GOLD Lactation Conference News

Laurel Wilson

GOLD Lactation is proud to bring you our 12th annual online conference. Lactation educators from around the globe look forward to this annual event and count on GOLD to be their source for trusted top-of-the-line education. Our 2018 conference promises to be another excellent event with leading professional speakers and the most current topics.

To kick off our 2018 Lactation conference, we’re proud to welcome Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, BSC, CLE, CLD, CCCE with her Opening Keynote Presentation “Talk To Me: How Breastmilk Acts as a Communication and Gene Expression Tool Between Mother and Child”.

Laurel is board certified as a lactation consultant, childbirth educator, labor doula, lactation educator, Prenatal ParentingTM Instructor, and Pre and Postpartum fitness educator. Over the past 25 years, she has co-authoring best selling books, worked directly with families, helped hospitals seeking BabyFriendly Status, and trained Childbirth Educators and Lactation Educators. GOLD has had Laurel as a speaker on numerous occasions and her presentations always leave attendees feeling inspired and informed.

Beyond being an optimal source of dynamic nutrition, breast milk plays an important role in gene activation and long-term health in both mother and child. Researchers believe that messenger RNAs and stem cells are key in appropriate developmental pathways for the baby. In this presentation, we’ll hear how these messenger RNAs communicate genetic information to baby, impact the mother’s postpartum mental state, and influence health for years even after weaning.

Reserve your free seat and join us! This Opening Keynote presentation will take place on April 3 at 16:00 UTC/GMT and again at 22:00 UTC/GMT, then will be available as a recording on our website.

Meg NagleOur Closing Keynote “What to Do When the Laid-back Breastfeeding Position Doesn’t Work…Self Attachment, the Flipple Technique and the Koala Hold all with a ‘Hands off’ Approach” with Meg Nagle , IBCLC will take place live on April 30 at 13:00 UTC/GMT and again at 23:00 UTC/GMT. This presentation will also be available on our website as a recording.

Meg Nagle brings together her background in counselling and sexual health with her personal, professional, and volunteer experiences with breastfeeding. Meg has written extensively about breastfeeding and was filmed for "Lactaboobiphobia", a documentary based on a piece her writing.

In this Closing Keynote, Meg helps us tackle the all-too-common difficulty of poor latch. Attendees will delve into various techniques that help to get as much breast tissue into baby’s mouth as possible. The focus will be to empower mom and baby to achieve this latch on their own, without physical help from the breastfeeding support person. Be sure to reserve your free seat for this presentation so you can create change with families who are struggling.

For access to all of our 39.5 hours of education, register for the full GOLD Lactation 2018 conference. Discounts are available for students, volunteers, and groups of 10 or more so be sure to see if you qualify.

We’re thrilled to share this exciting event with you, and we look forward to seeing you at our GOLD Lactation 2018 conference!



As the GOLD Lactation Online Conference turns 12 years old, we're starting the festivities early by giving away a few fantastic prizes. Simply by registering for the conference by February 14 Extended until February 19!, you'll be automatically entered into our draw. You can also earn extra entries when you share this Facebook & Twitter post! Spread some love by leaving us a comment. We'd LOVE to know more about how you help breastfeeding families.

This year, we're giving away some amazing goodies including:

  • Apple iPad with WiFi 32GB (in your choice of Gold, Silver or Space Gray) - Winner: Shannon Gainey
  • Gift Package for creams and oils from MotherLove - Winner: Tina Sawchuk
  • Breastfeeding Atlas (6th Edition) by GOLD Lactation Alumni Speakers Barbara Wilson-Clay and Kay Hoover - Winner: Karen Taylor
  • Free Add-on Lecture Packs & GOLD Learning Lecture Library Credits - Winner: Chelsey Goller

Remember, all you have to do is register on/by February 19th to be entered into this draw.

GOLD Lactation 2018 offers 27 hours of education from 32 amazing global Speakers. GOLD Lactation attracts over 2700 participants from 70 countries last year, making it the largest & signature event for professionals, students & volunteers working with breastfeeding mothers.

Winners will be announced on shortly after February 19th.

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Laurel Wilson GOLD Lactation 2018 marks our 12th annual online conference and we’re thrilled to share another outstanding event with you! With top of the line speakers and an ever-growing number of global delegates our annual conference is the go-to source for reliable and engaging online education.

With a stellar line up of leading speakers in the industry, our 2018 conference is the professional development event you’ve been looking for. Topics covered in the main conference include barriers to breastfeeding, postpartum mood disorders, chronic breast pain, marijuana use during lactation, and much more. Our add-on lecture packs Breastfeeding Education & Advocacy and Optimizing Milk Production offer the opportunity to delve into these key area with focused presentations on these emerging topics.

Early bird registration is open until March 16. Discounts are available to students and volunteers as well as for groups of ten or more. The main conference gives you access to up to 27.5 education hours, and the lecture packs give the option of adding in an additional 6 hours each.

Join us on April 3 with Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, BSC, CLE, CLD, CCCE to kick off the conference with her free Opening Keynote “Talk To Me: How Breastmilk Acts as a Communication and Gene Expression Tool Between Mother and Child”. In this presentation, Laurel will share the latest research on the contribution of messenger RNAs and stem cells in infant development and gene activation. Attendees will gain new appreciation for the importance of breastmilk in the establishment of long-term health. This will be a presentation not to miss!

Live presentations will take place between April 9 and April 24 during a variety of time slots to accommodate our international delegates. Presentations will be available as recordings on the website, allowing plenty of flexibility to watch at your own pace. Fill out your attendance record upon completion of each live or recorded presentation and your conference certificate will be available for download after submitting your final attendance record.

The live portion of the conference will wrap up on April 30 with our Closing Keynote “What to Do When the Laid-back Breastfeeding Position Doesn’t Work…Self Attachment, the Flipple Technique and the Koala Hold all with a ‘Hands off’ Approach” with Meg Nagle, IBCLC. This presentation will zero in on creating the best latch possible while empowering the nursing dyad. Meg’s tips and  insights will cover self-attachment in the side-lying position, self-attachment in the koala hold, and the flipple technique. This presentation is essential for anyone working with dyads struggling with latch!

Connecting with speakers and fellow delegates to enhance your learning experience has never been easier! With exclusive online forums, a dedicated Facebook group, and live tweeting from our social media team, there are plenty of opportunities to extend your learning experience.

Once the live days are wrapped up, delegates enjoy an extended period to access recordings at their convenience. June 4 will be the final day to watch recordings and download certificates for delegates, with GOLD Annual members receiving an extra 3 weeks.

We look forward to sharing this event with new and returning delegates alike. We’ll see you at GOLD Lactation 2018!

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