Upcoming Meeting

Our September speakers are:

Katy Linda, IBCLC, RLC, LLL

Katy Linda, IBCLC is a Private Practice IBCLC and La Leche League Leader in Central Maryland. With nearly 15 years of experience. She has a passion for normalizing breastfeeding and supporting parents in their journey, with a special interest in complex feeding situations, Katy has sought out extra training in a variety of modalities that specifically address oral function and anatomical structure, and how they affect breastfeeding for both the parent and the baby. She also mentors the next generation of IBCLCs with an active internship program.


Susan Howard, RN, BSN, IBCLC

Susan is a Registered Nurse, an IBCLC and a leader in women and infant health. Susan started her career in public health working in the non-profit sector. She has been a provider of maternal-infant health for 23 years, as a labor/delivery nurse, a childbirth educator and breastfeeding educator. Susan owns a private practice based in Arlington, VA, where her true passions lie for supporting mothers, feeding babies, and promoting breastfeeding. She has advanced training and a special interest in complex feeding issues such as tongue tie, low milk supply, and bottle refusing babies. She teaches a variety of classes including Breastfeeding Basics, Starting Solids, Art of Pumping, Return-to-Work, & Second Time Around.

Our Topics will be: 

All About the Pump

Most American families find themselves needing a breast pump at some point in their infant feeding journey.  Thanks to the ACA, pumps are more readily available than ever, but this also means that there are more pumps than ever. Have you heard of Ardo, Cimilre, Spectra, Motif, Unimom, Freemie, or Baby Buddah?

It can be hard to keep up with this fast changing piece of infant feeding.  Today we will learn about the types of pumps, what most insurance plans offer as options, and when they are the best option for the families you work with.  Expect to walk away with knowledge of the most commonly seen pumps in the market, and hands on experiencing learning how they work.  We’ll also discuss tools to help make pumping an easier journey.  We will end with a hands on session with a variety of pumps so that you can be comfortable with when and how to use them

Bottle Battles: Practical Tips for the Bottle Refusing Baby

Bottle difficulties are a frustrating yet common occurrence among breastfed infants. When parents call, they are desperate for help. Many have spent a small fortune trying various bottles. Yet, baby will not take the bottle and the stress is mounting.

IBCLCs are uniquely qualified to support the bottle refusing infant (and family). As infant feeding specialists, we are experts in infant oral anatomy and oral function. This program offers the IBCLC or clinician a road map to build bottle skills.

Bottle skills begins with a competent baby, an informed parent/caregiver, and a good-fit bottle.  All three are necessary for successful bottle skills.

We cannot make a baby take a bottle, but we can help the parent first figure out why the baby is struggling. We can recommend a good-fit bottle, and coach the caregiver on how to approach the bottle refusing baby. We will look at common causes of bottle refusing including tongue ties, torticollis, swallowing difficulties, and aversions. Through videos and case studies, this program will offer a complement of strategies to help build bottle skills.

5 L-CERPS will be awarded for the conference.