IFEYINWA ASIODU, PhD, RN, IBCLC (United States)
Motivations for Entering the Lactation Profession: Perspectives from People of Color
Ifeyinwa Asiodu is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family Health Care Nursing at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) School of Nursing. As a researcher, registered nurse, and lactation consultant, her research is focused on the intersection of race, systemic and structural barriers, life course perspective, and increasing access to human milk and breastfeeding support. Dr. Asiodu received her BSN from the University of Southern California and her MS and PhD from UCSF School of Nursing and completed her postdoctoral work at the University of Illinois, at Chicago.
ELIZABETH BROOKS, JD, IBCLC, FILCA (United States)
Litigation and Lactation: Protecting Breastfeeding in Legal Proceedings (Divorce, Immigration, Custody)
Liz Brooks is a lawyer/litigator (since 1983) and private practice lactation consultant (since 1997) who offers lively explanation of the overlap between clinical lactation support, ethics, and the law. Breastfeeding helpers (like IBCLCs) struggle with ethical, moral, and legal conundrums in their everyday work settings. With plain language and humor, Liz explains how the everyone can work ethically and legally, and offers pragmatic tips for immediate use in daily practice. She has served on the boards of directors of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA), the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC), and Human Milk Banking Association of North American (HMBANA). She wrote the only textbook focusing on IBCLC ethics and law, authored chapters and articles in several texts and journals, and is a well-received speaker, writer, and educator in her field.
CATHERINE WATSON GENNA, BS, IBCLC (United States)
Getting Breastfeeding Right from the Start: Enhancing Maternal and Newborn Competence
Catherine Watson Genna is in private practice in New York City since 1992. She is particularly interested in dyads with medical challenges to breastfeeding. In addition to mentoring lactation interns, she uses her clinical photos and videos in presentations to healthcare professionals on assisting breastfeeding babies with anatomical, genetic or neurological problems. Catherine participates in a research collaborative with Columbia University and Tel Aviv University Departments of Biomedical Engineering, investigating biomechanics of the lactating nipple and 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 2009) and Supporting Sucking Skills in Breastfeeding Infants (Jones and Bartlett Publishers 2008, 2013, 2017), professional journal articles, and chapters in the Core Curriculum and Breastfeeding and Human Lactation. Catherine served as Associate Editor of the United States Lactation Consultant Association's official journal Clinical Lactation for its first seven years.
LAURENCE M. GRUMMER-STRAWN, MPA, MA, PhD (Switzerland)
Breastfeeding Policy and Advocacy
Laurence Grummer-Strawn is the coordinator of infant and young child feeding at the World Health Organization. Until December 2014, he served as chief of the Nutrition Branch at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Having earned his PhD from Princeton University, he worked at CDC for over 23 years, in the areas of Reproductive Health and Nutrition. He is an epidemiologist who has published over 150 scientific publications. He is recognized internationally for his work on vitamin and mineral deficiencies, breastfeeding policy, and development of both the CDC and the WHO Growth Charts. Dr. Grummer-Strawn was the scientific editor of the US Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Breastfeeding. He created the CDC Guide to Breastfeeding Interventions, CDC’s collection of breastfeeding data in the National Immunization Survey, the State Breastfeeding Report Card, the CDC survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC). At WHO, Dr. Grummer-Strawn leads the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, the Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes, and the Global Breastfeeding Collective.
CAMARA JONES, MD, MPH, PhD (United States)
Achieving Health Equity in Breastfeeding: Naming and Addressing Racism and Other Systems of Structured Inequity
Camara Phyllis Jones, MD, MPH, PhD is a Past President of the American Public Health Association (2015-2016) and a Senior Fellow at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute and the Cardiovascular Research Institute at the Morehouse School of Medicine.
Dr. Jones is a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on naming, measuring, and addressing the impacts of racism on the health and well-being of the nation. She seeks to broaden the national health debate to include not only universal access to high quality health care, but also attention to the social determinants of health (including poverty) and the social determinants of equity (including racism).
