Monday, February 20, 2012


Heal the Mother, Heal the Baby: Nutrition, Gut Health, the Enteric Nervous System & Breastfeeding: A 2-part Webinar with Jennifer Tow, IBCLC

MAY 6--Part One 11am-2:15pm EST, Part Two 3:15pm-6:30pm EST
If there is enough interest, I will repeat Part Two for EU time zones on Monday May 7 from 11am-2:15 pm.

Pricing: $100 Registration

Program Schedule: 

30 minutes-Introduction: Gut Health: The Foundation for Well-Being
75minutes- Gut Function & the Maternal/Infant Eco-system
15 minutes- Break
75 minutes- Indications for Gut Healing in the Breastfeeding Dyad

90 minutes -Implications for Breastfeeding Success & Supportive Interventions
15 minutes-Break
90 minutes-Long-term Implications for Gut Healing and Case Presentations

This program has been approved for 6 LCERPs by the IBLCE

Address the implications that maternal and infant gut health may have for the breastfeeding dyad
Discuss how breastfeeding difficulties may be resolved through healing the maternal gut
Learn indications for evaluating the infant's gut function and protocols for restoring function
Consider the long-term implications of gut function for maternal and infant health
Explore the various theories and holistic healing modalities that address maternal and infant gut function

The internal terrain reflects itself in the external terrain in a myriad of ways that may well explain many breastfeeding problems. Gut health and integrity drives the nature of the enteric nervous system, thus the implications for well-being are significant. When the maternal body’s reaction to imbalance results in a pro-inflammatory response, a cascade of disease processes may result. Maternal health and well-being, post-partum depression, food allergies, milk supply, PCOS, tongue-tie, reflux, "high-need" infant behavior, slow growth, failure to thrive and numerous feeding difficulties may all find origins in the integrity and vitality of the mother’s internal terrain. In attending to the health of the maternal gut, while supporting the infant in his own healing, we may find that many breastfeeding problems are resolved both acutely and chronically. In a discussion of maternal gut health, the function of the enteric nervous system and the implications for infant gut integrity, we will come to a deeper understanding of why healing the mother's gut may well be integral to successfully addressing a wide array of breastfeeding difficulties.

Jennifer Tow, BFA, IBCLC practices Holistic Lactation. She has been in private practice for 15 years in Connecticut and most recently in Paris, prior to which she designed and coordinated a hospital-based breastfeeding peer counselor program in Hartford. Through her companies, Intuitive Parenting Network, LLC and Intuitive Health Network, Jennifer relies upon her 23 years of passionate information-gathering, education and training in holistic practices to provide holistic lactation consulting, parent education and mentoring to the families she works with. She also provides workshops for families, individuals and health care providers on topics related to birth, infant feeding, attachment and holistic practices.

Her areas of focus in infant feeding are healing infant trauma, the inter-dependent relationship between maternal gut health, hormones, milk supply and the well-being of the dyad, and the synergy of maternal-infant physiology, form and function, including tongue-tie. Having established a reputation for working with parents to resolve complex feeding problems, Jennifer now works with clients internationally, primarily through Skype. She integrates a myriad of holistic modalities, such as nutrition, herbs, home remedies and energy medicine in mentoring families who choose a deeper and more permanent approach to healing.

Jennifer is the mother of three children born at home in 1988, 1992 and 1998 and a granddaughter born at home in 2009.

Registration information:
Please register through Paypal by making your payment to and include your name, address, phone number and email address. If alternative payment arrangements need to be made, please contact Jennifer or 860-833-5343.

You will be emailed the link to join the webinar, so please indicate the email address you wish the link mailed to.

Please let me know if you are interested in hosting this workshop at a conference in your area. 


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  2. Lindsey,
    Thank you for asking. The new dates are now posted.

  3. Susan Johnson MFA, IBCLCApril 26, 2012 at 7:43 AM

    Jennifer, “Heal the Mother, Heal the Baby” is cutting edge thinking in lactation, thanks for striking out into new territory. After years of recognizing the impact of one bottle of formula on baby's gut, finally some attention on the effect of mom's gut on the breastfeeding relationship. I didn't expect to be so energized by a webinar – I loved how you wove our written questions into your discussion, everything just flowed. I recommend your workshops to anyone who sees mothers and babies out of balance and to IBCLCs who want a new spin on the mother-baby dance. I wish your gut health workshops for parents were available when I was expecting my daughter – what a difference that would have made for our family, and on so many levels.