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UCSD Lactation Educator Counselor Course Start Date – Orange, CA
Feb 27 @ 8:00 am – May 12 @ 5:00 pm

This is the first date of the 5-day CLEC course offered by UCSD Extension.

Dates for this course are (2017) : Feb 27, 28, March 1, and May 11 and 12.

Additional details and enrollment information are available at


BreastfeedLA Webinar – CPSP Medi-Cal Billing for Lactation Services @ Online
Mar 2 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am


A BreastfeedLA Webinar featuring Meg Beard, MPH, MCHES, RDN, IBCLC

Breastfeeding Support Through Medi-Cal: Reimbursement through CPSP as an FQHC


Please join us for a live webinar on Thursday, March 2, 2017 from 10a.m. to 11:00a.m. (Pacific)  with Live Question and Answer Session from 11-11:30 a.m.

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Program Description:

We are proud to present a one-hour webinar followed by Q&A focused on building understanding about how to develop a pathway for reimbursement for lactation services in your agency. 


Guidance will be provided to help you to determine the important factors you will need to explore as you create a plan for your agency to generate revenue for lactation services.


By identifying professionals who are able to bill for breastfeeding care and considering your agency’s FQHC or CPSP status*, attendees will be able to form a plan for seeking reimbursement.


*It will be helpful for you to find out prior to the webinar whether your agency has FQHC or CPSP status (or both.) 


Following the didactic presentations, participants will be able to:

– List three types of professionals who are able to bill for breastfeeding
– Review the differences in billing for an FQHC or CPSP provider
– Identify the next steps for your agency to generate revenue for breastfeeding


This webinar is approved for 1 E-CERP and 1 CEU.  


Meg Beard, MPH, MCHES, RDN, IBCLC has been the Breastfeeding Coordinator for Santa Barbara County WIC in California for the last 18 ½ years and chairs and writes grants for the Santa Barbara County Breastfeeding Coalition. Santa Barbara County was one of the first agencies to generate new revenue for IBCLC visits and was the recipient of the California state WIC “Best Practice Award” in 2003 and 2009.  Her experiences in implementing the steps to reimbursement are a valuable tool for many agencies. 


Earlybird Registration Ends Feb 22, 2017 at midnight Pacific time  $25 

Live Webinar Access (includes Recorded Webinar Access) Available until 3/2/17 at 9a.m.Pacific  $30

Recorded Webinar Access  $30

Webinar Software

 This webinar will be conducted using Zoom software.  Instructions on how to access the webinar will be included in a registration confirmation email.

Participant Confirmation, Handouts and Certificates

 Registration confirmation will be sent to participants via email.  Presentation handouts are sent via e-mail 2 business days prior to the seminar.  Certificates of attendance and continuing education will be delivered to attendee via email following completion of webinar evaluation.

Cancellation Policy

Written cancellations received by Midnight Pacific Time on Feb 22, 2017 will be granted, subject to a $5 fee. No refunds after this date. 


Antelope Valley Breastfeeding Coalition Seminar @ Antelope Valley Hospital
Mar 3 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Red Flags: When is Exclusive Breastfeeding Not a Safe Care Plan?

Identifying and supporting the at-risk dyad.

Susan Aldana, IBCLC
Karen Peters, MBA, RD, IBCLC

Both instructors are experienced breastfeeding trainers. They have been faculty members of BreastfeedLA and taught the Birth and Beyond Los Angeles course throughout California assisting hospitals to meet the staff education requirement of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative. They are accredited La Leche Leaders, Board Certified Lactation Consultants and LLLI Peer Counselor Program Administrators.

Sessions include

  • Keeping the Breastfed Baby Safe: Time sensitive identification of at risk mothers and infants
  • Excessive Weight Loss and Elevated Bilirubin: Developing a care plan to ensure adequate infant intake and support the breastfeeding relationship
  • Insufficient Milk Supply: Helping mothers make more milk
  • Putting it into Practice: Case Studies

Registration includes

Continental breakfast, lunch, and continuing education credit.

LLL Leader Discount

Please contact Rhonda at events@LLLPacific for the discount code for current La Leche League Leaders.


Free parking is available in front of the building.


Printable event brochure here

Session Descriptions

Exclusively breastfeeding babies require appropriate assessment and monitoringto ensure that they are receiving adequate nutrition. In order to prevent excessive weight loss , dehydration and hospital readmission, we will discuss the red flags that alert us to breastfeeding dyads who require an alternate care plan. Hear how anticipatory guidance, preventive use of mothers own milk, and hand expression can be employed to support breastfeeding.

When excessive weight loss or jaundice occurs, breastfeeding mothers need specific guidance on what and how to supplement, and when and how to safely reduce supplementation and achieve exclusive breastfeeding. We will also explore care plans when exclusive breastfeeding is not possible.

“Not enough milk” is the most common reason for breastfeeding cessation. Yet, there are many, often interrelated causes, of insufficient milk supply. No matter the root cause, many women lose confidence in their ability to make enough milk. We will discuss strategies you can use to help mothers develop trust in their body,  initiate a robust milk supply, or increase a low milk supply.

