Final Program Schedule

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Thank you to everyone who participated in The Ninth National Breastfeeding Conference & Convening!

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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Advocacy Day at the Capitol
(Optional event/separate registration required)
(approximate ending time)

Thursday, June 13, 2019

New USBC Member Orientation 9:00am–9:55am
USBC Membership Meeting (Only open to USBC member representatives and guests)

Regional Meetings (Conference Attendees Welcome to Participate)

  • Mid-Atlantic Region
  • Midwest Region
  • Mountain Plains Region
  • Northeast Region
  • Southeast Region
  • Southwest Region
  • West Pacific Region
  • Cultural Coalitions
  • Native American Coalitions
Dinner on your own 6:00pm–8:00pm
Welcome Exhibits Dessert Reception
(Conference Attendees Welcome to Participate)

Friday, June 14, 2019

Registration Open


Continental Breakfast 



Opening Ceremony
Welcome remarks: Mona Liza Hamlin, USBC Board Chair
Welcome remarks: Tytina Sanders-Bey and Stephanie Carroll, USBC Conference Program Committee Co-Chairs


PL1 Centers for Disease Control & Prevention State of Breastfeeding in the Nation

  • Carol A. MacGowan, MPH, RDN, *Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • The presentation will provide an overview into the work of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to increase breastfeeding rates and support breastfeeding initiatives across the country. Participants will learn about CDC resources and partnerships.
Awards Ceremony Day 1

Morning Refreshment Break
Exhibits & Poster Viewing


PL2 Whole Group Session: Building a Leaderful First Food Movement

  • Ericka Stallings, MA, Leadership Learning Community
  • This session will explore the actual practices which encourage the development of an equitable and leaderful movement. During this conversation, we will discuss how to approach leadership in a manner which: intentionally confronts internal power asymmetries, meaningfully engages diverse populations and explicitly contests oppressive systems. We will also explore accountability mechanisms to push practitioners to continually pursue effective leadership supports which advance the values of justice and equity.
Buffet Lunch 12:00pm–12:45pm
Lunch Table Topics (Peer Sharing) 12:45pm–1:15pm

Session A Whole Group Session: National Initiatives

  • Communities and Hospitals Advancing Maternity Care Practices (CHAMPS) Using a Curriculum on Safety
    • Lori Feldman-Winter, MD, MPH, *Communities and Hospitals Advancing Maternity Care (CHAMPS)
    • Cathy Carothers, IBCLC, FILCA, *Every Mother, Inc.
    • This presentation will highlight how communities and hospitals can work together to adopt evidence based maternity care practices using a curriculum focused on safety. CHAMPS has demonstrated improvements in maternity care practices and shrinkage in gaps between care in the Black/African American population compared to the non-Black/AA population, however safety concerns regarding rooming-in and skin-to-skin continue to exist in the literature and are being discussed by hospital staff. Using a safety curriculum that employs the principles of visual design, and interactive, case-based participation to enhance learning, and a train-the-trainer (TTT) approach for dissemination, communities and hospitals can partner to adopt safety strategies around: skin-to-skin care, room sharing without bed sharing, and prevention of falls.
  • Innovations in Breastfeeding Coalition Building and Workforce Capacity: Highlights from MCHB's Children’s Healthy Weight CoIIN (Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Network)
    • Meredith Morrissette, MPH, *Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) / Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB)
    • In 2016, the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Maternal and Child Health Bureau launched the Children’s Healthy Weight Collaborative Improvement and Innovation Network (CHW-CoIIN) to increase the workforce capacity of state Title V MCH programs around breastfeeding, nutrition, and physical activity. Currently, 11 State Teams in the CHW-CoIIN are working to establish new policies and practices that address social and ecological barriers to breastfeeding. This presentation will describe the structure of the CHW-CoIIN, discuss best practices and models in systems innovation using state success stories, and highlight the importance of coalition building in achieving impact at the state level.
  • Empowering WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselors to Tell Their Stories on Capitol Hill

