Milk: An Infant Feeding Conference

Nov 11-12, 2016 in Orange County, CA

ABOUT CONFERENCE

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Speakers

Kathleen Arcaro, PhD

For the last decade Dr. Arcaro has been studying breastmilk as a means of understanding how environmental exposures and lifestyle choices can affect the development of breast cancer, and how the breas

Kathleen Arcaro, PhD

Professor of Environmental Toxicology, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Kerri Bertrand, MPH

Kerri Bertrand, MPH is the Research Coordinator for Mommy’s Milk Human Milk Biorepository. She is responsible for managing the recruitment and follow-up of women who participate in the study; collec

Kerri Bertrand, MPH

Research Coordinator for Mommy's Milk Human Milk Biorepository

Rachel Cheatham, PhD

Dr. Rachel Cheatham earned her doctoral degree in nutritional biochemistry from Tufts University, where she is an adjunct food marketing professor. She is Founder and CEO of the Foodscape Group LLC, b

Rachel Cheatham, PhD

Founder & CEO, Foodscape Group, LLC

Joni M. Edelman, RN

Wife. Mom of 5. Body-positive intersectional feminist. BP Type II, PPD survivor. Diet industry dropout. Bibliophile. Cake aficionado. Editor In Chief @ Ravishly. Types 17 WPM.

Joni M. Edelman, RN

Editor in Chief at Ravishly.com

Larissa Friesen

Larissa Friesen is a Senior Brand Manager for Plum Organics, PBC, the nation’s leading organic baby food brand and one of the fastest-growing organic food companies in the U.S. A passionate, innovat

Larissa Friesen

Senior Brand Manager, Plum Organics

Jennifer Grayson

Jennifer Grayson is an environmental journalist and the author of Unlatched: The Evolution of Breastfeeding and the Making of a Controversy (HarperCollins 2016). Her writing and commentary have

Jennifer Grayson

Environmental Journalist and Author

Xza Higgins

Xza Louise Higgins is the Founder and CEO of MommyCon, a babywearing educator and lover of healthy & happy babies. She is a former branding expert who spends her spare time with her two children,

Xza Higgins

Founder and CEO of MommyCon

Jae Kim, PhD

Dr. Jae Kim is a Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of California, San Diego with dual appointments in the Divisions of Neonatology and Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutri

Jae Kim, PhD

Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at the University of California San Diego

Jessica Martin-Weber

Don’t tell this mom of six girls to cover up while nursing. She is passionate, motivated and dedicated to helping mothers find the strength and courage to breastfeed in an unsupportive society.

Jessica Martin-Weber

Founder of The Leaky Boob

Joanna McNeilly

Joanna is a mom of two spritely children who are the fuel of her life. She is the founder of the Center for Babywearing Studies and the BOND Conference. She has spent the last 12 years dedicated to le

Joanna McNeilly

President and Founder of the Center for Babywearing Studies and the BOND Conference

Elise Meyer Ring

Elise Meyer Ring is the Senior Director of Marketing for Evenflo Feeding, Inc. She  lives in Cincinnati where she is a single-mom raising her two incredible young daughters. At Evenflo, she has been

Elise Meyer Ring

Senior Director of Marketing, Evenflo Feeding, Inc.

Jason Sauberan, PharmD

Jason Sauberan, PharmD., is an experienced Neonatal-Perinatal clinical pharmacist. He currently serves as the clinical research pharmacist with the Neonatal Research Institute, at the Sharp Mary Birch

Jason Sauberan, PharmD

Neonatal-Perinatal Clinical Pharmacist

Kathleen N. Skoczen, PhD

Kathleen N. Skoczen, Ph.D. is professor and chair of Anthropology at Southern Connecticut State University.  Research interests include women and health, development, social justice and Caribbean his

Kathleen N. Skoczen, PhD

Professor of Anthropology, Southern Connecticut State University

Lisa Stellwagen, MD, FAAP

Dr. Stellwagen is a general pediatrician.  She trained at Mass General Hospital and then moved to San Diego and worked in the community for 10 years.  For the last 16 years she has been a Neonatal H

Lisa Stellwagen, MD, FAAP

Clinical Prof. of Pediatrics and Medical Dir. of Newborn Service, University of California San Diego

Lindsay Stenovec MS, RD, CLEC

Lindsay Stenovec is a registered dietitian nutritionist, eating disorder specialist, lactation educator and mother. She owns a private practice, Nutrition Instincts, where she leads and trains a team

