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      THE 26th ANNUAL ALASKA BREASTFEEDING CONFERENCE ~ "Science, Communication and Managing Breastfeeding Challenges in the Last Frontier" in Anchorage

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      April 26, 2018

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      THE 26th ANNUAL ALASKA BREASTFEEDING CONFERENCE ~ "Science, Communication and Managing Breastfeeding Challenges in the Last Frontier"

      MEMBERSHIP MEMBERSHIP FOR THE BREASTFEEDING COALITION IS INCLUDED IN YOUR REGISTRATION FEE. Sign up for membership only if you are not planning to attend the conference.       You will need to register for an ABC membership separately if you are an ABC Board member or a scholarship recipient.  You can do this at You must be an ABC member to be eligible for a scholarship.   CONTINUING EDUCATION The 2018 Alaska Breastfeeding Coalition Conference will be offering:      -  Nursing CEs - up to 14.0 nurisng contact hours by the Alaska Nurses Association (AaNA), an approved provider of continuing nursing education by Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Crednetialing Center's Commission on Accreditation;      -  Commission on Dietetic Registration - up to 13.5 CPEUs CDE level 1, 2 & 3;      -  IBLCE CERPs - Verification Number C1881029          ~10 L (Contact) CERPs          ~1.5 E (Contact) CERPs          ~2 R (Contact) CERPs        SCHOLARSHIPS The Alaska Breastfeeding Coalition is accepting scholarship applications.  Visit to find and submit your application.  Deadline for submissions is March 16, 2018.     LA LECHE LEAGUE La Leche League leaders who are certified and registered in Alaska schould contact the conference coordinator at for cost information and registration.     INTENDED AUDIENCE Nurses, lactation consultants, childbirth educators, doulas, dietitians, midwives, physicians and all persons working with breastfeeding mothers.  This is also an opportunity for peers in the maternal/child health field to network.   BABIES Because of the professional nature of this offering, quiet infants under the age of 6 months are welcome. However, restless infants will require immediate attention outside the meeting room as a courtesy to other participants and for the comfort of the baby.  Some mothers bring a support person to provide baby care outside the meeting rooms to fully participate in the education sessions. A lactation room will be provided near the conference meeting space for pumping and breastfeeding mothers. Refrigeration will be available for pumped milk.     QUESTIONS Email Bridget McCleskey, Conference Coordinator at  For more information about the Alaska Breastfeeding Coalition, visit our website at: REFUNDS A $50 processing fee will be charged for refunds.  Refunds will not be given after April 6, 2018.  Checks must be postmarked by April 6, 2018.     LOCATION & LODGING The 26th Annual Breastfeeding Symposium will be held in the 3rd floor meeting function area of The Lakefront Anchorage (formerly the Millennium Hotel), 4800 Spenard Road, Anchorage, AK.A confirmed block of rooms has been reserved at The Lakefront at a special conference rate of $99 + 12% tax per night for the nights of April 25, 26 and 27, 2018.  Please contact The Lakefront reservation center at 907-243-2300 and refer to the group  Alaska Breastfeeding Coalition conference to get this special rate.  Reservations must be made no later than April 6, 2018.  After that date, all un-sold rooms will be released from the block.   MEET OUR PRESENTERS Maya Bolman RN, BA, BSN, IBCLC was certified as IBCLC in 2001. She currently works as lactation consultant at Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital and Breastfeeding Medicine of Northeast Ohio. Maya is well known internationally for her work promoting hand expression and breast massage to breastfeeding mothers. She recognizes that teaching mothers these basic tools helps empower them to work through breastfeeding challenges including engorgement, plugged ducts, separation from the infant, and milk supply concerns. She has worked with Dr. Ann Witt to create an instructional video “The Basics of Breast Massage and Hand Expression” and conducts research on the effectiveness of Therapeutic Breast Massage in Lactation (TBML) both in the office and as a treatment at home for mothers. Barbara D. Robertson, MA, IBCLC, RLC has been involved in education for over 29 years. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 1988 and her Master’s in Education in 1995. Barbara left teaching elementary students in 1995 to raise her two children. Barbara is now the Director of The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor. Barbara has developed a 90-hour professional lactation training, a 20 hour course which fulfills the "Baby Friendly" education requirements, and is a speaker for hire on a wide variety of topics including Motivational Interviewing.  Barbara volunteered for the United States Lactation Consultation Association as the Director of Professional Development for 4.5 years.  She just retired as Associate Editor for Clinical Lactation, a journal she helped create for USLCA. Barbara has free podcasts, a blog, and Youtube videos which can all be found on her website She has written many articles and created a phone app for working and breastfeeding mothers. She loves working with mothers and babies, helping them with breastfeeding problems in whatever way she can.   Benefits of being a Member of the Alaska Breastfeeding Coalition   - Networking with other advocates  - Website (which is being redesigned) to include: resources links to breastfeeding materials  - Seek out volunteer opportunities  - Participate in work groups/committees  - Educational meetings  - Having a say in the organization  - Become involved in political action/policies  - Support to develop local/branch coalitions

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