    • Darlena Birch, MBA, RDN, *National WIC Association
    • This presentation will provide an overview of a successful effort to mobilize breastfeeding peer counselors to participate in an advocacy fly-in in Washington, DC in January 2019. In total, six peer counselors from five different states attended. They represented New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina, and Georgia. NWA staff helped peer counselors prepare for hill visits by providing advocacy materials and leave-behinds, encouraging peer counselors to share their most powerful stories of supporting low-income breastfeeding moms in largely rural areas. NWA staff members also accompanied the peer counselors to their hill meetings and captured video testimonials from the peer counselors throughout the day. This presentation will describe the process NWA used to plan for and host the advocacy event and will feature some of the video testimonials that NWA collected.
  • Fair Labor Standards Act, Break Time for Nursing Mothers
    • Christine M. Schott, MA, U.S. DOL Wage and Hour Division
    • More than half of mothers return to the paid labor force before their children are three months old, with as many as one in four returning within just two weeks of giving birth. Many of these mothers choose to continue breastfeeding well after their return to work and those employees need to express (or “pump”) breast milk on a regular schedule. The U.S. Department of Labor will provide an overview of the federal Break Time for Nursing Mothers law and relevant implementation resources.
Afternoon Refreshment Break
Exhibits, Poster Viewing, CDC Listening Session

Session B Peer Sharing Panels: Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent Session B1: Addressing Barriers to Access:

  • Inequalities in Use and Donation of Donor Human Milk- Nonprofit Industry Response
    • Kim Updegrove, RN, CNM, MSN, MPH, Mothers’ Milk Bank at Austin
    • Pauline Sakamoto, MS, RN, PHN, Mothers’ Milk Bank at San Jose, CA
    • Racial disparities in rates and outcomes of premature infants are well documented. Less is known about practice variances in the donor milk industry. Milk bank directors, Updegrove and Sakamoto, will present data from the perspective of both use and donation of human milk.
  • Tailoring Nursing Interventions Based on Social Determinants Using a GIS Program: A Retrospective Study
    • Betsy Kanz, RN, MSN, Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health
    • Jessica Linneman, RN, MSN, IBCLC, Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health
    • In this non-experimental retrospective project summary, a triage system was utilized to identify mothers at greater risk for early discontinuation of breastfeeding. A triage scoring system was created and a geographical information system (GIS) was used to track trends of breastfeeding. Triage scores were assigned based on identified socioeconomic and determinants of health.
  • Voices of Urban Mothers: Peer Counselors and Telephone & Text Support for Breastfeeding in the Early Months
    • Lily Fountain, PhD, CNM, RN, University of Maryland School of Nursing
    • Mary Ellen Connolly, DNP, MSN, University of Maryland Medical Center
    • Dorella Johnson Lisbon, Baltimore Washington Hospital Center
    • This presentation will describe the results of a mixed methods study examining the impact of a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor telephonic/text intervention on breastfeeding rates and describe the reaction of the mothers participating in the study.

Concurrent Session B2: Breastfeeding Support Across Community Contexts

  • Facilitating Breastfeeding in Incarcerated Women
    • Chauntel Norris CLC, Alabama Prison Birth Project
    • Ashley Lovell, MS, LCCE, CD (DONA), Alabama Prison Birth Project
    • This presentation will show how working with incarcerated mothers to allow them to be able to express their milk and get it to their babies through a program we call the Mother’s Milk Initiative, helps to increase equity to the women in this critical population. The majority of these women come from impoverished backgrounds and about half identify as women of color.
  • Breastfeeding as a Prevention Tool in Addressing Diseases of Poverty in the ECE Setting
    • Kayla Q Frawley, BA, CLC, Clayton Early Learning
    • We are seeing a huge gap in our early childhood education settings in regard to access, support and encouragement of breastfeeding. Breastfeeding is also a prevention method to decrease the likelihood of chronic diseases that disproportionately impact those who experience poverty. This discussion aims to bring together multifaceted positions and roles to share tactics to implement breastfeeding friendly policies, environments and acknowledge the roles of Family Service Workers, Social Workers, Teachers, Assistant Directors and Mental health Consultants in the promotion of breastfeeding as a means to address health equity.
  • School District Successes: Supporting Breastfeeding Staff & Students in Kansas
    • Brenda Bandy, IBCLC, *Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc.
    • Schools can be challenging worksites for breastfeeding employees to receive the support they need to continue breastfeeding. School districts often struggle to provide consistent, districtwide support for their breastfeeding staff. A 2017 survey of over 160 Kansas school districts showed most left the matter to building administrators to provide accommodations when requested by breastfeeding staff. This informal “when she asks” approach creates missed opportunities for providing support and results in inconsistent implementation. The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition (KBC) will share lessons learned and tools developed while working with over 15 school districts over the past three years to help them implement a comprehensive breastfeeding support policy.

