Friday, June 14, 2013

SUMMER/FALL 2013: Optimizing Human Potential Through Normalizing Infant Feeding: A Webinar Series on Breastfeeding with Jennifer Tow, IBCLC

Optimizing Human Potential Through Normalizing Infant Feeding: A Webinar Series on Breastfeeding with Jennifer Tow, IBCLC, RLC

PART ONE: Heal the Mother, Heal the Baby: Nutrition, Microbes, Gut Health, the Enteric Nervous System & Breastfeeding—presented in 2 parts, total 6 hours, 125, APPROVED for 6 LCERPS. 

PART TWO: Holistic Practices in Lactation: HolisticModalities, Approaches to Common Breastfeeding Problems & Case Presentations—presented in 4 parts, total 12 hours, $230 APPROVED for 12 LCERPS

PART THREE: An Integrative Approach to Tongue-tie, Lip-tie & Breastfeeding: the Interdependent Roles of the Lactation Consultant, Surgeon & Bodyworker—presented in 2 parts in collaboration with Larry Kotlow, DDS, $145 APPROVED for 6.5 LCERPS.



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PART ONE: Heal the Mother, Heal the Baby: Nutrition, Microbes, Gut Health, the Enteric Nervous System & Breastfeeding

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.

Comments from Past Attendees:

"I had read a lot of Jennifer's written thoughts about the topic of maternal gut health and its effect on breastfeeding, but until I attended her workshop, I was lost trying to explain the why and how to other mothers. Now, so many of the issues and difficulties I've experienced myself and seen in my practice make perfect sense -- and I have solutions to offer to mothers. Jennifer presents valuable information that is vital not just for breastfeeding, but for improved health throughout the life span." --Diana Cassar-Uhl, IBCLC

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.”--Susan Johnson, MFA, IBCLC

“The information that Jennifer so eloquently presented is not found anywhere else. I have not heard this information presented at any of the conferences I have attended. This information is invaluable for the work we do as Lactation consultants. I highly recommend listening or going to Jennifer's presentations. Be prepared to take copious notes."--Grace Magill IBCLC

Additional Webinar Feedback:

*Fascinating. Thought provoking. Paradigm changing. Empowering. ... Thank you!

*Fabulous. Accessible, detailed and very, very relevant.

*Fabulous! Really enojoyed hearing a lot of validations as well as new information I had not specifically heard before. LOVED IT!

*Fabulous Jennifer! This webinar connects so many dots! Grateful for what it will do for myself, my family and my clients!

*Amazing information. Should be commonplace knowledge.

*Outstanding presentation! Very valuable information.

*Superb and timely information presented in a way that was very easy to understand.

*Content and presentation was fabulous!

*Great information and very thought provoking!

*Loved the course! You have so much to offer. Great information, want to know more.

*Excellent presentation, research & cutting edge material.

*Every LC should know this material! Thanks!

PART TWO: Holistic Practices in Lactation: Holistic Modalities, Approaches to Common Breastfeeding Problems & Case Presentations

More and more mothers are interested in using non-pharmaceutical approaches for treating the most common physical and emotional concerns of pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding. Practitioners who recognize the normalcy of birth and breastfeeding are well-equipped to support mothers in accessing and utilizing holistic approaches to care. Practitioners can easily gain basic knowledge and skills in homeopathy, energy medicine such as Bach Flowers and EFT, herbs, home remedies and nutrition specific to the needs of pregnant and nursing mothers. In using these therapies, mothers are offered an alternative to more interventive care, while the practitioner also models a holistic approach that the mother can integrate into her own care and the raising of her family.

These holistic approaches are simple and practical and can often be integrated immediately. Some are both preventive and therapeutic such as the use of nutrition in pregnancy, while others are deeply supportive such as the use of Bach Flowers or EFT. Most have acutely therapeutic applications such as the use of home remedies, herbs or homeopathy for treating mastitis or plugged ducts, normalizing milk supply or healing birth trauma.


“Thanks Jennifer - the Holistic Lactation course gave me excellent tools which I had the opportunity to apply within days of returning. Having used Homeopathy, Bach Flower Remedies, diet and herbs for myself, it was exciting to learn more about them and has helped me to guide women toward more holistic choices for treating their breastfeeding problems. Most important and useful has been the information about gut health and the importance of healing mother's gut for baby's optimal health as well as the importance of bodywork especially after tongue tie release! I recommend all IBCLCs become familiar with the principles of gut health and holistic lactation tools whether they are comfortable applying them or not." Celina Dykstra, IBCLC

