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Daily Highlights - Monday, October 28


American Academy of Pediatrics Highlights for National Conference & Exhibition

Media Contacts: 

  • Lisa Black: 
  • Laura Alessio:
  • AAP headquarters (before Nov. 2): 630-626-6177
  • AAP National Conference Press Office: 504-670-5406

Media who have registered for the conference must come to the press office, room 208-209, to pick up media credentials. A badge is required for access to all sessions. Journalists are strongly encouraged to apply for media credentials in advance.

Meeting Highlights for Monday, Oct. 28:

Marijuana Use During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: Good, Bad, Unknown”
7:30-8:15 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28
Morial Convention Center, Room 217-219
As an increasing number of states legalize marijuana, more patients are asking pediatricians if they may use the marijuana to lessen morning sickness, or if it’s safe to use while breastfeeding. Mary O’Connor, MD, MPH, FAAP, co-author of the 2018 AAP clinical report Marijuana Use During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding: Implications for Neonatal and Childhood Outcomes, talks about this trick topic and new information that has come out since the report was published. For more, go to AAP News.

Plenary: “A Burning House: Children's Health in the Warming World”
11:50 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28.
Morial Convention Center, Great Hall
Debra J. Hendrickson, M.D., FAAP, spent more than a decade as an environmental analyst and planner, and went to graduate school to study forestry. Now, she practices medicine in Reno, Nev., downwind of California wildfires that cause her patients to wheeze and cough. She argues that children will bear the burden of climate change if adults don’t take action now. For more, go to AAP News.

“Controversies in Pediatrics: Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative: Challenges of the Breastfeeding Program”
8:30-10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28
Morial Convention Center, Room R02-R03
Alison Holmes, MD, MPH, FAAP, and Joel L. Bass, MD, FAAP, will discuss the latest research in skin-to-skin contact, the use of formula to supplement breastfeeding, rooming-in practices, pacifier use and the Baby-Friendly designation process. They will talk about how a “baby-friendly” designation is reached and how they believe hospitals can support breastfeeding goals. For more, go to AAP News.

Separating Fact from Fiction: Nutritional Realities for Pediatricians
1-5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28
Morial Convention Center, Room 348-349
Nutrition lays the foundation for human health and development. In this session, experts will explore the importance of good nutrition from infancy through adolescence and beyond. From 1 to 2 p.m., experts will discuss prenatal nutrition, infant nutrition and the introduction of complementary foods. At 2 p.m. panelists will discuss strategies to optimize growth in older children while avoiding eating disorders and obesity, and at 3:30 p.m. the panel will discuss food allergies, raw milk, and current and upcoming AAP recommendations.

“What to Do When a Child Discloses Abuse”
3-3:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28
Morial Convention Center, Room R08
Pediatricians may second-guess themselves when they see a child whose subtle injuries could be a sign of abuse. In this session, Verena W. Brown, M.D., talks about how to recognize abuse, describe situations in which a child may disclose abuse and what questions to ask the child. For more, go to AAP News.

“Acute Flaccid Myelitis”
4-4:45 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28
Morial Convention Center, Room 356-357
Acute flaccid myelitis, described as a polio-type illness, has been increasing in incidence since 2014 with seasonal outbreaks every other year in the summer-fall, leaving hundreds of children with long-term paralysis and disability. Infectious disease expert Kevin B. Messacar, MD, FAAP, talks about how to recognize and manage children with this illness. For more, go to AAP News.

“Perspectives From Both Sides of the Border: Challenges for Pediatricians Caring for Children Emigrating from Mexico to the U.S.
4-5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 28
Morial Convention Center, Room R04-R05
Pediatricians on both sides of the border share their experience in working with migrant families. One of them, Marsha Griffin, MD, FAAP, based in Brownsville, has visited migrant children being held in detention centers and been an outspoken advocate for their families.

“How the WHO and AAP can Collaborate to Support Optimal Infant Feeding”
10:30-10:50 a.m. Monday, Oct. 28
Morial Convention Center, Great Hall
Lawrence Grummer-Strawn, MPA, MA, PhD, is a technical officer for the World Health Organization who will review changes to the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. The topics touch on the importance of including preterm and newborns with low birthweight, adherence to the International Code of Marketing of Breast-Milk Substitutes and other changes.

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The American Academy of Pediatrics is an organization of 67,000 primary care pediatricians, pediatric medical subspecialists and pediatric surgical specialists dedicated to the health, safety and well-being of infants, children, adolescents and young adults. For more information, visit