New Parent Series: Lactation Education and Newborn Care

Date: Listed Below | Time: 12:00-1:00pm | Location: Virtual-Zoom

Event Description

Open and free for all MSU faculty, academic staff, support staff, students, postdocs, and their family members. This is a reoccuring weekly webinar, you only need to register once to be registered for the full series.

Come join us for this two-part New Parent Series, which consists of 4 sessions focused on Lactation Education during the month of February and 4 sessions focused on Newborn Care during the month of March.

All sessions will take place on Fridays, virtually through Zoom from 12-1pm.

Dates & Description:

Lactation Series: Fridays in February

Although lactation is natural, it is a learned skill. This four-part program is designed to give pregnant parents and their partners information on preparing to breast/chest feed and strategies for continuing to breast/chest feed upon returning to work.

  • Week 1 (2/2/24) from: Introduction to Lactation: Benefits, How Lactation Works
  • Week 2 (2/9/24): Baby is Here! Getting Started: The Mechanics of
    Lactation Positioning, Latching On, Feeding Patterns, Challenges
  • Week 3 (2/16/24): Maintaining Lactation: Lifestyle, Expressing and Storing Milk, Returning to Work
  • Week 4 (2/23/24): Lactation Transitions: Introducing Solid Foods and Weaning

Newborn Care Series: Fridays in March

Learn everything you need to know about taking care of your newborn, starting with the moment your baby is born. We will discuss what to expect with a newborn: how to care for your newborn, soothing a crying baby, changing diapers, bathing your newborn, understanding infant sleep patterns, recognizing illness, car seat safety and adjusting to parenthood.

  • Week 1 (3/8/24): Newborn Traits, Newborn Behaviors
  • Week 2 (3/15/24): Crying, Comforting, and Diapering
  • Week 3 (3/22/24): Bathing and Newborn Health
  • Week 4 (3/29/24): Infant Safety and CPR


About the Speaker: Natosha Sage-El Bylsma

Natosha graduated from Michigan State University, Go Green! She has worked for Expectant Parents Organization as an instructor, primarily teaching Newborn Care, Breastfeeding and Infant Safety. She also facilitates Capital Area Baby Cafe. As Co-Executive Director of Next Generation Family Services, she is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, providing lactation services to the Mid MI area. She serves as the Chair on the Board of Directors for the Michigan Breastfeeding Network. Natosha works alongside mental health providers in the Greater Lansing area, serving with the Capital Area Perinatal Wellness Coalition. Natosha is CPR certified as well as a Child Passenger Safety Technician. Currently, she has two boys who started her passion into the birth and lactation world, is expecting her third boy in Fall of 2023 and got married in 2021.