“Stretching Conference Dollars in 2019” (Bonus: a list of lactation conferences with links to registrations) by Christy Jo Hendricks

Happy-New-Year-Status-2019


Happy New Year! And who can think of a better way to ring in the New Year than by intellectually stimulating your mind (and your hearts because we all know pretty much anything lactation-related makes our hearts happy). You may be asking, how do I enrich my knowledge-base and make my heart happy?


Christy Jo Hendricks, IBCLC, RLC, CLE, CCCE, CD

Well, that’s simple and the credit goes to Christy Jo, IBCLC, RLC, CD (DONA) & CAPPA CLE Faculty, owner of Birthing, Bonding & Breastfeeding, and her new, exciting initiative already in the works – Lactation University.

For those of you who weren’t aware, Christy Jo has also just recently founded an award-winning IBCLC prep coursewhich has a 100% IBCLE exam pass rate from its first year of students. Incredible, awe-inspiring and just plain brilliant!


Are you ready to see the list of all of the upcoming lactation conferences in 2019? Then just scroll down to the bottom of this post and you’ll find it there – with links to registration and costs. Thanks Christy Jo for making this so easy for us.


Are you wondering how the heck to chose which lactation conference to attend? Christy Jo has some helpful advice:


“The main considerations when selecting which educational opportunity to attend include: cost, location, date, speaker line-up and networking opportunities. Many attendees also make decisions based on who the conference will benefit, or the reputation of the organization hosting the event. Audiences may also select a conference if it provides Continuing Education Units or CEUs to attendees. I usually attend several low-cost, high-quality, local conferences and one or two international conferences annually.”


For more information on how Christy Jo stretches her hard-earned pennies to be able to take advantage (and afford) these incredible, enriching opportunities? Simply click here to find out.


Are you interested in what else Christy Jo is up to? My question is, how does she sleep?! She has so much to offer – so it’s definitely worth checking her out. You can find her on Facebook, Twitter, her professional blog, professional lactation website and more, including, but not limited to helpful and practical lactation education items that are perfect for home and hospital visits, trainings and breastfeeding classes and a picture book portraying real families breastfeeding, which goes a long way in normalizing breastfeeding titled, “Mommy Feeds Baby.”


And don’t forget to sign up for Birthing, Bonding and Breastfeeding’s (BBB) FREE newsletter here


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Freebie Friday: FREE Podcast on “Marijuana & Breastfeeding”


Yup, it’s the end of the week already. That means it’s time for FREEBIE FRIDAY! This week’s freebie is a FREE Podcast on “Marijuana and Breastfeeding”
by Anne Eglash MD, IBCLC and Karen Bodnar MD, IBCLC.


From the Institute for the Advancement of Breastfeeding & Lactation Education (IABLE) website:

“Join us to learn about the 2018 American Academy of Pediatrics statement on marijuana during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Dr. Bodnar summarizes the major points in the AAP’s 2018 statement on marijuana during pregnancy and breastfeeding. Learn the latest recommendations on how to counsel families regarding perinatal marijuana use!”

It was originally recorded in September 2018, but don’t worry, it’s still available as a podcast for free. Just click here to listen to it.

Quick tip: When you click on the link to view the Podcast, check out the “Programs” header on the left side of the site. You’ll find lots more FREE lactation resources including Podcasts, Videos, Breastfeeding Handouts, Breastfeeding Education for Healthcare Providers, Clinical
Questions for the Week, Conferences and more.

Happy listening (and learning). Oh, Happy Friday too!


Do you have an idea for FREEBIE FRIDAY? Don’t be shy! Share it with Galactablog – you will be given full credit. If you’re a company, private practice, NGO, etc. and have a FREE opportunity or item to offer to Galactablog readers, let us know. As long as you are WHO Code Compliant, you’ll be given full consideration. You can contact us here or email: galactablog@gmail.com. 

Freebie Friday: 6 FREE presentations from iLactation


iLactation is generously offering FREE access to 6 different presentations which cover a wide array of lactation topics. You can view the list of FREE presentations offered here. There’s a terrific line up of speakers and fascinating topics, so don’t miss out on this FREE opportunity.


***Disclaimer: CERPs are NOT offered for the free presentations, but you WILL gain free knowledge and resources, which is priceless. Certificates of attendance ARE offered for each presentation and these are FREE. You can use the certificate of attendance to claim for the minutes/hours you’ve spent on the individual CERPs. See here for how to do this and scroll down to ‘May I use continuing education that has not been awarded CERPs?’ for specific details.


If you are in need of CERPs or just interested in hearing more lactation-related presentations, check out iLactation’s 13th annual online breastfeeding conference. This year, iLactation’s online breastfeeding conference: “Inform • Improve • Impact,” is offering 18+ CERPs. You can view the ‘Rock Stars of Lactation’™ line-up here.  But hurry up, it’s only online until November 30,2018.


