Breastfeeding Basics

Registration Fee

Includes Continental breakfast, lunch and
training materials
Continuing Education Credits offered


Check-In: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Training: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Breakfast: 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Lunch: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Upcoming Dates & Locations

September 11-12, 2018
Gaylord, MI
Otsego Club Gaylord

696 M-32 East
Gaylord, MI 49735

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Overnight Accommodations
In order to secure training overnight room rate, rooms must be booked at least 31 days prior to the start of each training. When calling for overnight accommodations, please identify that you are attending WIC Breastfeeding Training for the government rate.

October 9-10, 2018

Lansing, MI

Venue to be determined.

December 11-12, 2018

Lansing, MI

Venue to be determined.

March 12-13, 2019

Detroit, MI

Venue to be determined.
Additional details will be available in 2019.

June 11-12, 2019

Grand Rapids, MI

Venue to be determined.
Additional details will be available in 2019.

September 10-11, 2019

Marquette, MI

Venue to be determined.
Additional details will be available in 2019.

Past Dates & Locations

June 12-13, 2018
Kalamazoo, MI
Four Points by Sheraton

3600 E. Cork St
Kalamazoo, MI 49001

Continuing Education opportunities are available in the areas of Nursing, Registered Dietitians (RD) and other healthcare professionals. A Certificate of Attendance with educational hours is also available. If more information is needed, please contact
  • Explain how personal attitudes and perception impact breastfeeding education
  • Name reasons to breastfeed and the risks of not breastfeeding
  • Identify common myths and misperceptions about breastfeeding
  • Explain normal breast development and changes in relationship to pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Identify ways to support breastfeeding from pregnancy to weaning
  • List basic evidence based maternity care practices that help ensure a successful in breastfeeding
  • Describe how infant’s position and latch can effect breastfeeding success
  • Identify rapport building techniques that establish a positive relationship with pregnant and breastfeeding women
  • Demonstrate the ability to use client-centered services when communicating with or counseling women
  • Name common issues that arise with breastfeeding and strategies mothers can use to address them
  • Alice Christensen, IBCLC
  • Kalli Fortune-Ball, IBCLC
  • Nancy Heyns, IBCLC
  • Julie Lothamer, IBCLC
  • Keva Zeigler
This workshop is intended for: local agency Breastfeeding Coordinators, WIC Breastfeeding Liaisons, WIC Coordinators, WIC Clerks; employees or representatives of MSU Extension, MIHP, La Lache League, Early Head Start and hospitals/agencies with an interest in breastfeeding.

Quiet nursing babies under 6 months are welcome to attend the training. Older nursing children are welcome at nursing times.
In the event that this training reaches the maximum number of registrants prior to the registration deadline, priority will be given in the following order: WIC Staff and Peer Counselors; MIHP Staff, Nurse Family Partnership and Early Headstart; Dietetic Interns; all others. If there is available seating after the registration deadline, registrations will be taken in order of receipt regardless of priority listing.

All participants registering in advance will receive a confirmation letter, including a map and directions. If you do not receive a confirmation letter one week prior to the event, or if you have any questions regarding registration, please contact MPHI at (517) 324-8330.
Cancellations and no-shows for any reason, including inclement weather conditions and weather related emergencies, are subject to the full registration fee if there is one. Refunds will not be given at any time. Substitutions are welcome. For Event or Registration Questions: Call (517) 324-8330 or email

The full policy is available for you to read during the registration process under "Terms and Conditions" prior to submitting your registration.

Please Note: Due to flu season, we ask that if you experience any symptoms related to the flu, please stay home and do not attend the event. Contact MPHI either by phone or email if you will not be attending. To learn more about the flu and what you can do, please visit or call (800) 232-4636.