Lactation Education and Related Meetings/Events

Lactation Education and Related Meetings/Events

Information and Resources for Local Agencies


MN WIC Program

On this page:
Lactation Training Opportunities, Meetings and MN WIC Breastfeeding coordinator meetings
Technical Assistance & Materials for Continuing Education at Your Agency
Additional Sources for Lactation Education


Other related topics:
Breastfeeding materials
International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners - How to Become an IBCLC
Medications and potential contraindication to breastfeeding


Lactation Training Opportunities, Meetings and MN WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator Meetings

Only training in MN and adjacent states is listed here. MN WIC breastfeeding coordinator calls and meetings, and some trainings open only to WIC staff are also listed. When possible, WIC makes their trainings available to others, but sometimes there are limits on attendance.


2018

April 17, 2018 (and the 3rd Tuesday of each month) (Free Webinar, with CERPs) Breastfeeding Duration: dismantling roadblocks and changing systems. Register. View past webinars, sign up for notification for future webinars.

April 26 & 27, 2018. (Blaine, MN) Grow and Glow Training for WIC Staff. Contact your local WIC program if you are a community partner and would like more information or are interested in attending. This location is full. We are accepting waiting list registrations.

May 2 & 3, 2018 (Detroit Lakes, MN) "Excellence in Care with the Ten Steps" Hosted by Essentia Health St Mary's / Presented by Evergreen Perinatal Education, Molly Pessl, RN, BSN, IBCLC, FILCA, Registration For more information call Amy Vogt: 218-844-0761

May 3 & 4, 2018. (Brainerd, MN) Grow and Glow Training for WIC Staff. Contact your local WIC program if you are a community partner and would like more information or are interested in attending. A limited number of spaces are available for community partners. Contact your local WIC breastfeeding coordinator for more information.

May 7-11, 2018 (Mora, MN) Lactation Counselor Training Course

May 8 & 9, 2018 (Minneapolis, MN) "Excellence in Care with the Ten Steps." Hosted by Fairview Health Services and University of Minnesota Health / Presented by Evergreen Perinatal Education. Speaker Molly Pessl, RN, BSN, IBCLC, FILCA, Wilf Family Center Auditorium, University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, 2450 Riverside Ave S, Minneapolis MN 55454 Registration www.mhealth.org/lactationcourses. For more information: Mark Spitzack mspitza1@fairview.org or 612-672-4119

June 1, 2018 (Madison, WI) The Milk Mob's 2nd Annual Art & Science of Breastfeeding Conference – "Breastfeeding and Human Lactation is a field that intertwines cultural practices, evidenced-based clinical knowledge, and the bench research that seeks to explain our intuitions and experience. Our conference couples both the art of infant feeding with new and emerging scientific explanations of clinical phenomena that we observe when working with breastfeeding dyads." For additional information, and to register, please visit The Milk Mob website or email allison@themilkmob.org.

June 7, 2018, 3:00 – 4:00 pm (Conference Call) New WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator Orientation. A conference call for new WIC Breastfeeding Coordinators. For more information: mary.b.johnson@state.mn.us

June 2018 (Statewide) MN WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator Calls. See Wednesday update for call in number & passcode. Dates / times:

  • Wednesday, June 20, 9 – 10 am
  • Thursday, June 21, 11:30 am to 12:30 pm or 3:00 to 4:00 pm
  • Monday, June 25, 1:00 to 2:00 pm

June 22, 2018. (St Paul, MN) Metro Breastfeeding Meeting.

July 9 – 13, 2018 (Tentative) (Brainerd, MN) training for WIC staff. See Wednesday Update for information.

July 17, 2018, 9:00 am (Conference Call) New WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator Orientation. A conference call for new WIC Breastfeeding Coordinators. For more information: mary.b.johnson@state.mn.us

August 2 & 3, 2018. (Tentative) training open to others. Watch for updates and location information.

Saturday & Sunday, August 11-12, 2018 (St. Paul, MN) KangaroulaTM Training. Speakers Jill Bergman and Dr. Nils Bergman. For more information, contact Chris Clark at mcw.clark@gmail.com The training will be held at Regions Hospital.

