#ILCA18 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)

Facial Massage for a Functional Latch: Learning How to Teach Parents (Sejal Fichadia, BS, IBCLC, CEIM)

Supplementing at Breast/Chest with the Lact-Aid: Hands-On Learning (Anne Tegtmeier, LMT, IBCLC)

Who Do I See First? Case Studies to Help You Learn How to Prioritize Clients (Annette Leary, RN, BSN, IBCLC; Martha Lasley, BSN, RN, IBCLC)

Using Role Play to Identify Strategies to Provide Cultural Responsiveness and Sensitivity in Lactation Care (Stacy Davis, BA, IBCLC)


ADVANCED CLINICAL SKILLS II-III (1:00 PM – 3:00 PM & 3:30 PM – 5:30 PM)

Primitive Reflexes in Infant Feeding: Role Plays for Assessment (Bryna Sampey, IBCLC)

A Step by Step Guide to Difficult Cases: How to Prioritize for Best Outcomes (Nicole Zaltzman, MD, IBCLC)

Poor Weight Gain: Assessment and the Use of At-breast/chest Supplementation (Mariana Colmenares Castaño, MD/Pediatrics, IBCLC; Katia Contreras Garduño, MD/Pediatrics, IBCLC)

Infant Oral Anatomy Assessment: Demonstration and Practice for Clinicians (Melissa Cole, MS, IBCLC)




Your Role in Lactation Support, Promotion, and Advocacy: A Global Look at Context, Evidence, Policy, and Strategy (Suzanne Hetzel Campbell, PhD, RN, IBCLC; Joan Meek MD, MS, RD, FAAP, FABM, IBCLC; Tina Revai, MN, RN, IBCLC) I-III

Length of Stay and Breastfeeding Status Associated with Type of Milk Supplementation Among Late Preterm Infants in a Mother/Baby Unit: Results of a Retrospective Chart Review (Rebecca (Becky) Mannel, BS, IBCLC, CPH; Jennifer Peck, PhD) II-III

Building a Culture of Breastfeeding Support One Community at a Time: The “Community Supporting Breastfeeding” Designation in Kansas (Brenda Bandy, BS, IBCLC) I-II

Lactation on the Insulin Dysregulation Spectrum: The Impact of Gestational and Type 2 Diabetes (Lisa Marasco, MA, IBCLC, FILCA) I-III

Lactation Failure from Insufficient Glandular Development: Risk Factors, Signs, and Support (Mariana Colmenares Castaño, MD/Pediatrics, IBCLC) II-III

Increasing Milk Production: Domperidone, Metoclopramide, and Prolactin (Thomas Hale, RPh, PhD) II-III


Staying Up-to-Date and Evidence-Based: Using Literature Reviews To Inform Clinical Practice in Lactation (Joan Dodgson, PhD, MPH, RN; Kathleen Marinelli, MD, IBCLC; Sara Gill, PhD) II

Delivering a Culturally Congruent Public Health Message on Lactation to a Faith Community: An Innovative Breast Cancer Partnership with Susan G. Komen (Shafia Monroe, Independent Primary Midwife aka DEM, CDT, MPH) II-III

Inequitable Access to Lactation, Inequitable Access to Health: Implications for the Fight Against Diabetes (Katia Contreras Garduño, MD/Pediatrics, IBCLC; Tania Rocio Garibay Huarte, MD, Neuropathologist, LC) I-II

Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome and Lactation: Support for Families and Providers (Paulina Erices, BS, IBCLC, RLC) II-III

Current Research on Placentophagy and Lactation: Facilitating Informed Decision Making for Families (Nicole Zaltzman, MD, IBCLCII-III

Gender and Queer Communities 101: Building a Foundation for Culturally Humble and Inclusive Care (Trevor MacDonald) I-III

Conflicts of Interest among Professional Associations: Impact on Lactation Support (Nigel Rollins, MD, PhD, MPH) I-III, E-CERP


Anti-Lactation Backlash in Public Discourse: Themes, Context, and Strategies for Communicating with Families (Deborah van Wyck, IBCLC, MSc(A) Nursing, MA Counseling; Kimberley MacKenzie, BA Urban Studies, IBCLC, Certified Doula) I-III

