GOLD Learning Education News

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: https://www.goldlactation.com/conference/registration

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: