Infant Feeding Ally™

Professional Lactation + Infant Feeding Education


We offer various opportunities for professionals to further their education to best support new families in their feeding journeys, all of which incorporate the vast knowledge and experience from Liz Naylor, board-certified lactation consultant, birth doula, childbirth educator, craniosacral therapist, mother of four, social worker, and doctoral public health candidate.

Infant Feeding Ally™ Comprehensive

Get ready to embark on a lactation and feeding experience like none other! This 45-hour course offers a new perspective on human infant feeding that truly addresses it from the 365-degree community public health lens it deserves. Using a socially and culturally responsive approach, will examine the psychological and emotional, aspects of infant feeding, as well as work through tools and techniques to help families achieve their personal goals in their feeding journeys while promoting healing and connection that will extend into all elements of parenthood for the duration. This course is designed for any professional working with new families and is approved by the Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine.

The Infant Feeding Ally™ Comprehensive Course focuses on 8 primary competencies:

  1. Practice from a Public Health Perspective
  2. Socially and Culturally Responsive Care
  3. Assessment and History of the Feeding Dyad
  4. Emotional Support for the Dyad
  5. Clinical Support for the Dyad
  6. Problem-Solving Skills
  7. Use of Tools and Techniques to Support Infant Feeding
  8. Feeding Plan Development for the Dyad

2024 Dates:

May 10, 11, 12, 18, 19 (Minneapolis/St. Paul, in-person or virtually)

August 5, 6, 7, 12, 13 (Minneapolis/St. Paul, in-person or virtually)

November 8, 9, 10, 16, 17 (Minneapolis/St. Paul, in-person or virtually)

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Pregnancy & Birth Trauma Healing + Infant Feeding Ally™ Mini

The journey of pregnancy and birth is one that is often a combination of beauty, joy, grief, pain, and the great unknown. It is very common to have elements of the experience that either bring up past trauma or create new trauma, all of which can dramatically impact parenthood, especially infant feeding. Join us for this incredible opportunity to discover the root causes of trauma and the healing capabilities that exist to promote optimal postpartum feeding experiences that create a lifetime of connection between parent and child. We will examine the emotional and physical connections to food and incorporate craniosacral and gentle trauma-release techniques to improve the eating experience for the entire family. Additionally, you’ll gain fundamentals in lactation support and learn the basics of how to become a true ally in the feeding journey for new families and their infants.

2024 Dates:

July 17-19 (Minneapolis/St. Paul or virtually)

October 11-13 (Minneapolis/St. Paul or virtually)

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Lactation/Infant Feeding Ally™ + Craniosacral + Trauma Healing 1-Day

This 1-day course is ideal for those just starting out on their journey of infant feeding support or those looking for a refresher. We’ll talk about the fundamentals of lactation, the connection of pregnancy and birth to infant feeding, and learn some basic craniosacral, myofascial, and emotional support techniques to release tension and trauma in both parent and baby to optimize the feeding experience from the very start!

2024 Dates: 

June 7

September 13

December 6