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2017 Arkansas Breastfeeding Symposium

Thank you to our 2017 SPONSORS!


Registration for the 2017 Arkansas Breastfeeding Symposium is now open!  Chich HERE to register and find more details.



5th Annual Lactation Symposium

Symposium Goals:      To keep health professionals, providers and supports abreast of initiatives, resources and laws that impact lactation provisions and practices in the state.

Target Audience:         Physicians, nurses, lactation consultants, dieticians and health care agency providers who promote, support or advocate for breastfeeding

Parking:                Directions to Visitor Parking Deck:  UAMS Parking 2
                             Maximum Daily Guest Parking Rate:             $7.00
                                    Attendees will be responsible for parking fees

Keynote Speakers:

Diana West is an IBCLC, a La Leche League Leader, and Director of Media Relations for La Leche League International.  Diana is the co-author of “Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family,” the 8th edition of “The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding,” “The Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk,” “Breastfeeding after Breast and Nipple Procedures,” and ILCA’s “Clinician’s Breastfeeding Triage Tool.”

 Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC. Marsha is a registered nurse and international board certified lactation consultant. She has been assisting breastfeeding families in hospital, clinic, and home settings since 1976. Marsha is the executive director of the National Alliance for Breastfeeding Advocacy: Research, Education, and Legal Branch (NABA REAL). As such, she advocates for breastfeeding at the state and federal levels. She served as a vice president of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) from 1990-1994 and in 1999 as president of ILCA. She is a previous board member of the US Lactation Consultant Association, Baby Friendly USA, and the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition. She serves as USLCA’s representative to the USDA’s Breastfeeding Promotion Consortium, and NABA REAL’s representative to the US Breastfeeding Committee. Marsha is an international speaker, and an author of numerous publications including ones on the hazards of infant formula use, Code issues in the US, and Breastfeeding Management for the Clinician: Using the Evidence, 4thedition.

 Tentative Agenda

8:00 – 8:30                  Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 8:45                  Welcome
8:45 – 10:00                Safe Sleep
10:00 - 10:30               Break / Visit Exhibitor Hall
10:30 – 11:45              Just One Bottle
11:45 - 12:00               Pick up Lunch
12:00 – 1:00                Safe Sleep Panel
1:00 – 1:30                  Break / Visit Exhibitor Hall
1:30 - 2:45                   Delayed Lactogenesis2
2:45 - 3:00                   Break / Visit Exhibitor Hall
3:00 - 4:15                   Breastfeeding After Breast Surgery
4:15-4:30                     Evaluation and Wrap-Up

Arkansas Breastfeeding Coalition is sponsoring an art contest with cash prizes for artwork depicting a woman breastfeeding a baby in a public setting.  The art work will be auctioned as a fundraiser for the Coalition and displayed at the symposium. The deadline is May 15th.
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Please notify of any special dietary restrictions.

(Continental Breakfast and Boxed Lunch will be provided)