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26 October, 2023
8:00 am

UPDATE: Online registration has closed for the conference. Walk-in registration will be available for $199 on October 26th.

Conference Flyer (pdf)

Location: Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview, 400 West Douglas Ave., Wichita, KS 67202

Hotel Reservations:

UPDATE: Rooms at the Drury Plaza Hotel are SOLD OUT. We suggest reserving a room at the Hilton Garden Inn or click here for a list of more nearby hotels.

Thursday, Oct. 26, 7-9 pm

Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview Wichita
Click here for tickets if you are a conference attendee who wishes to purchase separately or are not attending the conference. Tickets are also available in the Conference Registration.
Gala Flyer

Thank you to the following sponsors for supporting the conference!

Gold Level

Bronze Level

Gala Sponsor


Thursday, October 26 “Hot Topics in Lactation”

7:30 – 7:55Registration and Breakfast
8:30 – 8:45Welcome and Opening
• Welcome – Susan Lukwago, KBC Chair
• Land Acknowledgment – Stephanne Rupnicki, KBC Past-Chair
• Drum Circle – Mr. Hale
8:45 – 10:00Common Challenges Facing the Lactation Professional Supporting Non-Gestational ParentsAlyssa Schnell
10:00 -10:15Break
10:15 – 11:45Supplementation: A Goldilocks Dilemma Alyssa Schnell
11:45 – 12:30 Lunch
12:30 – 1:30 2022 Year in Review: Research and Policies of ImportanceSekeita Lewis-Johnson
1:30 – 1:45 Break, Group Photo
1:45– 2:30 Co-Nursing: How Parents Share the Breastfeeding RelationshipAlyssa Schnell
2:30 – 2:45 Break
2:45 – 3:45 The Breastfeeding Partner: How Dads, Co-Moms, and Other Special People Make a DifferenceAlyssa Schnell
3:45 – 4:00 Closing
Join us again at 7 p.m. for the Roaring 20s Gala!
Sekeita Lewis-Johnson, DNP,
Alyssa Schnell, MS, IBCLCEd O’Malley, President/
CEO Kansas Health Foundation

Friday, October 27 “Community Engagement”

8:00 – 8:30Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 – 8:40 Welcome and Introductions– Susan Lukwago, Chair, KBC
8:40 – 9:40 When Everyone Leads —Ed O’Malley, Kansas Health Foundation CEO
9:40 – 9:50 Break
9:50 – 10:50 State of Breastfeeding in Kansas
Landscape of Breastfeeding Support in Kansas – Susan Lukwago
The Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) data report – Dr. Antje Anji, KDHE
Section updates:
• Hospital
• Public Health
• Local Coalitions
• Child Care
Celebration Moments:
• Child Care Providers
• Hospitals: High 5 for Mom & Baby and Baby Friendly Designation
• Employers Awards and Breastfeeding Friendly Local Health Departments
10:50 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:00The Elephant Often Ignored: Bias & Politics of Artificial Infant SupplementationSekeita Lewis-Johnson
12:00 – 1:00 Lunch – Annual Meeting (12:45)
1:00 – 2:00Lactation Support, Discharge Planning, Continuity of Care & The CommunitySekeita Lewis-Johnson
2:00 – 2:15 Break
2:15 – 3:15Kansas Success Stories
• Breastfeeding 911 “Go Bags” – Stephanie Henry
• Wichita Black Breastfeeding Coalition – Joyea Marshall-Crowley
• Mini-Grants:
o   Lactancia Latina of Southwest Kansas – Carmen Valverde
o   Ford County Breastfeeding Coalition – Ashley Smith
o   Johnson County Breastfeeding Coalition – Kate Clark
o   Wichita Area Breastfeeding Coalition – Jolynn Dowling
3:15 – 3:30 Closing

Cancellation Policy: Registrations canceled on or before October 15, 2023, are refundable but subject to a $25 administrative fee. Registrants canceling after October 15, 2023, will not receive a refund. The refund and cancellation policy will not be waived.

This Conference is partially funded by

Continuing Education:

  • The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition is approved as a provider of continuing nursing education by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. This course offering is approved for 13.2 contact hours (7.0 for Thursday, 6.2 for Friday) applicable for APRN, RN, or LPN re-licensure. Kansas State Board of Nursing Provider Number: SP1551-0825
  • Approved for 8.5 continuing education clock hours (6.5 for Thursday, 2 for Friday) for Kansas licensed dietitians by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services. Long-Term Sponsorship number: D1382 (LTS is KDHE-BFH-Nutrition and WIC Services)
  • 7.5 L-CERPs (5.5 for Thursday, 2 for Friday) allocated by IBLCE. IBCLE Verification Number # C2023178.