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Nursing Mothers' Council 
2020 Breastfeeding Conference
"Breastfeeding 2020: Where are we ? Where are we going?"
March 9th, 2020


Welcome to our 2020 Nursing Mothers' Council Breastfeeding Conference. Our team has worked hard to organize a day of learning that is full of dynamic speakers and exciting topics! Explore our website for all the information that you need, and register today!


Our Schedule

Plan Your Day


Registration and Breakfast


Welcome, Breakfast, and Exhibitors 

Morning Keynote Speaker


The Impact of Social Media on Pregnancy and Breastfeeding, Laurel Wilson, BS, IBCLC, CLC, RLC, CLE, CCCE

Session Break


Enjoy a chance to connect with colleagues, grab coffee and visit our exhibitors!

Breakout Session A


Establishing a Community Based Lactation Program as a Non-Profit with a Public Health Lens, Natassia K. Davis, RN, IBCLC

Breakout Session B


Chiropractic, Cranials, and Tightened Tongues: A Mayofascial Approach to Nursing Struggles, Dr. Heidi Henrickson-Zohn, DACCP, CACCP



Catered Lunch, Exhibitors and Networking!

Session C


The Effects of Doulas on First Food Equity, Brenda Reyes, RN, CLC

Session Break


Coffee, Networking and Exhibitors!

Afternoon Keynote Speaker & Closing Remarks


Going Global: Scaling Up Breastfeeding Programs from Boston to Beyond, Anne Merewood, MPH, IBCLC, Ph.D


Content and Session Goals 

Scaling Up Breastfeeding Programs: From Boston to Beyond

Dr Merewood’s first course in breastfeeding and first experience of breastfeeding counseling were at BACE in 1996. Since then, her work at Boston Medical Center and the Center for Health Equity, Education, and Research (CHEER) has included hospital-based lactation consulting, editing an academic journal, working to help 100% of federal Indian Health Service hospitals gain Baby-Friendly designation, and to her current CHAMPS program and international work in Eastern Europe. This talk will describe a journey from volunteer telephone counselor to running a non-profit in Athens, Greece, and everything in between, and will focus particularly on the work CHEER is performing in Mississippi with 39 maternity hospitals; and on the work of CHEERing in Greece, with Syrian and Afghani refugees

Mother in Love

Establishing a Breastfeeding Program as a Non-Profit with a Public Health Lens

Establishing a community-based lactation program as a nonprofit organization with a public health lens explores the provision of culturally centered breastfeeding support delivered in black and brown communities using a holistic approach that extends beyond the breast/chestfeeding person. Attendees will learn best practices and strategies to better improve breast/chestfeeding initiation and continuation.  Learners will be walked through the basics of establishing a nonprofit organization and the pros & cons of doing so. Through this presentation discuss breastfeeding through the lens of public health by exploring how social determinants, intimate partner violence (IPV), and postpartum depression intersect with breastfeeding.

Mother and Baby on Floor

Chiropractic, Cranials, and Tigtenned Tongues: A Mayofascial Approach to Nursing Struggles

You will learn through case studies how a chiropractor approaches evaluating and treating a tightened jaw, lip and/or tongue and how working together this helps improve nursing outcomes. We will troubleshoot common nursing problems and how they can be addressed. 

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The Effects of Doulas on First Food Equity

This session will provide an opportunity for participants to learn about community-based peer to peer support models, community engagement, home-visiting approach to supporting families, particularly in under-served communities. Participants will be able to identify ways to incorporate co-creating initiatives and programs to address first food equity. In addition, participants will be able to describe impact of peer support for families and communities of color.

Mother and Baby

The Impact of Social Media on Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Social media has proven to be the main way Millennial parents communicate and get healthcare information and yet privacy practices and guidelines for healthcare use of social media is lagging. Many healthcare providers wish to utilize social media to engage, educate, inform and interact with their patients and patients to be. However, due to a lack of distinct guidelines and misunderstanding about privacy practices with social media, many healthcare providers are unknowingly sharing personal and private healthcare information. This presentation describes what is viable to families, and how they are using social media, as well as how infant formula companies are using these platforms against the WHO Code. Learn how to use social media in a way that engages their clientele without compromising privacy.

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FEBRUARY 11th, 2020*

DATE: March 9th, 2020

TIME: 7:30-4:30pm

LOCATION: Boxboro Regency Hotel 

ADDRESS: 242 Adams Pl, Boxborough, MA 01719