Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition

2018 Annual Conference

 Breastfeeding in the Bay State 2018 will be Monday, September 24, 2018

Conference registration is now closed.  Please email or call 781.893.3553 if further information is needed.

Jointly provided by Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition, University of Massachusetts School of Medicine, Department of Continuing Education, and the Massachusetts Section of ACOG. 
The conference takes place at the Massachusetts Medical Society Conference Center at Waltham Woods


Breastfeeding in the Bay State 2018 

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. With options for MBC membership at reduced 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 17, 2018. 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.  Requests for cancellation and refund can be made until September 14th, 2017 . Refunds will be the cost of registration minus a $10 handling fee.  You will receive a confirmation of your registration by email.  If you have questions about the program, please contact, or 781-893-3553.


7:30-8:15 Registration, Continental breakfast

8:15-8:30 Welcome and Opening Remarks – Sherry Spacco RN, IBCLC, MBC Chair


8:30-10:00 am Keynote: Falling in Love with Lactation All Over Again – Clifton Kenon, Jr., DNP, RN, IBCLC, MSN, RLC

10:00 -10:30 am Networking Break & Exhibits

10:30 am – 12:00 pm  Marijuana During Pregnancy and Lactation: High Time for Review – Lauren Hanley, MD, FACOG, IBCLC, FABM

12:00-12:30 pm  MA Dept. of Public Health Breastfeeding Updates – Ellen Tolan RD, LDN, IBCLC

12:30-1:30 pm Lunch


1:30 – 3:30 PM Breakout sessions (pick one when registering – all sessions qualify for all CEUs, CME’s and CERPS)

1) Physician Panel Discussion: Newborn Weight and Supplementation Protocols

  • Susan Brown, MD, FAAP, FABM, Pediatrician, Lawrence General Hospital and Holy Family Hospital
  • Sarah Kachan-Liu, MD-Pediatrician, Newton-Wellesley Hospital
  • Michelle Currier, JD, DO, Board Certified in Family Medicine, Family Tree of Concord
  • Hayley Moak-Blest, DO Board Certified in Family Medicine-Lahey Primary Care, Hamilton

2) Nurses Workshop: Newborn Hypoglycemia and Breastfeeding the Late Preterm and Term Infant – Current Evidence and Strategies   Jennifer Riley, RN, IBCLC, Lactation Consultant, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

3)  Private Practice Lactation Consultant (Panel Discussion)

  • Robin Snyder-Drummond, BA, IBCLC
  • Wendy Jordan, RD, IBCLC
  • Judy Fayre, RN, IBCLC


4) Breastfeeding “Bridge to Home” for Those Families at Most Risk (Panel Discussion)

  • Ellen Tolan RD, LDN, IBCLC, Massachusetts WIC
  • Aysia Wanner, CLC, WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor, Massachusetts WIC
  • Lucia Jenkins, RN, IBCLC Executive Director, Baby Café USA
  • Erica Pike, Vital Village/Boston BF Coalition

3:00-3:30 pm Networking Break & Exhibits

3:30-5:00 pm Closing Keynote: Coming Face to Face with Our Biases, Everyday Ethics in Practice – Clifton Kenon, Jr., DNP, RN, IBCLC, MSN, RLC

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: 

The University of Massachusetts Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 6.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s) ™.   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: 6 L-CERPs, 1.5 E-CERPs, and 3.5 R-CERPS 

This presentation conforms to Continuing Education requirements under 244 CMR 5.00 for 7.4  contact hours for Registered Nurses.