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Keynote Speakers

Anne Eglash, MD, IBCLC, FABM

Keynote – General Session:

The COVID-19 Pandemic: Challenges for Breastfeeding Families

This lecture will review current recommendations on breastfeeding for mothers who test positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus during labor and delivery, and postpartum. We will also explore how breastfeeding can protect infants from severe disease, and the evidence regarding transmissibility of the virus through breastmilk. Lastly, we will review research on the effects of pasteurization on the viability of SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Bio:

Anne Eglash MD, IBCLC, FABM, is a clinical professor with the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, in the Department of Family and Community Medicine. In addition to practicing family medicine, she has been a board certified lactation consultant since 1994. Dr. Eglash is a cofounder of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, the Medical Director and cofounder of the Mothers’ Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes, and the Medical Director of the University of Wisconsin Lactation Services. She has published many peer- reviewed articles on breastfeeding medicine, and has special research interests in chronic breast pain, human milk storage, nipple shield use, and outpatient breastfeeding education for health professionals. She sits on the editorial board for Breastfeeding Medicine Journal. She co-hosts and produces a free breastfeeding medicine podcast series, co-sponsored by The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, called The Breastfeeding Medicine Podcast, available on i-tunes. Dr. Eglash is founder and president of The Milk Mob, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the creation of breastfeeding-friendly medical systems and communities.

Felisha Floyd, BS, IBCLC, CLC

Keynote – General Session:

Reclaiming Our Milk:  Transforming the Landscape of Lactation

    Shrinking breastfeeding disparities should be considered a public health emergency!  In order for the United States to bring successful breastfeeding practices to more families, we must first understand the staggering difference in disparities clearly defined our country’s history of racism. Deep inequities rooted in the legacy of trauma are impacted by social determinants of health, and structural racism in America.  These systemic issues have hindered Black family’s ability, access and perception of breast/chest feeding. During this discussion, we will explore, evaluate and examine barriers to breastfeeding in the Black community. Together we will develop a deep understanding of the history of infant feeding in the United States. This session will also include discussions of innovative ways to implement proactive revolutionary community-driven solutions.

    Bio:

    Felisha Floyd, BS, CLC, IBCLC is currently Lactation Coordinator for Hospital Corporations of America system in Florida. She also offers infant feeding support, mentorship, and education to her local community via her private practice, Beyond Breastfeeding. Felisha is the founder of Our Brown Baby, a community based breastfeeding support group, which serves to provide specialized culturally sensitive breastfeeding support to families of color. In addition to these roles, Felisha is one of the founding mothers and current President of the non-profit The National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color, affectionately known as “NAPPLSC”. She is also a Center for Social Inclusion First Food Equity Cohort member. Previously, she worked as a Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Breastfeeding Peer Counselor and Breastfeeding Coordinator.

    Fueled by her professional and personal passions to ensure that all mothers have access to quality breastfeeding support and resources, she has fervently pledged to reduce breastfeeding disparities in the African American community. To this end, she continually makes efforts to help increase breastfeeding rates in the African American community by unapologetically fighting that which contributes to racial health disparities. Fearlessly obsessive, she is affectionately known as the social media guru “Blactavist!” (Black Lactation Activist). This online community consists of approximately 38,000 supporters on TwitterFacebook and Instagram, and is dedicated to empowering African American families to breastfeed.

    Dedicated to improving the level and diversity of lactation support nationally, Felisha trains and mentors aspiring lactation consultants through her private practice. She is the co-author of Clinical Internships for the Next Generation of IBCLCs, an article featured in The Journal of Human Lactation. Felisha also serves with high honor as a member of the Global Board of Directors for Mom2Mom Global, the Advocacy Chair for the State of Florida Breastfeeding Coalition, Secretary of the Board of Directors for the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC). She has been honored as a recipient of the Inaugural Concrete Rose Award by Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere and recognized by USBC with the Legacy Award.