Using the Hazelbaker Assessment Tool for Lingual Frenulum Function: Guidance for Clinical Settings (Alison Hazelbaker, PhD, IBCLC, FILCA) I-II

Circle Medical: A Cooperative Clinic-Based Approach to Lactation Consultation Delivery (Janet Regts, RN, IBCLC; Cynthia Landy, MD, CCFP, IBCLC) I-III

Implicit Bias and Clinical Lactation Care: New Evidence and Implications for Lactation Specialists (Melanie Miller, BA, MA, IBCLC) I-III

SIDS and Colic: Do They Share the Same Breathing Control System Origin? (James McKenna, PhD) II-III

Baby Friendly Community Initiatives (BFCI): From Vision to Implementation (Terrie Wefwafwa, HSC) I-III

Zero Separation and the Toxic Stress Message: The Evidence Base (Nils Bergman, MB ChB, DCH, MPH, MD) II-III


Mammary Dysbiosis and Mastitis: New Treatment Possibilities of Probiotics, Vibration, and Turmeric (Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC) II-III

A Cross-sectional Descriptive Study of Immigrant Muslim Arab Women in the United States: Lactation Patterns and Implications from a Socio-ecological Perspective (Wafa Khasawneh, PhD, MSN, IBCLC) I-III

Breastfeeding after Cosmetic Breast Surgery: Implications for Lactation and Strategies for Maximizing Milk Production (Gina Wiessman, DMD, RN, IBCLC) II

Preparing IBLCE Exam Candidates for Success: Lessons Learned From the First CAAHEP-Accredited Pathway 2 Program (Kathryn Wouk, MS, IBCLC; Catherine Sullivan, MPH, RD, IBCLC) II-III

Lactation Support in Disasters and Emergencies: Integrating Life Course, Psychosocial, and Human Rights Perspectives (Aunchalee Loscalzo Palmquist, PhD, IBCLC) I-III

Advancing Equity: Tools to Move Organizations from Intentions to Outcomes (Paulina Erices, BS, IBCLC, RLC) II-III

New Studies Underway at the InfantRisk Center: Oncogenic Genes and Endocannabinoids in Human Milk (Thomas Hale, RPh, PhD) II-III 




Learning Together to Change the Health Care Community: Interprofessional Lactation Education for Students in the Health Professions (Sue Hermann, MN, RN, IBCLC; Kathleen O'Grady Venter, RN, IBCLC; Elizabeth McLaney, MEd, BScOT, OT Reg. [Ont];  Jo Watson, PhD, RN[EC]) II

To Clip or Not to Clip? Clinical Dilemmas Regarding the Release of Posterior Tongue Tie and their Implications for Infant Feeding (Gina Wiessman, DMD, RN, IBCLC) II

Safe and Sustainable Implementation of BFHI's Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding: EMPower Breastfeeding and the New EMPower Training Initiative (Kathy Parry, MPH, IBCLC, LMBT; Julie Bourg, BSN, RN, IBCLC; Gigi Lawless, BSN, RN, IBCLC) I-III

My Brain is Doing What? Bias, Ethics, and the Lactation Specialist (Cynthia Good, MS, CDE, IBCLC, CATSM) I-III, E-CERP

Safe Infant Sleep: Who Decides and on What Evidence? (James McKenna, PhD) II-III

BFHI Implementation: Challenges, Strategies, and Successes in Strengthening Care and Support Systems (Terrie Wefwafwa, HSC) I-III 

Filling in Common Knowledge Gaps About Prolactin for Better Clinical Assessment of Low Milk Supply (Lisa Marasco, MA, IBCLC, FILCA) I-III


Global Partner Panel: Furthering the Global Breastfeeding Agenda through Collaborative Advocacy at the Local, National, Regional, and International Level.(Mariana Colmenares, MD, IBCLC; Tomoko Seo, MD, IBCLC; Fiona Rea, Dip HE [Antenatal Education]) I – III


When Frenotomy Is Not Enough: A Deeper Understanding of Tethered Oral Tissue Effects on Breastfeeding, Infant Motor Learning, and Clinical Management Strategies (Robin Glass, MS, OTR/L, IBCLC) II-III

Deconstructing Fake Equity: Lessons Learned From a Dominant Culture Institution (Catherine Sullivan, MPH, RD, IBCLC; Aunchalee Loscalzo Palmquist, PhD, IBCLC; Stacy Davis, BA, IBCLC; Felisha Floyd, BS, CLC, IBCLC) I-III

