Upcoming events

The Grand Conference 2024

Jun 30, 2024
From 7 AM to 11:59 PM

It is with great enthusiasm that we present the five guest speakers for The Grand Conference 2024!

Carol Smyth, Sonia Semenic and Laura Haiek & Amanda Camacho will present on Monday, May 27th.

It will be Alexandra Glass's and Liz Brooks's turn to present on Tuesday, May 28th.

The online event is open to everyone!


*The recording will be available online on June 15th the latest and until August 28, 2024 for registrants only.

The Grand Conference 2024 is supported by 


The Grand Conference 2024

The recording will be available online until August 28, 2024 for registrants only.

The recordings will be made available on our website no later than June 15, 2024. Full access details will be emailed to registrants.


Price list 2024

  Paid member Free member Non-membre


(until February 29, 2024)

$335.00 $335.00 $335.00

Regular price

(From March 1st, 2024)

$335.00 $385.00 $385.00




*Prices are in CAD

Important: A unique discount code will be sent (on March 1st, 2024) to members who still have a paid subscription in force. This code will automatically apply a $50 discount on the regular price of The Grand Conference 2024. Please note that this code will be valid until the end of the current paid subscription.


The Grand Conference 2024 is supported by 




Monday, May 27, 2024 - DAY 1

8:30AM - 8:45AM Opening Remarks


Carol Smyth’s Conferences

8:45AM- 10:15AM Why infant reflux matters challenging the acid suppression paradigm

10:15AM – 10:30AM Break

10:30AM – 12:00PM Managing low weight gain & low milk supply in the breastfeeding dyad


12:00PM – 1:00PM Lunch


Sonia Semenic’s Conference

1:00PM – 2:30PM Enhancing breastfeeding self-efficacy to improve breastfeeding outcomes

2:30PM – 2:45PM Break

Laura Haiek & Amanda Camacho’s Conference

2:45PM – 4:15PM  How to support breastfeeding in neonatal units?

4:15PM - 4:30PM - End of the First Day


Tuesday, May 28, 2024 - DAY 2

8:30AM - 8:45AM Opening Remarks


Alexandra Glass’s Conferences

8:45AM- 10:15AM Benign breast diseases and breast masses in lactating women

10:15AM – 10:30AM Break

10:30AM – 12:00PM Severe Diseases in the early postpartum period


12:00PM – 1:00PM Lunch


Liz Brooks’s Conferences

1:00PM – 2:30PM You say help me, I say here's some formula! Where marketing, BFHI Step 6, and lactation care intersect 

2:30PM – 2:45PM Break

2:45PM – 4:15PM The WHO Code in everyday practice: Real life scenarios (60-120 minutes)

4:15PM - 4:30PM - Closing remarks of The Grand Conference 2024

Topics for May 27th, 2024

Carol Smyth, IBCLC, CBT

Carol Smyth is an IBCLC and CBT (Cognitive-behavioral therapy) psychotherapist working in Northern Ireland, and the author of ‘Why Infant Reflux Matters’. Carol also provides parental workshops, CBT counselling and professional education. She has a special interest in reflux and unsettled babies, and in helping parents to understand the normal baby behaviours and communications which are often misunderstood as reflux or pain. Parents managing an unsettled baby are often understandably anxious about their little one, and she integrates mental health interventions into practical strategies to reduce reflux.


1- Why Infant Reflux Matters Challenging the Acid Suppression Paradigm 

2- Managing Low Weight Gain & Low Milk Supply in the Breastfeeding Dyad



Sonia Semenic, RN, PhD

Sonia Semenic, RN, PhD is an Associate Professor at the Ingram School of Nursing, McGill University (Montreal, Quebec) and a Nurse Scientist at the McGill University Health Center. Dr. Semenic has an extensive clinical background as a board-certified lactation consultant and Clinical Nurse Specialist in maternal-child health, and co-led the development of the Registered Nurses’ Association of Ontario’s Best Practice Guideline “Breastfeeding – Promoting and Supporting the Initiation, Exclusivity and Continuation of Breastfeeding for Newborns, Infant and Young Children”. Her research program involves knowledge translation processes in the field of perinatal health, with a special focus on evidence-based practices to protect, promote and support breastfeeding. Dr. Semenic is co-founder of the Canadian Breastfeeding Researcher Network, and is currently co-PI of a large randomized controlled trial to assess the impact of a breastfeeding self-efficacy-based intervention to improve breastfeeding and blood pressure outcomes among women with hypertensive disorders of pregnancy. 


1-  Enhancing Breastfeeding Self-efficacy to Improve Breastfeeding Outcomes



Laura Haiek, MD, MSc.

Dr. Laura N. Haiek is a family physician who works for the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux du Québec and as an assistant professor in the Department of Family Medicine at McGill University. For the past 15 years, she has directed the breastfeeding clinic at the Queen Elizabeth FMG and, since 2023, at the McGill University Health Centre. Her public health and research activities focus on the implementation and evaluation of the Baby-Friendly Initiative and its expansion to CLSCs and neonatal units.

Amanda Camacho, RN, BscN, IBCLC

Amanda Camacho is an IBCLC and Nurse Clinician at the McGill University Health Centre.  She also has years of experience not only as a NICU bedside nurse at the Montreal Children's Hospital, but also as a La Leche League leader and Nourri Source volunteer in the Montreal community. Her projects focus on promoting kangaroo care and direct breastfeeding in neonatal intensive care units in Montreal and Quebec.


1-  How to support breastfeeding in neonatal units?


Topics for May 28th, 2024


Alexandra Glass, MD, IBCLC

Dr. Alexandra Glass is an obstetrician and gynecologist and an IBCLC in Hanover, Germany. She is also the vice-president of the German board of IBCLC and teaching and lecturing on breastfeeding/chestfeeding, with a focus on medical problems during breastfeeding, nutrition during breastfeeding, relactation and induced lactation and also on breastfeeding toddlers. She is the mother of two daughters, age 15 and 12.


1- Benign Breast Diseases and Breast Masses in Lactating Women

2- Severe Diseases in the Early Postpartum Period



Liz Brooks, JD, IBCLC, FILCA

Liz Brooks is a private practice International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and licensed lawyer. She works bedside at two BFHI-designated hospitals, and in parents’ homes.  Lactation helpers (like IBCLCs) struggle with ethical, legal, and moral concerns in their everyday work settings. With plain language and humor, Liz shares tips for immediate use, to protect both the family and the clinician. She authored the only textbook on legal and ethical issues for the IBCLC, and writes extensively for other textbooks, blogs, and peer-reviewed journals. Liz is a popular international conference speaker, using wit and wisdom to share pragmatic suggestions for anyone who supports lactating and human milk-using families. Liz self-identifies as a cisgender hetero white woman with unearned privilege, uses she/her/hers pronouns, and advocates for inclusive care and language.


1- You Say Help Me, I Say Here's Some Formula! Where Marketing, BFHI Step 6, and Lactation Care Intersect

2- The WHO Code in Everyday Practice: Real Life Scenarios