"Wow, what a fantastic course! I strongly recommend this course to anyone working with mothers and babies"
- Esther, RM, IBCLC, New Zealand
feel this has been one of the best continuing education courses I have
ever participated in. I feel this course should be required for every
health care provider who work with moms and/or babies"
- Stephanie, Certified Lactation Counselor, USA
and truly an eye-opener. Great facts and easy-to-read slideshow. The
videos are great. Honestly, everything was amazing"
- Claire, RN, IBCLC, Canada
"This course makes learning complex information easy! Should be compulsory for all people who support breastfeeding families"
- Robin, Midwife, New Zealand
Breast Milk and the Infant Microbiome
"Go-at-your-own-pace" Online Course
Evidence-based continuing education featuring:
230+ Individual Lectures
70+ HD Videos
Learn from 7 Top Professors & Scientists
30 Day money-back guarantee
Unlimited access for 3 YEARS
17 L-CERPs (IBLCE)
17 HOURS CPD (ACM)
17 HOURS / 1.7 CEUs (MEAC)
17 HOURS CNEs (Midwifery Council of New Zealand)
17 CONTACT HOURS / 1.7 CEUs (ACNM)
17 L-CERPs are accepted by IBLCE for recertification by IBCLCs
17 L-CERPs are accepted as 17 Contact Hours for recertification by Lamaze International, DONA International, CAPPA & ICEA
17 L-CERPs accepted as 17 Contact Hours by ALPP for purposes of CLC / ALC / ANLC recertification
17 HOURS CPD can be used for revalidation by Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
17 CONTACT HOURS / 1.7 CEUs (ACNM) accepted as Nursing CNEs by many state boards
17 HOURS / 1.7 CEUs (MEAC) are applicable for Certified Professional Midwives recertifying through the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM)
17 HOURS CNEs of continuing midwifery education (Midwifery Council of New Zealand)
Breast Milk And The Infant Microbiome
Featuring 7 top professors & lactation experts
LARS BODE - Professor in Pediatrics, Director of the Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Mother Milk Infant Center of Excellence, University of California, San Diego
MEGHAN AZAD - Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health. Research Scientist at the Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba. Canada Research Chair in Development Origins of Chronic Disease and co-Director of the Manitoba Interdisciplinary Lactation Centre.
GREGOR REID - Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and Surgery at Western University, and the Endowed Chair in Human Microbiome and Probiotics at the Lawson Health Research Institute
RODNEY DIETERT- Emeritus Professor of Immunotoxicology, Cornell University
BRUCE GERMAN - Professor and Food Chemist, Food Science and Technology Director, Foods for Health Institute, University of California Davis
DAVID MILLS - Professor and Peter J Shield’s Endowed Chair in Dairy Food Science, Food Science and Technology, Department of Viticulture and Enology, University of California, Davis
JENNIFER SMILOWITZ - Associate Director of the Human Studies Program at the Foods For Health Institute at University of California, Davis
BREAST MILK AND THE INFANT MICROBIOME - ONLINE COURSE
Will help YOU understand the complex science that strongly supports exclusive breastfeeding
Will help YOU empower parents with informed choice
Evidence-based and easy-to-understand
Covers breast milk, donor milk and infant formula
Why take this course?
This course will help YOU confidently answer:
- What are the main components of breast milk?
- What are human milk oligosaccharides (HMOs)
- Why are HMOS so important for infant health?
- How do HMOs affect the infant immune system?
- How could HMOs affect infant brain development?
- What's the difference between HMOs in human milk versus synthetic HMOs added to infant formula?
- How does formula feeding affect the infant microbiome?
- How does donor milk affect the infant microbiome?
- What is 'secretor status' and why does it matter?
What do people think of this course?
"I liked the format, which was much more interesting than
many online courses that are just all slides or just all video. It was nice
hearing from a variety of experts. With the ability to watch as much as I
could, incrementally, and come back to it, this course was easy to complete"
Lactation counselor, childbirth educator, birth doula, birth doula trainer, USA
"The content was outlined very simply so it was easy to
understand. I like online learning at my own pace. I liked the extensive
reference lists and the downloadables. Well organised and easy to follow"
RN, Midwife, child health nurse, lactation consultant, Australia
"I have learned so much about the perfectly evolved microbiological interplay between a mother's milk, her baby's microbiome and the affect this has on lifelong health. I strongly recommend this course to anyone working with mothers and babies"
- Esther, RM, IBCLC, New Zealand
"This is a great course, filled with great experts and good evidence-based research"
- Rosario, RN, IBCLC, USA
"Informative, well structured, logical approach. Very interesting. Will use this in parent ed sessions and staff teaching program"
- Sara, Specialist Midwife: Infant Feeding Co-ordinator, UK
"Extremely helpful in my teaching of "Advanced Breastfeeding and Lactation" to Masters' level students"
- Elaine, Midwifery academic, Australia
BREAST MILK AND THE INFANT MICROBIOME
17 HOURS CPD / CE / CNE & 17 L-CERPS
Price for individuals:
USD $160 / AUD $232 / CAD $216 / NZD $250
GBP £127 / EURO 142 / ZAR 2717 + local taxes
groups of up to 10 people -
the person who makes the purchase will be emailed access codes
to distribute to all members of the group within 48 hours after purchase.
