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Keynote Speakers

Kimarie Bugg, DNP(s), MSN, FNP-BC, MPH, CLC, IBCLC

Presentations:

Keynote: A Cultural Shift in Breastfeeding

Plenary: Achieving Health Equity Through Breastfeeding 

  • Describe action oriented programs and policies that eliminate breastfeeding inequities in marginalized communities.

Bio:

Kimarie Bugg DNP, FNP-BC, MPH, IBCLC, CLC, is President and CEO of Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE), a National nonprofit created in 2011 to address breastfeeding inequities in the African American community.Kimarie previously worked for Emory University, School of Medicine, as a nurse practitioner.She has worked at the state level, as a perinatal nurse consultant and in the hospital in thepediatric emergency center, special care nursery, and as a bedside breastfeeding consultant.She was the first African American IBCLC in the state of Georgia. She is a member of the faculty for CHAMPs, a Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, and chair of the ethics committee of United States Breastfeeding Committee. Kimarie is on the board of advisors for the NationalAssociation of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color (NAPPLSC). She provideshealth equity through breastfeeding training, education and resources for healthcare providers,lactation support providers and community transformers nationwide.Kimarie completed a Community Health Leadership Program, within the Satcher HealthLeadership Institute at Morehouse School of Medicine that stressed best practices to provideglobal health equity and eliminating health disparities through action-oriented projects. In2016, Kimarie received a Legacy Award from the United States Breastfeeding Committee(USBC) for her work in the lactation arena for 38 years.Dr. Bugg lives in the Atlanta area with her husband, Dr. George W. Bugg Jr, a neonatologist.They are the parents of 5 adult children.

 

Linda J. Smith, MPH, FACCE, IBCLC, FILCA

Presentations:

Keynote: Restoring the Continuum: Helping Babies Who Can’t Suck Normally

  • Describe a clinical protocol for establishing and restoring breastfeeding in the early postpartum period.

Breakout: Perinatal Lyme Disease: What We know and What We Don’t Know

  • Participants will describe implications of Lyme disease and related tick-borne infections during pregnancy and lactation.

Lunch session: How to Talk so Mothers and Others Will Listen: Specific communication skills for breastfeeding counselors 

  • Demonstrate appropriate counseling skills that support breastfeeding women.

Breakout: Physics and Forces in Birth: Effect on the Infant

  • Participants will describe birth practices and interventions that influence the infant’s ability to breastfeed normally.

Bio:

Linda J. Smith, MPH, FACCE, IBCLC, FILCA is a lactation consultant, childbirth educator, author, and internationally-known consultant on breastfeeding and birthing issues. Linda is ILCA’s liaison to the World Health Organization’s Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative and consultant to INFACT Canada/IBFAN North America. As a La Leche League Leader and Lamaze-certified Childbirth Educator, she provided education and clinical support to diverse families over 40 years in 9 cities in the USA and Canada. Linda has worked in a 3-hospital system in Texas, a public health agency in Virginia, and served as Breastfeeding coordinator for the Ohio Department of Health. Linda currently serves on the Board of Directors of La Leche League International; was a founder of IBLCE, founder and past board member of ILCA, and is a delegate to the United States Breastfeeding Committee from the American Breastfeeding Institute. Linda holds a Masters Degree in Public Health and is currently an adjunct Instructor at the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio and an adjunct faculty member of the Union Institute and University. She owns the Bright Future Lactation Resource Centre, on the Internet at www.BFLRC.com.

 

 

Session Speakers

Natalie and Christopher Boeckx –  Lactation Laws: Your Rights to Nurse and Pump in Colorado.

              

Presentation Summary:

To help attendees understand their legal breastfeeding rights in Colorado.

Bio:

Chris and Natalie are the principal attorneys and owners of Boeckx Law, LLC, a client centered, resolution focused family law firm in Englewood, Colorado. Chris and Natalie are passionate about breastfeeding rights because Natalie breastfed their daughter until she was three.

