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Breastfest 2022: Welcome

Breastfest 2024



March 15, and 16, 2024

Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center
100 Green Meadows Drive S., Lewis Center, Ohio 43035

*OLCA Statement Of Inclusivity


OLCA supports our ongoing commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusion in our support of individuals, families, and communities and within our organization.  We are committed to serving all families and will not tolerate discrimination based on race, ethnicity, social class, age, size, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, disability, family type, religion, national origin, military status, or culture.  We encourage all members to ask families on first consultation what language they use when referring to pregnancy, parenting and infant feeding as well as their preferred pronouns. Any use of the term 'mother/maternal' or 'breastfeeding' is not meant to exclude the transgender or non-binary gender neutral parents. For simplicity, the term breastfeeding includes the practice of chestfeeding as well.

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Updated 3/11/2024

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Jeannette Crenshaw




Friday, March 15, 2024

11:30 - 1:00 pm

Optional: Tour the OhioHealth Mothers' Milk Bank! Click HERE.


4:00 - 5:00 pm

Register & sign in for Conference.  Please visit the Exhibitors & Posters!


4:45 - 6:00

Included in registration.

President's Welcome

6:00 - 6:15

Laura Atkinson


6:15 - 6:45

Laura Atkinson

Keynote Address

6:45 - 7:15

The Breastfeeding Landscape of Ohio Today, Amy Allwood


7:15 - 7:30

Please visit the Exhibitors and Posters!

Plenary Presentation

7:30 - 9:00

Supporting the Dyad When the Inseparable Becomes Separated - A Panel Discussion, Chris Smith, Moderator, Vanessa Shanks, Janet Wasylyshen-Velasco, and Ann Witt, Panelists

Questions and Answers, Evaluations

9:00 - 9:15

Have a good night!


Saturday, March 16, 2024

Sign In

7:00 - 8:00

Continental Breakfast (included in registration).  Exhibits Open, Poster Presentations by Authors

President's Welcome

8:00 - 8:15

Laura Atkinson

Plenary Presentation

8:15 - 9:45

Breastfeeding and Bedsharing: Evidence and Recommendations,  Melissa Bartick


9:45 - 10:15

Please visit the Exhibitors and Posters!

Plenary Presentation

10:15 - 11:45

Supporting staff to accept for SCC during Cesarean births, Jeannette Crenshaw

Lunch Set-Up

11:45 - 12:00

Please visit the Exhibitors and Posters!

Buffet Lunch

12:00 - 12:45

Included with registration.

Grants and Scholarships

12:45 - 1:30

Amber Clary

Plenary Presentation

1:30 - 2:30

Physiologic Infant Care: Managing Nighttime Breastfeeding in Young Infants, Melissa Bartick


2:30 - 3:00

Please visit the Exhibitors and Posters!  LAST CHANCE!!

Plenary Presentation

3:00 - 4:30

Preparing Mothers & Families for Skin to Skin Care During Cesarean Birth Jeannette Crenshaw

President's Closing

4:30 - 4:45

Questions and Answers; Evaluations - Laura Atkinson

On-Demand Sessions

  • Implementing Skin-to-Skin Care During Cesarean Surgery: It Can Be Done!  Without Separation! - Jeannette Crenshaw

  • Breastfeeding Is Harder Than Law School:  How “Ed Is Best” Explains the Problem With Modern Attitudes Towards Breastfeeding - Sasha Blaine

  • Pediatrician-based Lactation Support and Barriers to Breastfeeding Identified by Families - Divya Denduluri

  • Navigating the Intersection of Opioid Use Disorder and Breastfeeding - Rachel Dragovich

  • Breastfeeding Twins, Triplets, and Higher Order Multiples - Carly Dulabon

  • Breastfeeding the NICU Baby  - Carly Dulabon

  • Rooming-In:  What SHOULD Happen in a Baby-Friendly Hospital - Eileen FitzPatrick

  • Engaging Fathers and Partners in Support of the Mother-Baby Dyad - Steve Killpack

  • Mind over Matter: Theories in Breastfeeding  - Suet Kam Lam

  • More Than Just Milk:  Supporting Direct Breastfeeding in the NICU - Vanessa Shanks

  • Lies, Damned Lies and Statistics: Finding and Understanding Research Related to Breastfeeding - Linda J. Smith

  • Keep Milking A Difference - Queen Smith

  • Baby-Friendly USA Competency Verification to Ensure Breastfeeding Success:  The How-to for Step 2 - Tammy Titus


OhioHealth Mothers' Milk Bank Tours

For more information, please contact the Milk Bank directly at



Nationwide Hotel and Conference Center

100 Green Meadows Drive S, Lewis Center, Ohio 43035


Make reservations by February 13, 2024, for conference room rate of $133 (plus tax). There are a limited number of rooms available at this rate.  Additional rooms may be made available at a non-conference rate.  For  online reservations: Book your group rate: 

Group Code 349214

614-880-4300 or 614-880-4195

Communicable Illness
Refund Policy

  • Refunds will not be given.  However, if you are unable to attend, audio recordings of the live sessions will be made available after the conference, OR you may transfer your registration to another person.  Please check the OLCA website for up-to-date information regarding updates to this policy and in-person attendance.

  • In the event that the in-person portion of the conference is impossible due to COVID or other extenuating circumstances, the conference will be held virtually, and all in-person registrations will be honored for the virtual conference.

  • OLCA reserves the right to substitute speakers and/or topics without prior notice.

4:45 - 6:00


Application has been made for IBLCE CERPs and Nursing  contact hours.


For CERP and CEU              information contact:

Mary Ann Blatz


Sole responsibility for the content of the speaker presentations rests with the speakers.

OLCA is not responsible for the content of speaker presentations nor for the future actions of participants of our educational events.

OLCA reserves the right to substitute speakers and/or topics without prior notice.


Child Attendance Policy: Quiet nursing babies in arms are welcome in the session rooms. As a courtesy, we request your immediate attention to any situation, including happy baby noises, which may interfere with the concentration of attendees.

There will be a lactation room available for nursing/pumping parents.


Opens January 15, 2024 with an Early Bird Special!

Member Full Conference

Member On-Demand Only

Non-Member Full Conference

Non-Member On-Demand Only

*NOTE*  When purchasing registration, please provide a PERSONAL email address.  Many hospitals and agencies will block emails sent from OLCA.  Please verify that you have received a confirmation email after making your membership purchase.

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