Lindsay Stenovec MS, RD, CLEC

Wellness Advisory Panel member for Plum Organics

Norina Verduzco-Murphy, MSW, LCSW

As a clinical social worker for the past 16 years, Norina Verduzco-Murphy has challenged the staunch belief that proper women ”cover up” - in breastfeeding and in society as a whole. She is a ther

Norina Verduzco-Murphy, MSW, LCSW

Founder of Norina Verduzco-Murphy, MSW, LCSW & Associates

Ashley Weber, ND

Dr. Weber is a board certified naturopathic doctor in California. As a native Canadian, she received her bachelor of science degree from McMaster University, and went on to attend the Canadian College

Ashley Weber, ND

Board Certified Naturopathic Doctor, Medical Education and Engagement - KABRITA USA

Dawn Winkelmann, MS, CCC-SLP

Dawn Winkelmann, a.k.a. “Ms. Dawn”, is a Speech Language Pathologist, Feeding Specialist and co-author of MAKING MEALTIMES EZPZ: FUN WAYS TO USE THE HAPPY MAT. She works for ezpz designing feeding

Dawn Winkelmann, MS, CCC-SLP

Speech Language Pathologist, Feeding Specialist, and Author

Bridget E. Young, PhD, CLC

Bridget Young, a doctor of Perinatal Nutrition, is the founder of BabyFormulaExpert.com, where she helps parents and pediatricians understand the science behind infant formula so they can feel confide

Bridget E. Young, PhD, CLC

Founder of BabyFormulaExpert.com

Schedule

11:30AM-4:00PM

Registration

12:30PM-1:00PM

Opening Statements

Jessica Martin-Weber, Xza Higgins, and Amy Peterson
1:00PM-2:00PM

Beyond the Sacred Hour: Why We Should Talk About Kangaroo Care as Continued Care

Most parents want happy healthy babies, and so do we! We will discuss the importance of immediate skin to skin care after birth and the value of continuing this practice at home. We will explore how continued kangaroo care (KC) can support your infant’s sleep, brain development, prevent crying, support their immune system, and provide an optimal growth environment.  The bonuses don’t end there either, we will discuss how the practice of continued KC will positively impact you and your partner as well.  Additionally we will explore the difference between KC and skin to skin, and how you can find the time to add this practice into your daily, weekly, and family lives.IBLCE approved for 1 L-CERP and CBWS approved for 1 CEU.

Joanna McNeilly
2:15PM-3:15PM

Your Baby Needs Your Milk and Other Lessons in How We Improved Breastmilk Feeding Rates and Premature Infant Nutritional Outcomes at UC San Diego Health

A talk on the challenges of encouraging mothers with preemies to breastfeed, the SPIN program, and the California breast milk donor bank. IBLCE approved for 1 L-CERP.

Lisa Stellwagen, MD, FAAP
3:30PM-4:30PM

Breastmilk: A Secret Weapon in Breast Cancer Research

Breastmilk may prove to be a powerful force in the fight against breast cancer. Recent research shows that breast cells naturally present in breastmilk may provide actionable information about breast cancer risk. This presentation will review the progress of the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Breastmilk Lab in using breastmilk to better understand breast cancer, and how this information might be used in the development of future preventative and treatment strategies. It will include findings from studies on DNA methylation, mutations, and cytokines in milk. It will also describe the major research gaps and how lactating women are helping to make major advances in the fight against breast cancer. Attendees will learn how they can support these efforts by helping to find women willing to donate breastmilk for this research. IBLCE approved for 1 L-CERP.

Kathleen Arcaro, PhD
4:30PM-5:15PM

Meet and Greet with The Leaky Boob

Join Jessica Martin-Weber, a.k.a. The Leaky Boob, for a meet and greet with our friends Ergobaby. Each attendee will walk away with an awesome gift bag from Ergobaby. Available to registered Two-Day Attendees only. Additionally, preregistration for this session required. You can register to attend here.

Jessica Martin-Weber
8:30AM-4:00PM

Registration

8:30AM-9:00AM

Bringing Moms Back Into Focus: Why a Mother’s Needs Matter in Infant Feeding Presented by Plum Organics

Postpartum is a joyful and challenging time for mothers as they navigate things like sleep deprivation, healing from delivery and infant feeding. In this talk, we'll discuss what a "normal" postpartum looks like for new mothers and how expectations for infant feeding do not always become a reality. We'll explore how healthcare professionals and society alike can come together to support a mother's well-being to ensure optimal feeding outcomes, whether the choice is to breastfeed, formula feed or both. Breakfast session. Open to the first 50 registered attendees. You can register to attend here.