Inform • Improve • Impact
Online breastfeeding conference
Online until Nov 30, 2018

 


Do you have an idea for FREEBIE FRIDAY? Don’t be shy! Share it with Galactablog – you will be given full credit. If you’re a company, private practice, NGO, etc. and have a FREE opportunity or item to offer to Galactablog readers, let us know. As long as you are WHO Code Compliant, you’ll be given full consideration. You can contact us here or email: galactablog@gmail.com. 

Freebie Friday: FREE Keynote Presentation, “The Return of Breastsleeping: Humankind’s Oldest and Most Successful Sleep and Feeding Arrangement” by Dr. James McKenna

James J. McKenna, PhD

In celebration of Gold’s annual online Perinatal Conference, Gold Lactation is offering FREE access to its live Keynote Presentation titled, “The Return of Breastsleeping: Humankind’s Oldest and Most Successful Sleep and Feeding Arrangement” by renowned co-sleeping expert Dr. James McKanna taking place on October 29, 2018. You read that right, it’s FREE!

But you’d better hurry up and register early because access is limited to the first 500 attendees. You can reserve your free seat here.

For more information on Safe Co-Sleeping Guidelines, articles and presentations, important resources for parents, and an in-depth look into Dr. McKenna’s fascinating work and research at the Mother-Baby Behavioral Sleep Laboratory at the University of Notre Dame click here.

Fine Print: This presentation will be recorded and will be available publicly until November 15, 2018. A certificate of attendance will be available for download. For those registered for Gold’s 2018 Perinatal Conference, participants will get CERPs for the presentations and unlimited access to all conference presentations through Dec. 3. (Dec. 27 for GOLD Annual Members). Registration for Gold Perinatal Online conference is open until November 15, 2018.

FREEBIE FRIDAY: Free Template to Organize Your CERPs from Annie Frisbie, IBCLC

Annie Frisibe – IBCLC & Author

One of the joys of being an IBCLC (or preparing to become one), is keeping track of your Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs). Whether you are re-certifying or intending to take the exam for the first time, the CERPs are a necessary component of the lactation field.

CERPs aren’t just necessary for IBCLCs, in fact, any lactation specialist (and those aspiring-to-be) can benefit from CERPs. This ensures they are are getting the latest evidence-based training, recommendations and information.

Yet, with the responsibility to obtain and record dozens (and sometimes hundreds!) of different CERPs, it can become a stressful and chaotic ordeal. You may find yourself wanting to bury your head in the sand or put it off. Does “I’ll do it next year sound familiar?”

But stress no more! Annie Frisbie, IBCLC and author of the popular Paperless Private Practice for the IBCLC and the newly released IBCLC Private Practice: From Start to Strong has developed a brilliant system for organizing CERPS. Best of all, she’s offering it to you for FREE. Yup, you read that right, a free template to organize all of your CERP chaos. You can download it here.  Now all of that precious time you spent procrastinating or being overwhelmed, you can put towards obtaining more CERPs (or couch surfing, taking a yoga class, sleeping-in, deep cleaning your house – whatever your heart desires). Thanks a bunch Annie – this is literally a life-saver!

If you didn’t already know, Annie created a private Facebook group that you can join, ask questions and see what other Lactation Professionals are up to. You can join here.

If you’re interested in seeing what else Annie is up to, find her at:
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/paperlessibclc/

Website: http://paperlessibclc.com

Do you have an idea for FREEBIE FRIDAY? Don’t be shy! Please do share – I promise to give you full credit. If you’re a company, private practice, NGO, etc. and have a FREE opportunity or item to offer to Galactablog readers, please drop me a line. As long as you are WHO Code Compliant, you’ll be given full consideration. You can contact me here or email me at: galactablog@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you.

FREEBIE FRIDAY: FREE Lecture & L-CERP by Nancy Mohrbacher from Gold Lactation

GOLD Learning Online Conferences is thrilled to honour IBCLCs, those aspiring-to-be and breastfeeding supporters from around the world with this free presentation from Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA.

In “A Mother’s-Eye View of Breastfeeding Help” Nancy offers us a unique opportunity to examine breastfeeding helping situations from the mother’s point of view. This lecture draws upon relevant research to help us understand how we can be both effective and empowering in our interactions.

This presentation is available online in the GOLD Learning Library. Four weeks of access time is included with this lecture, as well as the downloadable speaker handout. Upon completion, you will be awarded 1 L-CERP – all of which are FREE! Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to advance your practice and increase your skill!

Do you have something to share for FREEBIE FRIDAY? Don’t be shy! Contact me  with your ideas. I can’t wait to hear from you.

***Disclaimer: I do not get paid for any resource, product, etc. featured on Galactablog’s ‘Freebie Friday’ series. I’m just sharing free resources I think may be beneficial to lactation professionals and those aspiring-to-be. 

2017 GOLD Online Lactation Conference – Special Discount for Galactablog Readers

Join me at GOLD Lactation 2017! As one of this year’s Speakers – tune in for my
presentation, “Contextualizing Breastfeeding in Lebanon” – I’ve been provided a special promotional code to share which for a limited time, will allow Galactablog readers to register for the event at their Early Bird pricing.

