Vermont Lactation Consultant Association, Inc.

24th Annual Professional Lactation Conference


April 20 & 21, 2017

7:30 AM - 4:30 PM

Hilton Hotel

60 Battery Street

Burlington, Vermont

VLCA Conference

PO Box 32

Starksboro, VT 05487

This conference is intended for those working with pregnant and postpartum women and their families:

Lactation Consultants, Physicians, midwives, nurse practitioners, nurses, childbirth educators, doulas, La Leche League leaders, breastfeeding peer counselors, and public health nurses and nutritionists 


Lawrence Noble, MD, FAAP, FABM, IBCLC

Anne Johnston, MD

Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC


Lawrence Noble, MD, FAAP, FABM, IBCLC

Larry Noble works as a pediatrician and neonatologist in New York City, currently at Elmhurst Hospital and Mount Sinai School of Medicine. He is the Protocol Chair of the Section on Breastfeeding off the American Academy of Pediatrics and serves as Secretary of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.  He founded and is co-chair of the Bronx Breastfeeding Coalition and the annual Breastfeeding Conference at Jacobi Hospital in NYC. He is a member of the NYC Breastfeeding Promotion Leadership Council, the New York State Breastfeeding Team, and is a representative to the US Breastfeeding Coalition.

Anne Johnston, MD

Anne Johnston is a neonatologist at the University of Vermont Medical Center Children’s Hospital. Her interest in the follow up care of infants discharged from the NICU led Dr. Johnston and her team to create a novel way of weaning infants from opioids by weaning doses of methadone in the outpatient setting while in the care of their family. Anne has a team that shares her passion for the care of these families and they have followed over 1,400 infants exposed to opioids during pregnancy.

Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC

Marsha Walker is a registered nurse and international board certified lactation consultant. She maintained a large clinical practice at a major HMO in Massachusetts, is a published author and an international speaker. Consulting with hospitals, providing in-service presentations, speaking at conferences and workshops and advocating for breastfeeding at the state and federal levels occupy her professional time. She is currently the chair of the board of directors of the Massachusetts Breastfeeding Coalition, and sits on the board of directors of Baby Friendly USA, Best for Babes Foundation, and the US Lactation Consultant Association (USLCA). She is a past president of the International Lactation Consultant Association and the Executive Director of the National Alliance for Breastfeeding Advocacy.

Sampling of Objectives


•Describe the role of infant feedings pertaining to changing the bacteria flora and its effect on infections and inflammatory diseases.

•State how breast milk miRNA control epigenetics and infant’s phenotype for his life and for future generations.

•Critically examine the evidence linking infant sleep environment and sudden infant death.

•Describe the multiple psychosocial effects of oxytocin on the breastfeeding mother and infant


•Discuss the benefits and risks of breastfeeding in women with substance use disorders.

•Describe breastfeeding management guidelines for insufficient milk production

•Describe the benefits and side effects of nipple shield use

•Understand the effects of obesity and diabetes on breastfeeding and lactation

•Discuss what to look for in determining Code compliance of products, businesses, organizations, and agencies


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Lawrence Noble, MD, FAAP, FABM, IBCLC

  1. Breastfeeding, Microbiota and Metabolic Syndrome

  2. The Future is Here: Epigenetics, Stem Cells, and Breastfeeding

  3. Sleep Bedsharing, Breastfeeding and SIDS

  4. Oxytocin, the Love Hormone: Fact or Fiction

Friday, April 21, 2017

Anne Johnston, MD

  1. Substance Abuse and Breastfeeding: Are we asking the right questions?

Marsha Walker, RN, IBCLC

  1. The Duet of Breastmilk Synthesis and Production: “Why can’t I make more milk?”

  2. Nipple Shields: useful or useless?

  3. Diabetes, Obesity, and Lactation: Can the three co-exist?

  4. 10 Steps to Assessing Code Compliance (E-CERPs)

Continuing Education Credits

CME: CME will be awarded.

IBLCE: Application has been made for IBLCE CERPs recognition.

CNE: This activity has been submitted to Northeast Multi-State Division (NE-MSD) for approval to award contact hours. Northeast Multi-State Division is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.


The Hilton Hotel Burlington overlooks Lake Champlain. A limited number of rooms are reserved at special rates: single/double occupancy $126. Reserve a room at the Burlington Hilton Hotel by March 22. Mention that you are attending the VLCA Conference. The hotel features an indoor pool, Jacuzzi, exercise equipment, a restaurant, and is a short walk to downtown Burlington. Web site: For information about the Burlington area, call the Lake Champlain Chamber of Commerce, (877) 686-5253, web site:  Please make roommate arrangements on your own and be prepared for variations in temperature in the conference rooms.


Hilton Hotel Burlington is located at 60 Battery Street in Burlington, Vermont. Take Interstate 89 to Exit 14 West. Follow signs to downtown Burlington on Rt. 2 West, toward the lake. When Rt. 2 (Main Street) intersects with Battery Street, turn right. The Hilton will be on the right. Free parking coupons will be available at the registration desk.

Accessibility / Special Needs

All conference facilities are accessible to people with disabilities. For facilities information, contact Tricia by March 17, 2017 at or write to:

VLCA Conference Facilities

PO Box 32

Starksboro, VT 05487


VLCA acknowledges and respects the need for mothers and babies to be together. Quiet babies in arms are welcome. We ask that those with babies sit near an exit door. Restless infants will require immediate attention as a courtesy to participants and for the comfort of the child. 


The Marketplace offers outstanding exhibiting, sales, and networking opportunities to breastfeeding-friendly businesses.  For exhibitor info, contact Vicki at or write to:

VLCA Conference Marketplace

PO Box 218

Hyde Park, VT 05655

The Vermont Lactation Consultant Association, Inc. supports the World Health Organization International Code on the Marketing of Breastmilk Substitutes, and has requested that all exhibitors comply with the Code. This conference has not received funding from any manufacturer of artificial milk for babies.

Registration Information

Please read carefully and completely.

Pre-registration is required.

Phone registration is not accepted.

Early registration is strongly recommended.

Mail Registration Form to:

VLCA Conference

PO Box 32, Starksboro, VT 05487

For information, email Kathy at or call 802-453-3087 (10 a.m. – 5 p.m.)


Make check payable to VLCA Conference and enclose with the registration form.  (Check or money order in US funds only.)

For written confirmation, enclose a SASE with US postage.

Payments from Individuals

Registration form must be accompanied by payment.

Payments from Employers

Registration form must be received on or before the deadline.

Signed documentation by employer on letterhead stationery, verifying forthcoming payment, must be included with the registration form.

When you submit your registration form to your employer, email Kathy at to confirm registration and your choice of entrée, in the event your registration form does not reach us in time.

Payment must be received by April 7, 2017

Register early and confirm with your employer that registration was mailed.


Cancellations received by April 14, 2017 will receive a tuition refund less a $55.00 fee per day.  Cancellations must be received in writing.

Refunds will be mailed after the conference.

No refunds given after the deadline or for "no-shows".

VLCA is not responsible to refund registration if the speakers and/or content are changed due to circumstances beyond our control.


Hotel Reservation – March 22, 2017

Early Registration – March 24

Final Registration – April 7


Early Registration - Deadline March 24, 2017

VLCA Member

1 day: $180

2 days: $265


1 day: $190

2 days: $275

Physician (if CME credits desired)

1 day: $270

2 days: 395

Final Registration - Deadline April 7, 2017

VLCA Member

1 day: $190

2 days: $275


1 day: $200

2 days: $285

Physician (if CME credits desired)

1 day: $280

2 days: $405


Reservation form

Brochure and

Reservation form