Science, Communication and Managing Breastfeeding Challenges in the Last Frontier:
The 26th Annual Alaska Breastfeeding Coalition Conference

Thursday, April 26 – 27, 2018
8:00 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! This nursing CE activity is being jointly provided by the Alaska Nurses Association (AaNA) and the Alaska Breastfeeding Coalition. 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 26th Annual Conference. Please visit or download the “Guidebook” application on your devices to get up-to-date information on our conference, speakers, and network with other attendees!
La Leche League leaders who are accredited and active in Alaska should contact the conference coordinator at for cost information & registration.

The Alaska Breastfeeding Coalition would like to extend thanks to the following local businesses for their donations to the 2018 ABC Conference:

Anchorage Pediatric Group
Bear’s Tooth/Broken Tooth/Moose’s Tooth
Dr. Mary Ann Jacob
Erin Diane Garnache, Arbonne Independent Consultant
Kaladi Bros. Coffee
LaTouche Pediatrics
Louis Greene, PT
Modern Dwellers Chocolate Lounge
Natural Health Center
Natural Pantry
Providence Lactation Clinic & Women’s Boutique
Summit Spice & Tea

Any additional donations were given anonymously and were greatly appreciated.


Thursday, April 26 – Day 1

8:00 – 8:15Welcome & Announcements
8:15 – 10:15Motivational Interviewing for Health Care Professionals
Barbara Robertson, MA, IBCLC, RLC
2.0 Credit Hours
10:15 – 10:30BREAK
10:30 – 12:00The Art of Breast Massage in Supporting Breastfeeding
Maya Bolman, RN, BA, BSN, IBCLC
1.5 Credit Hours
12:00 – 1:00LUNCH
1:00 – 3:30Supplementation: Should We or Shouldn't We? And if so, How Much?
Barbara Robertson, MA, IBCLC, RLC
2.5 Credit Hours
3:30 – 3:45BREAK
3:45 – 5:15HAND-ling the Pain: Therapeutic Breast Massage in Lactation: Research and Case Reviews
Maya Bolman, RN, BA, BSN, IBCLC
1.5 Credit Hours
5:15 – 5:30Course Evaluation0.25 Credit Hours
Total Credit Hours for Day 17.75 Credit Hours

Friday, April 27 – Day 2

8:00-8:15Welcome & Announcements 
8:15-9:45Introduction to Epigenetics, Microbiome and breastfeeding: How do they relate?
Barbara Robertson, MA, IBCLC, RLC
1.5 Credit Hours
10:00-11:00Therapeutic Breast Massage: Teaching, Demonstration and Empowerment
Maya Bolman, RN, BA, BSN, IBCLC
1 Credit Hour
11:00-12:30LUNCH-ABC Board Meeting
12:30-2:00Deconstructing online messaging: Ethical Considerations
Barbara Robertson, MA, IBCLC, RLC
1.5 Credit Hours
2:00-3:00All about that...BLEB
Maya Bolman, RN, BA, BSN, IBCLC
1 Credit Hour
3:00-3:30BREAK-IBCLC Pathway Discussions
ABC Board Representative
3:30-4:30HANDY Tools in Your Professional Toolbox: Breast Massage, Hand Expression and RPS Clinical skills session
Maya Bolman, RN, BA, BSN, IBCLC
1 Credit Hour
4:30-4:45Course Evaluation0.25 Credit Hour
Total Credit Hours14 Credit Hours

Maya Bolman, RN, BA, BSN, IBCLC

Maya Bolman was certified as IBCLC in 2001. She currently works as lactation consultant at Cleveland Clinic Hillcrest Hospital and Breastfeeding Medicine of Northeast Ohio.

Maya is well known internationally for her work promoting hand expression and breast massage to breastfeeding mothers. She recognizes that teaching mothers these basic tools helps empower them to work through breastfeeding challenges including engorgement, plugged ducts, separation from the infant, and milk supply concerns. She has worked with Dr. Ann Witt to create an instructional video “The Basics of Breast Massage and Hand Expression” and conducts research on the effectiveness of Therapeutic Breast Massage in Lactation (TBML) both in the office and as a treatment at home for mothers.

Barbara Robertson, MA, IBCLC, RLC

Barbara D. Robertson, IBCLC, has been involved in education for over 29 years. She received a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education in 1988 and her Master’s in Education in 1995. Barbara left teaching elementary students in 1995 to raise her two children. Barbara is now the Director of The Breastfeeding Center of Ann Arbor. Barbara has developed a 90 hour professional lactation training, a 20 hour course which fulfills the “Baby Friendly” education requirements, and is a speaker for hire on a wide variety of topics including Motivational Interviewing.  Barbara volunteered for the United States Lactation Consultation Association as the Director of Professional Development for 4.5 years.  She just retired as Associate Editor for Clinical Lactation, a journal she helped create for USLCA. Barbara has free podcasts, a blog, and Youtube videos which can all be found on her website She has written many articles and created a phone app for working and breastfeeding mothers. She loves working with mothers and babies, helping them with breastfeeding problems in whatever way she can.



The Lakefront Anchorage (formerly the Millennium Hotel)
4800 Spenard Road, Anchorage, AK.
For more information visit their website or call (907) 243-2300

A confirmed block of rooms have been reserved with the special conference rate of $99 p/night plus tax. When booking your room, refer to the group name Alaska Breastfeeding Coalition to get this special rate. Reservations must be made no later than April 6, 2018. After this date, all un-sold rooms will be released from the block.

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 $275

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

There is no conflict of interest for any planner or presenter of this activity.

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

Nursing CEs:

Up to 14.0 nursing contact hours by the Alaska Nurses Association (AaNA), an approved provider of continuing nursing education by Montana Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Commission on Dietetic Registration:

Up to 13.5 CPEUs CDE level 1,2 &3.

IBLCE CERPs (Verification Number C1881029):

10 L (Contact) CERPs
1.5 E (Contact) CERPs
2 R (Contact) CERPs