Thursday, April 20, 2023                    8:00am-4:30pm

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Fresno Fields, Wedgewood Weddings 
4584 W Jacquelyn Ave
Fresno, CA 93722

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Lupe Manzano
California Health Collaborative
                         Keynote Speaker

Melissa Cole, MS, IBCLC, RLC

Melissa Cole is a board certified lactation consultant, neonatal oral-motor assessment professional, and clinical herbalist in private practice. Melissa has been passionate about providing comprehensive, holistic lactation support and improving the level of clinical lactation skills for health professionals. She enjoys teaching, researching and writing about wellness and lactation-related topics. Melissa holds a bachelor of science degree in maternal child health and lactation consulting and her master's work is in therapeutic, clinical herbalism. Melissa actively conducts research and collaborates with several lactation and health care professional associations. 

Additional Presenters:

Adrienne Guirguis, IBCLC, RLC, CCE, LLLL (Ret) 

Adrienne Guirguis has over 25 years of experience in helping breastfeeding infants and their families. She began her journey into the world of lactation after struggling to breastfeed her oldest son. Adrienne became an accredited La Leche League Leader and was able to help babies breastfeed. Her experience with La Leche League led Adrienne to become a International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). She has been board certified for 19 years and has experience with a wide range of problems that may be experienced by new families. Adrienne has worked in hospitals for over 10 years and then worked in community health for many years. She is a clinical practitioner, working hands on with families to improve feeding outcomes. Adrienne also is an educator, working within the community to teach others the skills necessary to become lactation counselors and eventually board certified lactation consultants. 

Conference Topics:

  • Beyond the Basics Of Latch: Support Strategies for Helping Babies When the Basics Aren't Enough
  • Clinical Lactation Tools: Bottles, Tubes and Shields, Oh my!
  • A Role for All Lactation Care Providers to Help Breastfeeding Families
  • Supporting Clients Where they are at While Recognizing the Importance of Breastfeeding 
  • Panel of Front Line Lactation Support Advocates: Bridging the Gap from Inpatient to Outpatient

Agenda Coming Soon!

Sponsorship Information: 

If you would like to be a sponsor, please email cvlactationconference@gmail.com. 

Continuing Education Units (CEUs):

The California Health Collaborative is approved as a provider of continuing education by the California Board of Registered Nurses, provider #12012. BRN 5 contact hours are awarded for this program.

Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs):

More information coming soon!


Early Bird Registration: $75 (EXTENDED to Friday, March 17th)

Regular Registration: $95 (Starts Saturday, March 18th)

Registration will close on Wednesday, April 5th, 2023. No refunds will be given after this date.

Checks must be received by Thursday, April 13th, 2023. Payments will not be accepted at the door.