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Speaker Profile: E. Stephen Buescher, MD

During the weeks leading up to the 2012 ILCA Conference, we will be highlighting a number of conference speakers.  Watch this space every Friday for more profiles.

E. Stephen Buescher, MD

Dr. Buescher received his M.D. degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1975. After completing residency training in 1979, he completed a fellowship in the Laboratory of Clinical Investigation, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease at the National Institute of Health. After 8 years on the Pediatric Faculty at University of Texas Health Science at Houston (Houston, TX), he joined the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia. Currently, Dr. Buescher practices pediatric infectious diseases at the Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters in Norfolk, Virginia.

Dr. Buescher directs a laboratory focused on the studies related to inflammation, its cellular and humoral components, and the anti-inflammatory characteristics of human milk. Additionally, he is the author of Breastfeeding and Diseases: A Reference Guide.

You can hear Dr. Buescher speak in two plenary sessions; Thursday, July 26 from 1:00-2:00pm, where he will be presenting “Human Milk Cells: What, When, and Why?” and Saturday, July 28 from 11:00am-12:00noon when we will hear his talk Human Milk and Immunizations”.  You will also have the opportunity to listen to his concurrent session on Friday, July 27 from 2:00-3:00pm called “Infant Formulas…You’re Kidding, Right?”.

ILCA looks forward to welcoming Dr. E. Stephen Buescher.

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5 Weeks until ILCA 2012! {How do I get there and where do I stay?}

Written by Amber McCann, IBCLC

Now that we’ve all registered for the 2012 ILCA Conference and are ready to PARTY, it is time to figure out how we’re going to actually get ourselves and suitcases there and make arrangements for where we’re going to stay.

Kuster & Wildhaber Photography via Flick

One of the things that most excites me about the conference is sharing moments with IBCLCs from all over the globe.  I imagine everyone gathering together and “traveling by map”, just like in last summer’s movie about the Muppets.  In reality, we will come by car, by truck, by airplane, by train and even by pumpkin-turned-into-regal-coach, just like the Disney princesses who will be our neighbors for the week!

For those arriving by plane, you will touch down at the Orlando International Airport.  From there, you will need to arrange transportation to our conference hotel, the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes.  As the hotel does not provide shuttle transportation, here are some options:

  • Car Rental companies can be found in Terminal A and Terminal B on the Ground Transportation level of the airport.  Avis is offering ILCA members a special rate by calling 1-800-331-1600 and using our Worldwide Discount Number (WDN) B159234.  You can also make a reservation on their website.  Please remember, if you are renting a car, there is a daily parking fee at the hotel ($18/day for self-serve, $24/day for valet).
  • Taxis can be found on both the A and B sides of the Main Terminal on the Ground Transportation level and will charge approximately $50 (one way) to get you to the hotel.  Taxis can carry up to 9 passengers for the same rate so keep your eyes peeled for others sporting ILCA lapel pins and ask if you can share a ride!
  • Shuttle Companies provide transportation from the same A and B sides of the Main Terminal as the taxis.  These services offer both one-way and round-trip pricing per person.  Click here for a coupon for Mears Shuttle Service from vipautoshipping.com ($26 round-trip) but RESERVATION IS REQUIRED!

Used with permission by JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes

I will freely admit that I’m kind of in love with staying in hotels.  I’m perfectly happy in my own home, where sleep typically involves sharing my space with the pointy elbow of my 8 year old or with its lack of covers, stolen by a sleepy husband.  But…I love to walk into the open {clean} space of a new hotel room and spread my arms out wide while tossing myself onto the bed {that I don’t have to share}.  I like walking the halls, riding the elevators, exploring all the spaces.  When I first saw photos of the JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes,  I about fell over with glee.

Used with permission by JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes

Hopefully, you’ve already made your reservation and, if not, there is still time (the deadline is June 26).  You can do so by calling 1-800-266-9432 (be sure to tell them that you are participating in the 2012 ILCA Conference) or by using their online reservation system.  This will entitle you to a special US$165 single/double room discounted rate, which is valid July 22 through August 1, 2012.

The discounted room rate includes:

  • High-speed and Wi-Fi Internet access (50% discount for ILCA conference attendees)
  • Work desk with lamp
  • 32″ flat-screen HD LCD Television
  • Weekday newspaper delivery
  • Complimentary in-room coffee and tea
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Hairdryer
  • In-room laptop compatible safe
  • ILCA Attendees will receive a 15% discount at the Ritz Carlton Spa on any services booked. (I’ll be sharing more info about the spa in an upcoming post!)

As I’m coming to the conference by myself, I was interested in sharing a room with another IBCLC.  Fortunately, I was able to connect with another ILCA volunteer and I’m looking forward to getting to know her.  I work in private practice and she with WIC so I’m sure we’ll spend our time exploring a bit about how the other supports breastfeeding mothers.  If you are interested in finding someone with whom to share a room, check out the Conference Related Items in the ILCA Forums.

