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Kajsa Brimdyr, PhD, CLC
Jeni Stevens, RN, RM, IBCLC
Jennifer Thomas, MD, MPH, IBCLC, FABM, FAAP
Kristin Tully, PhD
Helen Calvert, BA(Hons)
Wendy Jones, PhD, MRPharmS
Khalid Iqbal, MD, IBCLC
Bryna Sampey, IBCLC
Catherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC
Alenka Benedik, IBCLC
Cecilia Tomori, PhD, MA
Pamela Morrison, IBCLC
Carol Bartle, RN, RM, IBCLC, PGDip (Child Advocacy), MHSc
Alison McFadden, PhD, RM, ADM, Cert Ed
Lourdes Santaballa, BA(Hons), MS, IBCLC
Alessandra Bazzano, PhD, MPH
Naomi Bar-Yam, ACSW, PhD
Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, BSc, CLE, CLD, CCCE, CPPI
Zainab Yate, BSc, MSc, Doctoral Student
Jane Grassley, PhD, RN, IBCLC

 

Kajsa Brimdyr, PhD, CLC
 

Dr Kajsa Brimdyr is an experienced ethnographer who has worked with health care, municipal and technological businesses, using ethnography to understand and appreciate the work practice of professions, work-flows and services in order to help improve practice. She has conducted research in the United States, Sweden, Latvia, Egypt and Iceland. Her current research involves using video ethnography and interaction analysis to change practice in hospital settings to improve continuous skin-to-skin for the first hour after cesarean and vaginal births in Egypt and the United States. She, along with Ann-Marie Widstrom and Kristin Svensson, are the producers of the DVD Skin to Skin in the First Hour after Birth: Practical Advice for Staff after Vaginal and Cesarean Birth. Her newest DVD, the award winning The Magical Hour: Holding Your Baby for the First Hour After Birth is aimed at parents. Dr Brimdyr is an advisor and faculty member for the BS in Maternal Child Health: Lactation Consulting at Union Institute and University.


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Jeni Stevens, RN, RM, IBCLC
 

Jeni Stevens

 

Facilitating skin-to-skin contact after caesareans

1.00 L CERP, 1.00 CME and 1.0 CNE

Jeni Stevens is a PhD candidate from Western Sydney University, Australia. Jeni is a mum of four young men, a Registered Nurse and Midwife and a lactation consultant. Jeni completed an honours research degree in 2010, which focused on the role of a Doula in Australia. She is currently completing her PhD and is a Clinical Midwifery Consultant in Infant Feeding in a Sydney Hospital.


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Jennifer Thomas, MD, MPH, IBCLC, FABM, FAAP
 

Dr Jenny Thomas is a pediatrician and breastfeeding medicine specialist at Lakeshore Medical Clinic in Franklin, Wisconsin, USA and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Community and Family Medicine and Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin. She is now serving on the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Breastfeeding Executive Board after spending several years as the Chief of the Chapter Breastfeeding Coordinators. She also serves on the Executive Board of the Wisconsin Chapter of the AAP, and is a founder and the immediate-past Chairperson of the Wisconsin Breastfeeding Coalition. She is the author of Dr Jen’s Guide to Breastfeeding. She has received awards for teaching, advocacy for children, and innovation with in her practice and community. She is one of only a few physicians internationally to be recognized as a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (FABM) for her expertise on breastfeeding. Dr Thomas’ interests and research have focused on issues related to the use of social media to support breastfeeding mothers.


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Kristin Tully, PhD
 

Dr Kristin Tully

 

Understanding and supporting early postpartum maternal health needs

0.75 L CERPs & 0.25 R CERPs, 1.00 CME and 1.1 CNEs

Dr Kristin Tully is a Research Associate at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH). Her program of research is in investigating maternity care, patient-provider communication, breastfeeding experiences, and parent-infant nighttime interactions. Broadly, she interested in understanding and supporting the health needs and parenting practices of new families. Dr Tully is currently Principal Investigator of a North Carolina Translational and Clinical Sciences Improving Human Health Award to design and development of infant side-car bassinets for US postnatal units through the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI). She is also a co-investigator on a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute engagement award on women’s health in the “4th Trimester” through CGBI and the UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health. Dr Tully contributes to two National Institute of Health-funded projects on infant sleep development at the Center for Developmental Science at UNC-CH and is a part of the National Action Partnership to Promote Safe Sleep.


