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30th Annual Breastfest Conference

Pearls of Wisdom - Learning Forward

April 8 and 9, 2022

Columbus Marriott Northwest

Dublin, Ohio

For a printable brochure, click here.



Friday, April 8, 2022


4:00 - 5:00 PM

Register and sign in for Conference.  Visit Exhibitors.


4:45 - 6:00 PM

Included in Registration

President's Welcome

6:00 - 6:15 PM

Jennifer Foster

Panel Discussion

6:15 - 7:45PM

AMEN: All Moms Empowered to Nurse - How YOU Can Empower Your Families! Julie Ware, Julietta Ladipo, Kiera Paddy, Dominique Love, Jamaica Gilliam


7:45 - 8:00 PM

Please visit the exhibitors!

Keynote Address

8:00 - 9:00 PM

Whispers From Our Hills, Hollers and Hometowns:  The Role of Generational Wisdom in Learning Forward, Joni Gray



Saturday, April 9, 2022


7:00 - 8:00 AM

Sign in, continental breakfast (included in Registration).  Please visit Exhibitors!

President's Address

8:00 - 8:15 AM

Jennifer Foster

Plenary Presentation

8:15 - 9:45 AM

What is the State of the Science on Antenatal Milk Expression? - Diane Spatz


9:45 - 10:15 AM

Please visit the Exhibitors!

Plenary Presentation

10:15 - 11:45 AM

The Impact of Multiple Freeze/Thaw Cycles on the Nutritional and Bacterial Content of Hunan Milk - Hope Lima

Lunch Set Up

11:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Please visit the Exhibitors!


12:00 - 12:45 PM

Buffet Lunch - included in registration

Awards, Grants and Scholarships

12:45 - 1:30 PM

Amber Clary

Plenary Presentation

1:30 - 3:00 PM

Changing the Current Prenatal Paradigm to Improve Lactation Outcomes - Diane Spatz


3:00 - 3:30 PM

Last chance to visit the Exhibitors!

Plenary Presentation

3:30 - 5:00 PM

Provider Perceptions of IBCLCs in Primary Care Settings - Hope Lima

President's Closing Remarks

5:00 - 5:15 PM

Questions and Answers, Evaluations


Pre-recorded/On-Demand Sessions

Available for viewing April 8, 2022 to May 31, 2022

The Role of Donor Milk in the Provision of Parent's Own Milk

Diane Spatz

Helping Families to Create Breastfeeding Support Teams

Diane Spatz

Breastfeeding and the Prevention of Chronic Disease: A Review of the Current Evidence

Hope Lima

Elimination Diets:  What They Are and When Should a Nursing Mother Try One

Hope Lima

The Nutritional, Immunological, and Bacteriological Differences Between Pasteurized Human Milk Products

Hope Lima

Supporting Exclusively Pumping Families as a Lactation Professional

Erica Campbell

Back to Sleep and Prone to Play to Improve Breastfeeding Outcomes

Colleen Jesberger and Ilana Chertok

Breastfeeding Support in the Community - How YOU Can Do It! The AMEN Story - All Moms Empowered to Nurse

Julie Ware and Dominique Love

Before the Letdown: Dysphoric Milk Ejection Reflex

Alia Macrina-Heise

Creating an Antenatal Colostrum Collection Program*

Annabelle McKenzie

Breastfeeding Beyond Six Months:  Lessons Learned from a Thriving Support Group

Holly Meyer

Changes in the WHO-UNICEF Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiatives and the Competency Verification Toolkit

Linda Smith

The Impact of Birthing Practices on Breastfeeding

Linda Smith

Lactation in the Workplace:  Legal Rights & Obligations, Inclusion and Best Practices

Latha Srinvasan

Breastfeeding in the Pandemic:  Mothers' Experiences and Emerging Research

Sarah Turner

Breastfeeding and Post-Perinatal Deaths in the US

Julie Ware

Medications and Mothers' Minds

Marie Zahorick

*  This session does not qualify for Lactation CERPs, only Nursing CEUs.



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Diane Spatz


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Hotel Information

Columbus Marriott Northwest, 5605 Blazer Parkway, Dublin, Ohio 43017

Make reservations by March 18, 2022, for conference room rate of $117 (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:  Ohio Lactation Consultants


COVID 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 COVID updates 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.



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


For CERP and CEU              information contact:

Mary Ann Blatz


At this time, OLCA is planning for an IN-PERSON conference, with limited seating, with the ability to switch to a live-streamed conference should COVID conditions require.  A decision will be made no later than ___________, and will be posted on our website and social media, and an email will be sent to all registrants.


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.


Member Registration*

Full Conference - $275

On-Demand Only - $175

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Non-Member Registration

Full Conference - $350

On-Demand Only - $250

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*Member Registration:

Does not include Membership Dues.  Please purchase your membership by clicking the button below before registering for Breastfest 2022!