Monday, March 7th

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Catherine Watson Genna BS, IBCLC 

has been an IBCLC in private practice in NYC since 1992. She has a special interest in the anatomical, genetic and neurological influences on infant sucking skills, and writes and speaks internationally on these topics. Her current research projects involve investigating the biomechanics of the lactating nipple; analyzing infant sucking via ultrasound and studying suck-swallow rhythms using cervical auscultation.  She is the author of Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants (Jones and Bartlett Publishers, 2008 and 2013) and Selecting and Using Breastfeeding Tools (Hale Publishing, 2009) and serves as the Associate Editor of the USLCA Journal Clinical Lactation. Catherine is still an active La Leche League Leader and runs a bi-monthly toddler meeting in Queens.

Jake Marcus, J.D., is the nation’s foremost expert on breastfeeding law. She is a lawyer whose private practice focuses on small businesses (including the business issues of health care practitioners such as IBCLCs and midwives) and healthcare. She was Politics Editor at Mothering magazine until it ceased publication in April of 2011. She was a member of the Legal Advisory Council to La Leche League International. She created and maintains

Conference Location

Holiday Inn Boxborough 
242 Adams Place
Boxborough, MA 01719

Driving Directions 


69 Court St., Newton, MA 02458



Nursing Mothers' Council

2016 Breastfeeding Conference 


We're sorry - online registration is closed

Walk-in space is limited - please email us for availability


         Monday, March 7, 2016,  7:30am - 4:30pm

10:00 - 10:30 am Break, Exhibitors

10:30am - 12:00 pm Session 2: Morning Breakouts (Choose one)

Breakout 2a.
The Inside Story: Ultrasound Analysis of Sucking and the Effect of Tongue Tie

Catherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC

Normal breastfeeding infants use different zones of the tongue in different ways. Ultrasound is a non-invasive tool for studying tongue and swallowing function during breastfeeding. This session presents the speaker’s new research demonstrating that children with posterior tongue-tie show a disorganized pattern of tongue mobility before frenotomy and a more organized wave of tongue movement after.

Breakout 2b
World Peace Begins At Home: Domestic Violence and the Breastfeeding Mother
Jake Marcus, J.D.

The first incidence of violence in a relationship often occurs during pregnancy or shortly after the birth of a child. Volunteers and health care providers often feel helpless when faced with mothers in violent relationships. In this session, participants will learn to recognize the signs of domestic violence, how to locate resources for mothers and how to assist in maintaining the breastfeeding dyad without endangering mother or child. Participants will also learn to identify their legal and ethical obligations under their respective professional scopes of practice.

12:00 - 1:00 pm Lunch, Exhibitors

1:00 - 2:30 pm Session 3: Afternoon Breakouts (Choose one)

Breakout 3a.
Sucking Challenges: Techniques for Overcoming Biomechanical and Neurological Feeding Problems
Catherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC

Misalignment of oral structures, poor strength and coordination due to neurological problems, and other biomechanical challenges can reduce sucking effectiveness. This presentation introduces the  basics of biomechanics that are applicable to breastfeeding and then details specific techniques using compensatory support (touch pressure) that can improve sucking effectiveness in infants with anatomically or neurologically based feeding difficulties.   

Breakout 3b.
Breastfeeding 2.0: Law and Ethics in Providing Breastfeeding Support Using the
Jake Marcus, J.D.
Social media creates more opportunity to provide breastfeeding support to a wider audience of women. However, improper use of websites, Facebook, Twitter and other internet fora also endanger privacy, risk violating ethical rules and require different safeguards. This session will explore best practices in professional Internet conduct.

2:30 - 3:00 pm Break, Exhibitors

3:00 - 4:30 pm Session 4:
Supporting the Dyad: Facilitating State Control in Non-Latching Infants
Catherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC

Maintaining neurobehavioral organization in dyads that are struggling with latching difficulties is a challenge for lactation providers. A mother’s interpretations of infant behavior and signs of frustration can affect her motivation to breastfeed and available psychosocial resources. This presentation explores how to scaffold maternal functioning by interpreting and framing normal infant behaviors and modeling and teaching ways to support the infant's organization in order to improve the dyad's ability to work through breastfeeding difficulties.
4:30 - 5:00pm
CEU pick-up

CEU/CERPs: BACE-NMC: 6 contact hours; IBLCE: 6 CERPs have been approved; Lamaze: 6 contact hours  have been approved (Lamaze credits are also accepted by ICEA and DONA); meets criteria of the ADA for 6 CPE credits for dietitians; meets criteria of the Commonwealth of MA Board of Nursing Regulations (244 CMR, section 5:00) for continuing education for nursing re-licensure for 7.2 contact hours.

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Feb. 15




2016 BACE-NMC Membership plus Conference Registration 



BACE-NMC 2016 Members, WIC Peer Counselors**



NMC Counselors


$ 90

** Please note that all other WIC employees must register at regular rate


MEALS: Lunch and continental breakfast are included in the full registration fee. Lavish lunch buffet will include hot roast turkey, salad bar, specialty side salads, soup, breads, dessert, and more. We are sorry but we are unable to accommodate special dietary requests.

ACCOMMODATIONS: Rooms have been reserved at the Holiday Inn at special conference rates. Single/Double: $89; Triple $99; Quad.: $109. Reservations must be made by Feb. 15 to receive the Conference rate. Contact the hotel at: 978-263-8701 and mention the NMC Conference or use this special link .

NURSING ROOM: A room will be available for those who need a quiet place to pump, nurse or change a diaper. Quiet, breastfed babies in arms may remain with their mothers in the meeting rooms.

EXHIBITS: Many exhibits of interest to lactation professionals and others will be available.

CONFERENCE SYLLABUS: The syllabus will be available in electronic format approximately one week before the conference. This will allow time for those who prefer a paper copy to print one out to bring. Instructions for downloading will be emailed to each registrant, so be sure we have an email address that is checked regularly.

*DEADLINES AND REFUNDS: Online registration will close Friday, March 4 at 11:59PM. To check availability of space for walk-ins please email the registrar. Registration fee will be refunded in full if you notify the registrar by Feb. 15. A partial refund (conference fee minus $45) will be given if you contact the registrar by March 8 at or 617-244-5102. There will be no refunds after March 8.

The Holiday Inn is accessible to those with physical disabilities