Indianapolis: Midwest Lactation Conference
September 25-26, 2013

Midwest Lactation Conference: Clinical Skills and Community Outreach
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Date: September 25-26, 2013

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Individual Price: $499 per person
Team Price: $50 off per person (applies to teams of 5 or more)

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Day 1: September 25, 2013
07:00 AM – 08:00 AM Registration + Continental Breakfast
08:00 AM – 09:00 AM Welcome & Keynote: Christina Smillie – “Keep it Simple: What Mothers and Babies Already Know, How They Think and Why This Matters!”
09:00 AM – 9:15 AM Break
09:15 AM – 10:45 AM Breakouts
10:45 AM – 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM – 12:30 PM Breakouts
12:30 PM – 02:00 PM Lunch (on your own)
02:00 PM – 03:30 PM Breakouts
03:30 PM – 03:45 PM Break
03:45 PM – 04:45 PM Panel Discussion

Day 2: September 26, 2013
07:00 AM – 08:00 AM Registration + Continental Breakfast
08:00 AM – 09:30 AM Breakouts
09:30 AM – 09:45 AM Break
09:45 AM – 11:15 AM Breakouts
11:15 AM – 12:45 PM Lunch (on your own)
12:45 PM – 02:15 PM Breakouts
02:15 PM – 02:30 PM Break
02:30 PM – 04:00 PM Closing Keynote – Diane Wiessinger – “Everything Else on Breasts”


Event Overview

Event Glide is proud to announce the addition of Midwest Lactation Conference: Clinical Skills and Community Outreach to the newest events within the Event Glide Success Series. This two-day conference features top professionals in the lactation field.  Aimed at the experienced IBCLC as well as new clinicians, the conference offers different levels of clinical skills, developing your practice, as well as community outreach.  We are excited to provide a full two-days that will connect you with some of the best in the lactation field as well as give you a chance to network and meet colleagues from all aspects of perinatal work.

Who should attend this conference:
IBCLCs of all levels of experience, peer counselors, birth and postpartum doulas, childbirth educators, midwives, nurses, pediatricians, family practice physicians, obstetricians.

What You Will Gain:
●     Beginning and Advanced Clinical Skills
●     A wide variety of sessions on lactation topics (see agenda for more details)
●     The chance to meet and learn from colleagues from other perinatal fields
●     The opportunity to hear, learn from, and meet top professionals in the lactation field
●     CERPS (including E-CERPS), and CEUs



Elizabeth C. Brooks

Elizabeth C. Brooks, JD, IBCLC, FILCA – Liz Brooks, JD, IBCLC, FILCA, is a lawyer (since 1983) and private practice lactation consultant (since 1997) who brings to life the connection between lactation consultation and the law. IBCLCs face a maze of ethical, moral and legal requirements in their day-to-day practice, no matter what the work setting. With plain language and humor, Liz explains the laws affecting IBCLCs, so the lactation consultant can work ethically and legally. She offers pragmatic tips that can immediately be used in daily practice.  She is the President of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA), and serves on the Board of Directors for the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC).


Diana Cassar-Uhl

Diana Cassar-Uhl, IBCLC and La Leche League Leader – Passionate about being an agent for change, Diana Cassar-Uhl, IBCLC and La Leche League Leader, cherishes every opportunity to educate mothers, lactation support people, healthcare providers, and policymakers about breastfeeding in the United States. Diana Cassar-Uhl, IBCLC, has written articles for the La Leche League publications Leaven and Breastfeeding Today, and is the author of the La Leche League tear-off sheet Vitamin D, Your Baby, and You, and is excited for the publication of her first book in the spring of 2013.She is a frequent guest blogger, featured on such breastfeeding support and information sites as Best for BabesThe Leaky BoobKellyMom, andLactation Matters, the official blog of the International Lactation Consultant Association. Diana enjoys presenting at breastfeeding education events and sharing her knowledge and experience with professionals who serve mothers and babies. After graduation with a Master of Public Health in 2013, Diana hopes to pursue further study in maternal/child health research. Diana, mother to three breastfed children, served as a clarinetist on active Army duty in the West Point Band from 1995-2012.