"The 2 day workshop was inspirational. I found Jennifer knowledgeable, motivating, challenging and interesting. Though much of the information was new to me, Jennifer captured and held my attention and things were explained in ways that were easy to understand and made sense. I have tried to make lifestyle changes myself as a result and when I counsel moms, I address broader lifestyle issues. Jennifer fielded many questions and answered many concerns without losing the flow of the conference. Because so much of the information was new and valuable it would help to have a copies of the text slides to make notes on. I didn't want to miss a thing!"--Silvia Neni Rojas Ochs, IBCLC, Jacksonville, FL
PART THREE: An Integrative Approach to Tongue-tie, Lip-tie and Breastfeeding: the Interdependent roles of the Lactation Consultant, Surgeon and Bodyworker

Day One:
1-2:30 pm: Diagnosis of tongue-tie and lip-tie in Breastfeeding Infants and Children. (Kotlow)
2:30-2:45pm: Break
2:45-4:15pm:  Treatment and Post-Surgical Care of Tongue-tie & Lip-tie (Kotlow)

Day Two:
1-1:30pm: Infant Feeding as the Optimizer of Infant Competency (Tow)
1:30-2:00pm: The Role of the IBCLC in Recognizing Structural Dysfunction (Tow)
2:00-2:45pm Restoring Function (Tow)
2:45-3:00pm Break
3:00-3:30pm Confounding Factors (Tow)
3:30-4:15pm Case Presentations (Tow)
4:15-4:45pm An Integrative Approach (Tow)

Coming out of a 20-year background of collaborating closely with Sharon Vallone DC in integrating chiropractic and other bodywork (such as CST and PT) into the care of her breastfeeding clients, Jennifer brings a unique and integrative approach to assessment, intervention and after-care of tongue-tied and lip-tied babies. In addition, Jennifer integrates holistic practices in supporting mothers and babies in normalizing function, working to develop protocols that minimize trauma while maximizing potential. Finally, as a support to thousands of mothers with tongue-tied/lip-tied infants throughout the world, Jennifer has a deep understanding of the complex physical and emotional gauntlet mothers must navigate in trying to breastfeed these babies.

Jennifer will discuss the short and long-term functional implications of tongue and lip tie, assessment skills, including via Skype, evaluation of referral sources, after-care protocols and support that integrate holistic practices and the role of the IBCLC in the development of resources within one’s own community.

Dr Kotlow: The educational objectives of this program are to provide the participants overview of the how to diagnose and treatment of ankyloglossia and maxillary lip ties. He will also discuss using the Er:YAG and InGaAsP lasers. It will provide the educational materials and practical information for participants to understand the way treat and diagnose oral tongue and maxillary lip tie problems in newborns, infants and young children.

Dr. Lawrence Kotlow is a board certified pediatric dentist practicing in Albany, New York . He is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo Dental School and received his pediatric training at the Cincinnati, Ohio Children’s Hospital. He has advanced proficiency certification in the use of Er:YAG lasers and standard proficiency certification in the use of the Nd:YAG and Diode family of lasers from the Academy of Laser Dentistry.. He has achieved Mastership status in the Academy of Laser dentistry. He has written over 30 papers on using lasers and pediatric dentistry and has contributed chapters in three text books on using lasers in pediatric dentistry. He has been using lasers since 2000. He is experiences in using hard and soft tissue lasers as well as Low Level Laser therapy.

He has lectured both nationally and worldwide in Countries such as Australia, Israel, Taiwan, France ,Italy and Canada as well as the Academy of Laser Dentistry and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. He is recognized as a leader in the treatment of newborn infants who require immediate surgery to allow for normal Breastfeeding due to abnormal maxillary lip-ties and ankyloglossia. He is a founding member of the International Affiliation of Tongue-tie Professionals.

An IBCLC since 1996, Jennifer Tow has established a reputation for working with parents to resolve complex feeding problems, relying on information gathered from across a wide field of study. Her interest in infant feeding lies in the dynamics of the maternal-infant ecosystem and includes humanizing birth and the post-partum period, the prenatal origins of disease, the inter-dependent relationship between maternal gut health, hormones, milk supply and the well-being of the dyad, healing trauma, restoring maternal competency and the synergy of maternal-infant physiology, form and function, including tongue-tie.

Through her clinical experience and research, and inspired by a 15-year fascination with epigenetics, she has come to focus her interest in the area of gut health and healing, exploring the profoundly far-reaching implications of this work for breastfeeding dyads. Jennifer works with clients internationally, primarily through Skype, specializing in helping dyads presenting with a wide range of concerns associated with compromised gut function, structural restrictions and tongue-tie. She integrates a myriad of holistic modalities, such as nutrition, herbs, home remedies and energy medicine, often collaborating with other holistic practitioners in mentoring the families she works with.

Jennifer views breastfeeding as primal nutrition and is currently writing a book and developing a curriculum on Holistic Practices in Lactation. She is a founding member of IATP (International Affiliation of Tongue-tie Professionals).
She divides her time between France and CT/USA. She can be contacted through her blog

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:
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