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Helen Calvert, BA(Hons)
 

Helen Calvert

 

Hospital breastfeeding and the need to include paediatrics

0.50 L CERPs, 0.50 CMEs and 0.6 CNEs

Helen Calvert is a social media campaigner and parent advocate, who has been running a Facebook group for UK mothers for over 5 years. Her youngest son has a congenital heart defect, and her experiences of breastfeeding him have led her to start the Hospital Breastfeeding campaign, asking for better breastfeeding support on paediatric wards and in children’s hospitals. Helen is involved in a number of maternity, breastfeeding and early years projects, further details of which can be found on her website www.heartmummy.co.uk.


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Wendy Jones, PhD, MRPharmS
 

Dr Wendy Jones was a community pharmacist during her employed life, and also worked in doctors’ surgeries supporting cost effective, evidence-based prescribing. She qualified as a pharmacist prescriber specialising in the prevention of Coronary Heart Disease – of which breastfeeding is an extension. Dr Jones left work in 2011 to work on writing my book Breastfeeding and Medication (Routledge 2013), developing information and training material on drugs in breastmilk. She recently completed Breastfeeding for Dads and Grandmas (Praeclarus Press) and Why Mothers’ Medication Matters (Pinter and Martin).

Dr Jones run a helpline service on the use of medication in breastfeeding mothers for a UK charity called the Breastfeeding Network, responding to healthcare professionals and mothers. She has been a breastfeeding supporter for 29 years ago and is passionate that breastfeeding should be valued by all and that medication should not be a barrier.

Dr Jones has three daughters, all breastfed, who are as passionate about breastfeeding as she is, and three grandchildren, all enthusiastic breastfeeders themselves.


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Khalid Iqbal, MD, IBCLC
 

Dr Khalid Iqbal

 

Breastfeeding management and medical ethical issues

1.00 E CERPs, 1.00 CME and 0.9 CNEs

Dr Khalid Iqbal is basically a clinician, currently working as a Neonatologist and Lactation Consultant in Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Dubai hospital, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai United Arab Emirates. He has extensive experience in management of neonatal health and infant nutrition issues. He is a Lactation Consultant, BFHI Assessor and BFHI Trainer as well. He is a well-known speaker and had presentations on many topics at international platforms (ILCA, ABM, VELB, IBFAN, WABA) in USA, Germany, Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Egypt and Middle East countries.

He is affiliated with many regional and international organisations and contribute significantly in breastfeeding promotional activities and advocacy campaigns. He is a member IBFAN, Code Coordinator UAE Lactation Consultants Society. He is former Research Coordinator, World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) Research Task Force, member of Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM). He is recipient of Regional Award for his Exemplary services for promoting, supporting and protecting breastfeeding in Arab World.

Dr Khalid is the author of many scientific papers either published in international journals or circulated online (recognized by UNICEF) and has written 3 books, Our Children are at Risk, The Basics of Human Lactation and Is it possible to re-establish breastfeeding once stopped?


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Bryna Sampey, IBCLC
 

Bryna Sampey became IBCLC-certified in 2010 after a 4500+ hour internship with Sonja Massey, BSN, RN, IBCLC at BabyMoon in Monterey, CA, USA Prior to her certification as an IBCLC and Doula, she worked in Marine Chemistry in the Monterey Bay. Bryna owns a private practice in the Portland, Oregon metro area, offering home-visiting birth and lactation care, postpartum care, and education for parents and professionals. Bryna has specialized in her birth work focus on high-risk and surgical birth and the subsequent lactation issues that can arise from interventive birth. In her lactation work, she has additional areas of expertise in ankyloglossia assessment and recovery for the breastfeeding dyad, working with LGBTQIA+ families, and Rhythmic Movement Training for babies and parents with birth and surgical trauma as well as breastfeeding difficulties. Bryna has worked as an adjunct professor at Birthingway College of Midwifery, teaching students about complex parental situations in lactation, breast assessment and evaluation, hand expression and breast massage. She also teaches parents in prenatal breastfeeding education and newborn care at Oregon Health & Sciences University. When not teaching, working with clients, or learning more about breastfeeding and early parenting care, she can be found at home with her family in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.


