Monday, November 10, 2014

Heal the Mother, Heal the Baby: Epigenetics, the Human Microbiome & Breastfeeding: Jennifer Tow, BFA, IBCLC, RLC, OMT

Saturday, December 13, 2014, Bini Birth. Sherman Oaks, CA, 9:30AM-4:30PM
co-sponsored by BreastfeedLA and Intuitive Parenting Network, LLC

Attendance limited to 25: Register TODAY!
Registration: Use this link to make your payment via paypal.
Bini Birth, 13743 Riverside Dr., Sherman Oaks, CA 91423  Plentiful street parking available. 9:30-4:30 pm, registration at 9am-9:30am
Cost: $100, approved for 6.0 LCERPs and 7.2 BRN contact hours for RNs
Bring your own lunch or plan to order with us. 

Session description:
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. 

1. The Co-Evolution of Humans & Microbiota--Epigenetic Implications for Breastfeeding
Participants will develop a basic understanding of:
 Epigenetic language and principals
 The influence of nutritional and environmental factors on the maternal-infant microbiome
 The influence of breastfeeding on infant gut health
2. Breastfeeding: Cultivating the Infant's Internal Terrain
Participants will learn about:
 The importance of cultivating a healthy microbiome for long-term health and well being
 Optimising maternal nutrition to support the human microbiome
 The impact of paternal gut health on children
 Birth practices and the microbiome
3. Heal the Mother, Heal the Baby: Gut Healing in the Breastfeeding Dyad
Participants will learn about:
 The indications of gut dysfunction in the breastfed baby
 How nutritional support for the mother optimises gut function in the dyad
 Additional tools that support healing the gut in the mother-baby dyad
4. Supporting the Maternal/Infant Gut: Holistic Breastfeeding Practices that Preserve the Microbiome
Participants will:
 Learn holistic options for common breastfeeding problems
 Be able to differentiate amongst various holistic modalities

"Overflowing with both information and practical application, this workshop manages to pull together the macrocosm and the microcosm - the global significance of what's going on with our environment and culture, and how it is reflected in the breastfeeding dyad. This presentation is packed with one revelation after the other. Jennifer's material is profound, insightful, and accessible; any time you are able to spend with this brilliant thinker is worth liquid gold. If every lactation consultant were able to take this workshop, we would truly be on our way to transforming the world through our profession."

Jennifer Tow, IBCLC, RLC, OMT has practiced holistic lactation for 18 years. While residing between the US & France, she established an international client base and now sees most of her clients via Skype. Her reputation for guiding parents through complex breastfeeding issues stems from her ability to integrate holistic modalities such as nutrition, homeopathy, herbs, home remedies and myofunctional therapy into her practice. She offers workshops internationally and on-line on breastfeeding & epigenetics, gut health & healing, tongue-tie & airway development and holistic breastfeeding practices. She is a founding member of IATP, is developing a Master’s in Holistic Lactation and writing a book on the subject. Jennifer is the mother of three children born at home in 1988, 1992 and 1998 and a granddaughter born at home in 2009. Contact through her blog at:
or email at

RN: BreastfeedLA is an approved provider by the California Board of Registered Nursing. This course offers 7.2 contact hours of continuing education. BreastfeedLA’s provider number isCEP16435. Licensee must maintain certificate for a period of four years.
IBCLC: BreastfeedLA is an approved Long-Term Provider by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners #CLT113-36.
 LCERPs will be awarded for this seminar.