WHO Guidelines on Protection, Promotion, and Support of Breastfeeding: Current Updates and Guidance for Facilities Providing Birth and Newborn Services (Trish MacEnroe, BS, CDN, CLC) I-III

Building Gender Inclusion Into Your Practice: A Hands-On Workshop for Lactation Specialists (Trevor MacDonald) I-III

Oral Research Presentations I-III

Development and Psychometric Testing of the Nipple Shield Satisfaction Scale (NSSS) (Colette Acker, IBCLC)

Factors influencing Expressed Breast Milk Volumes of Mothers with Preterm Infants in the NICU (Deborah Pollard, PhD, RNC, IBCLC)

Infant Feeding Experiences of Mothers Receiving Medication Assisted Treatment for an Opioid Use Disorder (Kelly McGlothen, BSN, RN, IBCLC)

Lactation Consultants’ Knowledge and Perception of Using Telehealth for Breastfeeding Support (Azza Ahmed, DNSc, IBCLC, CPNP; Wilaiporrn Rojjanasrirat, PhD, IBCLC)

Development and Evaluation of a Lactation Rotation for a Pediatric Residency Program (Jennifer Albert, APN/CNP, WHNP-BC, IBCLC; Jody Heinrichs-Breen, BSN, RNC-OB, IBCLC)

Social and Structural Factors that Impact Young Mothers’ Infant Feeding Behaviors: Community-Based Participatory Research with Diverse Young Mothers and Providers (Ruth Konoff, MSOT, OTR/L, IBCLC; Tina Benitez, IBCLC)


Understanding, Monitoring, and Applying the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes: A Practical Workshop for Lactation Specialists in All Settings (ILCA International Code Committee) I-III, E-CERPs


Facilitando la Toma de Decisiones para el Consumo de la Placenta y sus Implicaciones en la Lactancia: Lo Último en la Investigación (Nicole Zaltzman, MD, IBCLC) II-III

Síndrome de Abstinencia Neonatal y Lactancia: Apoyo para Familias y Proveedores (Paulina Erices, BS, IBCLC, RLC) II-III

Desigualdad en el Acceso a la Lactancia, Desigualdad en el Acceso a la Salud: Implicaciones para la Lucha contra la Diabetes (Katia Contreras Garduño, Médico Pediatra, IBCLC; Tania Rocio Garibay Huarte, MD/Neuropatología,Consultora de Lactancia) I-II

Trabajando por Equidad: Herramientas para Mover Organizaciones desde Intenciones a Resultados (Paulina Erices, BS, IBCLC, RLC) II-III


Conflict of Interest Bingo: How Commercial Interests Pursue Thought Leaders (Elizabeth Brooks, JD, IBCLC, FILCA) II-III, E-CERP


Treatment of Mastitis: Evidence on the Association of Therapeutic Breast Massage in Lactation and a Reduction in Antibiotic Use (Ellen Chetwynd, PhD, MPH, IBCLC) III


The Impact of Ankyloglossia on Tongue Mechanics and Lactation Outcomes (Bobak Ghaheri, MD) I-III

Practical Skills for Doing the Work: Creating an Inclusive Practice to More Equitably Serve Our Diverse Communities (Angie Bond, PhD, MS, Lead Drexler) I-II

Addressing Defeat: Avoiding, Recognizing, and Recovering From Burnout, Fatigue and Exhaustion in Lactation Relationships (Annette Leary, RN, BSN, IBCLC; Martha Lasley, BSN, RN, IBCLC) I-III

Introducing the Kangaroula and the First 1000 Minutes: Protecting Lactation Between Birth and Referral to the IBCLC (Nils Bergman, MB ChB, DCH, MPH, MD) I-III

Problem Solving Versus Symptom Solving in Complex Breastfeeding Challenges (Mariana Colmenares Castaño, MD/Pediatrics, IBCLC) II-III


Diet Does Matter During Lactation: Implications of Recent Research on Fatty Acid Composition and Other Nutrients in Human Milk (Laurel Wilson, Maternal Child Health/Lactation Consulting, BSC, IBCLC, RLC, CLE, CCCE, CLD, CPPI) II-III