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A Master Class for the IBCLC: Oral Habilitation of the Breastfeeding Dyad

Sydney: March 19th, 20th and 21st, 2020


Join us for 3 days of lecture and practicum to elevate your practice as an IBCLC!


Come together with your colleagues for three full days as you participation in a high-level Master Class directed specifically towards IBCLCs. There’s no more effective environment for learning than the in-person exchange of information with a group of experienced colleagues. Bolstered by a presentation of the supportive theory and research, the days are filled with strategies for intake, assessment, clinical documentation, anatomy and physiology, nutrition, infant reflexes, identifying and understanding when and where to refer babies with structural dysfunction, developing a collaborative team and integrating all of these resources in attaining functional breastfeeding competency. The course stresses a collaborative assessment of neurologic and biomechanical function as it affects breastfeeding, through infant reflexes and a demonstration as to how the IBCLC and manual therapist can utilise reflexes and facilitate their integration through movement.


With successful completion of the three-day Master Class, the experienced IBCLC will be able to define the strategies involved in functional assessment and habilitation of the breastfeeding dyad, educate families accordingly, develop a sustainable and achievable care plan and the capacity to share relevant information with colleagues towards the goal of collaboration and enhanced knowledge in the field of advanced lactation. In addition, the IBCLC will be able to reference a compendium of effective exercises and tools for facilitating oral habilitation, sucking skills and body movement. They will be able to use multiple strategies to confidently educate families on the use and rationale behind the care plan developed for infants with complex feeding difficulties.

IBCLC Master Class 2020 - Thursday 19th
07:30 AM Registration
08:00 AM Learning to See Babies - Jennifer Tow
09:30 AM Morning Tea
10:00 AM Introduction: The Role of the Primitive Reflex in Oral Function - Bryna Sampey
11:30 AM Integration Session
12:00 PM Lunch
01:00 PM Functional Assessment of the Breastfed Baby - Jennifer Tow
02:30 PM Integration Session
03:00 PM Afternoon Tea
03:30 PM The Role of Bodywork in Normalizing Function: Part One - Sharon Vallone
05:00 PM Hands on: Tools for Oral Habilitation of the Breastfed Baby, Part 1
06:00 PM Close


IBCLC Master Class 2020 - Friday 20th
08:00 AM Breastfeeding: the Architect of the Human Airway - Jennifer Tow
09:30 AM Morning Tea
10:00 AM The Role of Bodywork in Normalising Function: Part Two - Sharon Vallone
12:00 PM Lunch
01:00 PM Maternal History and its Role in Functional Habilitation - Jennifer Tow
02:30 PM Afternoon Tea
03:00 PM Rhythmic Movement for Function - Bryna Sampey
05:00 PM Myofunctional Disorders: Origination in Infancy, Long-term Impact on Human Health - Jennifer Tow
06:00 PM Close


IBCLC Master Class 2020 - Saturday 21st
08:00 AM Hands on: Tools for Oral Habilitation of the Breastfed Baby, Part 2
09:30 AM Morning Tea
10:00 AM Supporting Healing and Optimising Function Post Tongue-tie Release - Jennifer Tow
11:00 AM Collaborative Assessment of Neurologic and Biomechanical Function as it Affects Breastfeeding - Bryna Sampey and Sharon Vallone
01:00 PM Lunch
02:00 PM The Interdisciplinary Team, Integration of Assessment Skills
03:00 PM The Steps to Habilitation: Applying Our Tools in Normalising Function
04:30 PM Afternoon Tea
05:00 PM Effectively & Ethically Communicating With & Teaching Parents, Professionals, Colleagues - Bryna Sampey
06:00 PM Close
SPEAKERS: Jennifer Tow, Bryna Sampey, Sharon Vallone
Jennifer Tow
Jennifer Tow

Jennifer has practiced holistic lactation and guided parents in raising their children holistically for over 25 years. A fascination with the physiology of wellness has led her on a 30-year journey exploring the influences on infant well-being that come to define longterm human well-being. She has come to focus her interest in the areas of epigenetics and the microbiome, gut-brain health, airway function and oral functional competency, exploring the profoundly far-reaching implications of this work for breastfeeding dyads.

While residing between the USA & France, Jennifer established an international client base and now sees most of her clients on-line, specialising in helping dyads with complex breastfeeding issues. Her reputation for guiding parents through these issues stems from her ability to integrate holistic modalities and an expanded skill-set, such as metabolic assessment and myofunctional therapy, into her practice.

She is a writer and lecturer, offering workshops internationally and via webinar on breastfeeding & epigenetics, gut health & healing, tongue-tie & airway development and holistic breastfeeding practices. After a decade in development, she now offers a year-long advanced course in Integrative and Holistic Lactation. She is a founding member of IATP (the International Affiliation of Tongue-tie Professionals) and is the Breastfeeding Section Leader of the AAPMD (American Academy of Physiological Medicine and Dentistry) and founder of the Holistic Lactation Institute. Jennifer is the mother of three children born at home in 1988, 1992 and 1998 and a granddaughter born at home in 2009.



Bryna Sampey

Bryna Sampey became IBCLC-certified in 2010 after a 4500+ hour internship with Sonja Massey, BSN, RN, IBCLC at BabyMoon in Monterey, CA, USA. Prior to her certification as an IBCLC and Doula, she worked in Marine Chemistry in the Monterey Bay. Bryna owns a private practice in the Portland, Oregon metro area, offering home-visiting birth and lactation care, postpartum care, and education for parents and professionals. Bryna has specialized in her birth work focus on high-risk and surgical birth and the subsequent lactation issues that can arise from interventive birth. In her lactation work, she has additional areas of expertise in ankyloglossia assessment and recovery for the breastfeeding dyad, working with LGBTQIA+ families, and Rhythmic Movement Training for babies and parents with birth and surgical trauma as well as breastfeeding difficulties.

Bryna has worked as an adjunct professor at Birthingway College of Midwifery, teaching students about complex parental situations in lactation, breast assessment and evaluation, hand expression and breast massage. She also teaches parents in prenatal breastfeeding education and newborn care at Oregon Health & Sciences University. When not teaching, working with clients, or learning more about breastfeeding and early parenting care, she can be found at home with her family in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.


Sharon Vallone

Sharon Vallone, DC, FICCP (Fellow in Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics)’s clinical practice is in a multi-discipline environment and brings 25+ years of pediatric experience with a primary interest in pregnancy, birth trauma, breastfeeding and problems with infant /toddler neurodevelopment. She finds her role frequently to be a member of a support team for infants and children providing assessment, treatment and healthcare advocacy, as well as individualised treatment for children with functional challenges. She is the editor of the Journal of Clinical Chiropractic Pediatrics and teaches internationally in the International Chiropractor’s Association’s postgraduate program in pediatric chiropractic.



PRICE: Regular Full Price $675 (inc gst)
All Days - March 19th, 20th and 21st, 2020
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