All times below are listed in CST (Central Standard Time; Chicago/USA). Convert the session times to your local time zone. Please note that Central Daylight Savings Time (CDT) ends on November 5, 2023, at 2:00 AM Central Time. 

The Full Schedule will continue to be updated as session and pre-conference event information is confirmed, as well details about what will be livestreamed and available on demand. Please check back often for updates!

*Schedule is subject to change 




Thursday, November 9

7:30 am | Onsite Registration Opens


8:00 am – 5:00 pm | What Every Physician needs to Know 1 (additional cost: IN-PERSON & LIVESTREAMED) 

  • This is a full day course that aims to fill in the knowledge and clinical skills gaps that many healthcare providers report in their training. The course methods include didactic presentations and audiovisual aids to review the foundation of breastfeeding support, management, and clinical problem solving. The course will be team-taught by physicians from a variety of specialties including: obstetrics and gynecology, family medicine, pediatrics, and neonatology. Content is based predominantly upon the evidence-based clinical protocols developed and published by the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, as well as statements from ACOG, AAFP, and AAP, as well as the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative “Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.” This course has been developed and presented to participants in conjunction with the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine’s Annual International Conference since 2001, with periodic review of content and update of the evidence and recommendations. Target audience includes physicians, medical students, residents, fellows, and all members of the health care team, especially those who have direct interaction with breastfeeding families.

8:00 am - 3:00 pm | What Every Physician needs to Know 2 (additional cost: IN-PERSON ONLY) 

  • This course is designed to build on the foundation presented in WEPNTK 1 and open to individuals who have already participated in Course I. The format of this course will cover several case study presentations and discussion. 

3:00 - 5:00 pm | Getting Started: What You Need to Know to Write an ABM Protocol (no additional cost, no CE offered: IN-PERSON ONLY) 

  • Katherine Standish, MD; Lori Feldman-Winter MD, MPH, FAAP, FABM;  Melissa Bartick, MD, MS, MPH, FABM
  • Curious about writing protocols but afraid you don't have what it takes to be an author? You do have what it takes! This workshop will walk you through the steps of developing a protocol, from lit review to writing.
  • Attendees are strongly encouraged to bring their laptops with them to the workshop.




Thursday, November 9


6:00 – 8:00 pm | Opening Reception (In-person event included in full conference registration)


Friday, November 10


8:00 - 8:15 am | Welcome/Opening Remarks LIVESTREAMED


8:15 – 9:00  am | 2023 Guidelines on Infant Feeding by Parents with HIV LIVESTREAMED

    • Judy Levison, MD


9:05 - 9:50 am | ABM Physiologic Infant Care Protocol LIVESTREAMED

    • Melissa Bartick, MD, MS, MPH, FABM; Lori Feldman-Winter MD, MPH, FAAP, FABM


9:50 – 10:35 am | Poster / Exhibits


10:35 am – 12:05 pm | Concurrent Workshops (Please note that only one workshop will be Livestreamed.  They are all available in person and will all be available on-demand in late November.)  

  • Customer Journey Mapping: A Novel Tool for Patient Interviewing
    • Brianna Yvo. Clark, DO; Lena Clark, MPH, Winter Cameron
  • More than Meets the Eye Interactive Workshop: Assessing Breast Conditions on Deeply Melanated Skin
    • Nekisha Killings, MPH, IBCLC
  • Prioritising Lactation Through Family Centred Care in Paediatrics
    • Lyndsey Hookway, PhD RNC SCPHN IBCLC
  • Utilizing the CDC-funded National Breastfeeding Curriculum to Create an Educational Experience for Any Learner
    • Tara S. Williams, MD; Joan Y. Meek, MD, MS; Lori Feldman-Winter, MD, MPH, FAAP, FABM   LIVESTREAMED


12:05 – 1:05 pm | Lunch Break 

12:05 – 1:05 pm | Special Interest Group (SIG) Lunch Roundtable

  • Over lunch, meet with the Special Interest Group (SIG) of your choice!  (Affiliate Member SIG, Family Medicine SIG, Men in Breastfeeding SIG, Neonatology SIG, Obstetrics & Gynecology SIG, Pediatrics SIG, Research SIG, Trainee SIG.)


1:05 – 2:05 pm | Podium Presentations -  LIVESTREAMED

  • Racial, Ethnic and Socioeconomic Disparities in Frenotomy Practice
    • Jennifer McAllister, MD
  • Associations Between Breastfeeding and Post-Perinatal Infant Deaths Across the United States
    • Julie Ware, MD, MPH
  • Breastfeeding and Developmental Outcomes in Infants with Prenatal Cannabis Exposure
    • Laura R. Kair, MD, MAS, FABM
  • Breast Milk Macronutrient Analysis of Mid-day Pump Sample versus 24-hour Pooled Sampling
    • Kara Kuhn Riordon, MD


2:10 – 3:10 pm | Panel: Family Integrated Care in the NICU LIVESTREAMED

    • Lyndsey Hookway, PhD RNC SCPHN IBCLC; Tomoko Saito, MD PhD IBCLC; Maria Lorella Gianni, MD, PhD


3:10 – 3:55 pm | Posters


3:55 – 4:40 pm | PCORI Research Grant Update LIVESTREAMED

    • Alison Stuebe, MD; Ann Kellams, MD, IBCLC; Laura Kair, MD, MAS, FABM


Friday Evening 

ABM is excited to share that an offsite event has been added to the 28th Annual International Meeting. The event will be held at the Mother’s Milk Bank of the Western Great Lakes, which is located just east of the Hyatt Regency Schaumburg in the neighboring suburb of Elk Grove Village. Transportation will be provided. Visit this page for more information. 

