2018 Iowa Breastfeeding Conference

2018 Iowa Breastfeeding Conference

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Wednesday, May 16: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 17: 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Conference Brochure

New Location!

FFA Enrichment Center (Located on the DMACC Ankeny Campus)

1055 SW Prairie Trail Pkwy

Ankeny, IA 50023 

Intended Audience:

Nurses, Dietitians, Lactation Consultants, Peer Counselors and other healthcare professionals working with breastfeeding mothers.


To enable the healthcare team to provide evidence-based care, education and support to the breastfeeding mother and her family.


$25 – May 16th Iowa Breastfeeding Coalition Meeting (includes lunch)

$50 – May 16th Afternoon Session (free membership to Iowa Breastfeeding Coalition included with attendance to this session)

$120 – May 17th All Day Session (includes conference materials and lunch)


Deadline to register is Wednesday, May 9, 2018 at 10 a.m. Registration is online only. When you click the "register now" button, you will have the opportunity to select the session(s) you wish to attend.

Registration substitutions are allowed. No refunds will be given. Any questions regarding this should be directed to Jessica Dinh at (515) 241-3537 or Jessica.Dinh@unitypoint.org

Overall Conference Objectives:

  1. After attending the conference, the participant will be able to identify causes of nipple pain in a breastfeeding mom and will be able to explain the appropriate treatment strategy for at least one type of nipple pain.
  2. Attendees will be able to identify Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflux and will be able to describe how to help a breastfeeding mother with D-MER, upon completion of the conference.
  3. Upon completion of the conference, attendees will be able to describe methods to maximize milk production and describe benefits and proper use of nipple shields for a breastfeeding mother.
  4. After attending the conference, attendees will be able to describe psychological and surgical factors that affect the outcome of breastfeeding following breast reduction surgery.
  5. By attending the conference, attendees will be able to explain the impact of pregnancy, fetal position, and labor and delivery on mom and baby, and will be able describe the benefits of chiropractic care during the postpartum period.  
  6. Following attendance of the session on Prescribed Milk, attendees will be prepared to describe to healthcare professionals and breastfeeding moms the process for donating, treating, and distributing human milk through Mother’s Milk Bank of Iowa.
  7. Attendees will be able to describe the use of therapeutic interventions to counteract the effect of diabetes on lactation in the breastfeeding mom, upon completion of the conference.

Continuing Education

Nursing Contact Hours

IBON Provider #94 awards the following contact hours. 

May 16th- 3 contact hours

May 17th- 5.5 contact hours 


CERPs allocated by IBLCE verification # C1881049

May 16th- 3 L-CERPs

May 17th- 5.5 L-CERPs

Dietitian CPEUs

May 16th- 3 CPEUs

May 17th- 5.5 CPEUs

The workshop session, Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex and the Breastfeeding Mother is offered on both Wednesday and Thursday. Contact hours will only be given for one session, if both are attended. All sessions must be attended in full. No partial credit will be issued.


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

8:30-9:00 a.m Registration
9:00-12:00 p.m. Iowa Breastfeeding Coalition Meeting
12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch (for IBC Meeting attendees only)
12:00-1:00 p.m           Registration for afternoon sessions

1:00-2:30 p.m. 

Postpartum Nipple Pain: Causes, Treatments and Empathy 

Diana West, BA, IBCLC 
2:30-2:45 p.m.  Break 
2:45-4:15 p.m. 

Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex and the Breastfeeding Mother 

Alia Macrina Heise, IBCLC 
4:15- 4:30 p.m.             Evaluations/Adjourn 

Thursday, May 17, 2018

7:30-8:20 a.m.              Registration 
8:20-8:30 a.m.  Welcome & Announcements 
8:30-9:45 a.m.            Making More Milk– Diana West, BA, IBCLC 
9:45-10:15 a.m.      Break/Exhibits 
10:15-11:15 a.m. 


A. Mammary Dysbiosis: Probiotics, Vibration and Turmeric

Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC

B. Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex and the Breastfeeding Mother

Alia Macrina Heise, IBCLC  
11:15 -12:15 p.m.  Lunch/ Exhibits 
12:15-1:15 p.m. 


