In-Person Event

34th Annual Iowa Breastfeeding Conference-EXHIBITORS ONLY

34th Annual Iowa Breastfeeding Conference ExhibitorsThursday, May 16 | Doors open at 7:00 a.m. Conference sessions run 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.The Iowa

34th Annual Iowa Breastfeeding Conference Exhibitors

Thursday, May 16 | Doors open at 7:00 a.m.

Conference sessions run 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Iowa Breastfeeding Conference will follow the World Health Organization's International Code of Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes.   No funds will be sought or accepted from any manufacturers of artificial baby milk. All marketing and products displayed must be WHO Code compliant. The Iowa Breastfeeding Conference will retain final approval of all vendors. Click here to view code.


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.

Door Prizes

Exhibitors are welcome to bring items to be used as door prizes during the conference. If you are unable to be an exhibitor for the conference but would like to donate a door prize with company recognition, please email Talia at

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.


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/Choose Breakout Topic

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

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:

Residence Inn by Marriott

1515 SW Main St

Ankeny, IA 50023


Holiday Inn Express & Suites

2502 SE Husizer Rd.

Ankeny, IA 50021

P 515-965-2400


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

*No refunds will be given. Please contact Talia Greve at or 515-241-3537 with any questions regarding registration or conference details.

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