Closing Keynote Presentation

GOLD Lactation is pleased to offer our Keynote Presentation to the general public. Our Keynote Presentation always discusses historical, biological, or sociological topics in regards to lactation and breastfeeding, and is meant to appeal to a wide range of health care professionals. We're eager to continue our work of exploring the latest research, trends, new ideas and hot topics in the world of human lactation.

We're thrilled to have Janiya Mitnaul Williams MA, IBCLC, CLC as one of our 2024 GOLD Lactation Online Conference Keynote Speakers. Janiya's presentation, "Achieving Lactation Excellence: Unleash the Power of Caring with Impact, Equity, and Evidence-Based Support", is the perfect way to close the live presentation days of our 18th Annual Lactation Conference on May 13th. We invite you to join us at either of our two live sessions or access the public recording of this talk until June 10. Simply reserve your seat to receive exclusive access. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided.

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Janiya Mitnaul Williams, MA, IBCLC, CLC

Janiya Mitnaul Williams, MA, IBCLC,CLC, is an accomplished lactation consultant, advocate, and trailblazer in the field of perinatal health equity. With over 15 years of experience, Janiya has dedicated her career to supporting nursing families and driving positive change in lactation practices.

Janiya's educational background includes degrees in Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, as well as Health & Wellness with a concentration in Human Lactation. This diverse knowledge base equips her with a holistic approach to lactation support, recognizing the unique needs of each individual and their family.

In March of 2020, Janiya made history by creating and establishing the groundbreaking Pathway 2 Human Lactation Program at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (NC), becoming the first public Historically Black College and University (HBCU) to offer a lactation program. As the Director of this pioneering program, she has set new standards in lactation education and operates an Outpatient Community-Based Lactation Clinic, providing essential support to nursing families in the local community.

Janiya's visionary leadership extends beyond the university setting. As the Co-Chair of the Perinatal Health Equity Collective for North Carolina since 2022, she leads strategic initiatives to address disparities and promote equitable access to quality perinatal services. Her passion for social justice and commitment to advancing equity in perinatal care have made a profound impact on the field.

Additionally, Janiya serves as the Co-Coordinator for Doula Services at the Women's and Children's Center at Cone Health. In this role, she works tirelessly to ensure birthing individuals and their families receive compassionate care and invaluable resources throughout their journey.

Recognizing the need for representation and cultural inclusivity within the lactation field, Janiya founded the Mahogany Milk Support Group in 2015. This empowering initiative aims to promote, encourage, and normalize nursing for Black and Brown families. Her trailblazing efforts include being the first person of color and Non-Registered Nurse to be hired as a Lactation Consultant within Cone Health's hospital system.

Driven by a passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion in lactation, Janiya strives to promote better health outcomes for Black, Brown, marginalized, and underprivileged families, who often face significant lactation barriers. Her visionary leadership, dedication to lactation equity, and unwavering commitment to empowering nursing families have earned her recognition and respect within the industry. Through her pioneering work and advocacy, Janiya is making a lasting impact on the field of perinatal health equity, creating a more inclusive and supportive environment for all nursing families.

Abstract: Achieving Lactation Excellence: Unleash the Power of Caring with Impact, Equity, and Evidence-Based Support

Placing patient-centered care at the forefront of lactation is not just important; it is pivotal. This endeavor seamlessly weaves together the intricacies of equity and evidence-based information, all while focusing intently on tailoring support to the unique needs of lactating individuals and fostering ideal communication.

For breastfeeding/chestfeeding, patient-centered care infused with equity recognizes diverse socio-cultural factors, bridging gaps in support and enriching maternal and infant health outcomes. Integrating evidence-based information bolsters lactation guidance, refining the nursing person’s experience.

However, at its core, lactation-focused care revolves around meeting individuals where they are with just moments to grasp their preferences and establish trust and empathy. Effective communication acts as the cornerstone, facilitating clear dissemination of their concerns/issues while applying shared decision-making. This empowers lactating individuals and their families by aligning feeding choices and plans with their personal objectives.

In order to revolutionize lactation support we must practice patient-centered care, while weaving in equity and evidence-based practices.This means combining fairness and using proven methods. This approach values families' experiences and encourages teamwork, making parents, infants and children healthier and happier.

Live Presentation Schedule

May 13, 2024 16:00 UTC/GMT - (Show local time)
May 13, 2024 22:00 UTC/GMT - (Show local time)

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*Only attendees registered for the full conference will be awarded educational credit for this presentation and need to view the live presentation/recording through the Attendees Dashboard.

*A Certificate of Attendance will be provided.

*Please be aware that the Handouts to this presentation are for use only by individuals who have attended the live or recorded version of this presentation; and that they are for personal use only and are not to be shared with other non-attending individuals. Thank you.