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett

Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, Ph.D., IBCLC, FAPA – Dr. Kendall-Tackett is a health psychologist and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She is the Owner and Editor-in-Chief of Praeclarus Press, a new small press specializing in women’s health. Dr. Kendall-Tackett is a Research Associate at the Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire, Clinical Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Texas Tech University School of Medicine in Amarillo, Texas. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association in both the Divisions of Health and Trauma Psychology, Editor-in-Chief of U.S. Lactation Consultant Association’s journal, Clinical Lactation, and is President-Elect of the American Psychological Association’s Division of Trauma Psychology. Dr. Kendall-Tackett is author of more than 320 journal articles, book chapters and other publications, and author or editor of 22 books in the fields of trauma, women’s health, depression, and breastfeeding. She is a founding member of the American Psychological Association’s Division of Trauma Psychology, and currently serves as Division Secretary. She has won several awards including the Outstanding Research Study Award from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, and was named 2003 Distinguished Alumna, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, California State University, Chico.  In 2011, she received the John Kennell & Marshall Klaus Award for Excellence in Research from DONA International (with co-recipient Thomas Hale), and the Community Faculty Award from the Department of Pediatrics, Texas Tech University School of Medicine. Her websites are,,, and

Amber McCannAmber McCann, IBCLC – Amber is a  board certified lactation consultant with the Breastfeeding Center of Pittsburgh. She is particularly interested in connecting with mothers through social media channels and teaching others in her profession to do the same. In addition to her work as the co-editor of Lactation Matters, the International Lactation Consultant Association’s official blog, she has written for a number of other breastfeeding support blogs including for Hygeia, The Leaky Boob, and Best for Babes and is a regular contributor to The Boob Group, a weekly online radio program for breastfeeding moms.

Alison Hazelbaker

Alison Hazelbaker, PhD, IBCLC, FILCA, CST, RCST – Dr. Hazelbaker has been a therapist for nearly 27 years. She specializes in cross-disciplinary treatment and to that end has taken training in several modalities to best assist her clients. She is a certified Craniosacral Therapist, a Lymph Drainage Therapy practitioner, and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.  Along with CranioSacral Therapy and Lymphatic Drainage Therapy, Dr. Hazelbaker utilizes botanicals and homeopathy in her lactation practice.  Her original research on tongue-tie, done in 1993, has changed clinical practice both in the USA and abroad. ( She authored the Assessment Tool for Lingual Frenulum Function (ATLFF) during her Master’s Degree program. The ATLFF remains the only research-based tongue-tie screening process in infants under 6 months. People recognize her as an expert on infant sucking issues and the treatment of same. As an innovator, she invented the Hazelbaker™ FingerFeeder to address these sucking problems.


Linda J. Smith, MPH, FACCE, IBCLC, FILCA  will no longer be presenting due to her recent illness


Diane Wiessinger

Diane Wiessinger, MS, IBCLC – Diane is a co-author of La Leche League’s The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, 8th edition, is a contributing author to several other breastfeeding books, and has written journal articles on a variety of breastfeeding topics including infant latching, the impact of a tight labial frenum on breastfeeding, and Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex. She speaks internationally on such topics as how mothers and babies make breastfeeding happen; how the language we use reflects our unconscious views of breastfeeding; and the effects of modern birth on our ancient mammalian biology. She has a small private practice in Ithaca, NY.


Ryan Comfort

Ryan Comfort – In March of 2011, Ryan left this job working on Wall Street to start a website that would provide breastfeeding information and sell witty t-shirts.  After realizing he wasn’t going to learn about the problems facing the breastfeeding community sitting in an office, Ryan launched the Latch On America Tour, a seven-week, 11,000-mile tour on a 40-foot pink bus that focused on empowering moms to achieve their breastfeeding goals.  In addition, a 3-person film crew interviewed experts, organization leaders and mothers for each of the Surgeon General’s Call to Action Items.

As a 29-year old man with no children, he certainly does not fit the profile of your standard breastfeeding advocate. However, his unique skill set and third party perspective has helped him develop a strong network through invitations to exclusive summits and to speak at international, national and state conferences. Personally, he is inspired to serve this community by his mother who is a Labor & Delivery Nurse and IBCLC and his sister, the mother of his three breastfed nephews.

gregnotestineDr. Greg Notestine – Dr. Notestine is a native of Dayton, Ohio and a graduate of Wright State University and The Ohio State University of Dentistry.  He’s had a private practice of dentistry since 1978 and is one of only four dentists in Ohio Accredited by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.  Since 1984, Dr. Notestine has specialized in the treatment of tongue-tied infants.




