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RHBC East @ Greater El Monte Community Hospital
Oct 26 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Greater El Monte Community
(BF Guidelines updates)
Seminar at Good Samaritan Hospital with Dr. Jack Newman @ Good Samaritan Hospital
Nov 10 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

BreastfeedLA Presents

Dr. Jack Newman: Breastfeeding Full Circle

Thursday, Nov 10, 2016
9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Good Samaritan Hospital, Los Angeles

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Dr Jack Newman

Jack Newman, MD, FRCPC

Dr. Jack Newman graduated from the University of Toronto medical school in 1970, interning at the Vancouver General Hospital.  He did his training in pediatrics in Quebec City and then at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto from 1977-1981 to become a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in 1981 as well as Board Certified by the AAP in 1981.  He has worked as a physician in Central America, New Zealand and as a pediatrician in South Africa (in the Transkei).  He founded the first hospital based breastfeeding clinic in Canada in 1984.  He has been a consultant for UNICEF for the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, evaluating the first candidate hospitals in Gabon, the Ivory Coast and Canada.   Dr. Newman was a staff pediatrician at the Hospital for Sick Children emergency department from 1983 to 1992, and was, for a period of time, the acting chief of the emergency services.  However, once the breastfeeding clinic started functioning, it took more and more of his time and he eventually worked full time helping mothers and babies succeed with breastfeeding.  He now works at the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic and Institute based at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto.   Dr. Newman has several publications on breastfeeding, and in 2000 published, along with Teresa Pitman, a help guide for professionals and mothers on breastfeeding, called, Dr. Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding, as it’s known in Canada (revised editions, January 2003 and January 2005), and The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers, as it’s known in the US (revised edition, November 2006).  The book has been translated into French, Indonesian and Japanese and is in the process of being translated into Spanish and Italian (expected publication for both in the fall of 2010).  In 2006, Dr. Newman, along with Teresa Pitman, published The Latch and Other Keys to Breastfeeding Success (Hale Publishing) and this book is in the process of being translated into French (expected publication in the fall of 2010).  He has also, along with Edith Kernerman, developed a DVD as a teaching tool for health professionals and mothers.  It is available in English and French.  As well, it is subtitled in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.

Topics include

“What They Didn’t Teach You About Breastfeeding In Your Medical Training”

“Numbers on Demand”

“Controversies in Breastfeeding: Is Nipple Confusion Real? and What To Do When A Baby Doesn’t Gain”

“Breastfeeding and Adult Health”


Program Description

We are excited to welcome Dr. Jack Newman, pediatrician and internationally-recognized expert in lactation medicine to Los Angeles for a full day workshop!

Dr. Newman will begin the day with a phenomenal address on what physicians and others are not being told about breastfeeding in their medical training.

Next, Numbers on Demand will enhance your ability to do the math on weight loss, jaundice, and newborn hypoglycaemia.

After lunch, Dr. Newman will dive in to some of the controversies of breastfeeding support such as the realities of nipple confusion and what to do when a baby doesn’t gain weight.

Finally, Breastfeeding and Adult Health will bring the day and the topic full circle.  Don’t miss this opportunity to hear internationally-renowned physician and speaker Dr. Jack Newman!

 Program Objectives

Following the didactic presentations, participants will be able to:

– Name two facts about breastfeeding which are not commonly included in medical school education
– Identify three commonly believed “numbers-based” concepts about breastfeeding which interfere with normal breastfeeding function or milk production
– Identify three possible causes for a baby’s slow weight gain
– Name two strategies for managing a baby’s slow weight gain while protecting both baby and breastfeeding
– Describe three ways being breastfed affects a person’s health into adulthood

Location and Parking

This seminar is located at Good Samaritan Hospital, 1225 WIlshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA.  Parking is available for $8 per day.

Cancellation Policy

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

Continuing Education Credits

offered at no additional charge

Nurses: BreastfeedLA is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing. This course offers 4.8 to 6 contact hours of continuing education will be offered (depending on type of ticket you purchase). 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. 4 or 5 L CERPs will be awarded (depending on the type of ticket you purchase).

