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  • California Department of Public Health

    New In-Hospital Breastfeeding Data has been released!!

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Research

LA Convention Center – Breastfeeding Friendly!

BreastfeedLA is thrilled to share the amazing news that the Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) is Breastfeeding Friendly!  We spoke to Carisa Malanum, CMP, Vice President... Read More

  • Local Milk Depots!

    Donate your excess Breastmilk! Make a difference! Read more here...

  • Advocacy

    August 2017:  Just released! BreastfeedLA presents “Breastfeeding Advocacy 101 Toolkit”

     

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Get Your Nominations in for the BreastfeedLA Impact Awards!

Our Spring Into Giving event on April 29th is just around the corner!  Once again, we will be presenting our Impact Awards which highlights those... Read more

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Upcoming Events

Feb
25
Sun
Mamas Do Matter @ Sheraton Grand Hotel Downtown Los Angeles
Feb 25 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Free educational workshop for any pregnant or nursing Mama featuring :
*Bryana Kappa LMFT on Postpartum Depression and Self Care
*Francie from TheMilkinMama on Hand Expression
*Prenatal Yoga taught by Jolie Scott of Ma Yoga
Free Lunch also included

Feb
27
Tue
“Grow Our Own” Lactation Consultant Course Informational Webinar (Free)
Feb 27 @ 8:00 am

To register for the webinar, go here: https://countyofriverside.webex.com/mw3100/mywebex/default.do?siteurl=countyofriverside  and enter meeting number (listed below)

To register for lactation consultant prep course, go here: https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/tab1.aspx?EventID=1008111

 

Feb
28
Wed
RHBC East Meeting
Feb 28 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Mar
12
Mon
Sold Out! BreastfeedLA Lactation Education Specialist Training @ South LA Health Projects
Mar 12 @ 8:00 am – Mar 28 @ 5:30 pm
Sold Out! BreastfeedLA Lactation Education Specialist Training @ South LA Health Projects | Inglewood | California | United States

BreastfeedLA’s Lactation Education Specialist Training 2018 – March 12, 13, 14, 27, 28

Next Training Dates March 12, 13, 14 and March 27 and 28!

You are invited to join BreastfeedLA for our new Lactation Education Specialist Training in 2018!  Like all other 45-hour courses, our course provides the learner with a background in basic breastfeeding management in preparation for providing education and counseling to breastfeeding families and for the IBCLC® exam.

**Attendance is mandatory for all 5 class dates.**

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45-Hour Course Description
 
This lactation educator training series touches on all areas of the IBLCE Detailed Content Outline (for those preparing to sit for the IBCLC® Board Exam) and meets the Step 2 Baby-Friendly USA Staff Education Requirements, 2016 Edition. 
Lactation educators work in many settings in our community, including WIC offices, hospitals, providing education alongside doula and midwifery services, and as volunteers.  While lactation educators do not provide hands-on breastfeeding support without supervision, the scope of practice for a lactation educator does position the individual to provide prenatal breastfeeding education to groups and individuals, facilitate breastfeeding support groups, and to advocate for breastfeeding in the community and the public health realm.  
 
Prerequisites for this course include a high school diploma or GED and a passion for elevating breastfeeding as a public health strategy to imrove disparities in health outcomes.  
 
This 45-hour course in lactation education covers basic breastfeeding management techniques such as Positioning, Attachment, Physiology & Hormones of Breastfeeding, Milk Production, Common Breastfeeding Challenges, Counseling Skills, Creating a Prenatal Breastfeeding Class, Adult Learning Techniques, plus more.
 
BreastfeedLA’s Lactation Education Specialist Training was created to provide opportunities for the lactation-specific education required for all individuals aspiring to pursue board-certification as IBCLCs and to supplement the training and education of existing healthcare professionals in the area of human lactation.  All concepts, skills, and education in human lactation are taught in accordance with the IBLCE Detailed Content Outline (www.iblce.org) and meet the standards for supporting, breastfeeding practices advised by the World Health Organization, American Academy of Pediatrics, and Baby-Friendly USA.
 
Course Objectives
Following the didactic presentations and skills competency demonstrations, participants will:
  • Possess the necessary skills to educate prenatally about breastfeeding in both group and individual settings, including teaching a prenatal breastfeeding class;
  • Possess sufficient education in basic breastfeeding management to independently provide information and support to a breastfeeding parent via telephone or in a group setting, and while supervised by an IBCLC in a clinic or hospital environment;
  • Possess the necessary counseling skills to provide sensitive and culturally appropriate care to the breastfeeding parent and family;
  • Possess clinical judgment sufficient to refer breastfeeding parents appropriately to other healthcare providers including, but not limited to, IBCLCs in cases where medical issues or complex cases of lactation are present; and to 
  • Recognize and discuss solutions to alleviate common barriers to supporting a parent’s choice to exclusively breastfeed.

Completion of this course does not confer a hands-on breastfeeding support certification and participants should be supervised by an IBCLC or working under a separate healthcare credential if providing hands-on lactation care.  

Minimum 10 participants to hold class.  

BreastfeedLA prefers to accept payment via PayPal.  If you need to pay by check, your check must be received by Feb 6, 2018.  

Participant Instructions

Digital files containing the curriculum will be emailed to registered participants by March 5, 2018.  Curriculum must be printed and put in a binder prior to the first day of class.  No printed copies of the curriculum will be provided. 

