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Sobrato Center for Nonprofits

1400 Parkmoor Avenue, Cupertino A

San Jose, CA 95126

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Join us for the 3rd Annual Networking: Engaging Community to Strengthen Breastfeeding Support Event!

Enjoy an afternoon networking with medical providers, doulas, lactation consultants, nurses, business owners and other breastfeeding and pre-term baby community advocates.

This year's theme is Supporting Pre-Term Babies. We are honored to host a panel of Bay Area experts addressing barriers to breastfeeding and accessing donor human milk for preterm and medically vulnerable infants. You will hear three distinct perspectives, from Dr. Ron Cohen, MD, Pauline Sakamoto, MS, RN, PHN, and Diana Morgan-Hickey, RN, IBCLC, as they discuss their work and answer your questions.


The target audience for this event includes, but is not limited to:

Everyone is welcome!

  • Neonatologist
  • Pediatricians
  • OB/GYN’s
  • Family Practice MD’s
  • Medical Residents
  • Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) professionals
  • Nurse Practitioners
  • Nurses
  • Lactation Consultants/Educators
  • Registered Dietitians
  • Nutrition Assistants
  • Prenatal Educators
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Hospital/NICU Staff
  • Medical Office Staff
  • Doulas
  • Midwives
  • Nutrition Professionals
  • Business Owners
  • CPSP Professionals
  • Quality Improvement
  • Community Health Center Staff
  • Patient Navigators
  • Medical Assistants
  • University/College field related Professors and students
  • Child Development
  • Social Workers
  • Child Centers/Day Care


Ronald Cohen, MD

Ronald Cohen, MD, is the Medical Director of the Intermediate Intensive Care Nursery at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital in Stanford and a clinical professor of Pediatrics and Neonatal and Developmental Medicine at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is the Medical Director of the San Jose Mothers’ Milk Bank. A long-term proponent of the benefits of a breast milk diet for prematurely born babies, Dr. Cohen has authored more than fifty research papers and research studies, including “Cultures of Holder-Pasteurized Donor Human Milk After Use in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit” (on which Mothers’ Milk Bank Executive Director Pauline Sakamoto served as co-author) Dr. Cohen continues to conduct research on the benefits of breast milk and is an advisor for the San Jose Mothers’ Milk Bank and the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA) on safety and appropriate uses of banked milk. Dr. Cohen received his medical degree from Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons, is Board Certified in Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine by the American Board of Pediatrics, and has been in practice for over 25 years.

Pauline Sakamoto MS, RN, PHN

Pauline Sakamoto MS, RN, PHN, is devoted to getting breast milk to all newborn babies and supporting babies in desperate need of human donor milk. Her affiliation with human milk banking began in 1985 as a milk donor, donating milk for two years with two of her children. For 25 years she has been the Executive Director of the San Jose Mothers’ Milk Bank, serving California and eleven other states including Maryland, Alaska and Hawaii. She is a trusted advisor and leader in Washington, D.C. Pauline has served as the President and Executive Board member of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA), and is a past Board member of the United States Breastfeeding Committee. She is a member of the United Nations Task Force on Technology and Breastfeeding, advisor to the California Breastfeeding Coalition, and a member of the Technical Advisory Committee for PATH under the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for the development of global milk banking standards. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from California State University Sacramento and a Master in Science focused on Community Health Nursing Administration from Loma Linda University.

Diana Morgan-Hickey, RN, IBCLC,

Diana Morgan-Hickey, RN, IBCLC started in the health care field, and soon after began to change her focus to Lactation in 1998. First she worked at two hospitals in the Portland, OR area, then moved down here in 2005. She has worked at two other hospitals in the South Bay and is now at El Camino Hospital in Los Gatos. We became the first Baby Friendly certified facility in the South Bay in May of 2017, and continue to work to keep our certification with ongoing and new updates in the Lactation field during the critical earliest days.


11:00am-11:30am: Registration + Exhibit

11:30am-11:35pm Welcome

11:35am-1:05pm: Panel

  • Ron Cohen, MD,
  • Pauline Sakamoto, MS, RN, PHN
  • Diana Morgan-Hickey, RN, IBCLC

1:05pm-1:15pm: Health and Wellness Activity

1:15pm-2:45pm: Networking and Exhibit

2:45pm-3:00pm: Closing Remarks and Thank you

*Lite refreshments and H'oderves will be provided

*Exhibit raffle

*During and post the event please share your photos at #sccbfnetworking19

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