Concurrent Session B3: Harnessing Voices for Policy Change

  • Paid Parental Leave: An Opportunity to Advance Equity in Breastfeeding, Health Outcomes, and Economic Security
    • Carol Dreibelbis, MPH, *1,000 Days
    • This breakout presentation will describe the importance of paid parental leave – especially as it relates to advancing breastfeeding equity and improving health outcomes and economic security – and highlight the advocacy work that 1,000 Days is undertaking to secure paid leave for all women and men in the U.S. Participants will come away with concrete ways to take action.
  • Workplace Breastfeeding Protections: Your State Could Be Next
    • Jessica Lee, JD, Center for WorkLife Law UC Hastings College of the Law    
    • Liz Morris, JD, Center for WorkLife Law
    • Ashley Lidow, MPH, Women’s Rights and Empowerment Network
    • Stephanie Pitcher, MPA, JD, Utah House, District 40, Davis County Attorney’s Office
    • Discrimination against breastfeeding workers has devastating health and economic consequences and represents a major barrier to breastfeeding in the United States. This presentation will explore the challenges breastfeeding workers face, including lack of accommodations, sexual harassment, job loss, and early weaning. Expert panelists will present the current state of workplace breastfeeding laws and highlight where legal protections fall short. Participants will learn how advocates around the country are improving state laws and take away ideas for what they might do in their own states to better protect breastfeeding workers.
Special Interest Meetings (optional events)
  • State & WIC State Breastfeeding Coordinators
  • Everything You Want to Know About USBC Membership
  • Identity Caucus Facilitated Meetings:
    • African American Facilitated Meeting Time
    • Asian American, Pacific Islander, Native Hawaiian Facilitated Meeting Time
    • Latinx Facilitated Meeting Time
    • LGBTQI Facilitated Meeting Time
    • Native American Facilitated Meeting Time
    • White Identity Facilitated Meeting Time
    • Additional groups may gather as well. Requests so far include:
      • Rural Community Group
Dinner on Your Own 6:15pm–8:00pm
"Getting to Know You" Speed Networking Event 8:00pm–9:30pm

Saturday, June 15, 2019

Registration Open

Continental Breakfast
Awards Ceremony Day 2

Session C Whole Group Session: Breastfeeding Across Cultures

  • Hmong Breastfeeding Initiative: Reducing breastfeeding disparities in Minnesota
    • Linda Hsiung Dech, MPH, IBCLC, RLC, Minnesota Dept. of Health WIC
    • Tiffany Pao Yang, BS, MPH, Student at the University of Minnesota
    • In Minnesota, data on breastfeeding rates for disaggregated Asian and Black WIC participants has become available. Overall Asian and Black rates look good but when teased apart, the Asian Hmong community has much lower initiation (55–64% for foreign-born and second-generation Hmong mothers, respectively. Likewise, rates for African-Americans and East African immigrants have a wide gap (71 vs 93% among WIC participants). To address the disparity in the Hmong population, the MBC is employing a multi-pronged approach with the assistance of a States of Solution grant from 100 Million Healthier Lives and an MPH student from the UMN School of Public Health. This approach involving collaborations with MN Dept. of Health and the MN Breastfeeding Coalition seeks engagement of Hmong health providers and community members to raise awareness about the disparity and seeks their input about how to address and foster development of Hmong-driven efforts to change breastfeeding outcomes.
  • Sisters on the Border: Binational Breastfeeding Coalition
    • Lizabeth Berkeley, MPH, IBCLC, El Jardin Birth and Family
    • Elsa Quintana BCJ, IBCLC, CLE, New Mexico WIC
    • Loretta Lopez Manriquez, IBCLC, Binational Breastfeeding Coalition
    • This presentation describes the unique challenges of the geographic regions of far west Texas, extreme southern New Mexico, and Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico. These areas, all within a few minutes of each other, generally serve the same families but confront obstacles that are unique. The geography of the desert, the bureaucracy of two countries and the poverty and bicultural juxtaposition all conspire to make the region challenging. Sisters on the Border describes the unique approach used to create a strong coalition from these 3 areas. A colorful presentation will acquaint the audience with our region and our strategies to work as one group of motivated advocates.
  • When Knowledge isn't Power: Developing a Transformative Breastfeeding Curriculum Offering Access and Equity for Appalachian Families
    • Joni M. Gray, Ed.D., MA, CLC, CLS, Fairmont State University
    • This presentation includes a discussion of current practices and methodologies used to guide breastfeeding education in Appalachia, encourages a shift in these curricular methods, provides attendees with a basic assessment tool for reflecting on curricular goals and outcomes, and finally shares strategies for creating a transformative breastfeeding education curriculum that focuses on access and equity.
  • Cultural Communities Supporting Breastfeeding in Kansas
    • Stephanne Rupnicki, AA, Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation
    • The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc. (KBC) created the "Communities Supporting Breastfeeding" (CSB) designation to recognize communities in Kansas who have a multifaceted community approach to breastfeeding support. The CSB designation criteria include local breastfeeding leadership, peer support, maternity care practices, support in public spaces, worksite support, and childcare provider support. "Community" can be defined by geography or culture. In this presentation, we will examine how the CSB criteria were adapted to a Native American reservation and African-American neighborhoods in Kansas City to build a landscape of breastfeeding support in these marginalized and underserved populations.
Morning Refreshment Break
Exhibits, Poster Viewing, CDC Listening Session