Each group member can use the access code to create their own account. CPD/CEU credits are
claimed by each individual upon completion of the course.
For larger groups of more than 10 people - including schools, colleges, universities or organisations, please CONTACT US for a bespoke quote.
- FOR GROUP OF 10
- USD $800 + local taxes
Important note about funding and privacy:
creators of this course are Toni Harman and Alex Wakeford, filmmakers
behind the documentary MICROBIRTH and the founders of MICROBIRTH SCHOOL
We are completely independent filmmakers and course creators.
We do not receive any outside funding.
are 100% funded by the sales of our films (MICROBIRTH, FREEDOM FOR
BIRTH and DOULA!) and from the sales of our online courses.
We have never received any funding from any infant formula companies or companies related to "formula tools".
The data we collect from course registrations is only used within the Microbirth School (Microbiome Courses).
The data will not be shared with any third party.
Conflict of Interest (COI) disclosures signed by all speakers are displayed at the front of the course.
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Approved for up to 17 HOURS CE
- The Main Course approved for 8 HOURS CPD / CE / CEU / CNEs & 8 L-CERPs
- Further Learning approved for 9 HOURS CPD / CE / CEU / CNEs & 9 L-CERPs
= TOTAL 17 HOURS CPD / CE / CEU / CNEs & 17 L-CERPs
On completion of the course, you will be able to download and print the Certificate of Completion listing all 17 HOURS CE credits.
Continuing Education / Continuing Professional Development credits for:
- Lactation Consultants (LC - IBLCE)
- Certified Lactation Counselors (CLC - ALPP)
- Advanced Lactation Counsultant (ALC - ALPP)
- Advanced Nurse Lactation Consultants (ANLC - ALPP)
- Doulas and Childbirth Educators (ICEA, CAPPA, Lamaze Int. & DONA Int.)
- 17 CERPs (17 L-CERPs) - approved by International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE) CERPS Registry No. 319057K and also Registry No. 319084K
- 17 CERPs (17 L-CERPs) approved by International Board of Lactation Consultant Exminers can be used for recertification for Lactation Consultants (IBCLC). Five years after most recently passing the IBLCE certification exam, IBCLCs may renew their certification by demonstrating completion of 75 hours of continuing education that has been approved for CERPs. Of these, at least 50 must be L-CERPs. IBCLCs recertifying by CERPs may use up to 20 R-CERPs to complete recertification requirements.
- Approved for 17 CONTACT HOURS by ALPP for purposes of CLC /ALC / ANLC recertification only by the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice (ALPP)
IBLCE = approved for 17 L-CERPs
ALPP = accepted as 17 CONTACT HOURS
Lamaze International = accepted 17 CONTACT HOURS
DONA International = accepted as 17 CONTACT HOURS
CAPPA = accepted as 17 CONTACT HOURS
ICEA = accepted as 17 CONTACT HOURS
Continuing Education / Continuing Professional Development credits for:
Midwives (including Australia, New Zealand, UK and USA)
- 17 CPD HOURS - Approved by Australian College of Midwives (ACM)
- 17 HOURS CNEs of continuing midwifery education approved by the Midwifery Council of New Zealand. Approval number: 2020CME001E and Approval number: 2019CME012E
- This course can be used as 17 HOURS CPD for revalidation by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) in the UK
- 17 CONTACT HOURS have been approved by American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) #2019/081 and #2019/120
- American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM) is an approved provider of nursing Continuing Nursing Education CNEs.
- 17 CONTACT HOURS (ACNM) are accepted by many state boards for Nursing CNEs, but please check with your state board / provider.
- 17 CONTACT HOURS (ACNM) are accepted by the Competency and Credentialing Institute (CCI) for CNOR recertification and CRNFA recertification.
- 17 CONTACT HOURS (ACNM) are accepted as part of Certificate Maintenance Program (CMP) by the American Midwifery Certification Board (AMCB). The AMCB operates on a 5-year certification cycle. That means that if you initially pass in 2020, you will have five years until 2025 to fulfil the certification cycle requirements, which includes completion of 20 Contact Hours (2.0 CEUs)
- 17 HOURS / 1.7 CEUs have been approved by the Midwifery Educational Accreditation Council (MEAC)
- Program Nos #M1920-16-1007 and #M1920-69-0213DE
- These 17 HOURS / 1.7 CEUs are applicable for Certified Professional Midwives recertifying through the North American Registry of Midwives (NARM) and can also be used for recertification and general career development by midwives and other healthcare providers.