Cancellation Policy

No refunds will be granted after Feb 6, 2018, unless 10 participants are not registered. 

Payment Policy

Payment must be made during the time of online registration using a credit or debit card. If you need to make alternate payment arrangements such as a company check to be mailed to BreastfeedLA, your check MUST be received no later than Feb 6, 2018 in order to honor the Early Bird rate.  

Continuing Education Credits (offered at no additional charge) – Total Number to be Determined

Registered Nurses: BreastfeedLA is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing. This course offers contact hours in continuing education will be offered. BreastfeedLA’s provider number is CEP 16435. Licensee must maintain certificate for a period of four years.

Lactation Consultants: BreastfeedLA is an approved Long-Term Provider by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners #CLT113-36. CERPs will be awarded.

Registered Dietitians: Maintain a copy of the agenda and certificate of attendance for CPEs for your professional development portfolio. 

Application has been submitted for approval of this course by the Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee (www.learrc.org)

This course is co-sponsored by California Advanced Lactation Institute

www.californiaadvancedlactationinstitute.com

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Mar
15
Thu
“Grow Our Own” Lactation Consultant/IBCLC Prep Course @ 4210 Riverwalk Parkway
Mar 15 @ 8:00 am
Mar
29
Thu
Webinar: Milk and Marijuana, First Do No Harm @ Online
Mar 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Please join us for a live webinar on Thurs, March 29, 2018 at 10am PST for a timely and informative talk to better understand how peer counselors and health professionals can best inform parents regarding cannabis use. 


Dr. Lisa Stellwagen works in the Neonatology Division at University of California, San Diego and has served as the medical director of the Newborn Medicine Service for many years. 

She led the team which resulted in Baby Friendly designation for UCSD in 2006 as well as development the SPIN program with Dr. Jae Kim in 2008.

Her clinical interests are in the importance of human milk and breastfeeding promotion, jaundice, late preterm infants, torticollis, neonatal abstinence, and most recently, the development of a milk bank in San Diego. She has been a member of the AAP Section on Breastfeeding Executive Board since 2015.

Milk and Marijuana, First Do No Harm

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Objectives,

  • Understand the prevalence and patterns of cannabis use
  • Issues with accuracy of self reporting
  • Name known effects of cannabis exposure to the newborn
  • State the quantity of THC in human milk
  • Cite professional organizations statements
  • Understand the risk of withholding human milk from at risk infants
  • Consider the social justice implications in counseling on cannabis use
  • Counsel lactating parents and provide education materials

Session description

On January 1, 2018, recreational use of cannabis became legal in California. However, a lack of research has created a lot of confusion about the safety of cannabis use for pregnant and lactating parents.

Dr. Stellwagen will discuss how to counsel families on cannabis use while breastfeeding including current data, research challenges, and social justice implications.

Recording Policy

Attendees of this webinar are not permitted to make personal recordings of the webinar for any purpose.  A recording of the webinar will be distributed to you for your own personal use approximately 48 hours after the event ends.  By completing the registration process for this event, you agree to this recording policy and consent that you will use the webinar, the recording, and the associated handouts ONLY for your own education and not share them or any photos or screenshots anywhere, including on social media.

Cancellation Policy

Written cancellations received one week prior to the event will be granted subject to a $5 fee. No refunds after this date.

Payment Policy

Payment must be made during the time of online registration using a credit or debit card. If you need to make alternate payment arrangements such as a company check to be mailed to BreastfeedLA, you MUST select the ticket option of “General Registration by Check.”  No Early Bird registration rates will apply to payments by check. This policy is in effect as of Aug 1, 2017.

Continuing Education Credits (offered at no additional charge)

Registered Nurses: BreastfeedLA is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing. This course offers 1 contact hours of continuing education will be offered. BreastfeedLA’s provider number is CEP 16435. Licensee must maintain certificate for a period of four years.

Lactation Consultants: BreastfeedLA is an approved Long-Term Provider by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners #CLT113-36. 1 L-CERPs will be awarded.

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Apr
5
Thu
RHBC North Meeting
Apr 5 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

HOST: Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital

LOCATION: The Henry Mayo Center, rooms 1 & 2 (See attached map)

PARKING: FREE, in Parking lot #23815, notated in GREEN on attached map.

TOPIC: WHO Changes to the 10 STEPS

UPDATED MediCal DME Guidelines

RESULTS from the LAC DPH RHBC Survey

**The Regional Hospital Breastfeeding Consortium (RHBC) are countywide meetings hosted by the County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Health, PAC/LAC, BreastfeedLA and the WIC program to provide ongoing support and guidance for staff from participating hospitals.

This policy initiative brings together public health officials, hospital administrators, breastfeeding and quality improvement experts to discuss meaningful ways to create systems change and improve in-hospital breastfeeding policies and practices.

We invite our community partners, FQHCs, clinics, physicians, home visitations programs to participate with our hospitals to learn about our community resources and to invite collaboration in providing seamless support for breastfeeding families.

 

RSVP to Genevieve Colvin by email at genevievecolvin@nevhc.org.

Apr
10
Tue
RHBC South Meeting
Apr 10 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Apr
23
Mon
Save the Date! BreastfeedLA Seminar @ Kaiser Permanente
Apr 23 @ 9:00 am – 4:30 pm

Details Coming Soon!

Apr
25
Wed
RHBC East Meeting
Apr 25 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am

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