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Fri, Feb 07


Bastyr University

Oral Habilitation of the Breastfeeding Dyad: Seattle

Join us for a 3-day intensive master class as we present, discuss & explore the tricks, tools, resources, interventions and innovative techniques that we can utilize as IBCLCs in supporting the habilitation of the breastfeeding dyad in overcoming oral dysfunction.

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Oral Habilitation of the Breastfeeding Dyad: Seattle
Oral Habilitation of the Breastfeeding Dyad: Seattle

Time & Location

Feb 07, 2020, 8:00 AM – Feb 09, 2020, 2:30 PM

Bastyr University, 14500 Juanita Dr NE, Kenmore, WA 98028, USA

About the event

The Oral Habilitation of the Breastfeeding Dyad: A Master Class for IBCLCs. Presented by: Sandra Coulson, MS, ST, ED, COM, Lisa Lahey, RN, BSN, IBCLC, RLC, OMT, Bryna Sampey, IBCLC, RLC, Jennifer Tow, MA, IBCLC, RLC, CSOM, 

Sharon Vallone, DC, FICCP

Join us for our 3-day intensive Master Class as we present, discuss and explore the various tricks, tools, resources, interventions and innovative techniques that we can utilize as IBCLCs in supporting the habilitation of the breastfeeding dyad in overcoming oral dysfunction. 

Past conferences have sold out, so register early!


16.25 L-CERPs, 5.75 R-CERPs, 1 E-CERP

CERPs Allocated by IBLCE

IBLCE Approval Number CLT114-33


Bastyr University

14500 Juanita Dr NE, Kenmore, WA 98028, USA



1. Bastyr University Kenmore Campus Accommodations: Single - $50/night; Double - $40/night per person

Dorm rooms in the main campus building in Kenmore are located on the fifth floor with views of our beautiful grounds and the forest that surrounds the campus. These rooms include two twin beds per room, linens, towels, a sink, closets, study area and mini-refrigerator. Rooms can be occupied as a single or double. Shared restrooms and shower rooms are available down the hall on the same floor. Personal toiletry items are not included. There is a small kitchenette/lounge area for guests use on the floor with stove, refrigerator, microwave and toaster oven, as well as an eating area. It comes stocked with plates, utensils and cookware. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available throughout the entire building, and all overnight guests have access to the 5th floor laundry room which contains a washer/dryer set, iron and ironing board, as well as a few hair dryers. Here is the link for more information (flyer attached as well). To check on availability or for more information on overnight accommodations, contact the University Events and Guest Services Department either by phone 425-602-3075 or email

2. Country Inn & Suites by Radisson Seattle-Bothell, 19333 North Creek Parkway Bothell, WA 98011 USA Single King $95.00+ tax per night; Two Queen Beds $115.00 + tax per night. Rates includes full breakfast buffet and wireless internet access. Book directly at or call reservations center at 800-456-4000, specify Bothell, WA and reference the block name “IBCLC Masterclass” Cutoff date for availability and the discount is January 23, 2020 3. Totem Lake Hotel, 12233 NE Totem Lake Way Kirkland, WA 98034 $89 + tax per night; room types include Standard Queen or King, Queen/Queen or Double/Double and King or Queen Suites. Room rate based on double occupancy. Additional fees may apply for additional guests. • Rate available 2 days pre and post arrival and departure dates • 3-Week Cutoff • Guest Room/Hotel Features: Complimentary Morning Nourishment Bar | Consists of make-your-own waffles, whole fruit, instant oatmeal, yogurt, breakfast bars, coffee, milk and orange juice. • Complimentary Wireless Internet • Refrigerator, coffee maker, hair dryer, iron/ironing board, safety deposit boxes, large work desk in all guest rooms


Info to come


Friday 8am-6:30 pm

Saturday 8am-7:30pm

Sunday 8am-2:30pm





EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION: $655 through November 30, 2019. 

$755 from December 1, 2019.

$315 for PREVIOUS ATTENDEES reviewing this course only. Attendance at other courses hosted by IPN does not apply. 

Please note fee includes the 30 deck set of exercise cards for new attendees. 

Lunch on your own, light breakfast, snacks and beverages will be served. All food will be gluten-free and dairy will be obvious (such as creamer or dairy yogurt). 

Contact Jennifer Tow at with any questions about the course

Comments from our previous courses:

"This was one of the best conferences I've attended. I learned so much from each of you, and from many of the participants as well. I knew I would learn things to help with the babies, I didn't know that I would learn things to help myself as well! Thank you all for such a well put-together program. Everything flowed appropriately, the hands on was great, sharing your slides was generous. I would totally recommend this conference, and might even have to repeat it because you taught us so much I can't imagine retaining it all!"...Gail Dittes RNC IBCLC

"This was the capstone educational piece for my profession. It was wonderful to be around professionals who are the top performers in what we do. To be with a tribe of people who "get it" rekindled my passion for helping moms and babies. I have a love of learning and I didn't want to miss a single second of the lectures. I honestly don't know how any IBCLC can practice without taking this course. Without the critical skills taught in this course, we are not doing enough to help our communities."..Jacqueline Kincer, IBCLC

"This course should be a requirement for any IBCLC. Whether you are practicing in an in-patient setting or as a private practice IBCLC in the community, the classes included will fill in many gaps in traditional lactation education. Despite my own years of experience in allopathic pediatric medicine, I learned a tremendous amount of actionable material. The course covers much more than how to work with a dyad experiencing tethered oral tissue. I am looking forward to attending their other offerings in the near future!"...Chaya Lighten, IBCLC


By the successful completion of the three-day course, the experienced IBCLC will be able to define the steps involved in functional habilitation of the breastfeeding dyad, educate the family in the steps to accomplish such, create a sustainable and achievable care plan, and be able to share such information with colleagues with the intent and goal of collaboration and enhanced knowledge in the field of advanced lactation. 

The experienced IBCLC will be familiar with the anatomy and mechanics of infant facial structure, its role in feeding, and the ability to identify structural dysfunction. The experienced IBCLC will also be able to identify dysfunction in the lactating parent including: milk supply, subconscious feeding compensations made for ineffective nurslings and positioning. The learner will be able to offer various strategies to implement in a sustainable and achievable care plan for the parent to overcome these dysfunctions in their feeding journey. In addition, the learner will be able to competently identify dysfunction in the maternal or infant gut, and explain the role of the microbiome and its significance to the family. They will be able to refer to an appropriate care provider for additional assistance in such cases. 

After the training, the experienced IBCLC will be able to reference a compendium of effective exercises and tools for facilitating oral habilitation, sucking and body movement.They will be capable and competent in demonstration for the families and their child(ren). The learner will be able to use multiple strategies to confidently educate families on the use and reasoning behind the care plan developed for infants with complex feeding difficulties. 

The learner will be able to assess the knowledge base of their client, develop understandable and digestible explanations of the identified problems, create sustainable care plans outlining achievable goals, and will be able to help the families in their care to feel informed and empowered in their decision-making. 


No cancellations after January 1, 2020.  $75 fee applies for all cancellations.



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