Session D Peer Sharing Panels: Concurrent Sessions

Concurrent Session D1: Partnerships to Advance Equity
  • Emerging Leaders in the Lactation Profession: Co-designing Opportunities and Programs with Community
    • Erica Pike, BS, MS, *Vital Village Network
    • Melody Cunningham, CLC, ALPP, CLE, Next Door NEMT
    • Participants in this presentation will gain understanding of the critical importance of a collaborative design process to ensure a comprehensive IBCLC support pathway program is developed to meet the needs and strengths of community lactation providers and the families that they serve.
  • Better Together: Leveraging Our Collective Strength and Diversity to Support Equitable Infant Feeding
    • Jenna McCready, MPH, CLC, New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene
    • New York City may be one of the most diverse cities in the world, but we are striving to make it the healthiest and most equitable too. By cultivating leadership and collaboration, we are co-creating radical transformation across health systems – from hospitals to home visits. We apply an equity lens and mirror in all our efforts to strategically advance best practices and lessons learned, including some from National Breastfeeding Conference & Convenings' past, and the rich cultural groups that breathe life into our city. Participants at our presentation will learn more about our successful models for collaboration, identifying and developing leaders, advancing excellence and inclusion in our healthcare workforce, capacity building and empowering community based organizations, protecting and supporting parents at work and in the community, building home-based support systems that reach parents where they are and in ways tailored to their needs, and leveraging technology to provide real-time support at caregivers’ fingertips. In New York, we've learned that we are better together, and we are excited to share how.
  • Minority Maternal Mental Health: Why It Matters
    • Shivonne Odom, LCPC, LPC, NCC, Akoma Counseling Concepts, LLC
    • This presentation will discuss African American moms and maternal mental health. Mental health often impacts help seeking behaviors in mothers and may impact bonding of mother and child. This presentation will explore why it is important to understand minority maternal mental health and its impact on family/mother development.

Concurrent Session D2: Breastfeeding in African American Communities

  • The ROSE That Grew from Concrete: A collaborative model of training health care providers to impact vulnerable communities
    • Linda J. Smith, MPH, IBCLC, Bright Future Lactation Resource Centre Ltd.
    • Kimarie Bugg DNP, MPH, IBCLC, *Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE)
    • ROSE and BFLRC collaborated on a Train-the-trainer Seminar to increase the number of IBCLCs of color. 14 Breastfeeding experts of color were given access to BFLRC’s complete Lactation Consultant Exam Preparation course, guided through how to develop course structures, objectives, and outlines, and coached to develop their own courses with the goal of supporting SGCTA Action 11. As of January 2019, 157 African-American, Native American, and Latina women have been trained; 48 have already passed the IBCLC exam.
  • National Medical Association Breastfeeding Alliance Approach to Addressing Health Disparities in Breastfeeding in African American Women
    • Camille A. Clare, MD, MPH, New York Medical College
    • Victoria Green, MD, JD, MBA, IBCLC, Emory University School of Medicine
    • This presentation will discuss the unique strategies of the National Medical Association Breastfeeding Alliance to address the low rates of breastfeeding in African American women. The National Medical Association Breastfeeding Alliance of the Obstetrics and Gynecology section is composed of primarily obstetrician-gynecologists, pediatricians, and community advocates to address the psychosocial and cultural needs of African American women and disparities in their rates of breastfeeding. The NMA is the largest and oldest organization of African American physicians in the United States.
  • Investigating Reasons for the Disparate Breastfeeding Rates among African American Women in the United States
    • Sadie Wych, MPH, *HealthConnect One
    • Andrea Serano CLC, IBCLC, *Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE)
    • Breastfeeding strongly impacts the lifetime health outcomes for infants and provides profound maternal health benefits, but detailed examination of racial disparities for African American mothers in the U.S. remain largely unexplored. We used national surveillance data (PRAMS) to identify breastfeeding trends among African American mothers along with qualitative data gathered on challenges and successes in promoting, protecting, and supporting breastfeeding from key stakeholder engagement. Although improvements in breastfeeding outcomes have been seen between 2009 & 2015, the gap in breastfeeding between African American women and other races/ethnicities persists. This landscape assessment provides an opportunity to identify strategic direction for investment of resources to create an equitable first food environment for African American families.