 

Maya BunikDebunking Mother’s Milk Myths: Challenging Cases in Breastfeeding. 

Presentation Summary:

To understand the issues that come with breastfeeding as it is often complicated and information that is posted on the internet via blogs and other posts often adds confusion to the journey for new parents looking for help and guidance as they navigate early infant feeding and behaviors.

Bio:

Dr. Bunik is Professor of Pediatrics and Medical Director of the Primary Care Clinic. She has been helping mother-baby pairs for over 20 years. She is honored to be presenting on a topic she deals with daily in her Breastfeeding Management Clinic.

 

Kim Desmond and Lizzie Schoon – Building Inclusive Lactation and Wellness Room Use Guidelines in Local Government

Presentation Summary:

This presentation will share best practices that we have implemented in local government to build inclusive environments for employee and community members; discuss the importance of strategically building a business case to monetize and actualize inclusive programs, and building collaborative relationships internally and externally to push initiatives forward.

Kim Desmond Bio:

Born in Denver, Kim was raised in the Five Points neighborhood where she attended Manual High School.  She has committed her life to eliminating oppression for marginalized communities by dismantling systemic inequity and structural racism to promote inclusion.  She credits her passion and unwavering commitment for social justice work to her grandmother Annie Reeves, who spoke of being raised in the civil rights era during a time in history where Jim Crow laws codified racism. These stories of triumph, faith, and pursuit for human rights propelled Kim into a life time of services devoted to equity.  she works under the umbrella of the Agency for Human Rights and Community Partnerships (City and County of Denver) as the Director to the Denver Office on Women & Families, in addition to serving as the Staff Liaison to two Mayoral appointed commissions (Denver Women’s Commission and African American Commission).

Lizzie Schoon Bio:

started working in public health as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Southern Africa after earning her BA in biology and environmental science from Coe College. As a volunteer, she managed programs that taught local people to think about food as medicine– especially those with compromised immune systems—one in four people in the country she served had HIV and/ or Tuberculosis. While in Africa, Lizzie also helped initiate several community garden projects in primary schools in conjunction with nutrition programming for students. Upon returning to the US, she earned her master’s in public administration while working as an administrative assistant for the Denver Police Department. In the last semester of her master’s program, the city opened an internship to help redesign the workplace wellness program. In 2013, she became one of two interns who researched, designed and implemented the city’s new workplace wellness program, becoming a full time wellness coordinator a year later. In the last four years, the program has evolved to better integrate benefits and wellness and help employees become better healthcare consumers through taking better care of their wellbeing.

 

Jada Galassini – Teen Mothers and Breastfeeding

Bio:

Jada is a teen mother who breastfed her daughter for 3 years, while earning her High School Diploma and beginning college. Jada is part of a program called Hope House of Colorado, an organization whose sole purpose is to help teen mothers reach self-sufficiency. Jada is here to speak about her experience as a breastfeeding teen mother, and the challenges that she and other teens moms have faced when it comes to breastfeeding.

 

Linda KopeckyThe Breastfeeding Friendly Medical Office

Presentation Summary:

Orient participants to the materials and activities of the new BFF Medical Office Initiative.

Bio:

Linda works for Boulder County Public Health and participates in the Boulder County Breastfeeding Coalition and the Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition. Her area of interest is creating Breastfeeding Friendly Environments throughout Colorado.

 

Amanda Ogden – The Impact of Hormones on Milk Supply: PCOS, Insulin Resistance & Hyperandrogenism

Presentation Summary:

An understanding of the clinical presentation and treatment plan for hormones affecting milk supply.

Bio:

Amanda has been practicing for over 20 years as a nurse and lactation consultant both in the hospital setting and most recently in private practice. She co-founded the mama ‘hood in 2012 to serve as a hub for new families to receive comprehensive, non-judgmental support dosed with humor and practicality. She spends her time deconstructing current paradigms and looking at them through an anthropological lens while using current evidence-based clinical care. As well as having served over 15,000 families in the past 6 years, she has also mentored 17 women to attain their clinical hours for the IBCLE.

