#ILCA17 Sessions




NO NEED TO PRE-REGISTER for specific concurrent sessions.
Choose the sessions you like on-site.

CERPs are L category unless stated otherwise. Learning Levels are indicated to assist with the selection of workshops and concurrent sessions (I = Beginner, II =Intermediate, III = Advanced). 

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Clinical Skills Rotation (Rotate through four 25-minute sessions). Pre-registration is required. You may only register for one Clinical Skill block to allow sufficient room for others to participate.


Primary Clinical Skills I-II (1:00 PM – 3:00 PM & 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM)

Surmounting Language Barriers to Cross-Cultural Understanding (Annette Leary, RN, BSN, IBCLC; Martha Lasley, BSN, IBCLC)

Perfecting the Asymmetric Deep Latch (Mariana Colmenares, MD, IBCLC; Nicole Zaltzman, MD, IBCLC)

Laid Back Breastfeeding: Using Baby's Reflexes to Improve Latch and Comfort (Helen Gray, MPhil, IBCLC)

Case Studies: Counseling Skills for the Novice Lactation Professional (Stacy Davis, BBA, IBCLC, CLE)


Advanced Clinical Skills II-III (1:00 PM – 3:00 PM & 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM)

Infant Oral Exam for Oral Restrictions (Jennifer Welch, IBCLC, La Leche League Leader)

Advanced Cases in Cultural Care: Role Plays for Communicating across Race and Culture (Hakima Tafunzi Payne, MSN, RN, CNE, IBCLC)

Clinical Case Study: Developing a Care Plan for a Baby with Multiple Challenges (Linda Smith, MPH, IBCLC)

Is Milk Transferring? Evidence-Based Skills Versus Myth (Decalie Brown, RN, CM, CFHN, BHmtg, IBCLC, FILCA; Gini Baker, RN, MPH, IBCLC, FILCA)



10:30 AM - 12:30 AM

Myths and Reality of Neonatal Jaundice Management: A Global Review of Data and Policies (Gini Baker, RN, MPH, IBCLC, FILCA) II-III

Breastfeeding Our Children for the Health of Our Nations: Healing Intergenerational Trauma through Lactation Support (Stephanie George, Hons. BA, Aboriginal Midwife, IBCLC) I-III

Lactation Clinical Education: Strategies for Diverse Settings and Situations (Phyllis Kombol, MSN, RNC-NIC, IBCLC) II-III

A Health Equity Lens and Feminist Approach to Advancing Access to Donor Milk for Babies in Need (Marion Rice, Ed.D., IBCLC) II-III

Social Media-ism within the Two Faces of Facebook: Perpetuating and Eliminating Oppression in Lactation-Related Online Groups (Angela Tatum Malloy, MAT, BS, CLC; Lourdes Santaballa, IBCLC) I-III

Healing and Recovery Post Revision of Tongue and Lip Ties: Evaluation, Education, and Support (Jessica Altemara, IBCLC, TTD) II-III

Galvanizing Action on Infant Feeding around the World: The World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (Clare Meynell, IBCLC) I-III

Oral Research Session III

  • Efficacy of an Educational or Support Intervention on Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy: A Systematic Review (Roseline Galipeau, PhD, IBCLC)
  • Effect of Low-Level Laser Therapy on Nipple Pain of Breastfeeding Women (Kelly Coca, PhD, RN, Midwife, IBCLC; Ana Cristina Abrão, Nurse, Midwife, PhD)
  • Third-Year Baccalureate Nursing Students’ Perceptions of Breastfeeding Education Attained During Their Undergraduate Program (Nicole Ahmed, RN, MSN, IBCLC)
  • A Descriptive Study of the Attitudes, Perceptions, and Experiences of Human Milk Donation (Karen Wambach, PhD, RN, IBCLC)
  • Breastfeeding Curricular Content of Family Nurse Practitioner Programs (Elaine Webber, DNP, PPCNP-BC, IBCLC)

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Can Breastfeeding Protect Against Childhood Obesity? (Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, PhD) I-III

Back to Basics for Cleft Lip and Palate: An Overview of Strategies to Support Lactation (Alice Farrow, IBCLC) I-III

Pebble in a Pond: Advocacy for Lactation Rights Starts with You (Elizabeth Brooks, JD, IBCLC, FILCA) II E-CERP

Canada, Birthplace of a Global Milk Sharing Network: History, Impact, and Informed Decision Making (Jodine Chase; Sandra Wesley) I-III

Can Factory Workers Breastfeed Exclusively? A Preliminary Report from a Peer Counseling Program in Bangladesh (Rukhsana Haider, MBBS, IBCLC, PhD) II-III

Maternity Protection and Family Protection Measures around the World (Maryse Arendt, IBCLC) I-II

From Context to Solutions: Lactation Advocacy Begins with Issue Analysis (Jane Grassley, PhD, RN, IBCLC) II-III

Moving & Grooving: Use of Rhythmic Movement and Vibration for Infant Feeding Difficulty (Bryna Sampey, IBCLC, Doula) III



11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

BFHI Revisited: Strengthening Quality of Care for Parental, Newborn, and Child Health (Marcus Stahlhofer, BSc, MSc) I-III

