Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA


  • Adoptive Nursing
  • Advocacy for Breastfeeding
  • Anatomy and Physiology of Lactation
  • Anatomy and Physiology of the Nipple
  • Breast and Nipple Assessment
  • Breast Surgery and Breastfeeding
  • Breastfeeding Classes
  • Colic and Breastfeeding
  • Communication Skills for Breastfeeding Specialists
  • Ethics of Breastfeeding Counseling/Practice
  • Extended Breastfeeding
  • Galactagogues
  • HIV/AIDS and Breastfeeding
  • In-Patient Lactation Management
  • Induced Lactation
  • Jaundice and Breastfeeding
  • Lactation Management for the Health Care Professional
  • Lactation research
  • Latching Theory and Techniques
  • Low Milk Production
  • Maternal Assessment for Breastfeeding
  • Multiples and Breastfeeding
  • Premature Breastfeeding Babies
  • Private Practice Lactation Consultation Business Issues
  • Products for Breastfeeding
  • Relactation
  • Special Needs Breastfeeding Babies
  • Supplementation of the Breastfeeding Infant
  • Tandem Breastfeeding
  • Weaning
  • Working and Breastfeeding
  • Yeast and Breastfeeding

Upcoming Conferences

Previous Conferences

About the Speaker

Nancy has served as a breastfeeding reporter since 1984. Her extensive knowledge of the breastfeeding research and her one-on-one work with thousands of families give Nancy a broad perspective that makes her well-qualified to speak on most breastfeeding topics. A regular contributor to many publications, Nancy has spoken at breastfeeding conferences around the world. If you would like a talk on a topic that is not listed, just ask. Nancy is willing to create talks to meet your needs.

Official Bio for Brochure

Nancy Mohrbacher, IBCLC, FILCA is author or coauthor of several books for professionals and parents, including Breastfeeding Answers Made Simple and its pocket guide edition, Breastfeeding Solutions, and Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers (with Kathleen Kendall-Tackett). Her go-everywhere Breastfeeding Solutions smartphone app is available for Android & iPhones. Nancy has been helping breastfeeding families since 1982. Board-certified as a lactation consultant in 1991, she ran a large private lactation practice in the Chicago area from 1993 to 2003. In 2008 Nancy was in the first group of 16 to be awarded the designation Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association (FILCA) for her lifetime achievements in breastfeeding.


This speaker is pleased to provide presentations on the following topics to professional and parenting conferences. Presentations on other topics may be available upon request and subject to sufficient development lead-time. (For CERP topics, required paperwork will be provided promptly to meet CERP deadlines.)

Breastfeeding and Substance Abuse

60 - 60 minutes

New in 2014. During the past month, nearly 6% of pregnant women have abused legal or illegal substances. What are the risks of breastfeeding and not breastfeeding for women who continue to use drugs such as alcohol, marijuana, opiates and opioids (morphine, heroin, methadone), and others after their baby’s birth? Under what circumstances should we encourage or discourage breastfeeding among addicts and substance abusers? Hear what the experts recommend.

Milk Sharing: From Milk Banks to Craigslist

75 - 90 minutes

New in 2014. Many mothers today seek human milk from other mothers, sometimes in unorthodox ways. As the demand for human milk grows, the realities of some types of milk-sharing have breastfeeding supporters scrambling. This talk examines the range of milk-sharing options and the ethical and practical considerations for parents and breastfeeding supporters. Options covered include milk banks (for-profit and nonprofit), wet nursing, milk-sharing organizations (such as Eats on Feets and Human Milk 4 Human Babies), and the Wild West of milk sharing, online milk sellers and buyers.

The Natural Laws of Breastfeeding

75 - 120 minutes

Covers the entire course of breastfeeding, from birth to weaning, incorporating key paradigm shifts and innovative teaching strategies. Includes the significance of right-brain interactions in the early postpartum, the importance of touch to health and survival, how realistic expectations can help increase breastfeeding duration, the effect of breast storage capacity on feeding patterns, and much more.

Offering Nancy's book for parents--Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers (co-authored with Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC)--for sale at the talk can be an effective fundraiser for your organization.

Assessing Breast Pain

60 - 75 minutes

Provides strategies for assessing breast pain, likely and unlikely causes, and an overview of effective treatments.  It also answers the question: Can shooting or burning pain between feedings be caused by ductal candidiasis, and if not, what other possible causes should we consider?

