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    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

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    October 10 & 11, 2018 BreastfeedLA Summit

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Summit Agenda 2018

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Upcoming Events

Oct
16
Tue
BreastfeedLA Lactation Education Specialist Training October 2018 @ SLAHP @ SLAHP
Oct 16 @ 8:00 am – Oct 30 @ 5:30 pm

Lactation Education Specialist Training 2018 – Oct 16, 18, 23, 25, 30

Early Bird Price: $495.00

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.

Download Brochure Here

**Attendance is mandatory for all 5 class dates including October 16, 18, 23, 25, 30

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.
BreastfeedLA prefers to accept payment via PayPal. If you need to pay by check, your check must be received by August 28, 2018 for Early Bird registration and September 7, 2018 for regular registration.
Participant Instructions
Digital files containing the curriculum will be emailed to registered participants by June 15, 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 October 2, 2018.
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 October 2, 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

 

Oct
24
Wed
RHBC East Meeting
Oct 24 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Nov
1
Thu
Serving LGBTQIA+ and Gender Non-Conforming Families in Lactation @ Dignity Health St. Mary’s Medical Center
Nov 1 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Please join us for a day-long seminar focused on serving LGBTQ+ families. The seminar will cover terminology, ethical considerations,  inclusivity and the unique needs of queer, trans and gender non-conforming parents during lactation.

This seminar is designed to raise awareness, offer a safe space to ask questions, and give participants the necessary tools to provide care that meets the needs of all families.

Faculty

Dr. Wendy Ashley holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, a Masters in Social Work and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker.  She has over twenty years of social work experience, is the author of multiple publications, speaks at conferences internationally, maintains a private practice and provides training for community agencies.

Gina Buccolo is an IBCLC, a writer, a teacher, a mother, and a passionate advocate for babies and families. She currently works as an inpatient and outpatient lactation consultant at UCLA Health, as a private practice lactation consultant, and for the UCSD lactation education program. She is particularly passionate about working with families with complex medical issues, such as autoimmune conditions and depression, as well as LGBTQ families.

Maricela de Rivera is a CLEC and Co-Founder/Director of Long Beach Breastfeeds. She is an active volunteer in the city of Long Beach and runs a support group for breastfeeding/chestfeeding families.

Objectives
Following the didactic presentations, participants will be able to:

At the end of the program, participants will be able to:

•Understand ways that LGBTQIA+ people are underserved in lactation

•Offer a welcoming and nurturing environment for their LGBTQIA+ clients and their families

•Provide culturally responsive lactation support for LGBTQIA+ clients and their families
Certificate Policy

After completion of the course evaluation, you will be provided with a link to your continuing education certificate. Make sure to print and save your certificate. BreastfeedLA will assist you with finding your certificate for up to 1 year from the event without cost. For assistance with any certificates older than 1 year from the time of the event, BreastfeedLA charges $15 for the first certificate, and $10 for each additional certificate requested each calendar year. A $5 processing fee will be added to requests needing fulfillment within 24 hours.

Cancellation Policy

Credit for future seminars is available under special circumstances until one week prior to event.

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 6 contact hours of continuing education.  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. 5 L-CERPs will be awarded.

Nov
2
Fri
Certified Lactation Specialist Program: Oakland and Santa Rosa, CA
Nov 2 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

This class offers comprehensive information on breastfeeding with an emphasis on hands-on skills to enable the provider to give effective and individualized assistance to breastfeeding mothers.

Instructor: Roseanne Gephart, MSN, CNM, IBCLC

Rosanne has worked with breastfeeding women for 40 years in clinics, hospitals, birth centers and at homes. She founded the Womens Health & Birth Center in Santa Rosa, California and Better Beginnings a non-profit with the mission of helping more babies receive the best food in the world….human milk.

 

Please see attached flyer for dates and details!!

 

LSP Flyer 2018 B

Nov
3
Sat
Certified Lactation Specialist Program: Oakland and Santa Rosa, CA
Nov 3 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

This class offers comprehensive information on breastfeeding with an emphasis on hands-on skills to enable the provider to give effective and individualized assistance to breastfeeding mothers.

Instructor: Roseanne Gephart, MSN, CNM, IBCLC

Rosanne has worked with breastfeeding women for 40 years in clinics, hospitals, birth centers and at homes. She founded the Womens Health & Birth Center in Santa Rosa, California and Better Beginnings a non-profit with the mission of helping more babies receive the best food in the world….human milk.

 

Please see attached flyer for dates and details!!

 

LSP Flyer 2018 B

Nov
4
Sun
Certified Lactation Specialist Program: Oakland and Santa Rosa, CA
Nov 4 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm

This class offers comprehensive information on breastfeeding with an emphasis on hands-on skills to enable the provider to give effective and individualized assistance to breastfeeding mothers.

Instructor: Roseanne Gephart, MSN, CNM, IBCLC

Rosanne has worked with breastfeeding women for 40 years in clinics, hospitals, birth centers and at homes. She founded the Womens Health & Birth Center in Santa Rosa, California and Better Beginnings a non-profit with the mission of helping more babies receive the best food in the world….human milk.

 

Please see attached flyer for dates and details!!

 

LSP Flyer 2018 B

Nov
9
Fri
Save The Date: La Leche League of SoCA/Nev Network Conference @ Embassy Suites Arcadia/Pasadena
Nov 9 @ 8:00 am – Nov 11 @ 8:00 pm

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Nov
12
Mon
OCLCA General Meeting @ Kaiser Irvine
Nov 12 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join the Orange County Lactation Consultant Association general meeting on the 2nd Monday of February, May, August, and November.

Kaiser Irvine
6650 Alton Pkway
Medical Office Blding 2 5th Floor, Conference Rm 1

Subscribe to our newsletter to get Orange County lactation news at www.oclca.org
(Informal coffee meetups happen every intervening month.)

Meetings are open to lactation professionals including IBCLCs, CLEs, CLECs, LLL leaders, and students of these professions.

Nov
21
Wed
RHBC West Meeting
Nov 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Dec
5
Wed
BreastfeedLA Lactation Education Specialist Training December 2018 @ SLAHP
Dec 5 @ 8:00 am – Dec 13 @ 5:30 pm

Lactation Education Specialist Training 2018 – Dec 5, 6, 11, 12, 13

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.

Download Brochure Here

**Attendance is mandatory for all 5 class dates including December 5, 6, 11, 12, 13

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.
BreastfeedLA prefers to accept payment via PayPal. If you need to pay by check, your check must be received by August 28, 2018 for Early Bird registration and September 7, 2018 for regular registration.
Participant Instructions
Digital files containing the curriculum will be emailed to registered participants by November 28, 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 November 21, 2018.
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 November 21, 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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