Breastfeeding Conference

Four Points by Sheraton Conference Center
319 Fountains Parkway
Fairview Heights IL 62208

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Information about Continuing Education Credits
This information will be updated as approvals are received.  Please return to this page occasionally to check for updates.

Purpose: To provide information on various aspects of lactation so breastfeeding support workers can more effectively help mothers and babies.

Target Audience: IBCLCs, RNs and Registered Dietitians who assist with breastfeeding, LLL Leaders, and WIC Peer Counselors

CERPs allocated by IBLCE for this program are as follows:  6 L (Contact) CERPs, 0 E (Contact) CERPs, 0 R (Contact) CERPs.  IBLCE Approval Number C1771036.

This CE Activity, OLN-S-1904-17, offered by the Edwardsville Region Breastfeeding Task Force has been approved for 6.25 contact hours by the Ohio Board of Nursing through the approver unit at the Ohio League for Nursing (OBN-006-92) and the program is approved to be offered through March 6, 2019.

This Activity No. 131632 has been awarded 6 CPEUs, at CPE Level II, for RDs.

For information about the approval status for contact hours/continuing education credits, contact Dee Kassing, 618-346-1919

Speaker Melissa Cole, IBCLC, RLC has no conflicts of interest with regards to this program.

Speaker Carolyn Mank, MSN, CNM, IBCLC, has no conflicts of interest with regards to this program.

Planning committee members Deborah Gross, Michelle Heim-Streeb and Bhagya Kolli have no conflicts of interest with regards to this program.

Planning committee member Dee Kassing rents breast pumps and sells pump spare parts and various specialty devices for breastfeeding.

Meet The Speakers

Melissa Cole, IBCLC, RLC

Melissa Cole, has been supporting families working through feeding and health concerns for more than a decade. She is a board-certified lactation consultant, neonatal oral-motor assessment professional and herbalist in private practice. Melissa is passionate about providing comprehensive, holistic lactation support and well as speaking and writing on these topics. Recently, she has spoken and published on the topics of lactation after loss, tongue tie issues, digestive health, galactogogues and more.

Melissa is dedicated to improving the level of clinical lactation skills for aspiring lactation consultants and other healthcare professionals. She is an adjunct professor at Birthingway College of Midwifery in Portland, Oregon where she teaches advanced clinical lactation skills. Melissa is active with several lactation and health care professional associations including several tongue-tie professional groups, La Leche League, Baby Blues Connection, and American Herbalist Guild. Melissa enjoys lecturing, publishing and conducting research on lactation and health related topics.

Carolyn Mank, MSN, CNM, IBCLC
Carolyn Mank is a certified nurse midwife specializing in breastfeeding/lactation science, natural childbirth, and family planning. She focuses her practice on prenatal care, family planning and lactation support.  Ms. Mank is also a board-certified lactation consultant.

Her research interests include the social factors that influence duration and exclusivity of breastfeeding; women’s perceptions of the birth experience; fetal monitoring interpretation and communication among providers; and the impact of birth balls and movement on duration of labor.

Ms. Mank is a faculty instructor and certified nurse midwife in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health, Division of General Obstetrics and Gynecology, at Saint Louis University School of Medicine and attends births at SSM St. Mary's Hospital.

Detailed conference session description and schedule listed below.


In a perfect world, every baby would latch beautifully right after delivery and breastfeed happily ever after. In reality what we often see is that most moms and babies need a little help to get breastfeeding off to a good start.  Many dyads need a lot of help. And a few mother/baby pairs need a miracle to breastfeed successfully. How can we best help those tough cases? There are many reasons babies struggle to latch and feed well. Some issues may include structural issues, physical discomfort, respiratory concerns, medical issues, digestive issues, poor feeding tool choices, prematurity, etc.


            This session will focus on common concerns regarding infant digestive health and useful support strategies that care providers can incorporate into their work with families. We will discuss what's normal and what's not in regards to stooling, spit up/reflux, colic/fussiness, and more. Many parents are coping with babies that are uncomfortable and unhappy due to gut health concerns. Dealing with such a baby is emotionally and physically draining. Having a basic understanding of infant gut health and care strategies that optimize comfort and aid in overall digestive healing can be useful tools for any type of practitioner working with infants.


Family planning for the breastfeeding mother is complex as there is a concern regarding milk supply while considering the return of fertility in the lactating mother.  Counseling based on anecdotal data and theoretical risk has historically been used to discuss family planning options to breastfeeding mothers.  Multiple methods of contraception are available to meet the needs of women, including those who are breastfeeding. These methods include permanent sterilization such as tubal ligation/occlusion and vasectomy; barrier methods; hormonal contraception such as combined hormonal and progesterone only methods as well as long-acting reversible contraception (LARC) such as intrauterine devices and implants. Risks and benefits will be discussed in respect to counseling women on different methods of contraception and how these methods impact breastfeeding.  Recent evidence on the effects of hormonal contraception on lactation may enable more contraceptive choices that were historically discouraged and counseling methods will be discussed.


            This session will cover new thoughts on breast assessment and maternal support strategies.  There are many factors that can impact lactation success including certain health concerns, medications, breast development, endocrine issues, etc. Mother appreciate having thoughtful insight regarding these issues. In my clinical experience a resounding theme when breastfeeding issues arise from a condition that may have been identified earlier is, "why didn't anyone tell me?"  During this session, providers will learn how to assess breasts and nipples, identify potential red flags for lactation success and cultivate a meaningful dialogue in order to discuss these concerns with the mothers they serve.
Edwardsville Region Breastfeeding Task Force

Smooth Sailing:  Navigating Breastfeeding Issues

Four Points by Sheraton Conference Center
319 Fountains Parkway
Fairview Heights IL 62208

Thursday, March 30, 2017


8:00-8:10         Introduction/opening remarks                                                 10 minutes
by Dee Kassing, Conference Chair

8:10-9:40         Beyond the Basics of Latch                                                     90 minutes
                                    by Melissa Cole, IBCLC, RLC

9:40-10:00       Break

10:00-11:45     Common Infant Digestive Health Concerns                             105 minutes
                                    By Melissa Cole, IBCLC, RLC

11:45-1:00       Lunch                                                                                      75 minutes

1:00-2:00         Family Planning for the Breastfeeding Mother                        60 minutes
                                    By Carolyn Mank, MSN, CNM, IBCLC

2:00-2:15         Dessert Break

2:15-4:00         Breast Assessment and Maternal Support                                105 minutes
                                    By Melissa Cole, IBCLC, RLC

4:00-4:15         Closing and Evaluation                                                            15 minutes

Pumping room available
Rooms available on site at reduced conference rates
highway access and many eateries near by