Infant Nutrition Conference set for March 23

The University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine (KYCOM) and East Kentucky Breastfeeding Coalition are presenting an Infant Breastfeeding Conference on Saturday, March 23, 2019 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. in UPIKE’s Health Professions Education Building – 7th floor. Physicians, nurses, lactation consultants and health professions students are invited to attend.

Topics will cover the benefits of Breast milk; birth weight, bilirubin and blood sugar levels’ impact on newborn care; unique characteristics of late preterm infants; and effects of medication and illegal substance use while breastfeeding.

Jennifer Thomas, M.D., pediatrician, will serve as keynote speaker for the event. Thomas practices pediatrics and is a breastfeeding medicine specialist at Aurora Healthcare in Franklin, Wis. She also serves as a clinical assistant professor of community and family medicine and pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). Thomas received her medical degree from MCW in 1993 and her master’s degree in public health in 2011. She has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 2003 and serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Breastfeeding Executive Board. She spent several years as Chief of the Chapter Breastfeeding Coordinators and recently stepped down after six years on the Executive Board of the Wisconsin Chapter of the AAP.

Thomas is a founder and an immediate-past chairperson of the Wisconsin Breastfeeding Coalition and the author of “Dr. Jen’s Guide to Breastfeeding.” She has received national awards for teaching, advocacy for children, and innovation within her practice and community. Thomas is one of only a few physicians internationally to be recognized as a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (FABM) for her expertise on breastfeeding. Her interests and research have focused on issues related to the use of social media to support breastfeeding mothers.

The Infant Nutrition Conference has been approved for six CPEUs by the Commission on Dietetic Registration. Professional and student registration fees are $55 and $25, respectively.

For more information about the conference and to register, visit