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Alaska Breastfeeding Coalition's

30th Annual Conference
Lactation Communication: The Little Things That Mean a Lot
May 1 - 3, 2023

The 2023 Conference will be a hybrid event: Join us either via Zoom or in person at the BP Energy Center in Anchorage.*

May 3 is an in-person only skills day.  

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Keynote Speaker: Linda J. Smith 

Linda J. Smith, MPH, FACCE, IBCLC, FILCA is a lactation consultant, childbirth educator, author, and internationally-known consultant on breastfeeding and birthing issues. Linda is ILCA’s liaison to the World Health Organization’s Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative and consultant to INFACT Canada/IBFAN North America. As a former La Leche League Leader and Lamaze-certified Childbirth Educator, she provided education and support to diverse families over 35 years in 9 cities in the USA and Canada. Linda has worked in a 3-hospital system in Texas, a public health agency in Virginia, and served as Breastfeeding coordinator for the Ohio Department of Health. Linda was a founder of IBLCE, founder and past board member of ILCA, and is a delegate to the United States Breastfeeding Committee from the American Breastfeeding Institute. Linda earned her Masters Degree in Public Health through the Boonshoft School of Medicine at Wright State University in 2011. She owns the Bright Future Lactation Resource Center, whose mission is “Supporting the People who Support Breastfeeding” with lactation education programs, consulting services, and educational resources.

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*PLEASE NOTE: Days 1 and 2 (May 1-2) of the conference are hybrid sessions held via Zoom and in-person. 
Day 3 (May 3) is an in-person-only skills day, which will not be streamed or recorded.

Days 1 & 2 will be recorded. 
Those who are unable to join the conference in real time will be
able to access the recordings for 
enduring access credit
May 15 through August 4, 2023.

ABC has applied for continuing education credits for IBCLCs, Physicians, Advanced Practice Providers, and Nurses. 
Speech Therapists, Physical Therapists, and others may also be eligible for
continuing education credits as dictated by their accrediting bodies.  

Please Note

Other speakers include:

Abra Patkotak 

Jennifer Lynn Allison, LPN, IBCLC, CCBE, CD

 Jasmine Esmay, BSN, RNC-OB, IBCLC, CLC 

Jocelyn Reilly, LCSW, PM-C 

Meghan Yarmak, LPC, PMH-C

Abigail Ash, BFPC

Terriann Shell, BS, RN, IBCLC, FILCA

Heidi Koslo, DNP, APRN, IBCLC


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