West Michigan Association of Lactation Consultants                                                                    18th Annual Breastfeeding Conference  - 2019

       Breastfeeding Today 



Monday, May 13, 2019 from 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM EDT
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Prince Conference Center at Calvin College 
1800 East Beltline SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546

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Hotel rooms are available onsite at the Prince Conference Center.    Contact Prince Conference Center for information 

Phone:  616-526-7200



If you are interested in exhibiting at this well attended breastfeeding educaiton event, please contact us as soon as possible for information on space and fees.   Space is limited.    



Alice Christensen (Registrar) 
West Michigan Association of Lactation Consultants 

 West Michigan Association of Lactation Consultants  

WMALC 18th Annual Breastfeeding Conference 

Monday, May 13, 2019     Prince Conference Center   *   Grand Rapids, MI

Breastfeeding Today 

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2019 WMALC Conference Agenda


 7:30 - 8:30  Registration opens 

 8:30 - 10:00    The Scientific and Evidence Base for Skin-to-skin                            Contact   

10:00 - 10:15    Break 

10:15 - 11:45     Kangaroo Mother Care:  Restoring the Original                                 Paradigm for Infant Care  

 11:45 - 1:00     Lunch 

 1:00 - 2:30       Immediate Parent-Infant Skin-TO-Skin Study                                    (IPISTOSS) – Research Update 

 2:30 - 2:45      Break

 2:45 -  4:15      The Embodiment of the science - the Kangaroula

 4:15                  Adjourn 




Nils Berman MB ChB, MPH, MD                

Dr Bergman graduated at the University of Cape Town, and has worked in South Africa, Ciskei and, Sweden, before working seven years as Medical Superintendent and District Medical Officer at Manama Mission, Zimbabwe. Here he, together with Midwife Agneta Jurisoo, developed and implemented Kangaroo Mother Care (KMC) for premature infants right from birth. This resulted in a five-fold improvement in survival of Very Low Birth Weight babies.
He introduced KMC to South Africa in 1995, and after 5 years, KMC became official policy for care of prematures in the hospitals of the Western Cape province. He has given keynote addresses on KMC at International Conferences in six continents, and published articles on a variety of subjects in medical journals. He now researches and promotes KMC fulltime.
He was for 6 years Senior Medical Superintendent of the Mowbray Maternity Hospital (7000 deliveries per year) and five Midwife Obstetric Units (11000 deliveries per year). Dr Bergman continues to live and work in Cape Town, as a Consulting Public Health Physician. He is also an Honorary Research Associate at the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden. 

Apart from his original degree, he holds a Diploma in Child Health, a Masters degree in Public Health, and a Doctoral degree in Clinical Pharmacology, on the effects of scorpion stings.
He is married to Jill, and father to Rebecka, Simon and Emma.