Case studies and scenarios will wrap up the day so that we can practice the information from the earlier sessions to support exclusive breastfeeding and keep babies safe from lack of milk. 

Session Objectives

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

  • List three dangers of undifferentiated lactation management;
  • Identify three strategies for increasing the use of mothers own milk in preventive supplementation;
  • List six strategies to increase milk supply; and to
  • Describe four steps to implement weaning from supplementation and restoring exclusive breastfeeding.

Target Audience

Registered Nurses, Registered Dietitians, Nutritionists, Occupational Therapists, Lactation Consultants & Educators, LLL Leaders, Breastfeeding USA Counselors, Health Educators, CPHWs,  Case Managers, Home Visitors, Doulas, Breastfeeding Peer Counselors, Students, and others interested in supporting families in the initiation and maintenance of breastfeeding.

Participant Confirmation and Handouts

Registration confirmation will be sent to participants providing an e-mail address.  If available, presentation handouts are sent via e-mail 2 business days prior to the seminar.

Continuing Education Credit 

Nurses: The Perinatal Advisory Council – Leadership, Advocacy and Consultation (PAC/LAC) is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing Provider CEP 5862.  This course is approved for 6 contact hours of continuing education credit.


Lactation Consultants: Application for Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs) has been submitted to the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners.


Registered Dietitians: Maintain a copy of the agenda and certificate for CPEs for their Professional Development Portfolio.


Childbirth Educators: Most childbirth education associations accept the CERPs (5L) for lactation consultants.

Cancellation Policy

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

Sponsored by

La Leche League, Pacific Horizons Area

Co-sponsored by

Antelope Valley Breastfeeding Coalition
Antelope Valley Hospital
WIC Program Antelope Valley Hospital



9:00 Registration
9:30 Keeping the Breastfed Baby Safe: Time sensitive identification of at risk mothers & infants
10:45 Break
11:00 Excessive Weight Loss and Elevated Bilirubin: Developing a care plan to ensure adequate infant intake and support the breastfeeding relationship
12:15 Lunch
1:15 Insufficient Milk Supply: Helping mothers make more milk
2:30 Break
2:45 Putting It Into Practice: Case Studies
4:00 Adjourn


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Antelope Valley Hospital- City of Hope Building
44151 15th Street West
Lancaster, CA 93534

Friday, March 3, 2017 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PST)

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UCSD Lactation Educator Counselor Course Start Date – Mission Hills, CA
Mar 7 @ 8:00 am – May 3 @ 5:00 pm

This is the first date of the 5-day CLEC course offered by UCSD Extension.

Dates for this course are (2017) : March 7, 8, 9 and May 2 and 3.

Additional details and enrollment information are available at


March of Dimes 2017 Annual Birth Conference: Improving Maternal and Neonatal Outcomes @ Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa
Mar 13 – Mar 14 all-day

Click here for more information


The conference will focus on evidence-based practice and the latest in research, bedside and community health care for both mom and baby.

Introducing NEW Public Health Workshop Sessions!

CHES units will now be available.

Continuing Education credits will be available.

Our annual Poster Session will highlight innovative programs in perinatal, neonatal and public health care. Poster Session abstracts will be accepted from early January 2017.

OCLCA General Meeting @ Kaiser Irvine
Mar 13 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join the Orange County Lactation Consultant Association general meeting on the 2nd Monday of each month at

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

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

BreastfeedLA Steering Committee Meeting @ South LA Health Projects
Mar 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
OCLCA North Meet-Up @ Buena Park
Mar 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Join us to network with your lactation professional colleagues serving North Orange County.

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To sign up for OCLCA’s newsletter and be notified of future events, please visit

RHBC West Meeting
Mar 15 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


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Maternal Mental Health NOW! Presents A Comedy Show with Melissa Bangs @ Lineage Performing Arts Center
Mar 17 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

In September 2012, at 40 years old, Melissa Bangs gave birth to her beautiful daughter Adelaide.  A month later, dramatically hormone depleted and sleep deprived, Melissa is admitted to the Providence Psychiatric Facilities in a complete manic state.  After nearly a month, she is sent home with a bipolar diagnosis and on lithium.  What comes next is an extraordinary journey.

On her path back to wholeness, one of the things Bangs did was read her entire 100 plus page hospital record.  Somewhere, around page 87, there is a nurse’s note that looks as if it were scribbled late at night after a long shift.  It reads, “Patient says she will do comedy on this experience.”  Upon reading this, Bangs laughed out loud.

The psych team couldn’t have possibly known that Bangs has been a storyteller her entire life and did comedy for a stint, as a student, at the Upright Citizens’ Brigade in New York City.  They couldn’t have known that transforming details from the most painful experience of her life into a room full of laughter would prove healing for so many.


The show will be performed on March 17 and 18, both showtimes at 7 p.m. (Doors open at 6 p.m.)

Tickets are $24 or $21 when purchased in advance at


  • California Department of Public Health

    New In-Hospital Breastfeeding Data.

    Read more here!

  • Healthcare

    The Regional Hospital Breastfeeding Consortium (RHBC) meetings to provide ongoing support and guidance for staff from participating hospitals. Learn more

  • LA Convention Center-Breastfeeding Friendly!

    Learn more here.

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