Catalyzing Change: Building Baby-Friendly Momentum in Vulnerable Communities (Cathy Carothers, BLA, IBCLC, FILCA) I

Predictors of Human Milk Receipt at Discharge in Very Low Birth Weight Infants (Mary Lussier, BSN, IBCLC) II-III

A Window of Opportunity: Lactation Immediately Postpartum after Crack Cocaine Use in Pregnancy (Edson Souza, MD; Cintia Santos, Nurse-Midwife) II-III

Lactation, Milk Sharing, Sex Work, Abortion, and Surrogacy: Intersecting Solidarities and Embodied Experiences (Sandra Wesley) I-III

Utility and Ethics of Milk Sharing: Supporting Informed Decision Making in a Complex World (Angie Bond, PhD, MS) II-III E-CERP

Audit Tools to Sustain Baby Friendly Health Initiative (BFHI) Accreditation (Ruth Cantrill, RM, PhD, IBCLC) I-III

Troubleshooting Low Milk Supply: A Deeper Examination of Protocols for the Clinical Setting (Jessica Altemara, IBCLC, TTD) II-III


12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Maternity Protection: A Critical Component of Protection, Promotion, and Support of Breastfeeding (Arun Gupta, MD, FIAP) I-III

Lactation and Medications: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Making Hard Decisions (Lisa Amir, MBBS, PhD, IBCLC) II-III

Nurturing the Parent-Infant Relationship through Lactation Peer Support: Overcoming Resistance in Health Professionals (Zoe Faulkner, BA [Hons], IBCLC) II

Establishing the Infant Gut Microbiome for Lifelong Health: The Role of Human Milk Feeding (Meredith [Merilee] Brockway, RN, IBCLC; Natalie Scime, BHSc) II-III

Improving Breastfeeding Rates among Rural Hispanic Immigrant Women: The ¡Tengo Leche! Initiative (Kimberly Pineda, MA; Natalia Ossinova, RN, BSN, MPH, IBCLC) I-III

Lactation Education: Effectively Teaching Families, Service Providers, Students, and Employers (Doris Fok, IBCLC,FILCA) I-III

Culturally Appropriate and Equitable Approaches to Counseling Families: Promoting Access to Lactation and Lactation Support (Stacy Davis, BBA, IBCLC, CLE) I-III

Improving Rates of Exclusive Breastfeeding Prior to Hospital Discharge in Women With Gestational Diabetes (Jo Watson, PhD, NP Adult, IBCLC) II-III


3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Using Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy Theory to Guide Clinical Practice: An Interactive Workshop (Sonia Semenic, RN, PhD) II-III

From Lactation Specialist to Business Owner: Steps to Building a Thriving Private Practice (Angela Grant Buechner, BScN, RN, IBCLC) I-II

Infant and Maternal Factors Contributing to the Decision to Treat Restrictive Lingual and Maxillary Frenula: A Review of over 2000 Client Records from 2013-2016 (Dale Hansson, RN, Dip Breastfeeding Management, Breastfeeding Counsellor [ABA], IBCLC) II-III

Ethics, Culture, and Lactation: Essential Concepts and Principles for Lactation Specialists (Cynthia Good Mojab, MS, IBCLC, CATSM) I-III E-CERP

A Long and Winding Road: Human Milk Feeding and Breastfeeding the Complex Preterm Infant (Beth Nolson, RN, IBCLC; Luisa King, RN, IBCLC) II-III

The Psychological Significance of Interaction Associated with the Physiological Breastfeeding Relationship (Keren Epstein-Gilboa, PhD, MEd, BSN, RN, FACCE, LCCE, IBCLC) II-III

Cultural Humility and Care: Overcoming Barriers to Equity in Lactation Support (Brenda Reyes, RN, CLC; Sadie Wych, MPH) I-II

Lactation without a Safety Net: What You Need to Know to Support Families in a Disaster (Michelle Pensa Branco, MPH, IBCLC; Jodine Chase) I-III


5:15 PM - 6:15 PM

Motivation and Strategy for Change: Improving Lactation Outcomes in Communities through Effective Provider Engagement (Paula Schreck, MD, IBCLCFABM) I-II

Ethical and Cultural Implications in the Use of Human Donor Milk (Debbie O'Connor, PhD, RD) I-III E-CERP

Lactation Management and Breast Cancer (Fedro Peccatori, MD, PhD) II-III

Exploring Infant Formula Use in a BFHI Hospital in Term and Late Preterm Infants (Anita Moorhead, RN, RM, IBCLC, Neonatal Cert, Grad Cert HServ Man) I-III

Supporting Infant Feeding in Emergencies: The European Refugee Crisis and the International Code in Context (Helen Gray, MPhil, IBCLC) I-III E-CERP

Love Has Its Science: The Foundations of Nurturing in Lactating Families (Patricia Diaz, MD, IBCLC) II

Precepting in Black and White: Practical Guidance for Helping Diversify the Field of Lactation Support (Hakima Tafunzi Payne, MSN, RN, CNE, IBCLC II-III

When Evidence Changes Practice: Building a Skill Set for Interpreting and Applying Lactation Research (Genae Strong, PhD, CNM, IBCLC) II