GOLD Lactation Conference News

Welcome to GOLD Lactation 2021! My name is Cynthia Good. I'm an IBCLC, mental health care provider, speaker, and author who is passionate about lactation education. As Program Chair for GOLD Lactation, I'm so excited to have you join us for an amazing opportunity to expand your knowledge, improve your clinical skills, and enhance your personal growth. We've developed our program to support the 4000+ members of the GOLD community in our shared goal of improving the quality of care we provide our clients and helping them meet their lactation-related goals.

Working behind the scenes of GOLD Lactation 2021 is exciting for me because I share GOLD's dedication to making a meaningful difference in the work of lactation supporters and in the lives of the families we all serve. Building this program is a labor of love, listening, commitment, research, and accountability. Every member of Team GOLD cares deeply about lactation and its powerful impact on human health and development. We seek and review feedback and suggestions from delegates around the world who work in different settings and hold a wide variety of lactation-related credentials and roles. We consult the global wisdom, expertise, and experience of our professional advisory committee. We dive deep into research, hot topics, and social media networks to identify cutting edge information and gaps in knowledge and practice. And we actively track how well our program outcomes match our intentions. In short, we keep our finger on the pulse of the lactation field so we can meet your dynamic needs as you strive to meet your clients' dynamic needs. We are here for you!

This year our GOLD Lactation program reflects numerous changes in both the world and the field of lactation support, such as the impact of the pandemic; the growing need for lactation professionals to provide skilled support for complex cases; the increasing use of technology; updates in our understanding of lactation physiology, immunology and endocrinology; the needs of the newest generation of parents; and the increasing recognition of the critical importance of inclusive care that supports the family as a whole. Our program provides information and skills that we all need to challenge stigma, recognize and counter biases, and increase equitable access to quality lactation support for all communities.

I'm looking forward to learning from 43 expert speakers—from diverse backgrounds across 11 different countries—to grow my professional knowledge and skills. I hope you'll join me!

Mar 25

Our GOLD Lactation colouring pages are here for you! Kick back and relax with these 6 drawings or have a coloring party with everyone around you. Print them through the links and get coloring!

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If you're a Registered Delegate this year, you can find out how you can win prizes by submitting your colouring selfie through the Contests & Prizes page: https://www.goldlactation.com/contests-prizes

Show us your masterpieces! Share a selfie of your colouring party through our social media channels!

GOLD Lactation 2021 Online Conference is coming up soon and we’ll be kicking things off on March 29 with an incredible Opening Keynote webinar from Nekisha Killings, MPH, IBCLC! 

Reserve your free seat for live and recorded access to this event: https://www.goldlactation.com/conference/speakers/keynote-presentation 

Nekisha Killings is an inspiring and engaging speaker, and we’re honoured to have her back with us again. Her background includes work in health advocacy, teaching about dismantling bias, and consulting on creating strategies to better support marginalized communities. 

Her presentation “Approaching Care When You’re Barely There: Reimagining Empathy When You’ve Got Nothing Left to Give” focuses on the current reality of providing lactation support during the pandemic. We’ll hear about signs of compassion fatigue, tools for self-assessment, using a natural empathetic model of care, and engaging with families in a supportive way. This presentation is a must-watch for anyone providing care for families, so invite your friends and come join us online!

GOLD Lactation 2021 is our 15th annual online conference and it’s gearing up to be our best event yet! We have a top-notch lineup of speakers with some of the biggest and most asked about topics in lactation. Come learn the very latest about providing virtual support, the milk ejection reflex, growth of exclusively breastfed neonates, and so much more! Participate in live presentations, access recordings, and join in the conversations from March 29 to June 30.

Registration is now open! Click through for full details and to sign up: https://www.goldlactation.com/conference/registration 

We look forward to seeing you online at GOLD Lactation 2021 with Nekisha Killings!

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