September 10-14, 2018 (Milwaukee, WI) Lactation Counselor Training Course

September 20-21, 2-18 (Wadena, MN) Speaker Dr. Jenny Thomas (Dr. Jen 4 Kids on Facebook). Sponsored by Todd Wadena Healthy Connections.

October 1-5, 2018 (Waite Park, MN) Lactation Counselor Training Course

October 3 & 4, 2018 (Detroit Lakes, MN) "Excellence in Care with the Ten Steps" Hosted by Essentia Health St Mary's / Presented by Evergreen Perinatal Education, Molly Pessl, RN, BSN, IBCLC, FILCA, Registration For more information call Amy Vogt: 218-844-0761

October 8-12, 2018 (Metro, MN) "Foundations for Best Practice in Lactation Care" Hosted by Fairview Health Services and University of Minnesota Health/ Presented by Evergreen Perinatal Education. Molly Pessl, RN, BSN, IBCLC, FILCA and Christine Muenz, BA, MA, CLE To register: www.mhealth.org/lactationcourses. For more information: Mark Spitzack mspitza1@fairview.org or 612-672-4119

October 16/17, 2018 (Minneapolis, MN) "Excellence in Care with the Ten Steps" Hosted by Fairview Health Services and University of Minnesota Health / Presented by Evergreen Perinatal Education, Molly Pessl, RN, BSN, IBCLC, FILCA, and Christine Muenz, BA, MA, CLE Wilf Family Center Auditorium, University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital, 2450 Riverside Ave S, Minneapolis MN 55454 Registration www.mhealth.org/lactationcourses For more information: Mark Spitzack mspitza1@fairview.org or 612-672-4119

October 29 – Nov 2, 2018 (Bismarck, ND) Lactation Counselor Training Course

NEW DATE! Thursday, November 8, 2018 (Twin Cities Metro) MBC workshop. For more information: https://mnbreastfeedingcoalition.org/

NEW DATE! Friday, November 9, 2018 (Twin Cities Metro) MBC annual meeting. For more information: https://mnbreastfeedingcoalition.org/

November 12-16, 2018 (Madison, WI) Lactation Counselor Training Course

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Technical Assistance & Materials for Continuing Education at Your Agency

Technical assistance available to MN WIC staff by phone, email or a site-visit. Contact Mary B. Johnson at mary.b.johnson@state.mn.us or 651-201-4406.

Loving Support workshops can be scheduled for 2018, when requested by MN local WIC programs. This workshop focuses on Three-Step Counseling and addresses the counseling process rather than specific management of breastfeeding. We will discuss how the counselor can work with clients to:

  • Identify potential barriers and strengths related to breastfeeding;
  • Address the barriers and reassure the client; and
  • Provide information relevant to the client.

This training will provide you with the opportunity to learn and practice a technique for breastfeeding counseling which can be used for counseling on other nutrition topics. While geared primarily for new CPA staff and those not able to attend an earlier workshop, any CPA who would like a review is welcome, as are your community partners (representatives from hospitals, clinics, LLL, other breastfeeding advocates). Please make sure everyone is registered. There is no charge for the training. CEUs available.

To schedule a workshop in your community contact Mary Johnson at mary.b.johnson@state.mn.us or 651-201-4406 if you would like a workshop in your community. You are welcome to invite your community partners.

This information is provided to encourage WIC staff and others to develop their knowledge of lactation-related issues, for your convenience, and is not meant as an endorsement of any particular course or organization. If you know of other lactation-related training opportunities in Minnesota or Border States, please send an e-mail to mary.b.johnson@state.mn.us and include as much information as you can about date, location, topics, who to contact for more information, and a URL if available.

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Additional Sources for Lactation Education

Although the MN State WIC Program has provided these links as additional potential sources for breastfeeding continuing education, this information is for your convenience, and is not meant as an endorsement of any particular course or organization.

List of Breastfeeding Conferences by State

International Lactation Consultant Association Directory of Lactation Course Providers

Evergreen Perinatal Education

Bright Futures Lactation Resource Center

Global Online Discussion (Offers online conference each May)

Lactation Education Resources

The Lactation Institute's Lactation Educator Certificate Program

Lactation Education Consultants (Certified lactation Specialist and Two-Day Cram Review Courses)

International Lactation Consultant Association Independent Study Modules

Lactation Education Counselor Training

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