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Jose Gonzalez, Education Coordinator 
(323) 210-8505 

Lactating for a Healthier Planet: An Indigenous Perspective to Reclaiming Breastfeeding 

Please join us for a timely discussion about Lactating for a Healthier Planet: An Indigenous Perspective to Reclaiming Breastfeeding a live webinar with Mireya Gonzalez. 

Mireya Gonzalez is a first generation P’repucha Chicana Community Lactation Educator and Maternal and Child Mental Health Advocate who provides accessible, trauma-informed, culturally congruent lactation education and support for her community. Mireya is the founder of Chichihualli Lactation, a grassroots community organization that provides accessible culturally sensitive breast/chestfeeding support and education to lactating indigenous and Latinx communities in Los Angeles CA. Mireya centers lactating indigenous people of Cemanahuac/Mesoamerica in her services with an emphasis on protecting, preserving, and restoring breast/chestfeeding as an ancestral tradition, and human and reproductive right. As an indigenous mother who’s breastfed for over five consecutive years, Mireya see’s access to lactation education and support as a critical and vital component to indigenous rights, and environmental and social justice movements. In her services, Mireya takes an ecological, environmental, historical, and sociocultural approach that builds on the strengths of indigenous people, communities and family lineages. While raising awareness on correlations between indigenous breast/chestfeeding outcomes and family and community health, Mireya makes it her priority to return breast/chestfeeding resources to her urban marginalized community in order to empower indigenous breast/chestfeeding families to build on their ancestral, historical, generational, and personal resiliency. In addition to being a Community Lactation Educator and Maternal and Child Mental Health Advocate, Mireya is actively involved in influencing the lactation field by advocating for racial equity through her activism, advocacy campaigns, and collaborative efforts with doulas, local organizations, and community stakeholders.


1.5 L- CERPS and 1 Contact Hours 

The food industry, particularly dairy and meat production, have a considerable impact on the environment and mother Earth.The food industry, for example, contributes to climate change, and is a considerable drain on other resources, such as nutrients, land area, energy, and water. Costs to the environment include paper use, postage, plastic waste, and transport costs at multiple stages in the production, marketing, and sale of breastmilk substitutes. Many conversations about the benefits of breast/chestfeeding have focused on the health outcomes of the lactating individual and the infant but recent studies have highlighted the environmental cost of decades of disinvestment in services to support breast/chestfeeding. The reality is that scaling up breast/chestfeeding would result in healthier societies and nations, while also healing our mother Earth because it uses few resources and produces minimal or zero waste. This presentation will inform the general public on the importance of supporting breast/chestfeeding in efforts to reduce water, methane and our carbon footprint, and bring much needed healing to our mother earth. The presentation will address the interconnected nature of people and the planet, and the pressing need to find sustainable solutions that benefit both. We can heal our mother Earth, and reduce our carbon and ecological footprints starting with how we feed our babies. 


After this presentation parents will be able to:

  1. Determine how much water is used to produce one 35oz can of infant formula
  2. Identify 3 environmental health benefits of breast/chestfeeding
  3. Be introduced to the Indigenous concept of reclaiming traditions such as breast/chestfeeding and healing the earth for the next generations 


Cancellation Policy

After the webinar a recording will be sent to all registrants to view at their convenience, therefore no refunds will be granted

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 to proffesionals)

RN: BreastfeedLA is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing. This course offers 1 contact hours of continuing education. BreastfeedLA’s provider number is CEP 16435. Licensee must maintain certificate for a period of four years.

IBLC: BreastfeedLA is an approved Long-Term Provider by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners #CLT113-36. 1.5 L-CERPs will be awarded.

RDs & OTs: Maintain a copy of the agenda and certificate for CPEs for Professional Development Portfolio.