The conference runs all the way until June 2 and not only will you have access to my talk, but to that of 26 other amazing speakers. Speakers present live on scheduled days and then participants have unlimited access to the recordings throughout the conference period. It’s quite a comprehensive program with new research, clinical skills, cultural perspectives and industry discussions, plus you can interact with a vibrant professional community through live chat, forums and discussion groups.

Don’t forget about educational credits. A total of 25.5 continuing education hours will be available through the main conference and 6 hours through each of Gold’s add-on packages. Educational credits offered: 25.5 CERPs (23.5L, 2E), 25.5 CMEs, 25.5 Nursing Contact Hours / CNE’s, 2.5 MEAC Midwifery CEUs & 25.5 Dietetic CEUs.

To claim your discount, visit http://www.goldlactation.com/spring and register by April 30.

1 FREE CERP in celebration of “Happy IBCLC Day!”

happy ibclc dayMarch 4 marks the celebration of Happy IBCLC day! For those of you who don’t know what an IBCLC is – the acronym stands for an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.

In efforts to say thank you to all of the IBCLCs out there who have worked tirelessly to help breastfeeding families around the world and to show its gratitude, the GOLD Lactation 2014 Conference is offering access to a FREE presentation titled, “Demystifying Professional Certification Examination Development” presented by by Sara Lake and Rachelle Lessen of the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). This presentation is not only free but it gives you the opportunity to earn 1 FREE CERP as well.

Visit the Gold Conferences’ Online Learning Continuing Education page here for access to the FREE presentation. The presentation is 1 hour in length and accessible for 24/7 for 2 weeks. Don’t forget to claim your FREE CERP!

If you’re interested in accessing other presentations offered through the Gold Online Lactation Conference 2014, you can find more information here. Galactablog and all of its followers would like to extend a gracious thank you to the Gold Online Conference this year for providing such an incredible opportunity and access. Thank you!

If you have a Twitter account, don’t forget to tweet #HappyIBCLCday!

 

 

Gold Lactation Conference offering FREE Presentation on HIV & Breastfeeding

Gold Lactation Online Conference is offering free access to a presentation given by Pamela Morrison, IBCLC, titled “Back to the Future on HIV and Breastfeeding: The findings that transformed policy.”

“When mothers diagnosed as HIV-positive can receive full antiretroviral therapy for their own health, and when when they exclusively breastfeed to six months and continue partial breastfeeding to 12 months, then the risk of transmission of HIV to their babies can be reduced to between 0-1%.”
~Pamela Morrison, IBCLC

Make sure to check out Gold Lactation Online Conference for upcoming conferences and presentations, news and updates. Online CERPS, L-CERPs, E-CERPs, R-CERPs, CEUs are provided for a fee. 

Students and volunteers get 50% off registration.

Welcome to Galactablog

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Welcome to Galactablog! Have a look around, make yourself at home. There are lots of free resources: webinars and podcasts, handouts, journal articles, training modules, DYI breastfeeding tips, tricks and products, CERPs/CEUs and more. Topics relevant to lactation will be blogged about and shared – not only by myself, but also by lactation specialists and those aspiring-to-be from around the world.

guest postIf you have a special topic that you’re passionate about – consider writing a Guest Post. I’d love to feature it and of course, give you all the credit. Plus, you’ll have a free opportunity for shameless self-promotion. Send me your ideas here.

Galactablog has some fun weekly series – so keep your eyes out for ‘Freebie Friday,’ ‘Tuesday’s Tips & Tricks,’ ‘Words from the Wise‘ and ‘The Sunday Review.’

Check out Galactablog’s Pinterest Boards and YouTube Channel, both full of social-media-design-concept_1284-5151free breastfeeding-related videos for parents and professionals. All are free resources you can use to further your own lactation knowledge and to help those around you breastfeed. Galactablog is also on Twitter and Facebook, both as a ‘Community Group‘ and a closed, private group open to lactation professionals, those aspiring-to-be and breastfeeding supporters.

If you’re interested in furthering your lactation training, check out the various lactation training opportunities under the “Lactation Training” tab in the header. I’m not in any way affiliated with any of the programs, nor do I earn any money or incentives – I just want to disseminate the information out to those who need it. If you know of a program I’ve left out, please send the info my way so it can be included.

final the sunday review lactation programsGalactablog is the ONLY blog in the world to publish reviews of lactation training programs in the weekly ‘Sunday Review’ series, so for those of you who’ve taken these trainings and/or finished lactation training programs, consider writing a review so we can help others decide what program and will best fit their needs. You can use your name or go anoymous – up to you. You can find the review form here. Lactation programs ARE reading the reviews published and your review can help create change.

I look forward to working collaboratively in order to create FREE resources accessible worldwide to help not only my fellow Lacties, but to help encourage breastfeeding.

Stay tuned for more,
Tamara