Tuesday, December 4, 2018 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM PST
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USC Verdugo Hills Hospital 
1812 Verdugo Blvd
Glendale, CA 91208

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Inna Henry, Education Coordinator 
(323) 210-8505 


How Breastfeeding, Talking, and Touch In Infancy Support School Success with Dia Michels



Join us for this special day-long seminar with award-winning author,

Dia L. Michels, in her debut seminar for BreastfeedLA!

Dia will entertain and enlighten in this fun day of learning about parenting in the wild, child development, and cultural attitudes — all through the lenses of lactation.
We understand a lot about science and technology, but there is also so much to learn from studying nature and biology.  In the wild, the day the child weans is the day he/she walks away.

Childhood and lactation are one-and-the-same. Everything the young need to know to the travel the path from helplessness to self-sufficiency in learned while breastfeeding. By looking at mammal mothering, we learn about the role breastmilk plays in child development and gain an appreciation of early mother-infant attachment. In the human world, there is a vast difference between breastfeeding and childhood, yet we know that the behaviors that occur organically in a breastfeeding home contribute to a child’s optimal physical growth, emotional security, and intellectual development.

Does breastfeeding also promote school readiness… and school success? Does breastfeeding play a unique role in promoting literacy? Can breastfeeding help reduce the Word Gap and diminish the Achievement Gap? The “Breast is Best” message has helped increase breastfeeding initiation rates. However, breastfeeding duration rates are well below desired levels. Are we starting too late in getting the message out that breastfeeding is the optimal way to feed a child?

How can we help kids see breastfeeding as normal in a culture where they rarely see it because moms wean early, moms nurse in private spaces, and baby dolls for kids all come with bottles? Can we increasing breastfeeding rates down the road by helping young children understand that “Breast is Normal”? Can community members providing consistent messaging that promotes breastfeeding? 

Don’t miss out on this fun day to hear both the esoteric and substantial knowledge Dia has to share! Attendees will leave with new approaches to parenting and child development—with a keen sense of how special it is to be a mammal. Join us for this lively event that includes hands-on activities, audience participation, quizzes (with prizes!), and practical information to take back to your workplace.  

Photography Policy
When registering for this event you give your consent to be interviewed, videotaped, and/or photographed for use by BreastfeedLA.  By completing the registration process for this event, you agree to this photography policy and consent that you will use the associated handouts ONLY for your own education and not share them or any photos or screenshots anywhere, including on social media.  
Certificate Policy

After completion of the course evaluation, you will be provided with a link to your continuing education certificate. Make sure to print and save your certificate. BreastfeedLA will assist you with finding your certificate for up to 1 year from the event without cost. For assistance with any certificates older than 1 year from the time of the event, BreastfeedLA charges $15 for the first certificate, and $10 for each additional certificate requested each calendar year. A $5 processing fee will be added to requests needing fulfillment within 24 hours. 

Cancellation Policy

Credit for future seminars is available under special circumstances until one week prior to event.

Payment Policy

Payment must be made during the time of online registration using a credit or debit card. If you need to make alternate payment arrangements such as a company check to be mailed to BreastfeedLA, you MUST select the ticket option of "General Registration by Check."  No Early Bird registration rates will apply to payments by check. This policy is in effect as of Aug 1, 2017.

Continuing Education Credits (offered at no additional charge)

Registered Nurses: BreastfeedLA is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing. This course offers 6 contact hours of continuing education.  BreastfeedLA’s provider number is CEP 16435. Licensee must maintain certificate for a period of four years.

Lactation Consultants: BreastfeedLA is an approved Long-Term Provider by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners #CLT113-36. 6 L-CERPs will be awarded.