In-person Policies 


In-Person Code of Conduct


ABM is committed to providing a safe, productive, and welcoming environment for all meeting participants and ABM staff. All participants, including, but not limited to, attendees, speakers, volunteers, exhibitors, ABM staff members, service providers, and all others are expected to abide by this in-person Annual Meeting Code of Conduct.

ABM has zero-tolerance for any form of discrimination or harassment, including but not limited to sexual harassment by participants or our staff at our meetings. If you experience harassment or hear of any incidents of unacceptable behavior, ABM asks that you inform either Carol Pape, CAE, Executive Director ([email protected]) or call (847) 375.4726 so we can take the appropriate action.

Unacceptable Behavior is defined as:

  • Harassment, intimidation, or discrimination in any form.
  • Verbal abuse of any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, ABM staff member, service provider, or other meeting guest.
  • Examples of verbal abuse include, but are not limited to, verbal comments related to gender, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race, religion, national origin, inappropriate use of nudity and/or sexual images in public spaces or in presentations, or threatening or stalking any attendee, speaker, volunteer, exhibitor, ABM staff member, service provider, or other meeting guest.
  • Disruption of presentations during sessions, in the exhibit hall, or at other events organized by ABM throughout the virtual meeting. All participants must comply with the instructions of the moderator and any ABM virtual event staff.
  • Political statements are prohibited. 
  • Presentations, postings, and messages should not contain promotional materials, special offers, job offers, product announcements, or solicitation for services. ABM reserves the right to remove such messages and potentially ban sources of those solicitations.

ABM reserves the right to take any action deemed necessary and appropriate, including immediate removal from the meeting without warning or refund, in response to any incident of unacceptable behavior, and ABM reserves the right to prohibit attendance at any future meeting, virtually or in person.

Attendee Commitment to Safety Agreement 

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (“ABM”) recognizes that the safety of all of those on site at the ABM Annual Conference 2023 is our top priority. Our Commitment to Safety Agreement is a living document that will continue to evolve based on state and federal guidance to ensure that all participants are as committed as we are to following safe and health protocols on site.  

As an event participant:  

  • You agree to comply with all health and safety guidelines put forth related to this event and are committed to taking any current precautions recommended by the CDC and local and federal agencies for Covid-19 and any other communicable diseases. 

  • If you have any symptoms, we ask that you please stay at home and enjoy our virtual symposium. Check potential symptoms using the CDC’s COVID-19 Self-Checker. You will not attend any ABM event if you have had recent exposure to a COVID-19 case or experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 within ten days of the event. 

  • You understand that your failure to comply with all safety protocol procedures as listed above or any direction from ABM staff or instructors on site may result in loss of right to attend or participate in the ABM event, including forfeiting any registration fees paid  

  • You hereby release and waive You right to bring suit against ABM, its owners, officers, officials, instructors, employees, or other representatives for fault in connection with exposure, infection, and/or spread of COVID-19 related to attending its event. 

Photography Disclaimer

Photographs and videos may be taken of participants to be used only by ABM and its association management company on ABM's website, in printed brochures, or in other promotional or informational materials. Attendee registration for the event constitutes consent for ABM's use of your photograph and videos as set forth in this policy.