.

Will there be Handouts?

  • YES! Each lecture comes with a PDF handout provided by the Speaker.

Some lectures include a Q&A, what does that mean?

  • During our online conferences, presentations that occur live are also followed by a short 15 minute Question & Answer Session. The Speaker addresses questions that were posted by Delegates during the presentation. We include the recording of these Q&A Sessions as a bonus for you.

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