Michigan Breastfeeding Network presents FREE Great Lakes Breastfeeding Webinars that launch on the third Tuesday of the month at 8am EST. In planning and implementation of these webinars, we are grounding our efforts in this working definition of racial equity:
Disparities in breastfeeding are perpetuated by inequities that have historically and currently centered white people and their experiences. Racial equity in breastfeeding is both a process and an outcome. The process of working towards racial equity in breastfeeding involves purposefully decentering white supremacy and colonialism, including the notion that whiteness is the standard of normalcy, beauty, superiority, and centrality in our society. This process involves trusting Black and Indigenous families, elevating their voices, and investing in their communities. The outcome of racial equity is the adoption of breastfeeding-supportive policies and practices that eliminate negative health outcomes caused by systemic racism and realized when the social construct of race is no longer a predictor of breastfeeding outcomes.
These webinars are designed to support practice change among peer counselors, maternity care nurses, and home visitors. In providing these webinars, we are committed to 4 core values access, evidence, equity, and relevance.
- Access: alignment with ongoing efforts to equitably establish breastfeeding support in every community by providing free, web-based, and regularly occurring continuing education opportunities that equip trusted leaders to provide breastfeeding support in their communities
- Evidence: collaborating with presenters who share respectfully gathered data to inform practical, successful approaches to increase the feasibility of breastfeeding success
- Equity: collaborating with presenters who center the individuals, families, and communities they serve in the approaches they share and whose work is centered outside of the dominant culture
- Relevance: providing pertinent information on dismantling roadblocks to success that are timely and necessary to increase the feasibility of breastfeeding today
We are grateful to partner with Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Bureau of Health and Wellness with support provided by Ohio Department of Public Health, Illinois Department of Public Health, Wisconsin Department of Public Health, Minnesota Department of Public Health, and Tyler Rigg Foundation to offer this series and make it FREE to participate.
New and Upcoming Webinars
View tentative 2020 Great Lakes Breastfeeding Webinar schedule here.
Registration available starting on Tuesday, March 17th at 8am EST for you to watch this on-demand webinar wherever and whenever convenient for you.
Great Lakes Breastfeeding Webinar – Engaging Fathers in Breastfeeding Support – register here
Presenter: Peter Williams, BPA, CLC
Description: In this presentation, we will discuss men and breastfeeding and methods to engage their support for their breastfeeding partners. We will discuss how engaging men is made easier when we understand what motivates them as parents. Appealing to how men see themselves is at the core of what we’ve been doing at the Detroit Health Department. We spoke to fathers and we let what they told us inform what we do. There is, of course, no singular method for engaging men that works in all cases. For that reason, we will look at some things that have worked in several other jurisdictions around the region. As lactation professionals we should not fear innovation – new ideas help us to find those we’ve missed in the past.
Approved for 1 nurse’s contact hour, 1 L-CERP, and 1 dietitian CPEU, and 1 social worker CE hour
Registration available starting on Tuesday, April 21st at 8am EST for you to watch this on-demand webinar wherever and whenever convenient for you.
Great Lakes Breastfeeding Webinar – Black Breastfeeding: Trauma and Resilience – registration opening soon!
Presenter: Bonita Agee, BS, CLC
Description: In the United States, Black breastfeeding rates are lowest among all racial and ethnic groups. Even while breastfeeding rates have risen, a huge disparity between Black and white women consistently remains. Additionally, the infant mortality rate among Black babies is two to three times that of white babies. While the benefits of breastfeeding could significantly lower that rate and guard against diseases like upper respiratory infections, Type 2 Diabetes, and childhood obesity common in Black communities, barriers continue to persist that prevent Black women from reaching their nursing goals. This presentation will bring to focus multiple roadblocks, from historical trauma through present day factors, that impact breastfeeding, highlight the rise of Black lactation advocates, and outline ways to provide culturally responsive support for Black women and their infants.
Approved for 1 nurse’s contact hour, 1 L-CERP, and 1 dietitian CPEU. Social worker CE hour pending.
We are testing something new – offering access to watch “on-demand” webinars on your own time for continuing education for up to 1 year after the initial air date. The webinar(s) available for this offering will be featured on this section of the webpage. In order to qualify for continuing education, we ask that you register through GoToWebinar with the below links, watch the webinar in its entirety, and complete the post-webinar survey in its entirety. After you register, you can watch the webinar when it is most convenient for you. Within 24-48 hours after watching the webinar, you will get a link to the post-webinar survey. Certificates for those who watch a webinar on their own time and complete the post-webinar survey in its entirety will be distributed within 60 days. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
“Lactation After Loss” – click here to register.
Presenter: Ambyr Amen-Ra, MA
Description: This webinar discusses the emotional toll of lactation for birthing persons who are dealing with the loss of their child.
1. Participants will learn the importance of providing culturally sensitive emotional and spiritual support to the lactating person after a loss.