ACM Badges of Approval
Main course: Breast Milk and the Infant Microbiome - Approved for 8 HOURS CPD by Australian College of Midwives (ACM)
Further Learning: Approved for an additional 9 HOURS CPD by Australian College of Midwives (ACM)
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FEATURING 7 LEADING PROFESSORS & LACTATION EXPERTS
LARS BODE, Professor in Pediatrics, Director of the Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Mother Milk Infant Center of Excellence, University of California, San Diego
Science degree in Nutritional Sciences from the Justus-Liebig University Giessen in Germany, determining structural differences in human and bovine milk gangliosides. For his PhD thesis he went to the Institute of Child Health, University College London, studying the effects of Human Milk Oligosaccharides on selectin-mediated cell-cell interaction in the immune system. Since 2003 he has been working as a postdoctoral fellow at the Burnham Institute for Medical Research in La Jolla, California, where he got appointed as Staff Scientist in 2006. He made major contributions in elucidating the central role of heparan sulfate proteoglycans and heparin in pathogenesis and therapy of protein-losing enteropathy. Since April 2008 Lars is supported by an NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award, receiving additional training in pediatric gastroenterology at the University of California San Diego and the Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. In 2009 the University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, recruited Lars as an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in-residence in the Division of Neonatology and the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition, where Lars is developing a new research program to elucidate functions and biosynthesis of Human Milk Oligosaccharides. In 2013 Lars was promoted to Associate Professor. In 2019 Lars was promoted to Professor.
In 2016 Lars was appointed as the first Director of the Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Mother-Milk-Infant Center of Research Excellence (LRF MoMI CoRE) and in January 2017 Lars was appointed as the first Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation Chair of Collaborative Human Milk Research.
MEGHAN AZAD, Assistant Professor at the University of Manitoba, Department of Pediatrics and Child Health. Research Scientist at the Children's Hospital Research Institute of Manitoba. Canada Research Chair in Development Origins of Chronic Disease and co-Director of the Manitoba Interdisciplinary Lactation Centre.
Dr. Meghan Azad is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics and Child Health at the University of Manitoba. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Developmental Origins of Chronic Disease and co-directs the new Manitoba Interdisciplinary Lactation Centre (MILC, www.milcresearch.com). Her research program (www.azadlab.ca) is focused ont he role of infant nutrition and gut microbiota in the development of asthma, allergies and obesity. Dr. Azad co-leads the Manitoba site of the CHILD Cohort Study (www.childstudy.ca), a national pregnancy cohort following 3,500 children to understand how early life experiences shape lifelong health.She directs multiple projects related to infant feeding practices, human milk composition and the microbiome in the CHILD cohort and other populations, including preterm neonates receiving donor milk, and Bangladeshi infants at risk of malnutrition. Dr. Azad is leading a new international consortium that will comprehensively profile human milk from women in diverse low-and middle-income settings. She also leads collaborative projects examining perceptions of breastfeeding on social media, and developing methods to improve societal support for breastfeeding through school-based education programs. Dr. Azad was the 2018 recipient of the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML) Ehrlich-Koldovsky Award. She serves on the ISRHML Executive Council and the Breastfeeding Committee of Canada.
GREGOR REID, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology and Surgery at Western University, and the Endowed Chair in Human Microbiome and Probiotics at the Lawson Health Research Institute
Dr. Gregor Reid’s research primarily focuses on beneficial microbes, and he is one of the world’s foremost experts on probiotics (microorganisms that produce many health benefits). To date, he has developed novel probiotic therapies used by several million people around the world. He has also held 28 patents, published over 500 peer-reviewed publications, in highly prestigious academic journals including Science, Lancet, JAMA, PNAS, PLoS One, Nature and Nature Reviews Microbiology; he has also given over 600 talks in 54 countries, and has a Google Scholar H factor of 93.
Since chairing the United Nations - World Health Organization Expert Panel and Working Group on Probiotics in 2001-2, he has been recognized internationally for his work. He was the President of the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (and current board member), the leading organization on the science of these areas. In 2010, he and Bob Gough received the AUCC Scotiabank Prize on behalf of Western University for the Western Heads East program: the first time the university has been given this award for internationalization. That same year, Dr. Reid was the recipient of the Hellmuth Prize, the highest research honour conferred by The University of Western Ontario. Other awards have followed including the Distinguished Alumni Award presented by New Zealand’s leading institution, Massey University, an Honorary Doctorate in Biology from Orebro University in Sweden, and appointment to the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Having helped acquire Canada’s largest ever donation for microbiology, a $7 million donation for his chair position, his status as a global leader was recognized by his election in 2016 to the Royal Society of Canada, an honour bestowed upon Canada’s distinguished scholars, artists and scientists, since the establishment of the society as Canada’s National Academy in 1883.
