Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, CLE, CCCE, CLD View Presentation Outline

Keynote Presentation:  Friday, October 25

Up In Smoke Updated: The Potential Implications of Cannabis Use on Babies During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

As the recreational and medicinal use of marijuana increases around the world, the concern for families has expanded. Around the world, countries and states have recently legalized or are on the path to legalizing or decriminalizing the consumption of marijuana (cannabis). This trend has led to more lactation support providers and healthcare professionals being faced with the question, “Is it safe to use marijuana during human milk feeding?” Read More


Speaker Presentation:  Saturday, October 26

Science of the Mother Baby Bond: How Attachment Impacts Epigenetics, Brain Development & Stress

Attachment begins during pregnancy, not in the moments, weeks, and years post birth. This attachment, the motherbaby bond, is forged through an awareness of the biological and emotional connection between mother and child from the very earliest moments of conception. This crucial prenatal period is impacted by emotional and nutritional experience of the mother and has a lot to do with who babies turn out to be. The prenatal attachment that occurs, regardless of a mother’s conscious awareness, is changing the brain development, personality, and genetic expression of her baby. This presentation discusses epigenetics, brain development, molecular messaging between mother and baby, and the impact of stress on the baby’s future health. Read More

CERP: 1.5 L

Melissa Cole, MS, IBCLC

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Presentation:  Saturday, October 26

Beyond the Basics of Latch: Support strategies for helping babies when the basics aren’t enough

In a perfect world, every baby would latch beautifully right after delivery and breastfeed happily ever after. In reality what we often see is that most moms and babies need a little help to get breastfeeding off to a good start. Many dyads need a lot of help. And a few mother/baby pairs need a miracle to breastfeed successfully. How can we best help those tough cases? There are many reasons babies struggle to latch and feed well. Some issues may include structural issues, physical discomfort, respiratory concerns, medical issues, digestive issues, poor feeding tool choices, prematurity, etc.

CERP: 1.5 L

Jaye (Simpson) Haleryn, LC (retired), CLE®, CIIM, BT and Jewel Mohr, MED, IBCLC

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Hand-on-Workshop Friday, October 25

Structure and Function: How the Infant's Structure Affects the Infant's Function

This program discusses why structural issues happen, what challenges they cause or contribute to, and the long-term effects if left untreated, and techniques to use to assess infant structure.

  • We look at pregnancy, labor and delivery, infant feeding and behavioral challenges, difficulty meeting developmental milestones, and behavioral issues in older children due to untreated structural issues as infants.
  • We look, in detail, at the infant body, learning how to recognize structural asymmetries and musculature tightness by sight and feel.
  • We finish the program learning how to evaluate the infant structure, using hands-on assessment skills to recognize problem areas that may be contributing to infant function.


Presentation Saturday, October 26

Structure and Function Mini Presentation: Evaluate Your Neighbor!

Assessment of the adult structure provides an insight to infant structure that attendees can take with them into their practice. Discussion of general structure and function concepts. Infant structural issues that are not corrected in infancy, may have long term consequences. Hands on skills will be demonstrated and then practiced by attendees.


  • Head:  ROM, symmetry/shape and ear level
  • Face: Eyes, eyebrows, and nose symmetry, shape, and alignment
  • Jaw: Visual assessment of jaw symmetry or lack thereof
  • Body:  Posture, Assess shoulders/hips to determine symmetry
  • Reflexes:  Primitive Reflexes - Palmar Grasp reflex is a reflex that should have disappeared in infancy. If an adult responds to the test, this indicates a retained Primitive Reflex, which is abnormal and warrants investigation.

CERP: 0.66 R

Attie Sandink, RN, IBCLC, CLE

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Hands-on-Workshop:  Friday, October 25

Assisting in Latch: Following Baby's Cues

When too much good information is actually too much! Parents can be so overwhelmed by all the messages they receive from their caregivers. Can our approach to Position and Latch be normalized? Can we can decrease the physical and psychological trauma often experienced by new parents just trying to do what all mammals do so normally? Admittedly there will always be some breastfeeding difficulties but let us come together and work at making it easier. By implementing a more simple plan of care we can all decrease the stress level not only for our clients but also for ourselves as we look at the baby’s innate behavior and activate better client learning skills. 


Bryna Sampey, IBCLC

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Presentation:  Saturday, October 26 

1. Introduction to Reflexes and Breastfeeding

A primer in the reflexive nature of breastfeeding. Evaluation of reflexes is within the core competency of the IBCLC and it can make a huge difference in your practice! Reflexes are a window to the internal structure and function of the baby in front of you. Read More

CERP: 1.25 L

Presentation:  Sunday, October 27

2. Moving & Grooving: Use of Movement and Vibration to Facilitate Better Breastfeeding

Movement is often-overlooked in offering babies an opportunity to improve challenges impacting feeding. Vibration offers accessible benefits in muscle tone modulation, and reflex integration. Read More

CERP: 1.25 L

Renee Beebe, M.Ed., IBCLC and

Melissa Morgan, IBCLC, RLC, CLE

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Presentation:  Sunday, October 27

Consult Efficiency Across Practice Settings

Current needs

  • What our survey has told us about needs in the field
  • Input from participants about their struggles

Consultation Flow

  • Business Models
  • Discuss core elements of a consultation
  • Examples of how flow can help us
  • And More

Counseling skills and conversation strategies

  • Active listening
  • Non verbal cues
  • Specific strategies
  • And More

Using your community

  • You can't do it all by yourself
  • Other lactation professionals can help
  • Utilizing other disciplines
  • And More


    Case Studies - Panel Session with Melissa Cole, Jewel Mohr & Laurel Wilson 

    Moderated by Bethany Heintz, President, CLCA

    Presentation:  Saturday October 26

    The Panelists will discuss the following topics:

    • how to work with other disciplines and still advocate for their clients,
    • how this has opened up opportunities to partner/build professional trust with others in the maternal/child field and
    • how to work despite those who do not yet trust.

    CERP: 1.5 R

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