GOLD Learning Education News

We have a brand new interactive element we’re thrilled to share with you at GOLD Lactation 2020! Take your online conference learning experience further than ever before during these interactive sessions with top experts.

As our conference grows and we continue to  explore new learning opportunities, we welcome you to join us for this enhanced learning experience. Tap into our speakers’ expertise, connect with your international colleagues, and develop skills you can apply directly to your practice.

These new sessions include:

  • Facilitated Discussion on IYCF-E and the Role of the Lactation Professional” with Michelle Pensa Branco MPH IBCLC. This facilitated discussion will offer a unique opportunity to move the conversation forward when it comes to feeding infants during emergency situations. Join us to discuss the ways various support services can work together, what competencies IBCLCs need to provide clinical care in humanitarian settings, and more.

We look forward to the engagement, growth, and new ideas that will emerge from these interactive sessions! 

With over 3200 professionals from more than 80 countries joining us for our 14th annual conference, this year’s event is set to be our best one yet! Registration is now open, so come join us online from March 30 to June 29 and access 32.5 hours of accredited education in the main conference alone.

We look forward to seeing you online soon!

Welcome to GOLD Lactation 2020! My name is Cynthia Good. I’m an IBCLC, mental health care provider, speaker, and author who is passionate about lactation education. As Program Chair for GOLD Lactation, I’m so excited to have you join us for an amazing opportunity to expand your knowledge, improve your clinical skills, and enhance your personal growth. We’ve developed our program to support the 3200+ members of the GOLD community in our shared goal of improving the quality of care we provide our clients and helping them meet their lactation-related goals.

I’m working behind the scenes of GOLD Lactation 2020 because I share GOLD’s dedication to making a meaningful difference in the work of lactation supporters and in the lives of the families we all serve. Building this program is a labor of love, listening, commitment, research, and accountability. Every member of the GOLD Team cares deeply about lactation and its powerful impact on human health and development. We seek and review feedback and suggestions from delegates around the world who work in different settings and who hold a wide variety of lactation-related credentials and roles. We consult the global wisdom, expertise, and experience of our professional advisory committee. We dive deep into research, hot topics, and social media networks to identify cutting edge information and gaps in knowledge and practice. And we actively track how well our program outcomes match our intentions. In short, we keep our finger on the pulse of the lactation field so we can meet your dynamic needs as you strive to meet your clients’ dynamic needs. We are here for you!

This year our GOLD Lactation program reflects numerous changes in the field of lactation support, such as the growing need for lactation professionals to provide skilled support for complex cases, the increasing use of technology, the needs of the newest generation of parents, and the increasing recognition of the critical importance of inclusive care that supports the family as a whole. Our program provides information and skills that we all need to challenge stigma, recognize and counter biases, and increase equitable access to quality lactation support for all communities.

I’m looking forward to learning from 30 expert speakers—from diverse backgrounds across 10 different countries—to grow my professional knowledge and skills. I hope you’ll join me! This year’s conference runs from March 30 to June 29.

Early Bird registration is open until March 23, so don’t miss out on this opportunity to enjoy reduced pricing on all that this year’s conference has to offer:

Here's a special look at what went into creating this year's event in this interview with me, the Director of Communication & Master of Ceremonies Fiona Lang-Sharpe, IBCLC and GOLD Learning Director of Educational Programming Fleur D. Bickford, BSC, RN, IBCLC:

We’re gearing up for another stellar conference here at GOLD Lactation 2020 and we can’t wait to share these incredible presentations with you! Join us online from March 30 to June 29 and elevate your practice with the most up-to-date information from international experts.

We’re delighted to be joined by Closing Keynote Speaker Mona Liza Hamlin, MSN, RN, IBCLC live on April 27. Join us for either of the live presentations of this webinar and also access the recording when you reserve your free seat here:

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Mona Liza Hamlin is the nurse manager of Perinatal Resources and Community Programs for the Women & Children’s service Line at Christiana Care Hospital in Newark, Delaware. She also serves as Past-Chair to the United States Breastfeeding Committee, is a founding member of the National Association of Professional & Peer Lactation Supporters of Color, is a member of the Delaware Healthy Mother & Infant Consortium, and is a board member for the Breastfeeding Coalition of Delaware. In her work, she strives to ensure that all mothers have access to a full scope of perinatal care, support, and resources.

During “Breastfeeding as a Preventative Care Change Model: How to Affect Change”, we’ll explore the powerful impact of breastfeeding. Mona Liza will delve into how linking breastfeeding and human milk in efforts made outside of the field of lactation will improve overall efforts to improve maternal-child health. She’ll also invite us to consider how we can engage with non-traditional stakeholders and make connections where breastfeeding isn’t traditionally included.

We invite you to also join us for our full GOLD Lactation 2020 conference, with 32.5 hours of accredited education from 30 top expert speakers. To take your conference experience even further, we also offer the option of including Breastfeeding and Medically Complex Infants  and Complex Medical Issues in the Lactating Parent each with 6 hours of focused lectures.

Early Bird Registration is open until March 23, so register now to access discounted rates:

With options to join live presentations and also access recordings at your own pace, learning the latest in the field of lactation has never been easier! Fit your education around your busy schedule, avoid traveling far from clients and family, and pay a fraction of the cost of in-person conferences.

We look forward to seeing you online soon with colleagues from around the globe at GOLD Lactation 2020!

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