Monday, September 23, 2019 from 7:30 AM to 5:00 PM EDT
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MA Medical Society Conference Ctr at Waltham Woods 
860 Winter Street
Waltham, MA 02451

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Marsha Walker 
Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc. 

Breastfeeding in the Bay State 2019 

This event is jointly provided by Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition, University of Massachusetts School of Medicine, Department of Continuing Education, and the Massachusetts Section of ACOG.


Breastfeeding in the Bay State is an annual conference for lactation professionals, doctors, midwives, doulas, nutritionists, volunteer breastfeeding counselors and others interested in evidence-based breastfeeding information. The conference is followed by the annual meeting for the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition; all are welcome.

Cost: $150 general admission; $175 if requesting CME. You have the chance to add an MBC membership at a discounted rate.

Registration is ONLY available in advance – there will be no walk-ins accepted!  Seating at the conference is on a first-come, first-served basis. Later arrivals might be seated in an overflow room with video.

The registration deadline is September 13, 2019.  If you choose to pay by check, payment MUST be RECEIVED by the registration deadline or you will no longer be considered registered. It is your responsibility to ensure that we receive your check on time. 

You will receive a confirmation of your registration by email.  Requests for cancellation and refund can be made until September 13, 2019. Refunds will be the cost of registration minus a $10 handling fee.   If you have questions about the program, please contact conference@massbreastfeeding.org, or 781-893-3553.


7:30-8:00 Registration, Continental breakfast

8:00-8:15 Welcome and Opening Remarks – Sherry Spacco RN, IBCLC, MBC Chair


The Longterm Legacy: Breastmilk, the Epigenome, and Microbiome   - Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, RLC, BSc, CLE, CLD, CCCE, BSc, CPPI

9:45 - 10:00  Networking, Break and Exhibits

10:00 - 11:30   WHO updates to the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative and the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding: What that means to Massachusetts.                               Trish MacEnroe, BS, Chief Executive Officer Baby Friendly USA

 11:30 - 12:00  MA Dept of Public Health Breastfeeding Updates                                            Ellen Tolan RD, LDN, IBCLC WIC State Breastfeeding Coordinator

12:00 - 12:30  The Boston Breastfeeding Coalition-Collaborations to Build Equity & Support      Erica Pike, MS, CLC Communications and Policy Manager Vital Village Network

12:30 - 1:30  Lunch

1:30 - 2:30  Breastfeeding’s Four Horsemen of The Apocalypse: Hypoglycemia, Hyponatremia, Weight Loss, and Hyperbilirubinemia                                                           Marsha Walker RN, IBCLC

2:30 - 3:30  Pasteurized Human Donor Human Milk & Cultural Sensitivity                              Naomi Bar-Yam Ph.D. Executive Director, Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast    

 3:30 - 4:00  Networking, Break and Exhibits

4:00 - 5:00 The Impact of Social Media on New Parents  - Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, RLC, BSc, CLE, CLD, CCCE, BSc, CPPI  

5:00 – 7:00 pm Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition Annual Meeting    (open to all – light dinner included. Please RSVP when you register for the conference)

Continuing Education credits have been granted as follows (TBD means determination still pending): 

The University of Massachusetts Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 7.25 CMEs.   Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) through the joint providership of the University of Massachusetts Medical School Office of Continuing Medical Education (UMMS-OCME) and Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition.  The UMMS-OCME is accredited by the ACCME to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

IBLCE has approved this event for (TBD) CERPs.

This presentation conforms to Continuing Education requirements under 244 CMR 5.00 for (TBD) contact hours for Registered Nurses.