    Robin Kaplan, M.ED., IBCLC

    Keynote – General Session:

    Providing Virtual Support for Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding Families

      Covid 19 has changed the way that breastfeeding/chestfeeding families access feeding support.  In-person lactation consultations and support groups may remain on-hold for the foreseeable future, so it’s become necessary to pivot and shift the way we offer support and care for these families.  It is absolutely possible to provide excellent feeding support through virtual consultations.  In this presentation, you will learn the tips and tricks for mastering telehealth and gain confidence in your ability to provide excellent lactation support through virtual platforms.

      Bio:

      Robin Kaplan has been an IBCLC since 2009, the same year that she opened up the San Diego Breastfeeding Center.  In 2013, Robin spearheaded the creation of the San Diego Nursing in Public Task Force, in response to several local Nursing in Public harassment situations.  She also founded the San Diego Breastfeeding Center Foundation in 2016, a non-profit organization whose mission is to reduce breastfeeding disparities among families of color and low-income families, as well as provide scholarships for women of color to become IBCLCs.  Robin was the founding host of the Boob Group podcast and published her first book, Latch: a Handbook for Breastfeeding with Confidence at Every Stage in 2018.  Robin most recently co-wrote the curriculum for the updated UCSD LEC program and was the program manager for the UCSD Curriculum Development Team for the Pathway 1 and 2 course.

      Robin completed her lactation consultant training and certification at University of California, San Diego in 2009. Intimately familiar with all things children and family, she also holds a Masters in Education from UCLA, a multiple-subjects teacher credential from UCLA, and a BA in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis.

      Breakout Session Speakers

      Breakout #1 (12:50 – 1:50 p.m.)

      A. Gut Reaction: How Human Milk and Breast/Chestfeeding Transform the Newborn Gut and Long-term Health

      Speaker: Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, BSc, CLE, CCCE, CLD

      Lactation professionals and the public have long embraced the importance of human milk for human babies based on its complete nutrition and immune impact. We are now on the verge of an entirely new aspect of human milk’s importance, its influence on gut health through the microbiome.  Discover how human milk creates a customized recipe of bacteria and food for the bacteria that is unique to every couplet and how this influences the baby’s microbiome, virome, and mycobiome. The microbiome acts as an endocrine system and plays an enormous role in long-term health. You will also learn about how the microbiome potentially plays into food allergies and food sensitivities. Join us to be inspired anew by the magic in human milk!

      Bio: Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, RLC, BSc, CLE, CCCE, CLD is a TEDx and international speaker, pregnancy and breastfeeding specialist, consultant, educator, and author. Laurel is the co-author of two books, The Attachment Pregnancy and The Greatest Pregnancy Ever; original editor of The CAPPA Lactation Educator Manual; as well as a contributing author to Round the Circle: Doulas Talk About Themselves. Her passion is blending today’s recent scientific findings with the mind/body/spirit wisdom to help professionals and families realize the magnitude and importance of the perinatal period. Spending 17 years as Executive Director for Lactation Programs for the Childbirth and Postpartum Professionals Association formed the foundation of her inquiry into the science of human milk. She acted as a board director for the United States Breastfeeding Committee from 2016-2019 and currently serves as an advisor for InJoy Health and Kindred Media. Laurel has been joyfully married to her husband for nearly three decades and has two wonderful grown sons, whose difficult births led her on a path towards helping emerging families create positive experiences. She believes that the journey into parenthood is a life-changing rite of passage that should be deeply honored and celebrated.

      B. Alma, Corazón y Vida; Soul, Heart, and Life – Breastfeeding Support Centered in Community Wisdom 

      Speakers: Lorena Angelini; Brenda Rodriguez, RD, CLC; Paulina Erices, BS, IBCLC, RLC, IMH-E

      This will be a community-led session in which Adelante Consejeras de Lactancia will share their experiences becoming advocates for breastfeeding in their community. We will break down myths around lactation in the Latinx community and explain the importance of culturally and linguistically congruent care. This session will be in Spanish with interpretation to English.

