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Details of 2015 Conference: Obstacles to Achieving Breastfeeding Goals, Saturday, October 10, 2015

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 is September 20, 2015.

Obstacles to Achieving Breastfeeding Goals

Saturday, October 10, 2015
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
A One-Day Conference
at the
Olson Auditorium
Advocate Lutheran General Hospital
1775 W. Dempster
Park Ridge, IL 60068

Conference Speakers

Diana Cassar-Uhl, MPH, IBCLC
Author, Researcher and Lactation Consultant, Cornwall, NY
Diana Cassar-Uhl has supported breastfeeding families and healthcare professionals since 2005 as a La Leche League Leader, IBCLC, lecturer, author, and researcher. Diana earned her Master of Public Health in 2013 and spent the following year supporting communications activities of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in maternal and child health at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Penny Simkin, PT
Physical Therapist, Seattle, WA
Penny Simkin is a physical therapist and doula who has specialized in childbirth education and labor support since 1968. She has authored books, developed teaching materials, and produced videos on childbirth for parents, professionals, and educators. She co-founded DONA International (formerly Doulas of North America) and PATTCh (Prevention and Treatment of Traumatic Childbirth). Currently, she serves on the editorial board of the journal Birth: Issues in Perinatal Care, and serves on the senior faculty of the Simkin Center for Allied Birth Vocations at Bastyr University.

Beth Isaacs, BS, BSN, MPH, IBCLC (1990 – 2010)
Founder Illinois Birth Justice, Chicago, IL
Beth worked for many years as a labor and delivery nurse, childbirth educator, and lactation consultant. Her Master’s thesis examined the impact of community-based doulas on rates of breastfeeding initiation among teen mothers on the west side of Chicago and led to several years of work as a trainer of community-based doulas. She has contributed to books, training curricula, and toolkits about childbirth and breastfeeding for practitioners. Beth is an active member of the Chicago Area Breastfeeding Coalition, the Hospital Breastfeeding Council, and the Chicago Region Breastfeeding Task Force. In 2015, Beth founded Illinois Birth Justice.

Katrina Pavlik, MEd
Founder and Board Chair of Breastfeed Chicago, Chicago, IL
Katrina founded Breastfeed Chicago, a non-profit recognized by both lactation professionals and mothers as an organization that provides positive support, resource connection and institutional advocacy for breastfeeding. She is a certified lactation specialist and a trained postpartum doula. Her writing has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, and she has presented for groups such as the Chicago Region Breastfeeding Task Force, CEDA WIC and the Neighborhood Parents Network.

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, board-certified and certified lactation consultants, lactation educators, physicians, dietitians, doulas, midwives, peer counselors, childbirth educators, volunteer mother-to-mother supporters, and public health staff.

Conference Objective

The objective of this activity is to enable the learner to increase their knowledge in dealing with barriers to breastfeeding, thereby enabling families to achieve their breastfeeding goals.

Conference Agenda

7:30 am - 8:00 am Registration with Continental Breakfast
8:00 am - 8:15 am Welcome / Announcements
8:15 am - 9:30 am Session I: Finding Sufficiency: Breastfeeding with Insufficient Glandular Tissue
Diana Cassar-Uhl, MPH, IBCLC
9:30 am - 9:45 am Break
9:45 am - 11:15 am Session II: Post-traumatic Stress after Birth and Breastfeeding Challenges
Penny Simkin, PT
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Lunch (on your own, in house or nearby restaurants)
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Session III: Insulin Resistance and Lactation Insufficiency
Diana Cassar-Uhl, MPH, IBCLC
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm Session IV: Breastfeeding and Incarceration: Why Should We Care?
Beth Isaacs, BSN, MPH
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm Break
2:45 pm - 4:15 pm Session V: Helping Parents Overcome Barriers to Breastfeeding in 2015
Katrina Pavlik, MEd and Nursing Mothers Panel
4:15 pm - 4:30 pm Closing / Evaluations

Educational Credits

  • CERPs (6.0 CERPs) have been applied for from the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE)
  • This activity has been submitted to the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91) for approval to award 6.0 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.
  • Contact hours will be awarded to those who successfully complete the criteria:
  • Successful completion requires attendance at the entire program and a completed evaluation form.
  • Partial credits will not be available.


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 North Surface Lot across Dempster. There is no shuttle service on the weekends. If you have a handicapped placard or license plate please call public safety for parking information – 847-723-5123.


The conference fee of $55* online includes continental breakfast, refreshment breaks, electronic copies of conference 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 25, 2015. 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 September 20, 2015.

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 September 20th, 2015.

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, journals, videos/DVDs 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

Conference slides/handouts.

Electronic pdf downloads of conference slides/handouts will be available at www.ChicagoAreaBFC.org one week before the conference

Strength in Numbers
Creating One Breastfeeding Community

CABC 2015 Conference Brochure.pdf1.38 MB