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Catherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC
 

Catherine Watson Genna

 

Breastfeeding strategies for tongue-tied babies

1.50 L CERPs, 1.50 CMEs and 1.5 CNEs

Catherine Watson Genna is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in private practice in New York City. Certified in 1992, Catherine is particularly interested in helping moms and babies breastfeed when they have medical challenges and is an active clinical mentor. She speaks to healthcare professionals around the world on assisting breastfeeding babies with anatomical, genetic or neurological problems. Her presentations and her writing are enriched by her clinical photographs and videos. Catherine collaborates with Columbia University and Tel Aviv University Departments of Biomedical Engineering on research projects investigating the biomechanics of the lactating nipple and various aspects of sucking and swallowing in breastfeeding infants. She is the author of Selecting and Using Breastfeeding Tools: Improving Care and Outcomes (Hale 2009, Praeclarus Press 2016) and Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants (Jones and Bartlett Publishers 2008, 2013,2017) as well as professional journal articles and chapters in the Core Curriculum for Lactation Consultant Practice and Breastfeeding and Human Lactation. In addition to serving as Associate Editor of the United States Lactation Consultant Association’s official journal Clinical Lactation, Catherine is still an active La Leche League Leader and runs a bi-monthly toddler meeting in Queens.


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Alenka Benedik, IBCLC
 

Alenka Benedik

 

So “big” and still breastfed?

0.75 L CERPs, 0.75 CMEs and 0.8 CNEs

Alenka Benedik is a mother of three breastfed children, an international board certified lactation consultant (IBCLC), an accredited La Leche League Leader, a translator and a doula. She has been helping mothers and babies to breastfeed since 2006. Her mission is to change the world for the better. Her vision is breastfeeding as a socially accepted norm. In addition to her job as a freelance translator, specializing in quality in healthcare and the automotive industry, Alenka is an IBCLC in private practice. She leads birth preparation and breastfeeding support classes, and a La Leche League Café group. She enjoys writing articles on breastfeeding and parenting, spending time with her children, travelling, meeting new people, hiking and taking pictures.


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Cecilia Tomori, PhD, MA
 

Dr Cecilia Tomori

 

Cultural challenges of breastfeeding and sleep

1.00 L CERP, 1.00 CME and 1.1 CNEs

Dr Cecilia Tomori is a Hungarian American anthropologist, with postdoctoral training in public health. Dr Tomori combines anthropological and public health approaches to explore lived experience across cultures in order to improve health and social inequalities. Dr Tomori’s recent book, Nighttime Breastfeeding: An American Cultural Dilemma (Berghahn Books, 2014), investigates cultural controversies surrounding breastfeeding and infant sleep using anthropological, historical, and feminist perspectives. She is currently working on a new interdisciplinary edited volume with Drs. Aunchalee Palmquist and Elizabeth Quinn on anthropological approaches to breastfeeding across biological, sociocultural, and archeological anthropology (Routledge, forthcoming). Dr Tomori has published and presented her research in numerous journals and conferences for a variety of audiences. She is currently a Research Associate at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.


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Pamela Morrison, IBCLC
 

Pamela Morrison has been speaking and writing on behalf of breastfeeding in the context of HIV since 1995. Having certified in 1990 as the first IBCLC in Zimbabwe, a country with extremely high HIV-prevalence, she worked in private practice and served as a member of the Zimbabwe National Multi-sectoral Breastfeeding Committee, as a BFHI trainer and assessor, and assisted with development of national Code legislation and HIV and breastfeeding policy. She emigrated to Australia in 2003 and subsequently to England in 2005. She served as Co-Coordinator of the WABA Task Forces on Human Rights from 2001 to 2002 and on Breastfeeding and HIV from 2005 to 2009. She authored the WABA 2012 publication, International Policy on HIV and Breastfeeding: a Comprehensive Resource, and the 2015-16 Update (currently awaiting publication).