And, finally, if there is one thing I have heard that I MUST NOT MISS, it is the “Lazy River” at the hotel.  I will be sharing more details in an upcoming post but apparently it is THE PLACE TO BE! Check out this video for just a little taste…I’m relaxed already!

Join me again for next week’s conference post when we’ll be talking about all the great activities you can choose and fun to do outside of the conference!

Amber McCann, IBCLC is a  board certified lactation consultant in private practice with Nourish Breastfeeding Support, just outside if Washington, DC and the co-editor of this blog.  She is particularly interested in connecting with mothers through social media channels and teaching others in her profession to do the same.  In addition to her work here, she has written for a number of other breastfeeding support blogs including The Leaky Boob and Best for Babes and served on the Communications Team for GOLD Conference . When she’s not furiously composing tweets (follow her at @iamambermccann) or updating her Facebook page, she’s probably snuggling with one of her three children or watching terrible reality TV. 

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6 Weeks until ILCA 2012! {thoughts from a conference newbie}

Written by Amber McCann, IBCLC

Photo via edailypost.com (Permission requested)

When I think of conferences, especially those with my fellow supporters of mothers and babies, I imagine it as one big PARTY!  When I found out that I would be attending this year’s ILCA conference in Orlando, I promptly went and packed my party clothes!  The conference brochure states,

The ILCA Annual Conference is the premier lactation learning event of the year. The Conference provides a rich learning environment for lactation professionals and others who assist mothers and babies with breastfeeding. It offers current and aspiring lactation consultants information on cutting-edge lactation practices and research to equip them in giving optimal breastfeeding care and support to mothers and babies.

Sounds like a celebration to me!  Apparently, I’m not the only one who shares this sentiment…


I’ve never attended an ILCA conference (though I enthusiastically watched from afar last year on both Facebook and Twitter) so I had to dig in quickly to find out everything I could to get my registration submitted, travel plans made and conference itinerary set.  I will also, over the next several weeks, need to figure out how to get myself to the hotel (taxi? shuttle?), navigate the venue (where’s the spa?), figure out what I’m going to eat (sushi anyone?), determine what I’m going to do with my down time (I vote for the pool and a drink with a tiny umbrella), pack a suitcase (don’t forget your business cards!) and network, network, network…and all while preparing to “run the conference marathon”! WHEW!

But, first things first, registration!  June 15th is the deadline for standard registration. You can still register after June 15th, but the fee goes up, so if you have not already done so, register NOW! You can register online or download the registration form and either fax or mail it to our ILCA staff.  And don’t forget, you can also register on site in Orlando (but at a significant price increase…wouldn’t you rather save that money to spend on a speaker’s latest book instead?).

As a part of crossing that task off my list, I printed off page 4 of the conference brochure and spent several hours pouring over it.  Seriously, choosing which sessions to attended was proving to be the hardest job ever! Many of the speakers were familiar to me and even more were brand new.  It made me wish I had a clone.

I methodically went through choosing my sessions, starting with the Wednesday Workshops.  These are a series of sessions, over the course of the first conference day, on a particular area of interest including Working with Spanish Speaking Families (sessions are presented in spanish), Health Promotion, Global Advocacy, Research Skills/Methods and the very popular Clinical Skills Rotations.  As a fairly new IBCLC, I immediately jumped on the opportunity to attend the Clincial Skills session but, unfortunately, it is a “hot ticket” and already has a waiting list.  I’m on it and hoping for a spot but, in the meantime, I’ve signed up for the Health Promotion sessions and honestly, as I read through all the session descriptions, you really can’t go wrong with any of the Wednesday Workshops.

Choosing sessions for the rest of the conference proved to be challenging to me as well.  There is simply so much relevant and exciting information being offered that I’m afraid to miss any of it.  Be watching this blog, over the next weeks, for profiles of some of our conference speakers for opportunities to get to know them better and to highlight the information they will be sharing with us.

So, now I’m registered.  And now I need YOU!  If you have attended an ILCA conference in the past, what are your “best tips”?  What “don’t miss moments” should I make sure to experience? What piece of advice would you give to someone who has never before attended an ILCA conference?  I would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions in the comments section, on Facebook or Twitter.

Next week, I’ll be exploring the realms of both Orlando International Airport and the JW Marriott Grande Lakes!  Stay tuned!

P.S. – Do you have business cards?  They are a great way to connect with others at the conference but, if you don’t already have some ready for your suitcase, now is the time to order!  I have often ordered from VistaPrint in the past and they are currently offering 250 business cards for FREE!

Amber McCann, IBCLC is a  board certified lactation consultant in private practice with Nourish Breastfeeding Support, just outside if Washington, DC and the co-editor of this blog.  She is particularly interested in connecting with mothers through social media channels and teaching others in her profession to do the same.  In addition to her work here, she has written for a number of other breastfeeding support blogs including The Leaky Boob and Best for Babes and served on the Communications Team for GOLD Conference . When she’s not furiously composing tweets (follow her at @iamambermccann) or updating her Facebook page, she’s probably snuggling with one of her three children or watching terrible reality TV. 

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