"What Every Physician Needs To Know About Breastfeeding (WEPNTK)"


Wednesday, November 14, 2018 
8:00 am - 5:00 pm 

Course Director 
Joan Younger Meek, MD, MS, RD, FABM 
Florida State University College of Medicine 
Tallahassee, FL 

Nancy E. Wight, MD, FABM, 
Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns 
San Diego, CA 

Victoria Nichols-Johnson, MD, FABM 
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine 
Springfield, IL



Global Objectives:

  1. Describe the role of the physician in breastfeeding support.
  2. Counsel women and families about the benefits of breastfeeding for mothers, children, and society.
  3. Manage labor in a manner that minimizes interference with breastfeeding initiation.
  4. Describe the importance of skin-to-skin in the immediate postpartum period.
  5. Facilitate breastfeeding based upon newborn reflexes and cues.                 
  6. Describe physiologic control of milk production.
  7. Assess adequacy of infant milk intake.
  8. Identify the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.
  9. Evaluate and manage infant jaundice and poor weight gain.
  10. Provide a differential diagnosis of breast lesions and sore nipples.
  11. Recognize the unique characteristics of the late preterm infant that may interfere with breastfeeding.
  12. Implement breastfeeding-friendly policies in clinical practice.
  13. Use breastfeeding technology appropriately to support lactation and milk production/transfer.


8:00 am Opening Remarks        
Joan Younger Meek, MD, MS, RD, FABM  
Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education 
Professor, Clinical Sciences 
Florida State University College of Medicine

8:00 am – 8:30 am Why Breastfeed? Risks of Not Breastfeeding 
Joan Younger Meek, MD, MS, RD, FABM 
Professor, Clinical Sciences 
Florida State University College of Medicine

8:30 am – 9:00 am The Process of Breastfeeding: Anatomy & Physiology 
Karen Bodnar, MD 
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics 
Inova Children’s Hospital 
Falls Church, Virginia

9:00 am – 9:30 am Management of Labor                                                
Susan Crowe, MD 
Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology 
Stanford University School of Medicine

9:30 am –10:00 am Skin-to-Skin: The Sacred Hour 
Raylene M. Phillips, MD, FABM
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics 
Loma Linda University School of Medicine

10:00 am –10:15 am Break

10:15 am –10:45 am How Babies Learn to Breastfeed 
Christina M. Smillie, MD, FABM 
Breastfeeding Resources 
Stratford, CT 

10:45 am – 11:15 am The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative 
Barbara L. Philipp, MD, FABM 
Professor of Pediatrics 
Boston University School of Medicine 
Medical Director, Well Baby Unit 
Boston Medical Center

11:15 am – 11:45 am Management of Breastfeeding                               
Rebecca Collins, MD, FABM 
Associate Professor of Pediatrics 
Medical Director, Well Newborn and Mommy and Me Breastfeeding Clinic 
University of Kentucky Medical Center

11:45 am -12:15 pm Breastfeeding and Maternal Medications 
Amy Evans, MD, FABM 
Associate Clinical Professor of Pediatrics 

12:15 pm – 12:45 pm Breastfeeding the Late Preterm Infant  
Eyla G. Boies, MD, FABM
Clinical Professor of Pediatrics 
UCSD School of Medicine

12:45 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch

1:30pm – 2:00 pm Managing Maternal Complications                                       
Susan Rothenberg, MD
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai 
New York, NY

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Managing Infant Complications 
Nancy Wight, MD, FABM
San Diego Neonatology, Inc. 
Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women and Newborns

2:30 – 4:30 pm INTERACTIVE BREASTFEEDING CASES (Rotate every 30 minutes through each station)

 Preconceptional / Prenatal Care                              
 Alicia Dermer, MD, FABM 
 Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

 The Breastfeeding Friendly Office Practice      
  Rose St. Fleur, MD
  Medical Director, Center for Breastfeeding 
 Jersey Shore University Medical Center

 Sore Nipples / Sore Breasts                                          
 Kathy Leeper, MD, FABM 
 Breastfeeding Medicine Specialist 
 Leawood, Kansas

 The Use of Breastfeeding Technology                 
 Sandra Sullivan, MD
 University of Florida College of Medicine

4:30 – 5:00 pm Resources and Strategies to Train Others 
Joan Younger Meek, MD, MS, RD, FABM 
Florida State University College of Medicine

5:00 pm Pre-Conference Course Adjourns






Wednesday, November 14, 2018 
8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Course Co-Directors 
Rima Strassman, MD, FABM 
Children’s HealthCare 
Allentown, PA 

Nanette Dahlquist, MD, FABM
Hillsboro Pediatric Clinic
Hillsboro, OR

(Agenda to be confirmed)