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Carol Bartle, RN, RM, IBCLC, PGDip (Child Advocacy), MHSc
 

Carol Bartle has a nursing, midwifery and lactation consultant background and works as a maternal, infant and child health promoter with the Canterbury Breastfeeding Advocacy and Information Service at Te Puawaitanga ki Otautahi Trust. She also works as a policy analyst with the New Zealand College of Midwives. Carol studied at the University of Otago and has a post- graduate diploma in Child Advocacy and a Masters in Health Sciences. Major interests include women’s health, breastfeeding and infant feeding, ethics, human rights, infant feeding in emergencies, climate change, and health policy/politics.


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Alison McFadden, PhD, RM, ADM, Cert Ed
 

Dr Alison McFadden qualified as a midwife in 1981 and worked in clinical midwifery in England and Malawi. She qualified as a midwifery tutor in 1989, was awarded the Robert Peer’s Prize for Adult Education by the University of Nottingham, and spent 17 years lecturing in midwifery and women’s health at the Teesside University. She was awarded a Masters in Applied Educational Studies by the University of York in 1993. In 2005 she joined the Mother and Infant Research Unit at the University of York and gained a National Institute of Health Research Fellowship to undertake a PhD which was completed in 2010 at the University of York. She joined the University of Dundee as a researcher in January 2013. Dr McFadden’s research focuses on inequalities in health and nutrition for women and infants. Recently she conducted a study examining strategies to effectively influence political commitment to breastfeeding in six countries, and is involved in updating Cochrane reviews on breastfeeding to inform WHO work.


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Lourdes Santaballa, BA(Hons), MS, IBCLC
 

Lourdes Santaballa is a community activist and organizer, having previously worked in the domestic violence, affordable housing, and economic equity movements. She has been active in the birth and breastfeeding community since the birth of her first child in 2006. A La Leche League leader since 2008, she co-founded La Leche League Puerto Rico in 2011 and has participated in the Global Leader Council as well acted as District Advisor to her area and her chapter treasurer. She is a birth and post-partum doula and prenatal educator and is a co-founder of the Colectiva Dar Vida, a birth and lactation cooperative providing services to families in Puerto Rico. An International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 2011, she was the founder of the lactation program at sePARE, a community based municipal program in Vega Baja, providing coordinated services to low income families and helped draft its model lactation policy. Under her leadership the program was awarded the ILCA Care Award and received the Wilson-Clay Hoover Award for Research. The program was recognized for achieving a 76% exclusive breastfeeding rate among participants at six weeks. Lourdes received the distinguished Drs. Ruth Lawrence and Audrey Naylor Legacy Scholarship in 2016 from the United States Breastfeeding Committee and is currently completing her Master’s Degree in Clinical Nutrition at the Maryland University of Integrative Health. Lourdes is a single parent to two children whom she nursed in tandem until the ages of 8 and 6 respectively and is active in online help communities both locally in Puerto Rico and globally. She is the Interim Chair to the Lactation Equity Action Committee, a joint committee committed to diversity and equitable representation in the IBCLC and lactation professions.


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Alessandra Bazzano, PhD, MPH
 

Dr Alessandra Bazzano is a maternal and child health researcher interested in how social and behavioral factors impact women’s health, breastfeeding, nutrition and wellbeing. Over nearly two decades, her work in international health for UNICEF, WHO and non-governmental organizations has focused on improving the day to day lives of families—particularly those most vulnerable to economic, social and political insecurity—through qualitative and quantitative inquiry, and population level intervention. Dr Bazzano’s interests in lactation research include: sociocultural and environmental influences, galactagogues, the use of digital communication by breastfeeding mothers, and understanding the role that social innovation and design thinking may play in improving the breastfeeding experience. Ultimately, her research seeks to support communities and families to integrate best breastfeeding practices as normative, in order to improve the nutrition and health of present and future generations. In addition to her doctoral training in epidemiology and medical anthropology, Dr Bazzano is a trained doula, certified children’s yoga instructor, and mother to three young people who were breastfed and continually inspire her to apply cheerfulness, compassion and optimism to even the most seemingly intractable problems.