Cathy2009Catherine Watson Genna, IBCLC – Catherine 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 utilizing ultrasound to examine tongue movements during breastfeeding in infants with ankyloglossia; 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 the Associate Editor of the USLCA  Journal Clinical Lactation.


tinacardarelliTina Cardarelli, BS, IBCLC – Tina is a Board Certified Lactation Consultant whose primary interest is engaging community partnerships and leveraging local talent and efforts to promote breastfeeding. After almost two decades off working in community breastfeeding in Massachusetts and Michigan, Tina moved to Indianapolis to become Indiana’s first State Breastfeeding Coordinator when the role was created in 2008. As State Breastfeeding Coordinator, the favorite part of her job has been working in the communities to create successful, sustained coalitions. During her tenure the number of coalitions in Indiana has grown by 500%. Tina also speaks often on the topic of Breastfeeding Support in the Child Care Setting. The program, called “We Care for Breastfed Babies” began as a coalition initiative in her state and has grown into a model program.  Two recent breastfeeding projects that Tina has worked on in her role at Indiana Perinatal Network have received special recognition: Indianapolis Business Journal Health Care Hero Award finalist and Start Award recipient for top Statewide Community or Philanthropic Program.

christinasmillieChristina Smillie, MD, FAAP, IBCLC, FABM – Dr. Smillie is an American physician board certified both as a pediatrician since 1983 and as a lactation consultant since 1995.  In 1996 she founded Breastfeeding Resources in Stratford, Connecticut, the first private medical practice in the USA limited to the specialty of breastfeeding medicine.  Fascinated by how babies, mothers, and health care professionals learn, she is perhaps best known for her DVD, Baby-led Breastfeeding: The Mother Baby Dance, which she wrote and produced with Makelin Media and Geddes Productions.  Dr. Smillie has been a member of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine since its inception, and was awarded Fellowship in 2002. She served two terms on the Academy’s Board of Directors, and currently serves on ABM’s Communications Committee. She continues to serve as an advisor to the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Breastfeeding, and to the Health Advisory Council of La Leche League International.


Ann Marie Neeley Burkhart, IBCLC – Ann Marie is a board certified lactation consultant who has been supporting families in Bloomington, Indiana with breastfeeding since 2002.  She was instrumental in opening the community-based Bloomington Area Birth Services Lactation Center in 2010, and currently serves as the center’s Clinical Director, working directly with families and facilitating connections between health care providers and public health professionals.  She is a frequent guest lecturer at Indiana University and a member of the Postpartum Depression Task Force of Monroe County.  Her areas of interest include infant tongue-tie, supporting employed mothers, and postpartum mood disorders.



Jeretha McKinley, BA, CLC – Jeretha has been HealthConnect One’s National Replication Manager since the beginning of its doula replication work in 2001.  She has more than 25 years of public health experience with governmental and nonprofit organizations, including WIC and Healthy Families and a number of city and state Departments of Health, and is a tireless advocate for community-based health interventions.  She has vast experience in program management, implementation, and evaluation and is viewed as an expert in peer-based community outreach programs.  Jeretha is a skilled and effective trainer and facilitator, recognized for her experience in multi-cultural settings.




Georg’ann Cattelona, PhD, CD(DONA), LCCE, DFB, BDT(DONA) – Georg’ann is the Executive Director of Bloomington Area Birth Services (BABS) in Bloomington, IN and has guided its development as a vital resource for pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding.  She is also a DONA-approved birth doula trainer, a Lamaze-certified childbirth educator, and is on the Expert Panel for HealthConnect One’s Community-Based Doula

Leadership Institute.  Georg’ann was awarded the honor of Woman of the Year in 2011 by the City of Bloomington’s Commission on the Status of Women.  She is one of the co-founders of BABS, and in 1995 took over the leadership and made the decision in 2004 to turn BABS into a 501(c )(3).


