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Craniosacral Therapy and Tongue-tie: Natural Companions

Presented by Alison Hazelbaker (PhD, IBCLC, FILCA, LMT, CST-T, RCST, PPNE)  

This presentation was recorded at the 2024 NZLCA Conference. 


In this presentation Dr. Hazelbaker discusses the use of craniosacral therapy relative to tongue-tie. She addresses the over-diagnosis of it and describes the way in which faux ties are confused for true ties. She then discusses the role craniosacral therapy plays in addressing the restrictions that are commonly misdiagnosed as true ties that cause breastfeeding problems. 


1. Define craniosacral therapy.

2. List three ways that craniosacral therapy addresses breastfeeding problems.

3. Discuss the role craniosacral plays as an adjunct or replacement for tongue-tie revision.

Tongue-tie Pathways in Aotearoa New Zealand. How Far Have We Come? 

Presented by Bev Pownall, Ngāti Apakura, Ngāti Kahungungu ki Wairarapa (RN, RM, IBCLC, BA Soc Sci, BSc Hons Midwifery, MPhil Midwifery, ONZM)

This presentation was recorded at the 2024 NZLCA Conference.


This presentation provides a snapshot of key research, guidelines, classification systems, and screening tools relevant to IBCLCs, midwives, and others involved in assessing “tongue-tie” and referral for frenotomy in Aotearoa New Zealand. 


1. Show awareness of how tongue-tie has been defined and classified over time.

2. Discuss key learnings from research on neonatal oral anatomy and the science of suckling.

3. Understand IBLCE’s Advisory Opinion on Frenulotomy and some of Aotearoa New Zealand-based guidelines for health professionals.

4. Reflect on one’s current practice in terms of ensuring skilled clinical assessment of breastfeeding/lactation and treatment or referral, when tongue restriction is identified.

Manaakitia te taōnga – Whāngai U ki roto i Nga Wānanga o Hine Koopu: Nurturing Breastfeeding through Hāpu Wānanga 

Presented by Tash Wharerau, Kaitiaki mō Wahine Ora at Women’s Health Action. 
This presentation was recorded at the 2023 NZLCA Conference. 

Tash shares the magic of whānau pūrākau in Hāpu Wānanga. She discusses the challenges and barriers to breastfeeding gathered through Hāpu Wānanga as identified by wāhine and whānau themselves. Tash also explores the use of Mātauranga Māori in education and decision making in their own health Rangatiratanga.



1. Explore cultural appropriation of engaging with Whānau Māori through Hāpu Wānanga;

2. Understand the expectations of Māmā and Whānau power and magic of Hāpu Wānanga;

3. Learn through Matauranga Māori about barriers and whānau solutions to Breastfeeding;

4. Explore the difference between mainstream antenatal education and Hāpu Wānanga.

Infant feeding in emergencies

Infant feeding in emergencies

Presented by Karleen Gribble, Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University.
This presentation was recorded at the 2023 NZLCA Conference. 

This presentation describes why infants and young children are vulnerable in emergencies. It outlines how aid can undermine the health of infants and young children and how aid can support the well-being of infants and young children.  A brief summary of global COVID-19 maternal and newborn care guidance regarding breastfeeding supportive practices will also be provided.



1. Understand the importance of ensuring appropriate emergency planning for infants and young children;

2. Understand how to support the mothers and caregivers of breastfed and non-breastfed infants and young children in disasters;

3. Identify how COVID-19 maternal and newborn care guidance varied around the world.

Non-Māori Partnering Wahine Māori

In the video below, Tamara Karu, Libby Gray and Karen Palmer deliver their presentation 'How do non-Māori partner Wahine Māori to navigate a system that wasn’t designed for them?
This presentation was recorded at the 2022 NZLCA Conference. 

Through the cultural reclamation of Mātauranga Māori, Tamara, Karen and Libby utilise Kaupapa Māori Service Innovations within the Pregnancy Education and Breastfeeding Services they deliver, sharing the fundamentals of a Mana Wahine model of care so that non Māori can become allies for equity in the western health system.

Breastfeeding and Lactation: Whangai ū: A Māori perspective 

Presented by Dr Dianne Wepa, Associate Professor Mental Health, University of Bradford, UK; Auckland University of Technology and University of South Australia.
This presentation was recorded at the 2023 NZLCA Conference. 

Dr Wepa presented her perspective on a Māori perspective on breastfeeding and lactation or whangai ū. The presentation explores the significance of ‘we’, ‘we-dentity’ and the collective consciousness of Indigenous Peoples when providing effective healthcare. 



1. Introduction to key Māori terms and concepts related to breastfeeding and lactation; 

2. Explore concepts of we-dentity within collective orientation of Māori culture and Indigenous populations; 

3. Understand how to integrate a Māori perspective into practice. 

The WHO International Code and the rights of women and children 

Presented by Karleen Gribble, Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University.
This presentation was recorded at the 2023 NZLCA Conference. 

What is the WHO International Code, how did it come about, how does it protect the rights of children and women, and what are the responsibilities of individuals and organisations under the Code? This presentation will answer these questions and show how, more than anything else, the WHO International Code has enabled infants to be breastfed.



1. Describe why the WHO International Code was instigated;

2. Identify key aspects of the WHO International Code;

3. Describe the rights held by infants in relation to health and women in relation to breastfeeding and the responsibilities of others to protect these rights.

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