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October 26, 2013 Conference Details - Hot Topics in Breastfeeding: Obesity, Birth Practices and Racial Disparities

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

Hot Topics in Breastfeeding: Obesity, Birth Practices, Racial Disparities
Saturday, October 26, 2013
8:00 am - 4:30 pm
A One-Day Conference
at the
Olson Auditorium
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
836 West Wellington
Chicago, IL 60657

Conference Speakers
Marie Biancuzzo, RN, MS, IBCLC
Clinical Nurse Specialist and Lactation Consultant, Herndon, Virginia
Expert in childbearing issues with three decades of maternal-child health experience. Author of Breastfeeding the Newborn: Clinical Strategies for Nurses, independent study modules, patient education materials and over 100 articles. A founding member of US Breastfeeding Committee and past president of Baby-Friendly USA Board of Directors.

James W. Collins, Jr., MD, MPH
Physician, Chicago, Illinois
Professor of Pediatrics at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Medical Director, NICU, and Associate Director of the Pediatric Residency Program at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA
Lactation Consultant and Author, Arlington Heights, Illinois
Author of the professional book:Breastfeeding Answers Made Simple and its Pocket Guide Edition and the new book for parents, Breastfeeding Solutions. Co-author (with Kathleen Kendall-Tackett) of Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers.

Jointly Sponsored by the Chicago Area Breastfeeding Coalition (CABC) and Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

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 Objectives

After the conference, participants should be able to:

  • List the impact of early-life and adult neighborhood poverty on birth outcome.
  • Describe the impact of racism on African-American women's birth outcome.
  • Describe the relationship between selected labor/birth practices and the newborn’s feeding needs, capabilities, and limitations.
  • Discuss how the expectations of parents, providers, and hospital personnel can impact the implementation of evidence-based feeding practices.
  • Relate maternal and infant aspects of obesity to breastfeeding
  • Summarize the association between infant feeding method and the risk of childhood obesity.
  • Explain the effects of human milk and infant formula on metabolism, nutrient use, and appetite.

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 Session I: “Hospital Birth Practices: When Evidence and Expectations Collide”
Marie Biancuzzo, RN, MS, IBCLC
9:45 am - 10:00 am Break
10:00 am - 11:30 am Session II: “The Social Determinants of the Racial Disparity in Birth Outcome”
James W. Collins, Jr., MD, MPH
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Lunch (bring your own or buy on site)
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Session III: “Maternal Obesity and Breastfeeding: Implications for Clinical Practice”
Marie Biancuzzo, RN, MS, IBCLC
2:30 pm - 2:50 pm Break
2:50 pm - 4:20 pm Session IV: “Breasts, Bottles & Childhood Obesity”
Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA
4:20 pm - 4:30 pm Closing / Evaluations

~ Marie Biancuzzo and Nancy Mohrbacher earn royalties on book sales. James Collins declares no conflicts of interest.~

Educational Credits

  • CERPs (6.0 L CERPs) have been applied for from the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBCLE).
  • Advocate Health Care (OH-368, 10/1/2014) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association (OBN-001-91), an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.
  • 6.0 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.
  • 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 Illinois Masonic Medical Center, 836 W. Wellington, Chicago, IL. Drive toward the Chicago Loop. From the North, (I-90/I-94) exit Addison. Go east to Sheffield then turn right. Go south to Wellington. Turn left onto Wellington. The hospital parking will be on the left. From the South, exit at Fullerton. Go east to Sheffield then turn left. Go to Wellington, turn right. From Lake Shore Drive, exit Belmont (3200 N.). Go west to Halsted. Turn left and go to Wellington then turn right.
The CTA purple and brown lines both serve AIMMC. The Belmont bus stop is a short walk from the hospital.


All-day parking is $5 in the East garage off Halsted. (See map on outside panel.)


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 October 12, 2013. 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.
Two full scholarships are available to peer counselors. To be considered for a scholarship, check the box on the registration form. To qualify for consideration, we must receive your registration by September 26, 2013.

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 an electric breast pump and/or 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

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 two full scholarships to peer counselors. To be eligible for a Kathy Baker Memorial Peer Counselor Scholarship, please check the box on the registration form before submitting. To qualify for consideration, we must receive your registration by September 26, 2013.

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 or call Debbie Schy at 847-940-7459 or Nancy Mohrbacher at 847-404-0219.

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

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