Saturday, November 11


8:00 – 8:30 am | Opening Remarks and Fellowship Recognition LIVESTREAMED


8:30 – 9:30 am | Annual General Meeting LIVESTREAMED


9:35 – 10:20 am | Pediatric Intensive Care: Specifics of Lactation and Breastfeeding Management LIVESTREAMED

    • Liliana Simon, MD, IBCLC, FABM


10:20 – 11:05 am | Posters


11:05 am 12:35 pm | Concurrent Workshops (Please note that only one workshop will be Livestreamed.  They are all available in person and will all be available on-demand in late November.)  

  • Enabling a Satisfying Breastfeeding Experience for Lactating Parents with High BMI
    • Laurie Nommsen-Rivers, PhD, RD, IBCLC; Francoise Knox-Kazimierczuk PhD, RDN, LD, ATC, CSCS, NSCA-CPT, FAND; Alison Stuebe, MD, MSc, Nicole Marshall, MD
  • Improving Human Milk use in the NICU/PICU and beyond, usingTrackMyMilk: an Epic/EMR based Milk Expression Log Tool for Parent-Baby Dyads and their Providers.
    • Eliza H. Myers, MD
  • One Health Approach to Mastitis: What Humans Can Learn from Dairy Cows
    • Mary Montgomery, MD; Barbara Natterson-Horowitz, MD; Joel Speiller, DVM, Julia H. Cho
  • The Roots of Racial Inequities in Breastfeeding: Supporting Black People who Breast/Chestfeed through Culturally Relevant Care and Self-Reflection
    • Tomeka Frieson, MPH; Victoria Tran, MPH; Amelia Reese Masterson, MPH; Frankie Douglass, BS; Sascha Conterelli, DNP, CNM, LM, FACNM, FAAN; Lucina Canty, PhD, CNM, FACNM; Natasha J. Ray, MS; Kathleen O. Duffany, PhD, MEd    LIVESTREAMED


12:35 – 1:30 pm | Lunch Break

12:35 – 1:30 pm | Leadership Academy Roundtable for Leadership Academy Participants, Alumni, and Faculty

    • Over lunch, meet others involved with the Leadership Academy face-to-face! Share updates on projects and Leadership Academy experiences


1:35 - 2:20 pm | Developing a Tongue Tie Assessment Tool: A Kick-off for an International Study LIVESTREAMED

    • Rima Strassman,MD, FAAP, FABM; Nadine Manson, MD, CCFP, FABM; Michal Mansovsky, MD, FABM; Yvonne LeFort, MD, FABM


2:25 - 3:25 pm | Podium Presentations LIVESTREAMED

  • Parent-Reported Reasons for Solid Food Initiation in Infants less than Six Months
    • Madeline G. Merwin, BA
  • Disparities in Breastmilk Feeding Rates in Preterm Infants After Discharge from the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU)
    • Nicole E. Larsen
  • HIV and Infant Feeding
    • Andrea Dotson, MD
  • Beliefs and Attitudes Among Mothers Who Used Cannabis While Breastfeeding
    • Zane J. Boerner


3:25 - 3:40 pm | Break


3:40 – 4:25 pm | Strategies in Caring for a Lactating Patient with Severe Mental Illness LIVESTREAMED

    • Christina Wichman, DO


4:30 – 5:30 pm | Panel: Telelactation Practice LIVESTREAMED

    • Melissa Glassman, MD, MPH, IBCLC, FAAP, FABM; Lauren Macaluso, MD, FAAP, FABM, IBCLC; Katherine Kearns, MD, CCFP, FCFP, IBCLC; Michal Mansovsky, MD, FABM

Sunday, November 12


8:00 – 8:15 am | Opening Remarks


8:15 – 9:15 am | Founders Lecture: The Journey from Physician Breastfeeding Champions to Board Certified Specialists in Breastfeeding and Lactation Medicine LIVESTREAMED

    • Anne Eglash MD, IBCLC, FABM


9:25 – 10:00 am |  Allergic Proctocolitis LIVESTREAMED

    • Anne Eglash,MD, IBCLC, FABM, Liliana Simon, MD, IBCLC, FABM, Nithya Natrajan, MD, CLC, FAAFP

10:10 - 10:25 am | Break


10:25 – 11:25 am | International Panel - Induced Lactation Around the World LIVESTREAMED

    • Zaharah Sulaiman, MBBS, MMed, PhD, IBCLC, FILCA, Sarah Brennan 


11:30 am - 12:15 pm | HIT Parade - CANCELED

11:30 am - 12:15 pm | Invited Virtual Session - Chrononutrition: Is there any physiological importance of circadian rhythms for the newborn? LIVESTREAMED

    • Mario Caba, Daniel Caba-Flores

12:15 pm |  Meeting Adjourns