Breastfeeding Advocacy in Chicago: Supporting All Families in Our Community

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  • Breastfeeding Advocacy in Chicago: Supporting All Families in Our Community
    October 21, 2017
    8:00 am - 4:30 pm

Breastfeeding Advocacy in Chicago: Supporting All Families in Our Community

Saturday, October 21, 2017
8:00 am – 4:30 pm
A One-Day Conference
Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center
Olson Auditorium
836 W. Wellington Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657

A printable PDF version of the brochure is available at the bottom of the page.

Note: We have discounted parking available for $6.00.  To receive discounted parking please bring exact cash of $6.00 or check for $6.00 made out to Chicago Area Breastfeeding Coalition to the conference. You will receive a ticket to be inserted in the parking kiosk as you leave the event.

NEW Future Medical Provider Scholarship

We are happy to announce that we are offering scholarships to nursing students, midwifery students, medical students and residents to attend our Fall Conference this year in honor of our keynote speaker, Anne Eglash, MD, IBCLC, FABM and in support of educating future health care providers in our community.  Please fill out the brief application online by October 1, 2017.  Winners will be announced by October 3.

Kathy Baker Memorial Peer Counselor Scholarship

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 complete the brief online application.  To qualify for consideration, we must receive your application by October 1, 2017.

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

Participants will increase their knowledge of special needs feeding challenges and interventions, understand current protocols for assisting moms with breastfeeding injury and distress, learn strategies to reduce barriers to breastfeeding within the healthcare system and increase cooperation among area support organizations to improve breastfeeding outcomes.

Conference Speakers

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 co-founder 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. She co-hosts and produces a breastfeeding medicine podcast series, called The Breastfeeding Medicine Podcast, available free 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.

Jill Rabin M.S. CCC SLP/L, IBCLC,  is a pediatric speech pathologist, board certified lactation consultant, and early intervention provider in the Chicagoland region who has worked with the 0-3 population for 31 years. She began her career working with infants in the special care nursery to facilitate smooth transition to oral feedings. Currently, she has a private practice where she sees breastfeeding babies who are at-risk or have complicated feeding issues. As an early intervention provider, she often follows her patients with Down syndrome as breastfeeding newborns until they age out of the early intervention system. She also works at New Mother New Baby in Northbrook, where she evaluates breastfeeding babies and teaches classes to new mothers on development. She previously held an educational group called the North Shore Down Syndrome Awareness group for social and educational purposes. It is her hope to build a collaborative relationship between speech pathologists and lactation consultants in hopes of increasing the possibility of successful breastfeeding, especially with at-risk infants.

Supporting Breastfeeding Needs in the Chicago Region: A panel discussion made up of local breastfeeding advocacy agencies including, Breastfeed Chicago, La Leche League USA, BreastFeeding USA, Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes, Healthconnect One and Chicago Region Breastfeeding Task Force.

Conference Agenda

07:30 am – 08:00 am Registration with Continental Breakfast

08:00 am – 08:15 am Welcome / Announcements / CABC Update

08:15 am – 09:45 am Session I: Building Breastfeeding Friendly Communities, Anne Eglash MD, IBCLC, FABM

09:45 am – 10:00 am Break

10:00 am – 11:30 am Session II: Breastfeeding Babies with Special Needs: Facilitating Favorable Outcomes, Jill Rabin M.S. CCC SLP/L, IBCLC

11:30 am – 12:45 pm Lunch on your own

12:45 pm – 01:00 pm CABC Breastfeeding Advocacy Award to Robin Gabel

01:00 pm – 02:30 pm Session III: Injury and Distress of Breastfeeding- Preventing and Managing Breast Pain, Anne Eglash MD, IBCLC, FABM

02:30 pm – 02:45 pm Break

02:45 pm – 04:00 pm Session IV: Panel Discussion; Supporting Breastfeeding Needs in the Chicago Region

04:00 pm – 04:30 pm Closing / Evaluations

Educational Credits

– 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.

– 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.

– Partial credits will not be available.


Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, 836 West Wellington Ave., Chicago, IL is located on the north-side of Chicago, on Wellington, west of Halsted and east of Sheffield.


Parking is available in the hospital’s pay lot off of Halsted Ave or Wellington Ave..  We have discounted parking available for $6.00.  To receive discounted parking please bring exact cash of $6.00 or check for $6.00 made out to Chicago Area Breastfeeding Coalition to the conference. You will receive a ticket to be inserted in the parking kiosk as you leave the event.

Learning Environment

Please bring a sweater or jacket as the room may be cool. Quiet infants are welcome in the conference auditorium. It is not an ideal environment for toddlers, but there will be a separate room where mothers or caregivers can entertain toddlers, however, video feed is not available in this room. 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.


Register online at and pay with PayPal or a credit card. Fees include continental breakfast, refreshment breaks, electronic copies of handouts, and CERPs/nurses’ contact hours. If you pay by check, $5 will be added to the cost of registration. Register online then bring your check to the conference registration desk.

$55 registration fee per person for those working as a health professional
$40 registration fee for those whose primary work setting is doula, peer counselor, or volunteer mother-to- mother support
Fees increase by $25 if received online after October 7th, 2017. 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.

Questions? Email with registration questions.

Register Online using PayPal or a credit card at

Conference Brochure:

A printable PDF version of the conference brochure is available for your convenience.

Registered attendees can login here to access the Conference Syllabus and other notes.

Strength in Numbers

Creating One Breastfeeding Community



836 W. Wellington Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, 60657, United States