Dr. Jones is a public health leader valued for her creativity and intellectual agility.
As a methodologist, she has developed new methods for comparing full distributions of data, rather than simply comparing means or proportions, in order to investigate population-level risk factors and propose population-level interventions. As a social epidemiologist, her work on "race"-associated differences in health outcomes goes beyond simply documenting those differences to vigorously investigating the structural causes of the differences.
As a teacher, her allegories on "race" and racism illuminate topics that are otherwise difficult for many Americans to understand or discuss. She aims through her work to catalyze a national conversation on racism that will mobilize and engage all Americans in a National Campaign Against Racism.
Dr. Jones was an Assistant Professor at the Harvard School of Public Health (1994 to 2000) before being recruited to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2000 to 2014), where she served as a Medical Officer and Research Director on Social Determinants of Health and Equity. Highly valued as a mentor and teacher, she is currently an Adjunct Professor at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University and an Adjunct Associate Professor at the Morehouse School of Medicine.
She has been elected to service on many professional boards, including her current service on the Board of Directors of the DeKalb County (Georgia) Board of Health and the National Board of Public Health Examiners, as well as past service on the Executive Board of the American Public Health Association, the Board of Directors of the American College of Epidemiology, and the Board of Directors of the National Black Women’s Health Project. She is also actively sought as a contributor to national efforts to eliminate health disparities and achieve health equity, including her current role as a faculty member of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education’s Pursuing Excellence in the Clinical Learning Environment collaborative addressing Health Care Disparities, and her former role as a Project Advisor and on-screen expert for the groundbreaking film series Unnatural Causes: Is Inequality Making Us Sick?
Her many honors include the Wellesley Alumnae Achievement Award (Wellesley College’s highest alumnae honor, 2018), the John Snow Award (given in recognition of “enduring contributions to public health through epidemiologic methods and practice” by the American Public Health Association’s Epidemiology Section, 2011), and awards named after luminaries David Satcher (ASTDHPPHE, 2003), Hildrus A. Poindexter (APHA Black Caucus, 2009), Paul Cornely (APHA Health Activists, 2016), Shirley Nathan Pulliam (Maryland Health Equity Leadership Award, 2016), Louis Stokes (NMA Health Advocacy Award, 2018), Frances Borden-Hubbard (SAHP Social Justice Award, 2018), and Cato T. Laurencin (Cobb Institute and NMA Distinguished Research Award, 2018).
Lauded for her compelling clarity on issues of “race” and racism, she has delivered seven Commencement Addresses in the past few years: University of Washington School of Public Health (2013), University of California San Francisco School of Medicine (2016), University of California Berkeley School of Public Health (2016), University of Minnesota School of Public Health (2017), Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (2017), City University of New York School of Medicine (2017), and University of North Carolina Gillings School of Global Public Health (2018). She was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (2016).
Dr. Jones earned her BA in Molecular Biology from Wellesley College, her MD from the Stanford University School of Medicine, and both her Master of Public Health and her PhD in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health. She also completed residency training in General Preventive Medicine at Johns Hopkins and in Family Practice at the Residency Program in Social Medicine at Montefiore Medical Center.
JANE MORTON, MD, FAAP, FABM (United States)
A Case for Normalizing First-Hour Hand Expression for All Mothers: Selective Studies Supportive of a Mother-Centric, Volume-Centric Approach to Improving Breastfeeding Outcomes
Jane Morton has had a long, fulfilling career as a general pediatrician, She has also had a long-standing interest in breastfeeding, from understanding its clinical benefits to practical solutions for mothers having difficulty in providing breastmilk to their infants. Over the years, she has conducted research on human milk and breastfeeding and has designed and implemented systems and policies to help breastfeeding mothers. She produced award winning videos on this topic, including “Breastfeeding: A Guide to Getting Started”, “A Preemie Needs His Mother: Breastfeeding a Premature Baby”, “Making Enough Milk, the Key to Successful Breastfeeding” and “A Mother’s Touch, Breastfeeding in the First Hour”. These have been translated and widely used in thousands of hospitals to train both staff and new mothers. She designed an educational website for expectant mothers for the goal of preventing common breastfeeding problems, www.firstdroplets.com. As an executive board member of both the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine and the American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Breastfeeding, she enjoyed working to enlarge the footprint of breastfeeding, both nationally and internationally.
