2015 Breastfeeding Summit

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In 2012, Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE) first breastfeeding summit presented the barriers to breastfeeding within the African American community and the importance of reclaiming the tradition. In 2013, we evolved the conversation to Organizing for Action: An African American Breastfeeding Campaign where we demonstrated the importance of empowering communities. Last year, we encouraged a movement entitled Black Health Matters: A Breastfeeding Movement which addressed the way the work must be done in order stimulate a larger system change. This year we are focusing on Building Bridges Across the Chasm of Breastfeeding Inequities. There is an immense need for unified collaborative work among providers across the spectrum of care for infants, mothers, families, and communities.

We invite you to attend our 2015 Breastfeeding Summit, to be a voice in this discussion, and continue to drive the needle forward towards health equity.

Summit Profile

  • In the past, the summit audience has included physicians, nurses, nutritionist, social workers, grassroots organizations, community health workers, researchers, lactation consultants, peer counselors, federal, state and local government staff, mothers, and breastfeeding coalitions.
  • Summit attendees come from all over the United States.
  • The 2015 summit will be held at the Louder Milk Conference Center in Atlanta, Georgia. The daily schedule will includes breaks for networking.
  • Our 2012, 2013, and 2014 Summit had over 200 attendees at each conference!

2015 Summit Files Available for Download


Hotel Information

The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta

210 Peachtree St. NW.

Atlanta, GA 30303

$125/ per night

$22 parking

Use Group Rate link to make reservations by August 3, 2015!



The Ellis Hotel- FULL

176 Peachtree St NE

Atlanta, GA 30303

Transportation (suggestions)

From the Airport to Ellis Hotel

Super Shuttle

Shared Van Service: $16.50 One-Way

Make Reservations at: http://www.supershuttle.com/


Fare: $2.50 One-Way

Exit Peachtree Center MARTA Station


From Ellis Hotel to Conference Venue:

 The Loudermilk Center is within walking distance

 from the Ellis Hotel (3.5 Blocks)

The streetcar will take you from front of the Ellis Hotel to the side of the Loudermilk  Center

Agenda At A Glance:

Please note that the agenda is subject to  change, and updates will be posted. 

11 CERPS ( 7.75 L and 3.25 R)

10.75 CEU’s applied for through the Georgia Nursing Association

Wednesday – Aug. 19, 2015 (OPTIONAL- Pre- Summit Workshop)

4:30 – 5:00 pm Registration 
5:00 – 8:00 National Association of Professional and Peer
Lactation Supporters of Color (NAPPLSC)
Pre-Summit Workshop

  • Introducing NAPPLSC
  • Landscape of Breastfeeding for Lactation Providers
    • Barriers & Empowerment
    • Community Needs
    • Funding
  • Roundtable Discussion
  • Networking Hour
    *Capacity limit for Pre-Summit Workshop is 50 people


Thursday- Aug.  20, 2015

8:00 – 8:40 Registration
8:45 – 10:00 Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD (Confirmed)
Racism: Examining and eliminating its impact on
health and breastfeeding
Senior Fellow, Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine and President-Elect, American Public Health Association
Atlanta, GA
10:00 – 10:15 Networking Break
10:15 – 11:15 Ameena Ali, PhD (Confirmed)
Green Birth: REDUCE the fear REUSE, the wisdom,
RECYCLE the love Midwife, GA Reproductive Resource
Alliance Center for Education & Empowerment,
Atlanta, GA
11:15 – 12:15 Panel Discussion
12:15 – 1:15 pm Lunch (Provided)
1:15 – 2:15 Haywood Brown, MD (Confirmed)
Breastfeeding and Obesity, Chair, Department of OB/GYN,
Duke University, NC
2:15- 2:30 Networking Break
2:30 – 3:45 Devin “Egypt” Robinson (Confirmed)
Black Men; Naked Truth
Atlanta, GA
3:45 – 4:00 Adjourn


Friday- Aug. 21, 2015

8:00- 8:40 Registration
8:45 – 10:00 Melissa Bartick, MD, MSc (Confirmed)
Importance of Breastfeeding,
Asst. Professor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School
and Cambridge Health Alliance, MA
10:00 – 10:15 Networking Break
10:15 – 11:15 Joia Crear-Perry MD (Confirmed)
Breastfeeding and Infant Mortality,
Founder and Executive Director of the
National Birth Equity Collaborative,
New Orleans, LA
11:15 – 12: 15 Red Top Table Discussions
12:15 – 1:15 pm  Lunch (Provided)
1:15 – 2:15 Michael Lindsay, MD (Confirmed)
Breastfeeding and HIV,
Emory University, Director Division of Maternal Fetal
Medicine & Chief Ob/Gyn Grady Hospital,
Atlanta, GA
2:15- 2:30 Networking Break
2:30 – 3:45 Kimarie Bugg, MSN, MPH, CLC (Confirmed)
Community Engagement, Making that CHANGE
we’ve been waiting for!
President and Change Leader, ROSE
Atlanta, GA
3:45 – 4:00 Adjourn


Red Top Table Discussion
Sahira Long MD, IBCLC
Washington DC Breastfeeding Coalition Washington, DC
Concerned Physicians
Mona Liza Hamlin, RN, BSN, IBCLC
Nemours Children’s Hospital, Wilmington, Delaware
Felisha Floyd, BS, CLC, IBCLC,
Navarre, FL
Cultural Coalition Building
Kimberly Broomfield-Massey, Ph.D
Atlanta, GA
Importance of Evaluation
Panel Discussion
Clifton J Kenon, Jr., DNP, RN, IBCLC,
Bureau for Global health: Office of
Population and Reproductive Health

Creating, Cultivating, and Celebrating
the World’s Next Generation of Lactavists

Ryan Comfort
App and Platform
Genia Grider ROSE Affiliate Group
Mona Liza Hamlin
Wilmington, DE
Children’s Hospital & Breastfeeding