Concurrent Session D3: Community-Based Strategies

  • Teaching the WHO Code to Community Health Care Workers
    • Lourdes M. Santaballa Mora, IBCLC, IYCFS, *ASI Alimentación Segura Infantil
    • Carmen D. Cabrer Quiñones, BA, IBCLC, *ASI Alimentación Segura Infantil
    • An interactive demonstration of how to take Code violating products and make them compliant. Participants will take items that violate the Code like brand name formula, designer baby bottles, Boppy pillows, lanolin, etc. and rebrand them to make them compliant. During the presentation, we will share a simple exercise that can be used with community health workers to better understand the Code, and brush up on our own knowledge at the same time.
  • Reinventing the Community Baby Shower
    • Shamiya Gould, AA, *Nemours Children's Health System
    • Kristen Littleton, IBCLC, *Nemours Children's Health System
    • Jamila Richardson, BSN, RN, IBCLC, *Nemours/Alfred I duPont Hospital for Children
    • The Nemours Lactation support team received a small grant from the Nemours Cares Community Funding Project. With limited funds, they had large ambition to create a community baby shower that was different from the baby showers they attended in the past. They believed if they could empower families, educate on breastfeeding, and decrease a sense of isolation they could help begin tackling the larger problems of low breastfeeding rates and high infant mortality and maternal morbidity.
  • Adding Seats at the Table: Lamaze and the Community Childbirth Educator
    • Tonya N. Daniel, IBCLC, LCCE, FACCE, CD/BDT(DONA), NC Division of Public Health
    • It is no secret that a family's knowledge or lack thereof about the birthing process can have an impact on birth outcomes. They can be empowered or intimidated. Through evidence-based childbirth education using Lamaze Six Healthy Birth Practices, marginalized families can increase their confidence to improve birth outcomes and increase breastfeeding success.
Networking Buffet Lunch 12:30pm–1:30pm

PL3 Whole Group Session: Inclusive Breastfeeding Support of Partners, Spouses and Families

  • Muswamba Mwamba, DrPH, MPH, IBCLC, RLC, *Reaching Our Brothers Everywhere (ROBE, a program of Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere)
  • Calvin L Williams, *Reaching Our Brothers Everywhere (ROBE, a program of Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere)
  • Kevin Sherman, *Reaching Our Brothers Everywhere (ROBE, a program of Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere)
  • Robert A. Lee, MA, IeMediasRes, LLC
  • Stephanie Carroll, MBA, BS, IBCLC, CLC, CLS, *Appalachian Breastfeeding Network
  • Reaching Our Brothers Everywhere is a Program created to encourage male involvement and engagement. With a mission to educate, equip, and empower men to impact an increase in breastfeeding rates, and decrease infant mortality rates in the African American community, ROBE raises awareness and amplifies the influence of fathers/partners as powerful forces for positive change. From this presentation, attendees will gain an understanding that there is a distorted image of the Black father. They will gain insight on how the definitions of family have evolved based on family dynamics and knowledge on how to integrate inclusive language for non-gestational parents and their supporters.

PL4 Closing Keynote: Advancing Inclusive and Equitable Breastfeeding Support at the Grassroots

  • Uranus "Rae" Mapson, Southern Maryland WIC Program
  • Jennifer AF Tender, MD, *D.C. Breastfeeding Coalition
  • Angela Love-Zaranka, BA, IBCLC, RLC, Chair, Virginia Breastfeeding Coalition
  • Vanessa Hanible, CLC, D.C. Breastfeeding Coalition
  • Jarene Fleming, IBCLC, Virginia Department of Health 
  • Strong, well-functioning breastfeeding coalitions serve as powerful vehicles for change by addressing structural barriers, leveraging community strengths, and utilizing policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) approaches to advance equity in breastfeeding support, protection, and promotion. The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding (SGCTA) emphasized the development and strengthening of breastfeeding coalitions, affirming that it is at the state and local levels that initiatives can be implemented and adapted most effectively to address specific populations. During this session, Maryland, Virginia, and DC breastfeeding coalitions will share how they are leveraging the expertise, wisdom, and passion of their largely volunteer membership to identify and implement broad ranging initiatives to improve the landscape of breastfeeding.
Closing Address

Partial funding for this conference is provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention