2019 Conference

The Ninth National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening (NBCC) will be held June 14-15, 2019 in Bethesda, Maryland. The USBC is thrilled to convene this singular event once again, with a continued focus on the enhancement of breastfeeding coalitions' capacity to implement The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding through policy and practice change, with an emphasis on racial equity and community engagement.

USBC's National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening brings together breastfeeding-focused representatives from across the country: coalition leaders from every U.S. state and territory; representatives from relevant government departments; national non-profits, non-governmental organizations including consumer (parents) groups; and health professional associations. This singular gathering assists with the development of the leadership capacity to more effectively protect, promote, and support breastfeeding at the national, state, and local/community levels.

Conference Overarching Goals 

  1. Develop leaders in coalition building and the formation and management of public health collaborations and partnerships.

  2. Provide an in-person forum for the sharing and exploration of best practices and lessons learned to enhance impact of coalitions' work to implement the strategies of The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding, as a critical bridge, between the grassroots  (families) and treetops (national stakeholders) via engagement with USBC-affiliated Constellations.

  3. Build coalition capacity and commitment to achieve diversity,* equity, and inclusion in breastfeeding support, including skills to apply both an "equity lens" to inform and guide external strategies and activities, and an "equity mirror" to examine internal structures, culture, and policies.

  4. Expand coalition awareness of opportunities to strategically apply national policy developments to the state/local level by building and strengthening working relationships with health departments and other state- or community-level organizations, in order to encourage the integration of breastfeeding into other areas of the public health agenda.

Conference Objectives 

  1. Describe 3 core competencies of coalition building and formation of cross-sector partnerships.

  2. Describe the practice of All teach, All learn.

  3. Identify ways to integrate breastfeeding into the broader public health agenda, in order to improve the implementation of strategies from The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding.

  4. List at least 3 strategies for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in breastfeeding support, utilizing the application of both an "equity lens*" and an "equity mirror*".

  5. Identify pathways and levers for policy change

  6. Describe how to apply strategic policy developments to national, state and/or local contexts to advance health equity.

  7. Describe the importance of interprofessional collaboration in strengthening the public health infrastructure.

  8. List at least 3 ways to improve collaborative practice across the public healthcare team.

*Our definition of diversity includes diversity by position, gender, race, creed, age, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, family status, gender identity, formal education, life experience, religion, communication styles, geographic location, and work-related skill sets and experience. [Reference: USBC Diversity Values Statement]

Learn, Connect, & Act at the Annual NBCC!

The conference learning days have been designed to include:

  • Full group learning sessions led by trainers
  • Breakout Panel sessions for peer sharing
  • Table Topics peer sharing
  • Poster Sessions

This year’s conference will offer several networking opportunities, including:

  • Regional Meetings
  • Special Interest Meetings
  • Networking Event 
  • Welcome Exhibits Dessert Reception

Join us for Advocacy Day at the Capitol on Wednesday, June 12!

General conference questions? E-mail conference@usbreastfeeding.org