2. Participants will identify at least two examples of safe lactation suppression.
Approved for 1 L-CERP and 1 nurse’s contact hour and 1 Social Work CE hour until June 18, 2020.
“Ethics, Online Messaging, and Pressure to Breastfeed” – click here to register.
Presenter: Anjanette Davenport Hatter, MSW, LMSW
Description: Using an equity lens, this webinar will provide an overview of social media, discuss social media images and why representation matters. We will address the pressures of social media on breastfeeding, identify ways women can realistically sustain breastfeeding and ways to debunk myths about selfless motherhood.
Approved for 1 L-CERP and 1 nurse’s contact hour and 1 Social Work CE hour until July 16, 2020.
“Indigenous Breastfeeding: Trauma and Resilience” – click here to register.
Presenter: Raeanne Madison, MPH
Description: American Indians have faced unique circumstances throughout history that are directly reflected in their breastfeeding and mothering experiences. In this presentation, you will be introduced to the concepts of historical trauma and resilience, and how these facets of American Indian life are connected to ongoing racial disparities in maternal and child health.
Approved for 1 L-CERP and 1 nurse’s contact hour and 1 Social Work CE hour until August 20, 2020.
“More than Apart: The Impact of Separation on the Breastfeeding Relationship” – click here to register.
Presenter: Zaje A.T. Harrell, Ph.D.
Description: In recent years there have been more efforts to create policies that address minimizing separation between mother and baby. These are critical in order to establish breastfeeding. However, the impact of separation requires further exploration. This presentation will examine the factors related to separation beginning with a stress and coping framework. We will explore multiple contextual factors related to separation for the breastfeeding dyad and the effect on the breastfeeding relationship. Finally, recommendations regarding early education about how to navigate points of separation will be explored.
Approved for 1 R-CERP and 1 nurse’s contact hour and 1 Social Work CE hour until September 17, 2020.
“Breastfeeding in the Child Care Setting” – click here to register.
Presenter: Elon Geffrard, BS, CLC
Description: Did you know that child care providers are champions and can help families meet their breastfeeding goals? This presentation will dispel breastfeeding and child care myths and discuss tools, strategies, and guidelines to support breastfeeding in child care settings.
Approved for 1 L-CERP and 1 nurse’s contact hour and 1 Social Work CE hour until November 19, 2020.
BONUS Webinar! “Transforming the System: Lactation Support through Collaborative Power” – click here to register.
Presenter: Elon Geffrard, BS, CLC
Description: Participants can expect to learn about disparities in lactation support and its effect on racial disparities in lactation initiation and duration. Participants will also walk away with an understanding about the critical importance in diversifying lactation professional representation and how parents and professionals can use their personal power and collaborative power to improve lactation support for families within existing systems.
Approved for 1 nurse’s contact hour, 1 L-CERP and 1 social work CE hour until December 20, 2020.
“Breastfeeding and Racial Equity” – click here to register.
Presenter: Kenyetta Jackson, MPH
Description: Given the continued disparities in breastfeeding rates for Black and Indigenous families, this presentation will provide a historical overview of breastfeeding as a racial equity issue. Black and Indigenous families face the largest social barriers and experience the greatest health disparities when it comes to breastfeeding. Inequities result in policies, practices, and social norms that influence a person’s individual choices about breastfeeding and affect long-term health outcomes. These structural barriers exist during pregnancy, at the hospital, and in the first weeks and months at home after the baby is born—including access to Baby-Friendly hospitals and certified lactation consultants, which are often lacking in neighborhoods of color. This presentation outlines the unique challenges Black and Indigenous families face and how breastfeeding supporters can take action to ensure that all families have the choice to breastfeed.
Approved for 1 nurse’s contact hour, 1 L-CERP 1 social work CE hour and 1 dietitian CPEU until January 21, 2021.
“Breastfeeding and the Fourth Trimester” – click here to register.
Presenter: Raeanne Madison, MPH
Description: Michigan is home to a significant Native American/Indigenous population known as the Anishinaabe. For centuries, the Anishinaabe people have utilized traditional postpartum recovery practices to support the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health of new parents in the first 4-6 weeks after birth. In this webinar, Anishinaabe doula and community educator Raeanne Madison will introduce you to some of these cultural practices and make connections between postpartum care and successful lactation. Participants will be tasked with creating a vision of supportive postpartum care for families in their local areas.
Approved for 1 nurse’s contact hour, 1 L-CERP 1 social work CE hour and 1 dietitian CPEU until February 18, 2021.
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Please note that watching the webinars in our webinar archive is not eligible for continuing education. In order to qualify, participants must register via the GoToWebinar platform to receive credit for viewing. Starting in June 2019, we are testing offering continuing education for watching webinars on your own time. Please click the tab that says “Past Webinars (Available for Continuing Education)” to view those that are eligible. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.