 

Lorraine RedmondBreastfeeding Friendly Environments: Effective Multi-Sector Initiatives in Rural Colorado

Presentation Summary:

Identify strategies and action steps to develop a continuum of care and decrease societal and structural barriers so that breastfeeding becomes the easy choice.

Bio:

Lorraine is an IBCLC working in the field of breastfeeding for over 25 years. As a cum laude graduate of Florida State University with a B.S. in Food and Nutrition, she has held a variety of positions, both professional and volunteer, developing the necessary expertise to be highly successful in her current position as Chaffee County Breastfeeding Project Coordinator. These include the overall coordination and oversight of five breastfeeding grants, work as a nutrition educator as well as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and La Leche leader; a health educator; and childbirth instructor. Through these positions, she gained extensive experience developing and implementing consumer education programs in breastfeeding, nutrition and family education; community outreach, which included public speaking and fundraising; coordination of multiple service organizations; and training programs for Peer Counselors to expand outreach.

 

Brieanna SeefeldtThe Role of Bodywork in the Breastfeeding Dyad

Presentation Summary:

To understand clinical applications of various treatment modalities. When and if to recommend body work like osteopathic treatment, chiropractic, cranial sacral, physical or occupational therapy for little ones is a common clinical question. We will review the current literature on various forms of body work and discuss clinical applications of the various modalities.

Bio:

Dr Seefeldt is a north Denver holistic family doctor and osteopathic physician.  Her passion is the health of the mom, baby and extended family unit. In her private practice Dr Seefeldt focuses on family medicine, pediatric and primary care.  Her clinical areas of expertise include osteopathic manipulation for moms and cranial osteopathic treatments for babies with nursing difficulties, torticollis or plagiocephaly.  As a assistant clinical professor of at Rocky Vista University in the department of osteopathic principles and practice, Dr Seefeldt brings a unique perspective to medicine. Dr Seefeldt attended UC Berkeley and then Touro University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Vallejo CA and completed an undergraduate fellowship in Osteopathic manipulation. She completed family medicine at Swedish Hospital through the University of Colorado. For more information about her practice visit www.mydenverDO.com.

 

Tina Sherman – Public Policy Advocacy: An Effective Tool to Help Improve Breastfeeding Rates and WIN!

Presentation Summary:

By the end of the presentation, participants will understand how public policies can promote equity and help increase breastfeeding rates

Bio:

Tina is the Campaign Director for the Breastfeeding and Paid Leave Campaigns at MomsRising. Tina has dedicated her professional life to supporting and empowering moms and families. She has served as a legislative aide in the United States Senate, has worked with several child and women’s advocacy organizations, is an active advocate on the North Carolina MomsRising Steering Committee and is a certified birth doula.

 

Heather ThompsonA Complicated Risk/Benefit Analysis for Colorado Breast/Chest Feeding Families Who Use Cannabis: Health, Policy, Legal and Child Welfare Implications

Presentation Summary:

To describe the health and legal risks of perinatal cannabis use

Bio:

Heather Thompson, MS, PhD, is a molecular and cellular biologist, clinical researcher, birthworker and queer parent. She has worked on issues related to reproductive health for more than 25 years, advocating for equity, access and autonomy in childbirth. From 2010-2017 she was the Research Director at a freestanding birth center in Colorado, advocating for midwives and community birth through data generation, analysis and dissemination. Currently she is the Deputy Director of Elephant Circle, a birth justice organization where she gets to combine her background in birth access and equity with science and community organizing. She is passionate about supporting the family unit and helping families navigate their own journey, particularly as it relates to maternity care, birth choices and legal marijuana in Colorado. Heather has been called to engage in racial justice and live from an anti-oppression perspective from the time she was a child, but in recent years she has increased the time she spends creating conversation with white people about whiteness and racism. Born and raised in Colorado, Heather enjoys being outside around a campfire with her partner, two kids and larger community.