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AWHONN SmartBrief Special Report on Breast-feeding

Lots of wonderful brief articles in the AWHONN newsletter

Neuroscience Shows Breastfeeding Is Not Just Milk

Early life experiences set the stage for physical health in later life. Reducing early toxic stress is key to preventing disease in adults (Shonkoff, 2016).

Breastfeeding is one important way to decrease early toxic stress. Recent studies have shown that breastfeeding increases babies’ physical and mental well-being, and these effects go well beyond the composition of the milk. Maternal responsiveness is key to understanding these long-term effects. When mothers consistently respond to their babies’ cues, they set the stage for lifelong resiliency in their offspring. And responsiveness is built into the breastfeeding relationship. We see this reflected in children’s mental health.

Read rest of article- Women’s Health Today

Exhibiting at the Triangle Breastfeeding Alliance conference on April 20th, 2017

Please consider staffing a NC Breastfeeding Coalition-related exhibit or an exhibit of any other programs which would be of interest to the lactation community at the Triangle Breastfeeding Alliance conference on April 20th, 2017, at the WakeMed Andrews Center on New Bern Avenue. We are excited about our upcoming conference – this is our 15th year! Here are the topics that will be presented:

  • Increasing Milk Supply
  • Collaboration Works
  • Understand Breastfeeding Support Provided by the WIC Program
  • Milk Banking and Milk Sharing
  • Tongue and Lip Ties: Assessment, Intervention and Collaboration

We do not have any for-profit exhibitors at our conferences; but instead allow time for our approximately 150 participants to network and interact with breastfeeding resource presenters. We are inviting people to display information about breastfeeding resources and/or research projects. You may come with a board to use on a table top or a poster on a tripod. Our call for exhibit abstracts is attached. As you can see, each presenter gets one free conference registration. However, you do need to complete the application to exhibit, please. Please submit an exhibit abstract no later than midnight on Monday, February 13th, 2017 tomary_overfield@yahoo.com

 In addition, we want to acquaint those new to the lactation community with all breastfeeding resources. If you do not wish to staff an exhibit, there will be an area where participants can pick up brochures or other handouts you might want to provide; so – if you can attend – please register online at www.wakeahec.org and bring them when you come. If you want to supply brochures but are not able to attend – please bring them to one of our TBA meetings before the conference.  As you know, we meet the first Tuesday of each month from 1 – 3 in the conference room at the WakeMed Andrews Conference Center. Alternatively, you could send them to me at my address below.

 We look forward to seeing you at the conference,


Mary L. Overfield, MN, RN, IBCLC – Chair

Triangle Breastfeeding Alliance

11608 Rutledge Bay

Raleigh, NC 27614

919 847-4903




2017 NCLCA Breastfeeding Summit – Practice Pearls of Wisdom

2017 NCLCA Breastfeeding Summit – Practice Pearls of Wisdom
Event # 51411   Sunday, May 21, 2017 – Monday, May 22, 2017

What Can I Expect?

The mission of this summit is to support, connect and grow the community of lactation professionals in NC. Each year the NCLCA Summit brings together lactation consultants from across the state as speakers and participants. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for NC lactation consultants to collaborate, share ideas, mentor each other, and become a cohesive community of health care providers and breastfeeding advocates.

This year, we will focus on creating conversations that further our skills, ethics and regional identity.

Sunday, May 21, 2017 – North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition Meeting | 1:30-4:30 PM
Sunday, May 21, 2017 – Dessert Reception 6:30-7:00 PM | & the Pre-Summit Event “Food Sensitivities in the Breastfed Baby: Optimizing Infant Outcome through Maternal Diet” |7:00-9:00 PM
Monday, May 22, 2017 – NCLCA Practice Pearls of Wisdom Summit | 8:45 AM – 4:30 PM

See the full agenda by clicking on the Event Brochure URL below.

The summit is being hosted at the Coastline Convention Center located in historic downtown Wilmington on the banks of the Cape Fear River at 501 Nutt St., Wilmington NC 28401.

 Event Brochure | Registration Form

Event Objectives:
– Describe breastfeeding advocacy efforts in the State
– Define available resources for breastfeeding mothers in individual perinatal regions
– Discuss hot topics in clinical lactation practice
– Define the ethics of lactation support specifically as they apply to providing support online

Event Fees:

NCLCA Member Conference Fee (Register By May 1): $100.00  (Expires on 5/2/2017)
Non-NCLCA Member Conference Fee (Register by May 1): $120.00  (Expires on 5/2/2017)
Science Fair Participant Fee: $60.00  (Expires on 4/14/2017)

Session Date Check-In Start Time End Time Room Location
Pre-Summit Event and Practice Pearls of Wisdom Summit (May 21 & 22) 5/21/2017 6:30 PM 7:00 PM 4:30 PM  
NCLCA Breastfeeding Summit – Practice Pearls of Wisdom (May 22 ONLY) 5/22/2017 8:00 AM 8:45 AM 4:30 PM  
Science Fair Participant (May 21 & 22) 5/21/2017 7:00 PM 7:00 PM 4:30 PM  
Science Fair Participant (May 22 ONLY) 5/21/2017 8:00 AM 8:30 AM 4:30 PM  

For Additional Event Information, Please Contact Paula Bracey At 910-667-9335

Call for Exhibit Abstracts


Call for Exhibit Abstracts

Fifteenth Annual Triangle Breastfeeding Alliance Conference

WakeMed Andrews Conference Center

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

When The Going Gets Tough …

The Tough Collaborate!

The planning committee for the 2017 Triangle Breastfeeding Alliance Conference invites abstracts of possible educational exhibits. Interest to the lactation community, originality, or outcomes are important criteria for abstract selection. Exhibits must be in compliance with the World Health Organization International Code of Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes.