Lindsay Stenovec MS, RD, CLEC
9:00AM-9:15AM

Introduction of the Day

Jessica Martin-Weber and Xza Higgins
9:15AM-10:00AM

Beyond the Controversy: A Breastfeeding Blueprint for the 21st Century

Scientists and public health experts now recognize that breast milk is not just a food, but a living substance uniquely evolved over millennia for the survival needs of the human child. So why does breastfeeding continue to incite such media and “mommy wars” controversy? Why do 81 percent of American mothers start out breastfeeding, yet half give it up entirely or start supplementing with formula after just a few weeks? Clearly, it is critical that we change the conversation around one of our most essential biological processes. Join Jennifer Grayson, journalist and author of Unlatched: The Evolution of Breastfeeding and the Making of a Controversy, as she not only uncovers some of the astonishing historical, cultural, corporate, political, scientific and technological factors fueling our current infant feeding conundrum, but reveals a “breastfeeding blueprint for the future” that restores our collective health and a fundamental human function, bringing together advanced social policies, cutting-edge initiatives and scientific breakthroughs already underway in other areas of the world. ILBCE approved for 0.75 L-CERPs.

Jennifer Grayson
9:15AM-10:00AM

Tongue-Tied Babies and Determined Mothers: A Legacy of 20th Century Transformations in Baby Feeding Practices in the United States

An ethnographic study focused on twenty-three mothers who participated in open-ended interviews regarding their experiences as new mothers. The moms described the challenges and support they received as they embraced breastfeeding. A theme emerged around difficulty latching and mother’s milk supply that led many of the mothers to address “tongue-tied” conditions that limited the infant’s ability to efficiently breastfeed. This presentation reviews the genealogy of breastfeeding in 20th century United States and explores how transformations in maternal feeding practices continue to impact young mothers as they try to reclaim breastfeeding as a normative maternal practice. This research explores how historical processes and biomedical influences may affect knowledge and support systems around tongue-ties, and how determined young mothers reject the default of turning to formula and are instead paving the path to address this condition. IBLCE approved for 0.75 L-CERPs.

Kathleen Skoczen, PhD
10:10AM-11:10AM

The Science of Human Milk Nutrition

Dr. Kim will provide an overview of the uniqueness and variability of the nutritional components found in human milk and how these help grow babies in the best way. IBLCE approved for 1 L-CERP.

Jae Kim, MD, PhD
10:10AM-11:10AM

Mythbusters

In a manner respectful of the WHO Code, Amy will teach about bottle selection and use in a way to minimize nipple preference and prolong breastfeeding. IBLCE approved for 1 L-CERP.

Amy Peterson, IBCLC
11:10AM-11:25AM

Round Table Discussions

11:30AM-12:15PM

All Formulas are Not the Same – How to Individualize Formula Choices to Meet Infant Needs sponsored by Plum Organics

In this session, Dr. Young will present the basics of how infant formulas differ in formulation with an emphasis on which differences are most likely to impact infant tolerance and reaction. The session will include an overview of the main ingredient sources and how to optimize selection of ingredients for individual infants. The session will also highlight what you need to know about the most common parental concerns regarding infant formula ingredients and marketing claims. IBLCE approved for 0.75 L-CERPs.

Bridget E. Young, PhD, CLC
11:30AM-12:15PM

Mommy’s Milk Human Milk Biorepository: A Research Overview

Mommy’s Milk Human Milk Research Biorepository is a multi-disciplinary research initiative through the University of California, San Diego, Center for Better Beginnings that aims to learn more about human milk and how it influences child health and development. The biorepository was created in March 2014 and starting collecting human milk samples in August 2014. Some of the primary hypotheses include: how much, if any, of medications and substances that the mother takes pass into her milk, what nutritional and other components of human milk benefit the breastfed infant, and does the nutritional content of human milk differ from mother to mother. All lactating women with babies of any age can participate in this ground breaking research. IBLCE approved for 0.75 L-CERPs.

