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Plenary Speakers Named for 26th Annual Conference

By September 17, 2019 No Comments

HCP’s 26th annual International Breastfeeding Conference January 14-17, 2020, will ensure new, creative discussions about management and strategy options for people who take care of breastfeeding mothers and babies with plenary sessions led by global experts in the field, including:


  • Abla Al Alfy, MD: Abla Al Alfy is creating a cadre of skilled child nutrition professionals to support mothers during the ­ rst two years of their child’s life, a critical age for cognitive and physical development. These Child Nutritional Counselors provide valuable information and skills to mothers through nutrition centers in hospitals and homes across Egypt.


  • Anna Blair, PhD, IBCLC, CLC: Anna Blair is the Director of Academic Programs at Healthy Children Project’s Center for Breastfeeding, where she is also on the faculty and a researcher. Dr. Blair spent nearly two decades in academia in addition to her work in clinical practice. As a lactation care provider, Dr. Blair works in a community-based lactation center answering a breastfeeding warmline for three counties and o ering face-to-face visits. Her research on sore nipples and positioning/latch solidi­ ed the premise that the two are intricately related. She is the author of many research articles and publications, including Maternal Infant Assessment for Breastfeeding and Human Lactation and 100 Questions & Answers about Breastfeeding.


  • Karin Cadwell, PhD, FAAN, RN, ANLC, IBCLC: Karin Cadwell is an internationally recognized leader in the ­ eld of breastfeeding and human lactation. She is a delegate to the US Breastfeeding Committee and convener of the US UNICEF/WHO implementation of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, Baby Friendly USA. She is the lead faculty at Healthy Children Project, Inc., a lactation consultant at the Center for Breastfeeding and the author of numerous books and articles.


  • Stephanie Carroll, MBA, IBCLC, CLS, CLC: Stephanie Carroll lives in Ohio where she enjoys being a single mom to her girls. In May 2016, Stephanie and her coworkers thought up the idea of Appalachian Breastfeeding Network. In just one year, the network grew to 11 states and 250 members. Stephanie received an award in March 2017 at Ohio Lactation Consultant Association’s Annual “Breastfest” Conference as an “Outstanding Innovation as a Cultural Change Agent.”


  • Felisha Floyd, BS, CLC, IBCLC: Felisha Floyd is an author, speaker, trainer, and consultant and an award-winning hospital-based IBCLC celebrated for her work in the health/racial equity and food justice ­ elds. She is the owner of Beyond Breastfeeding and the founder of Our Brown Baby. She serves as the President of the National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color (NAPPLSC) and is an active member of the CSI/Race Forward First Food Racial Equity Cohort. Her career as a peer counselor and breastfeeding coordinator for WIC led to her work as a consultant with Boston Medical College’s notable program, Communities and Hospitals Advancing Maternity Practices program (CHAMPS). She is well known as the social media guru who founded Blactavist, an online breastfeeding cultural support group with a continually growing audience of more than 40,000.


  • Nikki Lee, RN, BSN, MS, IBCLC, CCE, CIMI, ANLC, CKC: Nikki Lee has been a nurse since 1971 and is a childbirth educator, a holistic lactation consultant, a craniosacral therapy practitioner, a baby body worker (teaching Infant Massage and TummyTime), an author, a teacher, a public speaker and a registered yoga instructor. Her publications include Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Breastfeeding ‑ erapy, the monographs “Bene­ ts of Breastfeeding and ‑ eir Economic Impact” and “Sexuality and Breastfeeding” and the educational pamphlet “How to help yourself through labor.”


  • Ragnhild Maastrup, RN, PhD, IBCLC: Ragnhild Maastrup is a clinical nurse researcher in the NICU and leader of Knowledge Centre for Breastfeeding Infants with special needs at Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen. ‑ e doctoral thesis from 2014 was entitled “Breastfeeding of preterm infants – Associated factors in infants, mothers and clinical practice.”


To learn more about the program and additional speakers, download our flyer. To register, click here. For a discounted hotel rate OF $239/night, call the Embassy Suites by Hilton Deerfield Beach Resort & Spa directly and mention that you’re part of the Healthy Children Conference.