Target audience includes lactation consultants, physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, certified nurse midwives, nutritionists, public health staff, childbirth educators, doulas, peer counselors,

Community based breastfeeding support group volunteers and others providing care for mothers, infants and their families.

Exhibit abstracts will be considered in two areas:

Programs/Projects/Clinical Applications:

Descriptions of innovative programs to promote or support breastfeeding or other projects related to breastfeeding 



Descriptions of original investigative research studies related to breastfeeding

Exhibit abstracts are limited to 250 words to describe the breastfeeding resource, research or educational information and must be submitted in English. Please be sure to include the following information (not counted in the 250 word limit):

            Title of the exhibit:



            Email address(es):

            Phone number(s):

Method of display:

Materials may be affixed to a rigid board for display on a tripod or on a display board designed to stand on a table

Please submit an exhibit abstract no later than midnight on Monday, February 13th, 2017 to mary_overfield@yahoo.com

You will be notified regarding acceptance by the TBA Conference Planning Committee by Wednesday, March 8th, 2017.

Presentations will be displayed on Thursday, April 20th. The venue will be open for set-up at 7:30 AM. The conference begins at 8:00 AM with registration and a continental breakfast held from 8:00 – 8:25 AM. The first speaker will begin at 8:25 AM. There will be two morning breaks from 9:45 -10:00 AM and from 11:00 – 11:10. Lunch will be from 12:10 – 1:15 PM to allow ample time for attendees to visit the presentations and ask questions. There will also be an afternoon break from 2:15 – 2:30 PM.

Therefore, presentations will need to be displayed and staffed during:

  • registration 8:00 – 8:25 AM
  • morning breaks 9:45 -10:00 AM and 11:00 – 11:10 AM
  • lunch 12:10 -1:15 PM
  • afternoon break   2:15 – 2:30 P

There is no fee for exhibiting.  As a thank you for presenting, each entry will be awarded breakfast, lunch, and breaks for one presenter. If not requesting credit, presenters may simply attend the educational sessions.

If a presenter wants to receive credit and access to the online handouts, the fee will be $30.00 per presenter. Please note: 100% attendance is required to receive credit.

Details of the conference presentations and the agenda will be available as soon as they are confirmed at www.wakeahec.org  

If you have questions about this Call for Abstracts, do not hesitate to contact Mary Overfield by phone at 919 847-4903 or by email at mary_overfield@yahoo.com


Additional Evidence of the Importance of Vitamin D Levels in Our Babies

Study links neonatal vitamin D deficiency to high MS risk in adulthood

Danish researchers found that newborns whose serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D blood levels were in the highest quintile were least likely to develop multiple sclerosis in adulthood, while those whose 25(OH)D blood levels were in the lowest quintile had the highest odds of developing MS. The findings in Neurology were based on Danish Newborn Screening Biobank data involving 1,493 patients with and without MS.

NeurologyAdvisor.com (12/9) 

Mini-grant announcement

Dear Friend of Breastfeeding,

 The North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition is offering mini-grants to organizations trying to protect, promote and support breastfeeding among underserved populations in our state. We will select up to twograntees, and divide $500 total among them. The smallest mini-grant will be $250.

  Please review the 2017 NCBC Mini-Grant Application and the guidelines to learn more. Your applicationmust be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from someone not affiliated with your group. Grant requests must be postmarked or emailed no later than January 15, 2017. Incomplete applications, or applications that do not address the guidelines, will not be considered. If you have questions, please contact April Fogleman at 919.208.5700.



April Fogleman, NCBC past-chair

April Danielle Fogleman, PhD, IBCLC, RD

Assistant Professor of Nutrition
North Carolina State University

Job Opportunity – Cary, NC

Hello Everyone,
Our local milk bank is currently seeking a supplemental employee to help with pasteurization. I believe it has the ability to transition to full time. Here is a link to the listing:



Hope K Lima, M.S.

Doctoral Student, NCSU Department of Food, Bioprocessing and Nutrition
Volunteer Coordinator, North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition

15th Annual Triangle Breastfeeding Alliance Conference

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USLCA Conference

USLCA Conference
May 4-6, 2017

Show off your business in 2017!

Early bird special available through November 15!

Registration is now open to exhibit at USLCA’s 2017 conference. From now until November 15th, those who register to exhibit will receive their second booth representative completely FREE!!!!

Want to learn more about exhibiting in the Texas Hill Country? Check out theexhibitor prospectus or visit our conference website.

Not a business owner, but have ideas of who you would like to see exhibit at the conference? We invite you to share the conference information with your colleagues or email our conference committee your ideas.

Conference Homepage


Join the United States Lactation Consultant Association, USLCA to Refresh, Renew, and Revitalize your clinical practice.

This national conference will take place in the Texas Hill Country in San Antonio, Texas. Plans are underway to bring you the highest quality, affordable, and not-to-be-missed conference. USLCA presents our second and long-awaited national conference May 4-6, 2017.

We are so excited to present a high-quality lactation conference in a beautiful, family-friendly resort. While you listen, learn, and network with your lactation colleagues, your partner, children, or other traveling companions will be able to choose from many activities on the property including golf, swimming, a waverider, health spa, fitness center, children’s activities, S’mores around a campfire in the evening, live entertainment, and so much more! The Hyatt Regency Hill Country is accessible to the San Antonio, TX area, where there are many additional landmarks and destinations. Visit the hotel’s website for a sneak-peek of the property.


Early bird special available until October 31!


Explore advertising opportunities!


Help make this event possible and be recognized!


Submit your abstract for a talk or poster!


Get involved in the pre-planning


Watch for registration to open.  Members will receive registration discounts.