A. Nipple Shields: Useful or Useless

Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC  

B. Breastfeeding after Breast Reduction Surgery

Diana West, BA, IBCLC 
1:15-2:25 p.m. 


A. The Role of Chiropractic Care in Breastfeeding and the Postpartum Period

Jennifer Thompson, DC, CACCP  

B. Prescribed Milk: Donating, Treatment and Distribution

Jean Drulis, BA 
2:25-2:50 p.m.  Break/Exhibits 
2:50-4:05 p.m. 

Breastfeeding, Diabetes and Obesity: Are They All Compatible?

Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC 
4:05- 4:15 p.m.  Evaluations/Adjourn   


  • Diana West, BA, IBCLC is an international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC) in New Jersey and La Leche League Leader. She has published many books, including “Sweet Sleep: Nighttime and Naptime Strategies for the Breastfeeding Family,” the 8th edition of “The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding,” “The Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk (currently under contract for a second edition!),” “Breastfeeding after Breast and Nipple Procedures,” “Denying Your Own Success: Breastfeeding after Breast Reduction Surgery,” and ILCA’s popular “Clinician’s Breastfeeding Triage Tool.” Diana has also co-authored a research article with a team led by Trevor MacDonald and Joy Noel-Weiss about trans men’s experiences with lactation and gender identity.

  • Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC is a registered nurse and international board certified lactation consultant. She maintained a large clinical practice at a major HMO in Massachusetts, is a published author and an international speaker. Consulting with hospitals, providing in-service presentations, speaking at conferences and workshops and advocating for breastfeeding at the state and federal levels occupy her professional time. She is currently the chair of the board of directors of the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition, and sits on the board of directors of Baby Friendly USA, Best for Babes Foundation, and the US Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA). She is the Executive Director of the National Alliance for Breastfeeding Advocacy and a past president of the International Lactation Consultant Association.

  • Alia Macrina Heise, IBCLC has worked in the field of lactation since 2004. She is considered the international authority on the topic of dysphoric milk ejection reflex (D-MER). She has been the forerunner in identifying, naming and investigating the anomaly of dysphoria with milk ejection reflex since 2007. She has spoken on the subject at many notable conferences, including GOLD, has given several interviews on the subject for both print and podcasts and has been published through her work on a case study about D-MER for The International Breastfeeding Journal. In 2017 she released the first book on the subject. Alia’s passion and enthusiasm for the topic of D-MER are evident in the energy that she demonstrates in her presentations and the novelty of new information on a subject that is not yet well known or understood by many makes for an engaging and interesting presentation. Outside of her work with D-MER, she is also in private practice as an IBCLC in the Finger Lakes region of New York. She lives in a small rural town where she enjoys country living with her three children.

Hotel Accommodations

Rooms have been reserved at three different hotels for a discounted price for conference attendees. Simply call to make your reservations and tell them you are with the “Breastfeeding Conference”. A limited number of rooms were held so it is advised to book early. Reservations must be made by April 14th for discounted price. Free continental breakfast is included at all three hotels.

  • Homewood Suites by Hilton - $109/night

    2455 SE Creekview Dr. 

    Ankeny, IA

    (515) 963-0006
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites - $125/night

    2402 SE Tones Dr.

    Ankeny, IA

    (515) 965-2400
  • Hampton Inn & Suites - $125/night

    6210 SE Convenience Blvd

    Ankeny, IA

    (515) 261-4400

Additional Details

New larger location! Traffic can be very busy at this time of morning so we suggest leaving early enough to give yourself plenty of time to reach the convention center.

Just a reminder that the conference center is large and temperature control can be difficult. We recommend dressing in layers or bringing a sweater for your comfort.

Dietary Request

We will do our best to accommodate any specific dietary requirements that are noted at the time of registration if applicable. If you have a severe medical need, you are also welcome to bring your own food and drinks to avoid any issues.

Nursing Room

A nursing/pumping room will be available onsite

More Information

For questions please contact Jessica Dinh at Jessica.Dinh@unitypoint.org or (515) 241-3537.