Upcoming Events

ABM Annual Meeting

The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) will host the 28th Annual International Meeting in Schaumburg, IL, November 9-12, 2023, just northwest of Chicago. We look forward to offering you a meaningful experience that offers engaging sessions that address evolving issues, virtual poster presentations and exhibits, and the opportunity to connect with an international organization of clinicians devoted to the promotion, protection, and support of breastfeeding.

28th Annual International Meeting
Schaumburg, IL, USA | November 9-12, 2023

Regional Meetings

ABM and its members hold smaller regional events and summits throughout the year, so check back frequently. Getting involved with other members in your region is a great way to make an impact in your community and build your professional network.

Members can also submit proposals to organize their own events under the ABM banner. Visit the Regional Conferences page to learn more (note: members only).

Breastfeeding Medicine Network Australia New Zealand Conference
Melbourne, Australia | April 26-28, 2024

Past Events

ABM Annual Meeting

27th Annual International Meeting
Baltimore, Maryland, USA | September 15-18, 2022

26th Annual International Meeting
Schaumburg, IL, USA | November 3-6, 2021

25th Annual International Meeting
Available On-Demand until November 2, 2021

24th Annual International Meeting
October 16 - 19, 2019
Blackburn, UK

23rd Annual International Meeting
November 14 - 17, 2018
San Francisco, California, USA

22nd Annual International Meeting
November 9 - 12, 2017
Atlanta, Georgia, USA

Regional Meetings

8th European Regional Meeting
May 11-13, 2023
Split, Croatia

ABM Australia/New Zealand Conference
Workshops: February 13-14, 2021
Conference: February 20-21, 2021

Australia/New Zealand Regional Conference
July 19 - 21, 2019
Queensland, Australia

7th European Regional Meeting
May 18-10, 2018

Rotterdam, Netherlands


Annual Summits

The First Annual Summit, held in June 2009, marked the 25th anniversary of the Surgeon General's Workshop on Breastfeeding and Human Lactation, a milestone event led by the late C. Everett Koop, MD in 1984. With continued support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Summit continued to monitor and address the unmet health needs of underserved mothers and their vulnerable children associated with low rates of breastfeeding and to work proactively toward reducing barriers to breastfeeding.

The goal is to bring high-level visibility in order to generate timely evidence-based programs for an enhanced national breastfeeding agenda. Each year's Summit serves as a benchmark to assess annual progress in breastfeeding practice nationwide. As you may know, in the past we have been pleased to feature each Surgeon General as well as leaders from other Federal agencies, key Senators, Congressmen, Governors, Mayors, the World Bank, and nonprofits nationwide.  

Key thought leaders in health and public health and medicine participating in this invitation-only conference include high-level representatives from major Federal agencies as well as hands-on grassroots administrators from important programs throughout the country and leaders from academic institutions, industry, nonprofits, and public agencies. The invited presentations are enhanced by the diverse audience comprised of various organizations—public and private, large and small, urban and rural. In addition, through the lens of health equity, we shine a spotlight on racial and geographic disparities and how to close the gaps. 

The Proceedings of the First, Second, Third, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, Seventh, and Eighth, Ninth Summits, published in Breastfeeding Medicine, serve as proof of the significant work we have accomplished so far and as a benchmark for what still must be done.

Watch on YouTube - 9th Annual Summit
Watch on YouTube - 8th Annual Summit