This full day symposium will share the current landscape of Pasteurized Donor Human Milk  (PDHM) locally and examine practical application of using PDHM in clinical settings. The course will explore local and international efforts to improve neonatal nutrition, breastfeeding rates, and use of PDHM. 


This is an exciting opportunity to learn more from experts in the field about best practices for milk banking locally and globally. 


1) Summarize how cultural values and beliefs impact views on milk donation and human milk banking.

2) Identify the essential role that human milk proteins have in improving the health outcomes for premature infants.

3) Interpret relevant research findings about donor milk use outside of the NICU environment.

4) Discuss the impact of breastfeeding support and donor human milk banking globally and it's effectiveness in reducing infant morbidity and mortality.

5) Identify critical considerations and the healthcare provider's role in infant feeding plans for communities impacted by natural disaster.


8:00 am – 8:50 am ·······  Registration  

8:50 am – 9:30 am ·······  Welcome  

9:30 am – 10:25 am ······  Dr. Ilse Larson, Cultural Aspects of Milk Banking  

10:25 am – 11:20 am ····· Dr. David Dallas, The Powers of Proteins in Human Milk   

11:20 am - 11:35 am ····· Break   

11:35 am - 12:30 pm ····· Dr. Laura Kair, Donor Milk Outside of the NICU  

12:30 pm - 1:30 pm ······  Lunch and Networking    

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm ········ Breakout Sessions  

                                             1) Milk Sharing Around the World: A Global Perspective  

                                             2) History of Milk Banking and Ask the Milk Bank   

                                             3) Practical Application in NICU Using Analyzed Donor Milk  

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm ········ Lourdes Santaballa, Prepared or Down the Drain? Human Milk and Disasters   

3:45 pm – 4:00 pm ········ Farewells   


Ilse Larson, MD, FAAP

Associate Professor of Pediatrics.

Using a cultural lens, Dr. Larson will review and present recent literature and data regarding milk donors and recipient families. 

David Dallas, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor at Oregon State University.

Dr. Dallas will provide critical information for understanding human milk compounds, most importantly the milk proteins essential for the preterm infant. 

Laura Kair, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Pediatrics at UC Davis Children's Hospital.

Donor human milk is not just available for babies in the NICU environment. Dr. Laura Kair will review what is known and what is not known about medical supplementation in the well newborn population.

Lourdes Santaballa, IBCLC, IYCFS

Executive Director at Alimentación Segura Infantil (ASI).

Lourdes Santaballa will share her experience in the aftermath of hurricane Maria, which devastated Puerto Rico in Sept. 2017, and how to develop a safe infant feeding plan during emergencies and natural disasters.    

Breakout Session
A Panel on Global Perspectives
The guest panel will discuss neonatal nutrition, breastfeeding and donor human milk from a global perspective. The panel session will give the participants the opportunity to ask experts more about milk banking internationally. Panelist: Kiersten Israel-Ballard, PhD and Peggy Andrews, RN, IBCLC. 

History of Milk Banking and Ask the Milk Bank 

Donor Human Milk (DHM) has quickly become a standard of care in NICUs across the country and is growing internationally. This breakout session will review the history of Milk Banking through the centuries and take a look at where we are now. This session will also provide an opportunity to ask any questions you have about NWMMB, milking banking, or the pasteurization process. 

Practical Application in NICU Using Analyzed Donor Milk

This breakout session will explore a framework for developing infant feeding plans based on nutritional information provided by milk analysis.  Presented by: Melissa Stawarz, RD, LD. 


Accreditation Statements

  • An application has been made to the California State Board of Nursing to request CE recognition. 

  • An Application for Continuing Education Recognition Points has been submitted to the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners. 

  • Physicians credits will not be available for this event.  

Hotel Accommodation

There is a room block available at the Residence Inn by Marriott Portland Downtown RiverPlace, follow below link to book your Portland hotel room. For more information please contact Emily at 

Transportation Options 

Although parking can sometimes be challenging at OHSU, don't worry there are lots of options! We suggest that you consider carpooling or taking public transportation. However, there will be LIMITED reserved spaces in Lot C for $15, you must reserve your spot through Emily at For those who take public transportation we will have a limited amount of day of tram passes. Please check back here for more information about transportation and parking in the coming week.  

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Office Address

15875 SW 74th Ave. 
Tigard, OR 97224


Monday - Thursday: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Friday: 9:00am - 3:00pm

Saturday & Sunday: Closed

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NWMMB is a community based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon.

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