Kerri Bertrand, MPH
12:15PM-12:30PM

Round Table Discussions

12:30PM-1:10PM

Marketing In Infant Feeding

Panel discussion and lunch session.

Rachel Cheatham, Larissa Friesen, Jessica Martin-Weber, and Elise Ring
1:15PM-2:00PM

Continuing to Breastfeed While Taking Medications

Very few medications are considered unsafe for a mother to use while breastfeeding her infant.  The internet, doctor’s offices, and pharmacies perpetuate an echo chamber of safety misinformation originating from pre-market drug labeling.  This talk will provide examples of discrepancies between readily available misinformation and post-marketing published data for individual drugs, and will highlight the best available information resources.  Strategies to minimize infant exposure, and to maximize the safety of maternal medications in breastmilk will also be discussed. IBLCE approved for 0.75 L-CERPs.

Jason Sauberan, PharmD
1:15PM-2:00PM

Feeding Myths: Sippy’s, Paci’s, Pouches, Positioning, Poor Medical Advice and Picky Eaters

A session about uncovering some of the feeding myths surrounding feeding your baby! We will explore Sippy’s, Paci’s, pouches, positioning, poor medical advice and how they may trigger picky eating. Feeding a baby is challenging and picking the right products on your feeding journey can be stressful. So join Ms. Dawn, and get accurate feeding advice that will encourage your baby to be an adventurous eater! IBLCE approved for 0.75 L-CERPs.

Dawn Winkelmann, MS, CCC-SLP
2:00PM-2:15PM

Round Table Discussions

2:15PM-3:00PM

A Provider’s Guide to Identifying Risk Factors and Early Signs/Symptoms of Postpartum Depression in the Postnatal Period, Particularly Related to Infant Feeding Method

Overview of postpartum depression as a whole including: risk factors, mortality/morbidity, and treatment options. Identification of treatment options: pharmaceutical, emotional, community driven discussion of infant feeding modality and presence of/exacerbation of PPD symptoms with specific regard to mothers' intentions. IBLCE approved for 0.75 L-CERPs.

Joni Edelman, RN
2:15PM-3:00PM

Food Sensitivities In The First Few Years of Life

In this session, Dr. Ashley Weber, ND will review food sensitivities in the first year of life. Attendees will learn to distinguish food sensitivity from intolerance and allergy. Emphasis will be placed on how food sensitivities may manifest during the various stages of infant feeding, and will include a review of both breast or formula feeding. The most common sensitivities and management strategies will also be discussed.

Ashley Weber, ND
3:15PM-4:15PM

Supporting Your Clients with Invisible Illnesses on their Mothering Journey with Empathy and Encouragement

With approximately 54 million Americans, or 20% of our population, living with a chronic hidden illness you can be certain you will have some as your clients. They will be at your classes, clinics, drop-in sessions, and in your private practice. Understanding that they have different needs and would like to have a compassionate interaction will go a long way to helping these clients through one of the hardest times in their life, the postpartum time period. Many consultants and/or leaders inadvertently say and do things that are dismissive or even hurtful and most people with an invisible illness will already be on guard during these interactions.  This session will help to open your heart and mind to those who live life with a hidden illness, see them differently and help you to understand that formula use is not always a ‘choice.’  In fact much of the ‘best practice’ around early parenting may be phenomenally difficult for these clients.  We will explore how you can support them on their personal journey and find ways to open up your classes, group settings, and your private practice to allow for these clients to thrive. IBLCE approved for 1 R-CERP and CBWS approved for 1 CEU.

Joanna McNeilly
3:15PM-4:15PM

Psychological Barriers to Breastfeeding: How Planting Negative Seeds Grows Mental Weeds

Though a variety of evidence indicates that breastfeeding is the most beneficial infant feeding option to mothers and babies, numerous barriers to breastfeeding continues to remain—and action is needed to overcome these barriers. In today’s discussion we will touch upon some psychological barriers to breast feeding that include but are not limited to; unrealistic expectations, culture, public approval, spousal support and the sexualization of women’s breasts. IBLCE approved for 1 L-CERP.

Norina Murphy, MSW, LCSW
4:15PM-4:45PM

Closing Statements and Giveaway

Jessica Martin-Weber and Xza Higgins

Location

Milk will take place at the Hilton Orange County 3050 Bristol St Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Hilton Orange County 3050 Bristol St Costa Mesa, CA 92626

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Register

$50

Friday Only

$75

Saturday Only

$110

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