      C. Lactation in the LGTBQ+ Community and Adoption

      Speaker: Alliss Hardy, CLC, CLE

      This session will cover aspects of lactation in the LGBTQ+ community and adoption, including induced lactation. As a member of the LGBTQ+ and Black communities, Aliss will provide a different perspective for lactation professionals and supporters to consider as they work to support families in Colorado. 

      Breakout #2 (2:00 – 3:00 p.m.)

      A. The Ethical Responsibility of Lactation Care Providers to Promote Breastfeeding and Safe Sleep as Two Aligned Public Health Priorities

      Speaker: Marianne Neifert, MD, MTS, FAAP

      Infant feeding and sleeping not only are the two greatest challenges that new parents face, they are dual aligned public health priorities that impact one another. This compelling session will review the history of SIDS, the evolution of AAP/NICHD safe infant sleep recommendations, recent changes in the way sleep-related infant deaths are coded, and harm reduction strategies for parents who choose to bedshare. Participants will learn about new national initiatives to save infant lives and reduce disparities by strengthening the partnership between safe sleep proponents and breastfeeding advocates. Lactation care providers have the opportunity and ethical responsibility to incorporate safe sleep discussions as a routine—potentially life-saving–aspect of their breastfeeding counseling.

      Bio: Marianne Neifert, MD, MTS, FAAP—aka Dr. Mom–is a pediatrician and nationally recognized expert in lactation management. A long-time leader in the field of breastfeeding medicine, Dr. Neifert co-founded in 1985 the first US model of comprehensive in-patient and out-patient lactation services. She is a founding member of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine; co-founder of the Denver Mothers’ Milk Bank and Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition; founder and longtime facilitator of the unique Colorado Lactation Journal Club; and Advisory Committee Member of Colorado’s Baby-Friendly Hospital Collaborative. She has published numerous articles in the medical literature on breastfeeding and lactation management, and has educated health professionals in all 50 states and internationally.

      B. Pediatric Disaster Planning – Training and Partnerships for a Formal Operation Plan for Safe Infant and Young Child Feeding

      Speakers: Natalie Gates, IBCLC, BC; Angelica Pereda, RN, BSN; Paulina Erices, BS, IBCLC, RLC, IMH-E

      It is important for local public health agencies to create inter-agency partnerships that prioritize maternal child health during a disaster. Infants and young children are one of the most at-risk populations during an emergency. Jefferson County Public Health recognized our gap in pediatric preparedness, and through internal collaboration between Emergency Preparedness and Maternal Child Health teams, as well as partnerships with community members and organizations, we established a formal plan focused on safe infant and young child feeding. This presentation will share how partnerships were involved to formalize the safe infant feeding plan, what training had to be developed, how data and information is being shared between Emergency Preparedness and Maternal Child Health, what our materials and shelter kits cover, and how other local city and county agencies can replicate a similar process to elevate maternal child health in emergency preparedness response.

      C. Breastfeeding and Maternal Mental Health

      Speaker: Briana Tillman, DO

      Due to the global shortage of mental health professionals, many primary care providers have become the first-line responders to a wide variety of psychiatric issues. While lactation consultants and breastfeeding support counselors are not called upon to diagnose and treat mental health disorders, they nonetheless often become enmeshed in the topic due to the holistic nature of breastfeeding management. An understanding of mental health concerns that can arise during lactation consultation is therefore a valuable asset and can have a dramatic impact on maternal and infant resilience. In this presentation, I will describe mental health benefits and drawbacks of breastfeeding, both physiological and psycho-social. The talk will explore the importance of maternal mental health as it regards infant wellness, and conclude by looking at the pharmacological and non-pharmacological options in treatment of major psychiatric disorders (e.g. schizophrenia, bipolar, major depressive disorder, and generalized anxiety) as they relate to lactation.