Past Annual Meetings/Workshops


12th Annual Statewide Workshop and Conference
October 24 & 25, 2019
Rochester, Minnesota

The Annual Statewide Workshop and Conference took place over two days – October 24 and 25 – in Rochester.

Sponsors and supporters included: Minnesota Department of Health WIC and Office of Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives (OSHII)

Interested in sponsoring or exhibiting at the 7th Perinatal Hospital Leadership Summit, Thursday, May 14, 2020? Please contact us at for inquiries and questions about the event.

2019 Annual Workshop Agenda | October 24 | 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Counseling & Breastfeeding Skills To Support Mothers & Families 

Topics include:

Annual Workshop Final Agenda

Evening Reception, hosted by the Equity & Access Subcommittee, 5:15 p.m. 

Light hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic refreshments will be served.

2019 Annual Conference Agenda | October 25 | 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. 

Breaking New Ground: Building Stronger Public Will to Advance Breastfeeding 

Keynote:  Dr. Tiffany Manuel, President & CEO TheCaseMade

Topics include:

  • USBC Update, MBC Meeting Update & Hospital Survey Results -Des Ahrens, MA, IBCLC, NBC-HWC, Chair, Board of Directors, Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition, Katie Galloway, MBA, RD, LD, IBCLC, Dakota County Public Health, & Ziqing Xie, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities Student
  • Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition Meeting: Updates and Awards
  • Racial Inequity and Breastfeeding – Helen Jackson Lockett-El, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Got Chocolate Milk? – Dr. LaVonne Moore, DNP, RN, CNM, IBCLC, ICEA, Chosen Vessels Midwifery
  • Engaging Fathers in the Prenatal and Postpartum Process – William R. Moore, Certified Perinatal Educator, St. Paul Ramsey County Public Health

Annual Conference Final Agenda



Workshop:  Thursday, November 8, 2018

Annual Meeting:  Friday, November 9, 2018

See below for daily agendas and available handouts.

The MBC 11th Annual Workshop Agenda  

The following workshop presentation handouts are available to download. 

Impact of Prenatal Colostrum Expression on Breastfeeding Self-Efficacy and Exclusivity Rates  – Anne Beckman, RN, BS, IBCLC, Mayo Clinic Health System Red Wing

Identifying Breastfeeding Friendly Workplaces Using Appreciative Inquiry – Linda Kopecky, MPH, Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition & Pa Shasky, St. Paul – Ramsey County Public Health

  • Video: A Learning Clip: Appreciative Inquiry
  • Handout: Using an Equity Mirror and Appreciative Inquiry to Build Your Coalition

The Role of Speech and Occupational Therapy in Breastfeeding Issues – Jessica Grittner, MS, CCC-SLP  & Holly Schifsky, OTR/L, CBIS, NTMTC, CNT, University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital

Increasing Equity and Access for Lactation Care through Reimbursement and Licensure – Stephanie A. Rodriquez-Moser, MPH, IBCLC, RLC, CPST-I, Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition (MBC) & Joanne Wesley, BA, IBCLC, RLC, Meeker Memorial Hospital & MBC

Inclusion and Support for LGBTQIA+ Families – Jenn Bourgoine, RN, Clinic Nursing/Operations Supervisor & Morgan Rock, RN – Gender Services Dept., Park Nicollet Clinics

Supporting Breastfeeding and Breastmilk Use in Licensed Childcare Settings – Peggy Cunningham, Minnesota Department of Human Services; Natasha Frost, JD, Senior Staff Attorney, William Mitchell Public Health Law Center; Amy Michael, Early Childhood Specialist, Minnesota Department of Health (MDH); & Gloria Vellinga, BS, RD, MDH

Clinical Lactation Support for Transgender Patients – Jenn Bourgoine, RN, Clinic Nursing/Operations Supervisor, Park Nicollet & Anna Brauch, BA, CBS, LLLL, La Leche League

The MBC 11th Annual Meeting Agenda

Keynote Address

Place Matters: Unleashing the Power of Community to Shift Cultural Norms in Breastfeeding – Kimberly Seals Allers, BA, MS, Director, Maternal & Child Health Communication Collective and author of The Big Letdown – How Medicine, Big Business & Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding (2017)

  • For more information about Kimberly Seals Allers visit her website.

The following Annual Meeting presentation handouts are available. 

Opportunities & Challenges in Rural Maternal Health – Kristin DeArruda Warton, RN, BA, PHN, IBCLC, Northland Breastfeeding Coalition

Understanding Breastfeeding in Hmong and Native American Communities in Minnesota – Tiffany Yang, Graduate Student in Public Health, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities & Takayla Lightfield, Indigenous Breastfeeding Counselor, Health Educator, and Doula, Division of Indian Work, Indigenous Breastfeeding Coalition of Minnesota

Worksite Human Milk Support and Culture  Change – from Policy to Implementation – Thia Bryan, MA, IBCLC, Health Partners & Lucie Cregeur, BA, MBA, Best Buy

Breastfeeding Advocacy in Action: Leveraging Resources to Formulate Change – Des Ahrens, MA, IBCLE, NBE-HWC, Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition

Using an Equity Mirror and Appreciative Inquiry to Build Your Coalition – Pa Shasky, St. Paul – Ramsey County Public Health & Linda Kopecky, MPH, Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition


10th Annual Statewide Workshop & Meeting


The Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition 10th Annual Statewide Meeting and Workshop was held at Madden’s Resort on Gull Lake near Brainerd, Minnesota on Thursday, November 2 and Friday, November 3, 2017 .  Access a map of the meeting places at the resort here.

Workshop—Integrating Community Health and Primary Care to Promote and Support Breastfeeding: Connect, build partnerships, and create common goals in your region
Thursday, November 2, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Download the agenda.

10th Annual Statewide Meeting—Enhancing Health Equity and Access to Breastfeeding: Clinical strategies and resources to support Minnesota families
Friday, November 3, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.


Physician Breakfast and Breastfeeding Workshop—May 25, 2017

Download the agenda.


2016 Annual Meeting | Workshop

Updated agendas for the Workshop and Annual Meeting are now available. Additional Annual Meeting details regarding speakers and objectives coming soon! Registration fees include lunch and continuing education credits. Credits for dietitians and lactation consultants have been submitted. Contact hours for nurses available.  Click here to register.

Download the agendahandouts, or full presentations.
Download the agendahandouts, or full presentations.


8th Annual Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition Statewide Meeting and Pre-Meeting Workshop | October 22 & 23, 2015 | Duluth, Minnesota

October 22, 2015  |  Pre-Meeting Workshop


Postpartum Breastfeeding Challenges

October 23, 2015  |  Annual Statewide Meeting


Working Collaboratively: Minnesota Local Breastfeeding Coalitions


7th Annual Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition Statewide Meeting and Pre-Meeting Workshop

Agendas and registration now available for the 7th Annual Meeting and Pre-Conference Workshop!

The Annual Meeting will be held at Keller Golf Course, Maplewood, MN on Tuesday, September 30, 2014, with a pre-meeting workshop “MotherBaby 10: Implementing the 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding” on Monday, September 29, 2014.

Annual Meeting and Pre-Meeting Workshop Registration
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Annual Meeting Speaker Resources

Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition Update:
MBC Update (pdf)

Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative:
Minnesota’s Progress Towards Baby-Friendly Hospital Designation: Results from the Infant Feeding Practices Survey (pdf)
BFHI – Strength in Numbers – HealthEast (pdf)

Breastfeeding in the Workplace:
The Business Case for Breastfeeding (powerpoint template)
SHIP 3 Workplace Breastfeeding Support Update (pdf)

Minnesota Department of Health Breastfeeding Update:
Healthy Minnesota 2020 (pdf)
Healthy Minnesota 2020 Graphic (pdf)

Breakout Session A: Childcare Panel:
Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care Programs (pdf)

Breakout Session B: Coalition Building / Skill Building Workshop:
Community Engagement Handout (pdf)
Community Engagement (pdf)