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Naomi Bar-Yam, ACSW, PhD
 

Dr Naomi Bar-Yam

 

A place at the bedside: NICU families on the NICU team

1.00 L CERP, 1.00 CME and 1.1 CNEs

Dr Naomi Bar-Yam is the founding director of the Mothers’ Milk Bank Northeast, providing safe donor milk to hospitals and families throughout the northeast. Naomi has been working in maternal and child health for over 25 years as an educator, researcher and writer, in the US and overseas. As a consultant with the Healthy Children project, Dr Bar-Yam penned the monograph, The Right to Breast: Breastfeeding and Human Rights. She is also the author of the children’s book Rich and Creamy for Your Preemie (Platypus, 2016)

Dr Bar-Yam has served as a lactation policy consultant with the Centers for Disease Control on their panel on breastfeeding interventions. Naomi’s dissertation remains one of few doctoral level studies of lactation policy. Dr Bar-Yam serves on their editorial board of the peer reviewed Journal of Human Lactation. She is the president of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America.


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Laurel Wilson, IBCLC, BSc, CLE, CLD, CCCE, CPPI
 

Laurel Wilson is an author, international speaker and pregnancy and lactation expert. She serves as a Senior Advisor for CAPPA, the Childbirth and Postpartum Professional Association. She is on the Board of Directors for the United States Breastfeeding Committee and also on the Advisory Board for InJoy Birth and Parenting. She owns MotherJourney, focusing on training perinatal professionals on integrative and holistic information regarding pregnancy, childbirth, and breastfeeding. She has her degree in Maternal Child Health: Lactation Consulting and is an internationally board certified lactation consultant. Wilson is the co-author of two books, The Attachment Pregnancy and The Greatest Pregnancy Ever and contributing author to Round the Circle: Doulas Talk About Themselves. She loves to blend today’s recent scientific findings with the mind/body/spirit wisdom. Laurel has been joyfully married to her husband for more than two decades and has two wonderful grown sons, whose difficult births led her on a path towards helping emerging families create positive experiences. Laurel spends her free time reading piles of research, running in the mountains with her dogs, and kayaking. She believes that the journey into motherhood is a life-changing rite of passage that should be deeply honored and celebrated.


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Zainab Yate, BSc, MSc, Doctoral Student
 

Zainab Yate’s background in academia is in Medical Ethics & Law (Imperial College, MSc), and her working background is in Public Health, performance, research, and commissioning with the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK. She is Alt. Vice Chair on a Research Ethics Committee Panel, and the named qualitative research lead with the Health Research Authority in the UK (HRA). She is also a member of the Kings College London Research Ethics Governance and Policy Committee (KCL). She has been a long-term breastfeeding peer supporter and has been researching her doctorate for a number of years, but is on maternity leave. After experiencing aversion herself and not knowing what it was and not being able to find any information on it, she set up a resource site for mothers and healthcare practitioners on Breastfeeding / Nursing Aversion and Agitation (BAA), www.breastfeedingaversion.com, where she support mothers online, and research for her viewers into the phenomenon.


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Jane Grassley, PhD, RN, IBCLC
 

Dr Jane Grassley is a Professor and the Jody DeMeyer Endowed Chair of Nursing at Boise State University in Boise, ID. She has worked in maternal-child healthcare for her entire nursing career as a mother/baby nurse, as a childbirth and parent educator, as a community health nurse supporting women during pregnancy and postpartum, and as a nurse educator. She has been a certified lactation consultant for 20 years and practiced directly in that role for 8 years in two hospitals. Her practice as an IBCLC has driven her research program, which focuses on providing mothers and their infants with a positive beginning for breastfeeding through improving professional and family support.


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