For a 5-year period, she joined the neonatology clinical faculty at Stanford to develop the Breastfeeding Medicine Program. In that position, she had the opportunity to design a nationally recognized educational program, conduct and publish original research on milk production and composition in mothers of very low birth weight infants, and publish a study with the AAP on the efficacy of a breastfeeding curriculum for physician residents in training. She was an advisor to the California Perinatal Quality Care Collaborative, and was a key author of the toolkit “Nutritional Support for the Very Low Birth Weight Infant”. She co-authored the book Best Medicine: Human Milk in the NICU. She has published extensively and presented her original research and educational workshops internationally. She continues to teach at Stanford where she is an Adjunct Clinical Professor of Pediatrics, Emerita.
AMAL OMER-SALIM (Malaysia)
Warm Chain of Support for Breastfeeding
Amal Omer-Salim is the Executive Director of the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA). She is a nutritionist with a Ph.D. from Uppsala University, Sweden. Her areas of expertise are nutrition, breastfeeding, international health, gender, programme planning, research, and advocacy, with a special focus on Africa and Asia.
AUNCHALEE PALMQUIST, PhD, MA, IBCLC (United States)
What is the Role for IBCLCs in Emergencies?
Aunchalee Palmquist is an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, Department of Maternal and Child Health, Gillings School of Global Public Health and an affiliate of the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI). She is a medical anthropologist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant.
Dr. Palmquist’s research addresses the intersectionality of perinatal maternal, newborn, and young child health disparities globally and in the U.S. Specific areas of interest include the birthing, breastfeeding, and birth spacing continuum; human milk sharing and milk banking; and infant and young child feeding in emergencies (IYCF-E). Dr. Palmquist’s interdisciplinary work bridges critical biocultural anthropology and global public health. She conducts community-based participatory research and uses both ethnographic methods and mixed-methods approaches. Her work is informed by human rights frameworks and a reproductive justice lens.
Dr. Palmquist is the lead for the CGBI Lactation and Infant Feeding in Emergencies (L.I.F.E.) Initiative and the Humanitarian Maternal and Child Health Program. She serves as a CGBI representative on the WHO/UNICEF Global Breastfeeding Collective, the Emergency Nutrition Network IFE Core Group, the CORE group Humanitarian-Development Task Force, and the United States Breastfeeding Committee. Dr. Palmquist has previously served as an International Lactation Consultants Association liaison to the United Nations.
At UNC Dr. Palmquist teaches a Global Breastfeeding seminar for MCH students and lectures in in the CGBI Mary Rose Tully Lactation Training Initiative for aspiring lactation consultants. She has presented her research at national and international academic conferences, and speaks to audiences of health care professionals and lay birth and breastfeeding supporters across the world.
LOURDES SANTABALLA, BA, IBCLC, IYCFS (Puerto Rico)
What is the Role for IBCLCs in Emergencies?
Lourdes Santaballa is a community activist and organizer, with a background in domestic violence, affordable housing, and economic equity advocacy. A La Leche League leader from 2009-2017 and IBCLC since 2011, she was the founder of the lactation program at sePARE, providing coordinated services to low income families, leading it to receive the ILCA Care Award and received the Wilson-Clay Hoover Award for Research. Lourdes received the notorious Drs. Ruth Lawrence and Audrey Naylor Legacy Scholarship in 2016 by the United States Breastfeeding Committee, the Miriam H. Labbok Award for Excellence at the Breastfeeding and Feminism conference in 2018 and is currently completing her master’s degree in clinical nutrition. In October 2017, following Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Lourdes founded Alimentación Segura Infantil or ASI, an Infant and Young Child feeding program focused on increasing breastfeeding, leadership and training in marginalized communities in Puerto Rico.