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

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Milk: An Infant Feeding Conference @ Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa
Nov 11 – Nov 12 all-day

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Presented by Mommycon

MILK is first and foremost a conference about providing information that supports feeding with confidence. The two-day event takes place in beautiful Southern California. This hybrid-style conference merges parenting events with an authentic medical conference that provides incredible information at a pricepoint that emerging professionals and parents can afford. Speakers in 2015 included: Dr. Jay Gordon, Elizabeth Bachner, Dr. Bobby Ghaheri, Kimberly Seals Allers, Dr. Henrik Norholt, and more. We aim to bring the best in emerging infant feeding practices to a discerning audience in 2016. We look forward to seeing you at MILK!

Nov 16 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
BreastfeedLA proudly presents: “An Evening of Giving” @ The Reef
Nov 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

BreastfeedLA proudly presents: An Evening of Giving

   Auction, Dinner & Entertainment at The Reef


the-reef-on-the-water-image_9-22-2016We will be honoring and recognizing local businesses, organizations, and our amazing volunteers who continuously show their support for breastfeeding and our work at BreastfeedLA.

We want to share the great work we have been doing with all of you!

Use this time to learn more about where BreastfeedLA is headed and network with colleagues and other breastfeeding supporters.


Featuring a silent auction and raffle prizes!

Three-course dinner includes: appetizer, dinner and dessert, plus a non-alcoholic beverage!

BreastfeedLA is dedicated to improving the health and well being of infants and families through education, outreach, and advocacy to promote and support breastfeeding.

If you are unable to attend, please show your support for BreastfeedLA, by donating here.

RHBC North @ TBD
Dec 1 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Strategic Planning Meeting

A BreastfeedLA Webinar: What Can I Do? Thoughts on Scopes of Practice in Lactation
Dec 6 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

A BreastfeedLA Webinar: What Can I Do? Thoughts on Scopes of Practice in Lactation

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Have you ever wondered exactly how lactation support providers are qualified, certified, or trained to help breastfeeding mothers? Have you questioned how your own certification fits into the picture of breastfeeding supporters? Do you have questions about how best to utilize the members of your lactation staff for optimal maternal/infant care?

Please join us for a live webinar on Tuesday, Dec 6, 2016 from 10a.m. to 11:00a.m. (Pacific) with Live Question and Answer Session from 11-11:30 a.m. to explore the definition of the term “scope of practice” and its applicability to the lactation support field.

Upon completion of the webinar, participants will be able to:

– define the term “scope of practice” as it applies to the lactation support provider

– identify 3 major certifying and accreditation organizations in the lactation field

– identify 3 scenarios in which a differing scope of practice would affect the type of lactation care provided

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

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Adrienne Guirguis, IBCLC, RLC, CCE, LLLL (Retired) is a Registered Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) who practices for Northeast Valley Health Corporation in the San Fernando Valley. She has more than 19 years of experience working with breastfeeding families in multiple capacities and has been an IBCLC since 2004. Since 2013 she has been an instructor, curriculum content creator, and education coordinator with California Advanced Lactation Institute, which provides lactation education for healthcare professionals and others interested in entering the lactation field. She is the President of Central Valley Lactation Association, a chapter of the United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA).

Christine Staricka, BS, IBCLC, RLC, CCE is a Registered Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in private practice. She has more than 15 years of experience working with breastfeeding families in multiple capacities and has been an IBCLC since 2009. Since 2013 she has been an instructor, curriculum content creator, and education coordinator with California Advanced Lactation Institute, which provides lactation education for healthcare professionals and others interested in entering the lactation field. She is employed by BreastfeedLA as the Policy and Education Program Manager. She is the current Director of Marketing and president-elect of the United States Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA).

Earlybird Registration Ends Nov 29, 2016 at midnight Pacific time: $25

General Registration $30

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Holiday Party with BreastfeedLA! @ Holiday Party
Dec 9 @ 11:30 am – 2:00 pm
RHBC South @ TBD
Dec 13 @ 9:00 am – 10:00 am

Strategic Planning Meeting

California Breastfeeding Summit @ Wyndham Anaheim Garden Grove
Jan 25 – Jan 27 all-day

Save the date for the 7th Annual California Breastfeeding Summit! California Dreamin’: Communities Moving Beyond the Horizon

  • 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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