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Breastfeeding Education Day

Douglas College Perinatal Program

22nd Annual Breastfeeding Education Day!

Saturday, April 6th, 2019 - 8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Aboriginal Gathering Place - Room S4650

700 Royal Avenue, New Westminster, BC


Only a few seats left.



Course Registration Number (CRN): 21139

Course Fee: $130 plus $6.50 GST

includes refreshments, lunch and prizes


Telephone Registration:

Phone:  604-527-5472

Fax : 604-527-5696

Toll Free Number: 1-866-930-5472




We are proud to present Stephanie D. George

B.A. (Hons), IBCLC, Aboriginal Midwife

Douglas College is pleased to welcome our keynote speaker Stephanie George.  Stephanie is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and an Aboriginal Canadian Midwife.  She is well known for her work as an advocate for Indigenous health, women’s health and as a breastfeeding educator. Despite a busy Midwifery Practice, Stephanie continues to share her knowledge with health care providers and students through her roles on the National Aboriginal Council of Midwives, the Baby-Friendly Initiative Strategy of Ontario and as an expert panel member of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario.  Lastly, Stephanie teaches future and current health care providers and IBCLC’s by working as a Professor of Indigenous Health at McMaster’s University and as a member of the Board of Directors for the International Lactation Consultants Association (ILCA).


Day Program


Registration: 08:15 to 08:45 am


Location:Aboriginal Gathering Place, Room S4650-700 Royal Avenue, New Westminster


Welcome & Indigenous Blessing: 08:45-09:00 am


Breastfeeding for the Health of our Nations

How Breastfeeding Can Help Overcome Intergenerational Trauma through Skilled Lactation Support 09:00 to 10:30 am


This presentation will focus on in-depth studies on trauma and emotional healing while entwined with stories of our collective experience and will help attendees understand trauma from an Indigenous/Colonized people perspective. While the stories are Indigenous, all people with a history of trauma will benefit from attending this presentation. This includes LGBTQ2+, cultural minorities, low socio-economic status, and those with an abuse or sexual violence history. Attendees will also learn why and how breastfeeding can help to heal a mother, her family, and her community through their own traumatic experience or through intergenerational trauma and discover the “Why” breastfeeding is important among these populations. They will also learn how to meet parents on their level and assist them to feel empowered and strengthened through proper lactation support while giving hope, clarity, and a better future to themselves, their children, and their community.


Refreshment Break 10:30 to 11:00 am


Using a Trauma-Informed Approach to Lactation Issues11:00 to 12:30 pm


We will utilize a trauma-informed approach to breastfeeding and family dynamics, with an emphasis on working with fathers and partners. We will discuss Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Scores and family violence in many forms. Finally, we will learn about how to use the different methodologies to bring healing and wellness to the parent and/or family. This workshop will be part presentation/part facilitation, regrouping after small group discussions.


Lunch - 12:30-13:30


Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action through a Lactation Lens and the BFI 10 Steps

13:30 to 16:20 pm


  1. Overview

    In traditional Indigenous culture, women breastfed their babies as breastfeeding was viewed as the natural way of feeding babies. Additionally, it was seen as the way to nourish, protect, guide, comfort, and ensure a strong bond between infant and mother. Nonetheless, despite knowing about traditional breastfeeding benefits and practices, breastfeeding rates are low among Canadian Indigenous women. However, breastfeeding positive change continue to take place among Indigenous women thanks to the collaborative work between Indigenous organizations and advisors carried out by the Baby Friendly Initiative Strategy for Ontario by educating and supporting Indigenous women and their breastfeeding tradition.


    Coffee Break- 15:00 to 15:20


  2. Content


The workshop will discuss breastfeeding teachings from traditional perspectives and the current research which supports breastfeeding, skin-to-skin contact and nourishing our next generation.  Building on the foundation of cultural competency, capacity building, and utilizing the strengths of the people, the Baby Friendly Initiative Strategy for Ontario developed a video, resources, and workshops to help indigenous health care organizations support mothers with breastfeeding.  The process and learnings regarding developing these tools will also be discussed. 


  1. Instructional Methods

    The facilitators will make this session interactive with discussion questions throughout the presentation.  The presentation will also include the showing of selective videos and discussion about the new indigenous breastfeeding resources.


    Closing Remarks 16:20-16:30


***LCERPS - 5.5***


For more information contact:


For additional information, Call Our Perinatal Program Assistant:

Darelle Walker at Tel:  604-777-6531 or

Email: or


Hope to see you soon!


Ivette Musso, RN, MN, IBCLC

CE-Perinatal Program Coordinator

Breastfeeding & Lactation Education

Douglas College

Work Cell: 604-218-4867 or Email: