7:30AM                Check-in Registration opens

8:30AM                Welcome

8:45AM          Keynote Address

Mothering Mothers: The Critical Role of Breastfeeding Support
Brooke Scelza, Vice Chair of Graduate Studies, UCLA Department of Anthropology

The scientific and popular literature are rife with examples of the challenges and barriers women face in establishing and maintaining breastfeeding. The majority of these studies focus on women in contemporary, industrialized settings, and there is a common conception that these problems are relatively novel and result from women being increasingly detached from the “natural” process of infant feeding. Here, I review cross-cultural evidence and present novel findings from my own research with Himba pastoralists showing that it is not the incidence of postpartum struggles that is different, but the availability of a complex support network to buffer women in those early weeks. In particular, I focus on the role that women’s own mothers often play, providing targeted support that contributes to the postnatal health and well-being of their daughters and grandchildren.

9:45AM        Break

10:15AM              Plenary Speaker, Christin Farmer, Birthing Beautiful Communities, Ohio

10:45AM Plenary Speaker, Kelli Brien, Community Wellness Partners, Northern Indiana

11:15AM Morning speaker Q&A

11:45AM Nolan Mikowski - Liv

12PM          Lunch

1:15PM             Workforce Panel

2:15PM Plenary Speaker, Emily Scott, MD

2:45PM            Break


3:27PM Johnson County WIC

3:39PM Fathers

3:51PM Afternoon session Q&A

4:20PM Closing