In-Person Event

34th Annual Iowa Breastfeeding Conference

34th Annual Iowa Breastfeeding ConferenceWednesday, May 15 & Thursday, May 16Location FFA Enrichment CenterDMACC Ankeny Campus1055 SW Prairie Trai

34th Annual Iowa Breastfeeding Conference

Wednesday, May 15 & Thursday, May 16


FFA Enrichment Center

DMACC Ankeny Campus

1055 SW Prairie Trail Pkwy

Ankeny, IA 50023

*Traffic can be very busy in the mornings in this area, so we suggest leaving early/giving yourself plenty of time to reach the conference venue.

*Conference center is large and temperature control can be difficult. We recommend dressing in layers or bringing a sweater/jacket for your comfort.

Intended Audience

Nurses, dietitians, lactation consultants, peer counselors, breastfeeding advocates and other healthcare professionals working with breastfeeding parents and their families.


To enable the healthcare team to provide evidence-based care, education and support to breastfeeding parents and their families.

Featured National Speakers

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Catherine Watson Genna BS, IBCLC is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in private practice in New York City. Certified in 1992, Catherine is particularly interested in helping moms and babies breastfeed when they have medical challenges. She loves to teach, locally mentoring clinical interns and traveling to educate healthcare professionals around the world on assisting breastfeeding babies with anatomical, genetic or neurological problems. Her presentations and her writing are enriched by her clinical photographs and videos. Catherine collaborates with Columbia University and Tel Aviv University Departments of Biomedical Engineering on research projects investigating the biomechanics of the lactating nipple and various aspects of sucking and swallowing in breastfeeding infants. She is the author of Selecting and Using Breastfeeding Tools: Improving Care and Outcomes (Praeclarus Press 2016) and Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants (Jones and Bartlett Learning 2008, 2013, 2017, 2023) as well as professional journal articles and chapters in the Core Curriculum for Lactation Consultant Practice and Breastfeeding and Human Lactation. Catherine served as Associate Editor of the United States Lactation Consultant Association’s official journal Clinical Lactation for its first seven years. She is still a La Leche League Leader. 

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Liz Brooks, JD, IBCLC, FILCA, is a lactation consultant in private practice (since 1999) and a lawyer (since 1983). Before opening her private practice as an IBCLC lactation consultant, Liz worked as a criminal prosecutor, child advocate, Congressional lobbyist, and federal litigator. Her legal expertise is in ethics, lobbying, administrative, criminal, and lactation-related law. Today, Liz offers private practice and hospital-based IBCLC care, teaches/lectures around the world, and has been used as a lactation expert witness in court cases.  She knows the challenges faced each day by lactation consultants and healthcare providers!


She served on the Board of Directors of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA: President July 2012-14; Secretary July 2005-11), United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC)(Secretary 2014-16), and Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA)(2015-19). She remained in leadership at USBC through 2021 (CRASH Committee, working for systemic organizational inclusion and equity, and Nominations Committee). Liz earlier worked as an Adjunct Professor in Drexel University's IBLCE-Pathway-2 and LEAARC-approved Human Lactation Consultation Program, teaching "Public Policy of Breastfeeding." She remains active in her Pennsylvania-based professional association, and breastfeeding coalition. Liz was designated Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association (FILCA) in 2008, the inaugural year for the program.


Liz authored Legal and Ethical Issues for the IBCLC, published 2013 by Jones & Bartlett, and wrote or co-authored an ethics/legal chapter in each of four other lactation-related texts (Core Curriculum for Interdisciplinary Lactation Care, Breastfeeding and Human Lactation, 6th ed., Breastfeeding, Social Justice, and Equity and The Lactation Consultant in Private Practice). She has presented in local, national, and international venues to universal acclaim, and regularly contributes articles, posts, and blogs about matters within her sphere.


Day #1 - Wednesday, May 15, 2024

8:00 - 8:30 | Registration

8:30 - 10:30 | Iowa Breastfeeding Coalition Meeting

10:30 - 11:30 | When Social Media is Too "Friendly": Legal and Ethical Consequences When Offering Lactation Help (Included with IBC Meeting) - Liz Brooks, JD, IBCLC, FILCA

11:30 - 12:30 | Iowa Breastfeeding Coalition Member Lunch

11:30 - 12:30 | Registration for Afternoon Sessions

12:30 - 2:00 | Reflux, GERD, and Breastfeeding - Catherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC

2:00 - 3:00 | The Right Way to Say, "You're Wrong": Effective Ethical Scripting for Tough Talks in Lactation - Liz Brooks, JD, IBCLC, FILCA

3:00 - 3:15 | Break

3:15 - 4:45 | Infant Oral Assessment - Catherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC

4:45 - 5:00 | Evaluations/Adjourn

Day #2 - Thursday, May 16, 2024

7:00 - 8:00 | Registration

8:00 - 8:05 | Welcome & Announcements

8:05 - 9:35 | Breastfeeding Strategies for Tongue-Tied Babies - Catherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC

9:35 - 10:00 | Break/Exhibits

10:00 - 11:00 | Top Ten Ways to Keep Lactation Care Legal and Ethical - Liz Brooks, JD, IBCLC, FILCA

11:00 - 12:00 | Nuances of Latch - Catherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC

12:00 - 1:00 | Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 | Concurrent Session: Differentiating Normal Newborn Weight Loss from Breastfeeding Failure - Catherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC

1:00 - 2:00 | Concurrent Session: Human Milk Sharing, Selling and Donation: Legal and Ethical Angles - Liz Brooks, JD, IBCLC, FILCA

2:00 - 2:15 | Break/Choose Next Breakout Topic

2:15 - 3:30 | Concurrent Session: Facilitating Breastfeeding in the NICU - Catherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC

2:15 - 3:30 | Concurrent Session: DO Lactation and Booze Mix? The Ethics of Consults with Parents who Party - Liz Brooks, JD, IBCLC, FILCA

3:30 - 3:45 | Break

3:45 - 4:45 | Ethics Pulse Check! The Crossroads of the International Code, Racism-based Health Disparities, and Lactation Support - Liz Brooks, JD, IBCLC, FILCA

4:45 - 5:00 | Evaluations/Adjourn

Continuing Education TBD

*Full attendance is required to receive continuing education.

Dietary Requests

We will do our best to accommodate specific dietary requirements that are noted at registration. Please note that we are accommodating food allergies and sensitivities, not preferences. If you have a severe medical need, you are welcome to bring your own food and drink to avoid any issues that may arise.

Infants Attending Conference

Mothers may bring babies less than 6 months of age into sessions. Due to the professional nature of the conference, most mothers find it easiest to bring a support person along to provide baby care outside of the meeting room. Please respect the learning needs of other participants and care for your baby outside the meeting room if needed. A nursing room will be available on site.

Hotel Accommodations

We have reserved a block of rooms under Iowa Breastfeeding Conference at the following locations:

The Residence Inn by Marriott

1515 SW Main St.

Ankeny, IA 50023

P 515-446-7300

Book your group rate for Iowa Breastfeeding Conference

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

2502 SE Husizer Rd.

Ankeny, IA 50021

P 515-965-2400

Click here to book


*Deadline to register is Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at 9:00 a.m. CST*. Registration is online only.


Your registration gives us consent to take photos at the conference. Photos may be used on our website or at future conferences.

Please contact Talia Greve at or 515-241-3537 with any questions regarding registration or conference details.

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