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Details of 2014 Conference: Milk Matters: From Microbiome to Milk Sharing to Medical Practice, Saturday, September 27, 2014

These details are from the conference brochure, which is available at the bottom of this article as a .pdf.

Deadline for Kathy Baker Memorial Peer-counselor scholarship application extended until September 15, 2015.

Milk Matters: From Microbiome to Milk Sharing to Medical Practice
Saturday, September 27, 2014

8:00 am - 4:30 pm
A One-Day Conference
at the
Olson Auditorium
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
1775 W. Dempster
Park Ridge, IL 60068

Conference Speakers

Paula Meier, PhD, RN, FAAN
Researcher, Chicago, Illinois
Dr. Meier is the director for clinical research and lactation in the neonatal intensive care unit and is a professor of women, children and family nursing and a professor of pediatrics at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. She has worked as a practitioner and researcher in the area of human milk, lactation and breastfeeding for premature infants and their mothers since 1975. Meier has conducted numerous externally-funded research and demonstration projects, and served as the principal investigator for a recently-completed, 5-year, $2.76 million, NIH-funded study, "Health Outcomes and Cost of Human Milk Feedings for Very Low Birthweight Infants." She and her research team have a renewal NIH application pending review that proposes to study the impact of human milk feedings received during the NICU hospitalization on childhood health, neurobehavioral and cost outcomes for this same cohort of VLBW infants. Her other external funding has included grants from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), industry and philanthropic organizations. Dr. Meier has published over 80 peer-reviewed manuscripts, and serves as the Past-President of the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation and is a member of the Health Advisory Council for La Leche League, International. She was the recipient of the 2005 Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of Illinois, and the 2013 Distinguished Alumna Award from Rush University College of Nursing. In 2013 she received the Audrey Hepburn Award for Contributions to the Health and Welfare of Children from Sigma Theta Tau, International.

Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA
Lactation Consultant and Author, Arlington Heights, Illinois
For the 10 years Nancy was in private practice, she worked one-on-one with thousands of breastfeeding families in the Chicago area. She is the author and co-author of several breastfeeding books for parents and professionals as well as a breastfeeding smartphone app. She speaks at events around the world.

Jenny Thomas, MD, MPH, IBCLC, FAAP, FABM
Physician, Franklin, Wisconsin
Dr. Jenny Thomas is a pediatrician and breastfeeding medicine specialist at Lakeshore Medical Clinic in Franklin, Wisconsin and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Community and Family Medicine and Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She currently serves on the Executive team for the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Breastfeeding and on the Executive Board of the Wisconsin Chapter of the AAP. She is a founder and past Chairperson of the Wisconsin Breastfeeding Coalition and is the author of a breastfeeding book for parents. She is one of only a few physicians internationally to be recognized as a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (FABM) for her expertise on breastfeeding.

Sponsored by the Chicago Area Breastfeeding Coalition (CABC).

There is strength in numbers. Chicago's lactation consultant groups, breastfeeding task forces, Breastfeeding USA, and La Leche League of Illinois are all members of the Chicago Area Breastfeeding Coalition (CABC). At this conference, find out what the CABC is doing and how you can get involved as we join together as one breastfeeding community.

Who Should Attend?

Those in the Chicago area who work with breastfeeding families: nurses, lactation consultants, lactation counselors and educators, physicians, dietitians, doulas, midwives, peer counselors, childbirth educators, volunteer mother-to-mother supporters, and public health staff.

Conference Objectives

After the conference, participants should be able to:

  • Describe how to apply the principles of biomedical ethics to milk sharing.
  • Explain how the risks of milk sharing compare to the risks of using formula.
  • Articulate specific "talking points" to be used with families regarding the impact of human milk on health outcomes for term, late preterm and premature infants.
  • Describe how physicians learn and potential roadblocks.

