2022 Preconference events

All events will be taking place on Thursday, September 15. 


What Every Physician Needs to Know About Breastfeeding 1 

8:00 am – 5:30 pm Eastern (Presented In Person and Virtual)

What Every Physician Needs to Know About Breastfeeding 1 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. 

Course Directors

Gail Herrine, MD

Bobbi Philipp, MD

Course Speakers

Topics Speakers
Why Breastfeed? Risks of Not Breastfeeding Gail Herrine, MD
Process of Breastfeeding: Anatomy & Physiology Karen Bodnar, MD
Management of Breastfeeding in L/D Allison Steube, MD
Management of Breastfeeding Ann Kellams, MD
Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative Paula Schreck, MD
Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders Natasha Sriraman, MD
Medications and Human Milk Bobbi Philipp, MD
How Babies Learn to Breastfeed Christina Smillie, MD
Breastfeeding and the Late Preterm Infant Eyla Boies, MD
Managing Maternal Complications Adetola Louis Jacques, MD
Managing Low Supply Anne Eglash, MD
Technology and Resources Kristina Lehman, MD


Continuing Education Credits have been applied for and are in process.


What Every Physician Needs to Know About Breastfeeding 2

9:00 am – 5:00 pm Eastern (Presented 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.

Course Directors

Nanette Dahlquist, MD, FABM

Rima Strassman, MD, FABM 

Course Speakers

Topics Speakers
My Baby Doesn’t Sleep  Nanette Dahlquist, MD, FABM
Pearls of the Aged; Adult  Alicia Dermer, MD
Lactation Support with the Gender Nonconforming Population  Casey Rosen-Carole, MD
Peripartum Mood Anxiety Disorder  Marnie Rowan, MD
Breastmilk Jaundice  Rima Stassman, MD
Jeopardy Laura Kair, MD
What I wished I knew When I Started My Breastfeeding Medicine 

Nadine Manson, MD

Erin Appleton, MD

Kristine Lehman, MD


Therapeutic Breast Massage in Lactation: From Relief to Empowerment Workshop 

2:00 - 5:00 pm Eastern (Presented In Person ONLY)

This course is designed to learn how to empower breastfeeding parents to use Gentle Manual Therapeutic Techniques to relieve breast pain and swelling. These hands-on techniques may provide a complementary treatment strategy..

Breast pain is a major cause of weaning. Swelling and inflammation, which occur in engorgement, mastitis and plugged ducts, are common causes of pain that may lead to the temporary or permanent cessation of breastfeeding. Therapeutic Breast Massage in Lactation (TBML) is one clinical tool to help resolve breast pain quickly.  Therapeutic Breast Massage in Lactation principles include mobilization of fluid with massage toward the axillae to facilitate lymph circulation and alternating gentle massage and hand expression to facilitate milk removal.  

Participants will have the opportunity to learn and practice gentle hands-on techniques. These skills can be either utilized in the office or easily taught to families  Empowering parents to resolve complications at home may be a critical skill for extending breastfeeding duration.

Course Director

Maya Bolman, RN, BA, BSN, IBCLC