yolandawashingtonYolanda Washington, RN, BS CLS – Yolanda began her career at Memorial Hospital of South Bend as a Float Nurse for 8 years after earning her Associate’s Degree in Nursing. She was one the first African American nurses to work in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at Memorial Hospital as a staff nurse and later as a charge nurse.  Yolanda has worked at the South Bend Community School Corp as a School Nurse for 7 years working with Primary school aged children as well as with the School age teen mothers program. In 2006, she became a Prenatal Care Coordinator (PNCC) where she is still employed with Memorial Hospital. While working in her current capacity as a PNCC for 7 years, she has noticed the high infant mortality rates, low birth weight (LBW) rates as well as the lack of African American women breastfeeding which sparked the inception of BAM-BAM (Black American Mothers Breastfeeding Awareness Movement) in 2009. In addition, she is also a Health Consultant for Head Start as well as Early Head Start Program. Yolanda has served as one of the board members for Minority Health Coalition from 2008-2010, but resigned when she decided to return back to school. She recently graduated from Bethel College earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Management (Magna Cum Laude).

lesliemillerLeslie Miller, RN, MSN, IBCLC – Leslie is the St Joseph County WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator and a Lactation Consultant at a local hospital. She has more than 14 years of experience working with mothers and babies as a Registered Nurse in the Mother/Baby and Labor/Delivery areas before coming to WIC 2 years ago. After breastfeeding two of her children until the age of 3, she became passionate about breastfeeding and wants to provide support/education to the breastfeeding dyad. Leslie is a member of the St Joseph County Breastfeeding Coalition and Black American Mothers Breastfeeding Awareness Movement (BAMBAM). 



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Here are 4 reasons you should register now to attend the 2013 Midwest Lactation Conference: clinical skills & community outreach:

  • Top tier professional learning: two consecutive days with a focus on the best practices and latest research and application in the field of lactation while gaining beginning and advanced clinical skills, a wide variety of lactation sessions, opportunities to meet and interact with other colleagues from other perinatal fields, opportunity to hear from leading professionals in the industry, and much more.
  • Learn from the Experts: Leading professionals from the lactation and complimentary industries will present on hot topics, such as: clinical skills, developing your practice, community outreach, and much more.
  • Have the opportunity to earn CEU’s and CERP’s for participation and attendance.
  • The Midwest Lactation Conference’s exhibit hall, where you can interact with the vendors carrying the services and products you need to know about!

Justify Your Attendance at the 2013 MIDWEST LACTATION CONFERENCE

You really want to attend this event in Indianapolis for several reasons, most importantly, because you recognize the value this event presents; however, several obstacles lay in your way.   How do you communicate the benefits of you attending this event to your organization, management team, etc. responsible for approving your professional development requests? We recognize the constraints of budgets, travel restrictions, and other prohibiting factors, and that is why we want to help you get to Indy in 2013!

One of the best ways to get approval to attend a conference is to list the objectives and goals of attending the event and show how those objectives will be met by attending.  Below you will see a breakdown of some of the most significant objectives and goals that most attendees seek by registering for an event like this:


How the midwest lactation conference meets your needs

Gain new knowledge of your industry and skills to enhance your work This conference allows you to hear from some of the most prominent and highly sought-after experts in the industry.  They will highlight current trends, discuss new initiatives, define and describe best practices, and so much more.  You will have the opportunity to learn from the best, stay current on industry topics and issues, network with fellow peers in the industry, and leave more equipped than what you came with.
Earning continuing education units for your license, certification, education, etc. By attending this event, you will have the opportunity to earn well-deserved continuing education units that you can apply towards renewing your license, certification, educational commitments, and more.
Network and interact with your peers from within the industry You will share the meeting space with your fellow peers in the industry.  This is a great way to grow your network, learn from others in the field, share best practices, grow your business, and more.
Interact and meet with exhibiting organizations and companies An important feature of this event is the exhibit hall component where several organizations and companies with relevant products and services for the industry will be available to meet and discuss face to face.  You will have access to learn about new products, new services, grow your network, gain new business opportunities, and more.
Strategic ways to save money By learning about all the ways you can save on this event, you will have a tool to demonstrate a modest investment to your management team.  By registering within the early bird timeline, you will save $100 on your registration.  Along with this, throughout the registration process, if you send a team of 5 or more to the event, you will receive an extra $50 off of the registration fee for each person.

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