Advocacy and System Change:
Licensure and Reimbursement for Lactation Services (pdf)
Minnesota Better Birth Coalition: Evidence-based care from the beginning of life (pdf)

Pre-Conference Workshop Speaker Resources

Introductions and Overview of Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative:
BFHI- Overview, Getting Started – Pam Heggie (pdf)

Overcoming Resistance: Tips for Getting Maternity Staff on Board:
Overcoming Resistance – HCMC (pdf)

Ten Step Panel Presentation and Discussion:
Step 1 – HCMC (pdf)
Step 2 – HealthEast (pdf)
Step 3 – Essentia Duluth (pdf)
Step 4 – Fairview Range (pdf)
Step 5 – U of M Children’s (pdf)
Step 6 – U of M Children’s (pdf)
Step 7 – St. Luke’s (pdf)
Step 8 – Mercy Hospital (pdf)
Step 9 – U of M Children’s (pdf)
Step 10 – Anne Lippin (pdf)

Improving Breastfeeding Support in Health Systems:
Improving Across a System – Allina (pdf)
Improving Across a System – HealthEast (pdf)

Donor Milk Beyond the NICU:
Donor Milk – North Memorial (pdf)


6th Annual Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition Statewide Meeting and Pre-Meeting Workshop

The 6th Annual Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition (MBC) Statewide Meeting is a day-long event bringing breastfeeding advocates together from around the state. The theme Building Connections for Breastfeeding highlights how working with community, health care, coalitions, childcare, policy, workplace and public health helps make breastfeeding easier.

6th Annual Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition Statewide Meeting Agenda

Baby-Friendly Workshop: Implementing the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding Agenda

MBC Baby Friendly Workshop Agenda 10 10 13, FINAL-page-001

Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition – Baby Friendly Workshop 2013 – BFHI – Overview, Getting Started and Myth-Busting – Pam Heggie

Contact Hours according to MN Board of Nursing requirements for continuing education credits available for the meetings:
Friday, October 11, 2013 – Annual Meeting: 3.8 Total Contact Hours
Thursday, October 10, 2013 – Workshop: 4.5 Total Contact Hours