Conference Agenda

7:30 am - 8:00 am Registration with continental breakfast
8:00 am - 8:15 am Welcome / Announcements
8:15 am - 9:45 am “Milk Sharing: From Milk Banks to Craigslist”
Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA
9:45 am - 10:00 am Break
10:00 am - 11:30 am “Human Milk Reduces the Risk of Lifelong Complications and their Associated Costs for Premature, Late Preterm and Term Infants: Evidence, Mechanisms and Best Practices" - Part I
Paula P. Meier, PhD, RN, FAAN
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Lunch (bring your own or buy on site)
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm “Human Milk Reduces the Risk of Lifelong Complications and their Associated Costs for Premature, Late Preterm and Term Infants: Evidence, Mechanisms and Best Practices" - Part II
Paula P. Meier, PhD, RN, FAAN
2:30 pm - 2:50 pm Break
2:50 pm - 4:20 pm “Working Together: Communicating with Physicians about Breastfeeding"
Jenny Thomas, MD, MPH, IBCLC, FAAP, FABM
4:20 pm - 4:30 pm Closing / Evaluations

~Nancy Mohrbacher and Jenny Thomas earn royalties on book sales. Paula Meier serves as a consultant to Medela for special education-related projects.~

Educational Credits

  • CERPs (6.0 L CERPs) have been applied for from the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBCLE).
  • This activity has been submitted to the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91) for approval to award contact hours. The Ohio Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
  • Successful completion requires attendance at the entire program and a completed evaluation form.
  • Due to a change in the accreditation process, partial credits will NOT be available this year. If you have questions or want more information, please contact us at: conference@ChicagoAreaBFC.org.

Location and Directions

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital, 1775 West Dempster, Park Ridge, IL is located northwest of Chicago, 1/2 mile east of I-294. From the South, take the Dempster East exit from I-294 to the hospital. From the North, take the Golf Road exit from I-294, turn left at Golf, right at Potter, and left at Dempster about 1/2 mile to the hospital.


Free parking is available in the garage attached to the Center for Advanced Care, or in the parking lot across Dempster.


The conference fee of $55* online includes continental breakfast, refreshment breaks, electronic copies of conference slides/handouts, CERPs and nurses’ contact hours. *$40 for those whose primary work setting is peer counselor, doula, or volunteer mother-to-mother support. An extra fee of $5 will be charged for registering by mail. Lunch is not included. You may bring your own lunch or buy it on site. A late fee of $25 will be charged for registrations postmarked or received online after September 12, 2014. Space is limited so register early. Registration closes when maximum capacity is reached. Refunds will not be provided, but you may send an alternate in your place. Scholarships are available to peer counselors.

Learning Environment

Quiet infants are welcome in the conference auditorium. It is not an ideal environment for toddlers but there will be a separate room with audio and video feeds of the sessions where mothers or caregivers can entertain toddlers. If your baby or toddler becomes vocal, please care for him/her outside the auditorium. If you need a room for pumping, please contact us before the conference to make arrangements. Please bring a sweater or jacket as the room may be cool.

Kathy Baker Memorial Peer Counselor Scholarships --- Deadline for scholarship application extended until September 15, 2014.

In memory of Kathy Baker—a founding member of CABC who served as head of La Leche League International’s Peer Counselor Training Program—at each CABC conference we award a limited number of full scholarships to peer counselors. To be eligible for a Kathy Baker Memorial Peer Counselor Scholarship, please check the designated box on the registration form and write a brief paragraph on a separate sheet of paper about why you should be considered for the scholarship and how you plan to use the knowledge acquired at the conference. To qualify for consideration, we must receive your registration and paragraph via US mail by the extended deadline of September 15th, 2014.

Book Sharing Table in Honor of Kathy Baker

In honor of Kathy Baker, a founding member of CABC who for many years served as the head of La Leche League International's Peer Counselor Training Program, we will have a table for book sharing. If you have books that you would like to donate for sharing with fellow conference attendees, please bring them to the conference.


Email conference@ChicagoAreaBFC.org to contact Sue Aberman with registration questions ……Or call Debbie Schy for questions about the location at 847-940-7459.

Register Online

Use PayPal or a credit card at www.ChicagoAreaBFC.org

To Pay By Mail

Mail completed registration form with check or money order made payable to CABC to: Sue Aberman, 4156 West Grove Street, Skokie, IL 60076

Strength in Numbers
Creating One Breastfeeding Community

CABC 2014 Conference Brochure.pdf1.9 MB