RODNEY DIETERT, Emeritus Professor of Immunotoxicology, Cornell University
Rodney Dietert is Emeritus Professor of Immunotoxicology at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. He received his PhD in immunogenetics from the University of Texas at Austin. Among his authored and edited academic books are Strategies for Protecting Your Child's Immune System and Immunotoxicity, Immune Dysfunction, and Chronic Disease. Rodney previously directed Cornell's Graduate Field of Immunology, the Program on Breast Cancer and Environmental Risk Factors, and the Institute for Comparative and Environmental Toxicology, and he has served as a Senior Fellow in the Cornell Center for the Environment. Recently, he appeared in the 2014 award-winning documentary Microbirth. In 2015 he received the James G. Wilson Publication Award from the Teratology Society for the best paper of the year on the microbiome.
BRUCE GERMAN, Professor and Food Chemist, Food Science and Technology Director, Foods for Health Institute, University of California Davis
Prof J Bruce German Professor in Food Science and Technology, Director, Foods for Health Institute, University of California Davis. Bruce German received his PhD from Cornell University, joined the faculty at the University of California, Davis in 1988, in 1997 was named the first John E. Kinsella Endowed Chair in Food, Nutrition and Health is currently Director of the Foods for Health Institute and professor, at University of California, Davis. His research interests include the structure and function of dietary lipids, the role of milk components in food and health and the application of metabolic assessment to personalizing diet and health. The goal of his research is to build the knowledge necessary to improve human health through superior foods.
DAVID MILLS, Professor and Peter J Shield’s Endowed Chair in Dairy Food Science, Food Science and Technology, Department of Viticulture and Enology, University of California, Davis
David Mills is a Professor in the Departments of Food Science & Technology and Viticulture & Enology at the University of California at Davis. Dr. Mills studies the molecular biology and ecology of bacteria that play an active role in gut health or fermented foods and beverages. In the last 20 years Dr. Mills has mentored over 30 graduate students and postdocs and published more than 190 papers, including seminal work on lactic acid bacterial and bifidobacterial genomics. At UC Davis, Dr. Mills has worked to define, investigate and translate the beneficial aspects of human milk and its role in human health. Dr. Mills has previously served as a Distinguished Lecturer for the American Society for Microbiology and currently serves as an editor for the journal mSystems. In 2012 he was named the Peter J. Shields Chair in Dairy Food Science, in 2015 he was elected a Fellow in the American Academy of Microbiology and in 2018 he was named a ISI Highly Cited Researcher. Dr. Mills has served on the Advisory Boards of several food and health-focused companies and his research has helped launch four startup companies.
JENNIFER SMILOWITZ, Associate Director of the Human Studies Program at the Foods For Health Institute at University of California, Davis
Dr. Smilowitz is a faculty affiliate in the Department of Food Science and Technology and Associate Director of the Human Studies Research Program for the Foods for Health Institute at University of California Davis. She holds a doctoral degree in Nutritional Biology with an emphasis in Endocrinology and completed her postdoctoral fellowship in Food Science from the University of California Davis. She has a well-established career in lactation and milk science, particularly human milk and clinical nutrition. Her approach to solving complex problems relies on implementing cross-disciplinary and multi-collaborative methods. She has published more than 50 scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals on lactation, milk and dairy science, and the intestinal microbiome across all life stages. She is a fellow of the University of California Davis School of Management which was instrumental in shifting her research toward translation to make a greater impact on human health. As a Certified Lactation Educator, Dr. Smilowitz supports breastfeeding and researches dietary solutions that support the health of the mother-infant dyad. She regularly gives lectures on the benefits of breastfeeding and its impact on the infant gut microbiome to health-care practitioners across northern Californian hospitals, clinics and Women Infants and Children (WIC) staff. In 2009, Dr. Smilowitz developed the Foods for Health Mentorship Program at University of California Davis. and has mentored over 100 undergraduate students majoring in Nutrition and Food Science. Dr. Smilowitz is an invited guest lecturer for various undergraduate and graduate-level courses in lactation, microbiology, nutrition and food science at the University of California Davis.
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Toni Harman is the co-producer/director of the of the multi award-winning documentary MICROBIRTH and co-author of the books, THE MICROBIOME EFFECT (UK & World) & YOUR BABY'S MICROBIOME (US/Canada). Toni is the founder and course leader of MICROBIRTH SCHOOL (MICROBIOME COURSES).
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