5th Annual Meeting and Pre-Meeting Workshops


Health Care Support

University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative

Donor Milk in the Hospital Setting: Beyond the NICU

MBC Update

Triple H Award

Health Plan Coverage and Support for Breastfeeding

Workplace Support

Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care Settings

. . . for Child Care Providers

. . . for Parents

Community Support

What WIC Does and How WIC Supports Breastfeeding

Table Topics

1. Supporting Breastfeeding In Child Care

Table Topic-Support BF in Child Care Handouts

Table Topic-Support BF in Child Care Notes-1

2. Joint Commission Speak Up Campaign

Table Topic-Speak Up Handouts-1

Table Topic-Speak Up Notes

3. Got an Idea for a Project?  . . . Funding Your Dream

Table Topic-Got an Idea Handouts

Table Topic-Got an Idea for a Project Notes

4. Donor Milk

Table Topic-Donor Milk Handouts

Table Topic-Donor Milk Notes

5. Informal Milk Sharing

Table Topic-Informal Milk Sharing Notes

6. Social Networking

Table Topic – Social Networking Handouts

7. Ban the Bags: Eliminating Formula Marketing in Health Care Settings

Table Topic – Ban the Bags Handouts

Table Topic-Ban the Bags Notes

8. Community Events: Ideas to Use to Promote Breastfeeding

Table Topic-Community Events Notes

9. Prenatal Patient Education Materials

Prenatal Patient Education Materials handout 1

Prenatal Patient Education Materials – Returning to Work – handout 2

Prenatal Patient Education Materials handout 3

Prenatal Patient Education Materials – BF Resource List – handout 4

Prenatal Patient Education Materials handout 5

Table Topic-Prenatal Patient Education Notes

10. Involving Dads, Grandparents and Other Support People . . .

Table Topic-Involving Dads Handouts Table Topic-Involving Dads Notes

Table Topic-Involving Dads Notes

Pre-Workshop Hospitals Baby Friendly Agenda

Overview of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative

Myth-Busting about Baby-Friendly

Getting Started Staff Training Pearls

Baby-Friendly 10 Easy Tasks

BFHI – Getting Started

MCH-prh-Model Breastfeeding Policy – policy 1

Model Hospital Breastfeeding Policy – policy 2

Protocol #7 Model BF Policy – policy 3

HCMC Infant Feeding Policy – policy 4

Pre-Workshop Public Health and Communities Agenda

WIC and Beyond

Model Breastfeeding Policies

Overview of Breastfeeding Benefits

10 Steps

WHO Code

WHO Code Resources


Fourth Annual Statewide Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition Meeting

Breastfeeding Call to Action: The Perfect Storm

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When:  Friday, October 14, 2011 Where:  First United Methodist Church 230 East Skyline Parkway, Duluth, MN 55811 Directions:

“A ‘perfect storm’ occurs when a confluence of many factors or events creates an overwhelming force . . . .” Glenda Dickerson


WelcomeMinnesota Breastfeeding Coalition UpdatesMBC Annual Meeting Summary 2011 2011 Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition MembershipWorksite Business Case for Breastfeeding Grantees Becker County Mini Grant PresentationMcLeod County Presentation HHS Accommodations for Employee Lactation Support Lactation Room Employee Agreement Lactation Station Open HouseLe Sueur County Presentation Le Sueur Lactation Breastfeeding Policy Le Sueur County Workplace Lactation Support Final ReportEmployer Recognition Program Public Health Poster PresentationLegal Protections for Nursing Mothers in Minnesota Legal Protections for Nursing Mothers in Minnesota Worksite Wellness and Nursing Mothers    Presentation of the 2011 Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition’s “Triple H Award” Recipient: Mayo Health System Austin Health Care First Baby Friendly Hospital in Minnesota Community & Family Baby Cafe Julie Myhre Carlton-Cook-Lake-St. Louis Co.Community Health Board Marcia McCoy  Stacey Osland Becker Co. Community Health Jennifer Hauser McLeod Co. Public Health Cindy Shaughnessy Le Sueur Co. Public Health Allison Faricy Minnesota Dept. of Health Jennifer DeJong Concordia College-Moorhead Juliana Milhofer, Attorney Volunteer, Public Health Law Center at William Mitchell College of Law Candace Hample Nancy Hoversten Mayo Health System Austin Kim Kretschmer United Hospital
Suppporting Breastfeeding in Child Care Eager-To-Learn BF course supports Lets Move Joyce O’Meara Minnesota Dept. of Health
Making Waves – Breastfeeding in Public Twin Cities Attachment Parenting International Aileen Larson Twin Cities Attachment Parenting International
 Closing Remarks – Evaluation

Many thanks to the Minnesota Physical Activity Nutrition Program for providing food, facility, and administrative support

*Table Topics

Attendees choose one table topic in the morning and a second in the afternoon. 1. Funding your projects 2. Community support groups 3. Legal issues and worksite lactation policy 4. Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (morning) – Is your facility considering Baby Friendly? Learn about the application process and first steps implementing at your facility Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (afternoon) – discuss and share your facility’s policy 5. Reframing the message – media and marketing 6. Breastfeeding and childcare 7. Community action ideas 8. State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) breastfeeding initiatives – Sharing our successes. Where do we go from here?

 Surgeon General’s Call to Action Federal and State Breastfeeding Laws

Affordable Care Act Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Initiative to combat childhood obesity Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) Survey Joint Commission’s (JCAHO) Perinatal Care core measure

– exclusive breast milk feeding


MBC Third Annual Statewide Meeting: Collaboration Counts! (Above: Attorney Melissa Crawford-Kestner, speaking on breastfeeding advocacy, addresses Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition meeting attendees.)

Over 100 people attended the October 25, 2010,

Third Annual Statewide Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition Meeting Breastfeeding Collaboration: Everyone Counts


Table Topic Handouts

Community Collaboration in Practice

Statewide Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) Breastfeeding Interventions

Breastfeeding Advocacy

Healthy Babies . Healthy Families . Healthy Communities