The Alaska Liquid Gold Rush:
The 27th Annual Alaska Breastfeeding Coalition Conference

This nursing CE activity is being jointly provided by the Alaska Nurses Association and the Alaska Breastfeeding Coalition.

April 25 – 26, 2019
7:30 AM to 5:30 PM
The Lakefront Anchorage

Join us for an educational, inspiring 2 days that will not only give you continuing education credits, but is sure to be a great time! It is a great way to get continuing education credit and is sure to be exciting and fun! Opportunities abound for caregivers and researchers to interact with one another making it a rich, lively forum for learning and sharing ideas. A true meeting of the minds that will convey new knowledge and crucial skills.
The Alaska Breastfeeding Coalition is proud to integrate Guidebook with our 27th Annual Conference. Information on how to use Guidebook will be provided in your confirmation letter that will be sent closer to the start of the conference.
La Leche League leaders and BreastfeedingUSA leaders, and WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselors who are accredited and active in Alaska should contact the Membership Chair at for cost information & registration.

The Alaska Breastfeeding Coalition is partnering with the Alaska Nurses Association to offer continuing nursing education. The Alaska Nurses Association (AaNA) is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation. Contact hours will be awarded for participation in this activity.


Thursday, April 25 – Day 1

7:30 - 8:00Registration Opens
8:00 - 8:10Opening and Announcements
8:10 - 8:30Honor Our Native LandAaqarlria Jackie Alstrom
8:30 - 10:15Pumps: Tips for Use & Evaluating Effectiveness Dee Kassing
10:15 – 10:30BREAK
10:30 – 11:45Meet Me In The Nipple AisleAmy Peterson
11:45 – 1:00LUNCH
1:00 – 2:15Bottle, Pacifiers And The Breastfed Baby
Amy Peterson
2:15 - 2:30BREAK
2:30 – 3:15Fitting Mothers For Pump FlangesDee Kassing
3:15 – 3:30Break
3:30 - 4:45Working With Mothers Who Exclusively PumpDee Kassing
4:45 - 5:30Answers To Mother's Questions About Bottle UseAmy Peterson
5:30 - 5:45Evaluations

Friday, April 26 – Day 2

8:15 - 8:30Opening Announcements
8:30 - 10:00Looking Beyond Latch & PositioningAmy Peterson
10:00 - 10:15BREAK
10:15 - 11:30Alternate Feeding Devices And Nipple ShieldsDee Kassing
11:30 - 12:00Alaska Breastfeeding Coalition Annual Meeting
12:00 - 1:00LUNCH
1:00 - 2:30Increasing Milk ProductionDee Kassing
2:30 - 2:45BREAK
2:45 - 3:45In Short SupplyAmy Peterson
3:45 - 4:30Can You Hear Me NowAmy Peterson
4:30 - 5:30What The Heck Are You Feeding Your Baby!? - Nutritional Implications Of The Dark Underworld Of "Alternative" FormulasJeffery Perry
5:30 - 5:45Evaluations


Amy Peterson, BS, IBCLC

Amy Peterson is a co-author of the book “Balancing Breast and Bottle: Reaching Your Breastfeeding Goals.” and with 3 tear-off sheets for professionals to share with clients. She educates professionals throughout North America about infant feeding. While working together with Mindy Harmer, she honed skills in the areas of: comprehensive infant and mother assessment, bottles as tools, successful communication with health care providers, and mothers’ learning styles. 

She has a passion for sharing her expertise and strives to give practical information for immediate application. She resides in Idaho and enjoys potato humor.


Dee Kassing, BS, MLS, IBCLC, RLC

Dee Kassing is the owner and founder of Breastfeeding Support Services, Inc., a private practice lactation consulting practice she opened in 1995.  Dee began helping mothers breastfeed more than 30 years ago.  She became a La Leche League Leader in 1986, and is currently serving as Assistant Area Professional Liaison for Illinois La Leche League and as Metro East (Illinois) La Leche League’s representative on the Edwardsville (IL) Region Breastfeeding Task Force.  She is also the secretary for her local chapter of the United States Lactation Consultants Association (USLCA).

Dee has worked as an IBCLC on the postpartum floor of a local hospital and in a Level III NICU.


Jeffery Perry, MS, RD, CNSC

Jeffery Perry, MS, RD, CNSC, is with the Biomedical Science Corps, United States Air Force. He holds a Master of Science, Nutrition from Baylor University and a Bachelor of Science, Dietetics from Brigham Young University. He holds certifications as a Registered Dietitian, Commission on Dietetic Registration; Nutrition Support Clinician; and, National Board of Nutrition Support. Captain Perry is currently the Nutritional Medicine Flight Commander at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. 

Jeffery Perry is not presenting at this conference as a military representative. 


The Lakefront Anchorage (formerly the Millennium Hotel) 4800 Spenard Road, Anchorage, AK. For more information visit their website or call (907) 243-2300 There is plenty of free parking available for conference guests in the parking lot of the The Lake­front Anchorage.

Lactation Room A lactation room will be provided near the conference meeting space for pumping and breastfeeding mothers. Refrigeration will be available for pumped milk. 


2-Day Registration $425

1-Day Registration $250

Alaska Breastfeeding Coalition Membership is included in your registration fee. Sign up for membership only if you are not planning to attend the conference.

If you are active and accredited in any of the following organizations in Alaska, please email :

  • Women, Infant, and Children (WIC) Breastfeeding Peer Counselors
  • Le Leche League Leaders
  • Breastfeeding USA Leaders

Have any questions? Feel free to contact our conference coordinator, Bridget, at



IBCLE has approved 12 L-CERPs, 1.25 E-CERPs, and 1 R-CERPs for the complete duration of this conference. 

Criteria for successful completion: Participants must be present for each session they claim credit for and must complete evaluation at the end of each day to receive credit.

The presence of any organization, product, or service in the conference gathering area does not imply endorsement by the Alaska Breastfeeding Coalition.


Nursing Contact Hours:

More information on Nursing Contact Hours will be given at a later date. Thank you for your patience.


Registered Dietitian Continuing Education Credits:

More information on Registered Dietitian Continuing Education Credits will be given at a later date. Thank you for your patience.