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MILK: An Infant Feeding Conference Schedule and Exhibitor Announcement

MILK headerMILK: An Infant Feeding Conference

November 11 – 12, 2016
Hilton Orange County, 3050 Bristol St., Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Please join us for the 2nd annual MILK: An Infant Feeding Conference. MILK is an annual infant feeding conference for parents and parenting professionals. It empowers families with information to support the nutrition and health of their children, while simultaneously providing an educational platform for emerging healthcare providers seeking additional academic and practical guidance.  For more information, please go to the MILK: An Infant Feeding Conference website.Tickets can be purchased here!

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Friday, November 11, 2016

11:30AM-4:00PM Registration is open.

12:30PM-1:00PM Opening Statements
Speakers: 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
Speaker:  Joanna McNeilly
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.

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
Speaker: Lisa Stellwagen, MD, FAP
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.

3:30PM-4:30PM Breastmilk: A Secret Weapon in Breast Cancer Research
Speaker: Kathleen Arcaro, PhD
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.

4:30PM-5:15PM Meet and Greet with The Leaky Boob
Speaker: Jessica Martin-Weber
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.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

8:30AM-4:00PM Registration is open

9:30AM-9:00AM Bringing Moms Back Into Focus: Why a Mother’s Needs Matter in Infant Feeding Presented by Plum Organics
Speaker: Lindsay Stenovec, MS, RD, CLEC
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.

9:00AM-9:15AM Introduction of the Day
Speaker: Jessica Martin-Weber and Xza Higgins

9:15AM-10:00AM Beyond the Controversy: A Breastfeeding Blueprint for the 21st Century
Speaker: Jennifer Grayson
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. IBLCE approved for 0.75 L-CERPs.

9:15AM-10:00AM Tongue-Tied Babies and Determined Mothers: A Legacy of 20th Century Transformations in Baby Feeding Practices in the United States.
Speaker: Kathleen Skoczen, PhD
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.

10:10AM-11:10AM The Science of Human Milk Nutrition
Speaker: Jae Kim, MD, PhD
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.

10:10AM-11:10AM Mythbusters
Speaker: Amy Peterson, IBCLC
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.

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
Speaker: Bridget E. Young, PhD, CLC
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.

11:30AM-12:15PM Mommy’s Milk Human Milk Biorepository: A Research Overview
Speaker: Kerri Bertrand, MPH
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.

12:15PM-12:30PM Round Table Discussions

12:30PM-1:10PM Marketing Infant Feeding
Speaker: Rachel Cheatham, Larissa Friesen, Jessica Martin-Weber, and Elise Meyer Ring

1:15PM-2:00PM Continuing to Breastfeed While Taking Medications
Speaker: Jason Sauberan, PharmD
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.

1:15PM-2:00PM Feeding Myths: Sippy’s, Paci’s, Pouches, Positioning, Poor Medical Advice, and Picky Eaters
Speaker: Dawn Winkleman
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.

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
Speaker: Joni Edelman, RN
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.

2:15PM-3:00PM Food Sensitivities in the First Few Years of Life
Speaker: Ashley Weber
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.

3:15PM-4:15PM Supporting Your Clients with Invisible Illnesses on their Mothering Journey with Empathy and Encouragement
Speaker: Joanna McNeilly
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.

3:15PM-4:15PM Psychological Barriers to Breastfeeding: How Planting Negative Seeds Grows Mental Weeds
Speaker: Norina Verduzco-Murphy, MSW, LCSW
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.

4:15PM-4:45PM Closing Statements and Giveaway
Speaker: Jessica Martin-Weber and Xza Higgins


Babies R Us, Babyganics, Beaba, Chicco, Crane, Ergobaby, Happy Family, Kabrita USA, Kiinde, Mixed Pears, MommyNearest, Munchkin, NUK, Oat Mama, Organic Pastures, Plum Organics,   River Babe Threads, and the University of California San Diego.