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ABA 2017 Seminar Series - Breastfeeding: Positioning for better outcomes

14,15,16 & 18 March 2017


The Australian Breastfeeding Association (ABA) is excited to present its 2017 Seminar Series for Health Professionals ‘Breastfeeding: positioning for better outcome.

A series of one day seminars held in major capital cities around Australia as well as online, presenting the latest evidence-based information and research by experts in infant and maternal healthcare.


Special Offer

Attend one program at the venue closest to you and watch our special Australian Showcase online to earn extra professional development points.


Earlybird and ABA Member discounts available!

ABA is a registered training organisation and is now in its 12th year of hosting Seminars.


Who should attend these seminars?

These Seminars would benefit any healthcare professional working with breastfeeding families, including: • Lactation Consultants • Maternal and Child Health Nurses • Midwives • Paediatric Nurses • Dietitians • Speech Therapists • Medical Doctors • Breasfeeding Counsellors • Community Educators • Allied Health Professionals

Brisbane - Tue 14-Mar-2017, SYDNEY - Wed 15-Mar-2017, Melbourne - Thu 16-Mar-2017, Perth - Sat 18-Mar-2017
08:15 AM Registration Tea and coffee
08:45 AM Welcome and Open
09:00 AM Birth Weight, Bilirubin, and Blood Sugar: What do the numbers mean for newborn care? - Dr Jenny Thomas
09:45 AM Deciphering the Lactation Curve: Lessons in Breastfeeding Physics from the Dairy Industry - Lisa Marasco
10:45 AM Morning Tea
11:15 AM Discovering Functions and Therapeutic Potential of Human Milk Oligosaccharides - Dr Lars Bode
12:15 PM Babies That Don’t Feed Well – Trying to ‘Unravel’ the Relationship Between Structure and Function - Nikki Mills
01:15 PM Lunch
02:15 PM An Approach to the Fussy Breastfed Infant (Reflux, Colic and Breastfeeding) - Dr Jenny Thomas
03:15 PM Breastfeeding on the Insulin Dysregulation Spectrum - Lisa Marasco
04:15 PM Close
SPEAKERS: Nikki Mills, Lisa Marasco, Dr Jenny Thomas, Dr Lars Bode
Nikki Mills
Nikki Mills
MBChB, FRACS, Dip Paeds Paediatric Otolaryngologist

Nikki is a Paediatric ENT Surgeon at Starship Children's Hospital. She has a special interest in Paediatric Airway and Swallowing Disorders. Nikki has trained as a Simulation Instructor and is actively involved with the Simulation Teaching in the OR and Emergency Department at Starship.

She directed an Airway Skills “Boot Camp” for ENT Registrars in 2013. She has been actively involved with the RACS Surgical Teachers Academy and is now part of their faculty for the Surgical Teachers’ Course.

Nikki is also the Principal Investigator for the OMIVI Study - A Multi-Phase, Multi-Centre Study on the microbiology of Otitis Media in NZ in the context of a changing pneumococcal vaccine schedule.


Lisa Marasco
Lisa Marasco

Lisa Marasco has been working with breastfeeding mothers for over 25 years and has been an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) since 1993. She holds a Master’s degree in Human Development with specialisation in Lactation Consulting and was designated a Fellow of International Lactation Consultants Association (ILCA) in 2009. Lisa is co-author of The Breastfeeding Mother’s Guide to Making More Milk, a contributing author to the Core Curriculum for Lactation Consultants, and a new Cochrane Collaborative author. She is employed by Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) of Santa Barbara County while she continues to research, write, speak and maintain a small private practice. In addition, Lisa is an Associate Area Professional Liaison for La Leche League of Southern California/Nevada, and serves on the Breastfeeding Coalition of Santa Barbara County.


Dr Jenny Thomas
Dr Jenny Thomas

Dr Jenny Thomas is a pediatrician and breastfeeding medicine specialist at Aurora Healthcare in Franklin, Wisconsin and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Community and Family Medicine and Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). She received her MD from MCW in 1993, and her MPH in 2011. She has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) since 2003. She is now serving on the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Breastfeeding Executive Board after spending several years as the Chief of the Chapter Breastfeeding Coordinators. She also serves on the Executive Board of the Wisconsin Chapter of the AAP, and is a founder and the immediate-past Chairperson of the Wisconsin Breastfeeding Coalition, and is the author of Dr Jen's Guide to Breastfeeding.

She is a sought after speaker, giving presentations on breastfeeding to any group wanting to learn. She has received national awards for teaching, advocacy for children, and innovation within her practice and community. She is one of only a few physicians internationally to be recognised as a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (FABM) for her expertise on breastfeeding. Dr Thomas' interests and research have focused on issues related to the use of social media to support breastfeeding mothers.


Dr Lars Bode
Dr Lars Bode

Dr Lars Bode is Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Neonatology and the Division of Gastroenterology, Hepatology and Nutrition ( and Director of the Mother-Milk-Infant Center of Research Excellence (MoMI CoRE) at the University of California, San Diego. He is also the President of the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation (ISRHML) and serves on the Editorial Board for the journal Advances in Nutrition.

Dr Bode received both his Master of Science and PhD degree in Nutritional Sciences from the Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Germany and completed a pre-doctoral fellowship at the Institute of Child Health, University College London, studying the effects of human milk oligosaccharides on selectin-mediated cell-cell interactions in the immune system. Following a postdoctoral fellow at the Burnham Institute for Medical Research in La Jolla, California, he was appointed as Staff Scientist in 2006. Dr Bode is now leading a research program at the University of California, San Diego, dedicated to investigating human milk oligosaccharide biosynthesis and potential benefits for infant health and development.


This is an Australian College of Midwives CPD Recognised Course and a RANZCOG Approved O&G Meeting (Clinical expertise domain). CERPs Approval Number: C21710

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