Breast, Bottle & Childhood Obesity

60 - 75 minutes

This talk provides an overview of the research on the association between infant feeding during the first year and the risk of childhood obesity. Discover what we’ve learned about the effects of feeding method on milk intake and feeding dynamics (breast versus bottle), how milk composition affects body function and appetite (human milk versus infant formula), and whether what’s in the bottle makes a difference. Learn also about the other factors that may affect the risk of obesity during childhood and beyond.  

Concerns About Low Milk Production

75 - 90 minutes

This session offers a high-level discussion of milk production at different stages of breastfeeding and in different situations. It begins with a primer on assessing milk adequacy during the first week of life, the need for supplements, and when supplements are needed, feeding volumes and methods. It provides a review of up-to-date, evidence-based strategies for optimizing milk production in mothers exclusively pumping and a guide for using the new Magic Number concept to help employed mothers maintain their milk production long term. It also includes a brief overview of the latest thinking on galactogogues.

Exclusive Breastfeeding: The Mother's Perspective & Beyond

75 - 90 minutes

Increasing the rate of exclusive breastfeeding is a public-health priority that can improve health outcomes of mothers and babies. Of the identified barriers to exclusive breastfeeding, few are more challenging than those related to mothers’ belief in their ability to breastfeed and their unrealistic expectations of breastfeeding and baby behavior. Learn how a woman’s breastfeeding self-efficacy impacts her feeding decisions, and how the research on self-efficacy should inform our strategies when working with families. Learn also why so many mothers supplement with formula, the role of culture in this decision, and some evidence-based strategies for addressing these issues.

This talk offers L-CERPs and is geared to all those who work with breastfeeding families in hospitals and in the community.

Helping Mothers Who Exclusively Pump

75 - 90 minutes

We are in the midst of a pumping epidemic. Learn what the latest research tells us about how to establish healthy milk production for mothers with babies in the NICU and for those who choose to pump and bottle feed. Find out how to use breast storage capacity to individualize a pumping plan and specific strategies for how to best support mothers in this situation.

This session covers information needed by in-hospital clinicians and by those who help mothers after discharge.

Nipple Pain & Trauma: Causes & Treatments

75 - 90 minutes

Do many of the mothers you see find breastfeeding painful? This session provides an in-depth review of the causes of nipple pain and trauma. It also reviews comfort measures mothers can use and includes a four-stage system for assessing nipple trauma and recommended, evidence-based treatments for each stage.

This session is appropriate both for healthcare professionals and breastfeeding educators.

Simplifying Breastfeeding: The First 36 Hours

75 - 90 minutes

Geared for those who work with mothers and babies after birth. Learn how to make early breastfeeding easier, which postpartum practices have long-term implications, what biology tells us about normal feeding patterns and the effects of skin-to-skin contact and separation on infant stability.

Transitioning to the Breast

75 - 90 minutes

Learn how term and preterm babies can be transitioned from bottles, nipple shields, and other feeding methods to full breastfeeding using insights from recent research. A four-part framework is provided for determining possible causes of breast refusal along with insights into how to target interventions to the cause of the feeding problem. Because babies are hardwired to breastfeed, even those who have been fed using other methods for months can be helped to accept the breast.

This talk is appropriate for those working in hospitals and those who work with mothers and babies in other settings.

Understanding Breastfeeding Behaviors

75 - 120 minutes

Add more “tools” to your “lactation toolbox” at this video-packed session, which includes an international cast of characters. Provides a chronological summary of recommended approaches to latch, with a description of what we got right and which assumptions were later proved wrong. Includes an overview of the hardwiring both mothers and babies bring to breastfeeding, a checklist for evaluating basic breastfeeding dynamics, and anatomical issues that can interfere.

Using the International Code to Create Change

75 - 90 minutes

Change is in the air. Learn how the International Code for the Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes applies to healthcare professionals, its implications to our daily practice, a new process to evaluate U.S. companies' compliance with the International Code and some new developments that may help protect breastfeeding in the U.S.

This talk qualifies for E CERPs, a requirement for recertification.

Working and Breastfeeding Made Simple

75 - 90 minutes

Learn new ways to help employed mothers structure daily routines, calculate a baby's milk needs, and troubleshoot milk production issues using the new Magic Number concept so that they can more easily meet their long-term breastfeeding goals.

Primarily geared to those who work with mothers after hospital discharge.

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Curriculum Vitae


April 9, 2013
Kathleen Kendall-Tackett, PhD, IBCLC
December 1, 2010
May 30, 2012

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