#ILCA16 Speakers







WHO and the Baby Friendly Initiative

Geneva, Switzerland


Dr. Laurence Grummer-Strawn is a technical officer at the World Health Organization, coordinating work on infant and young child feeding. Until December 2014, he served as chief of the Nutrition Branch at the US 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 160 scientific publications. Dr. Grummer-Strawn is widely known in the breastfeeding research and advocacy communities, serving as scientific editor of the US Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Breastfeeding, an executive committee member of the International Society for Research on Human Milk and Lactation, and a liaison to the US Breastfeeding Committee. He is responsible for the CDC Guide to Breastfeeding Interventions, the CDC’s collection of breastfeeding data in the National Immunization Survey, the State Breastfeeding Report Card, and the CDC survey of Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC). He was co-principle investigator of the second Infant Feeding Practices Study, a longitudinal study that followed mother-baby dyads monthly from the third trimester of pregnancy through the first year of life.




International Code: The Role of the IBCLC in Code Monitoring

Firenze, Tuscany, Italy


Elise Chapin coordinates the Baby Friendly Initiatives (BFI) for the Italian National Committee for UNICEF. The BFI in Italy includes Baby Friendly Hospitals, Baby Friendly Communities, Baby Pit Stops, and Breastfeeding Friendly University programs. The BFI is part of a group of initiatives called “Friendly Italy” (Italia Amica) which also aims to create child-friendly cities, schools, and sports and promote child rights. Part of her work at UNICEF Italy has involved developing, adapting and testing materials for the BFCI in a research project that involved 18 Local Health Authorities throughout Italy. Before working for UNICEF Italy, she worked for the Region of Tuscany coordinating the pilot testing of the European Union’s Blueprint for Action, where becoming Baby Friendly was one of the work packages. She is one of the founders of MAMI – the Italian Breastfeeding Movement, the WABA focal point for Italy.




Growth Charts: Use and Misuse 

Barcelona, Spain


Dr. Carlos González is an international speaker, author, and pediatrician in private practice. He has lectured at breastfeeding conferences, seminars, and courses throughout Europe and the Americas. He has a long history of engaging in breastfeeding promotion, including serving as a member of the International Baby Food Action Network (IBFAN) since 1986 and as the founder and president of the Catalan Breastfeeding Association since 1991. He has written numerous books and other publications about breastfeeding, which have been translated from Spanish into German, Italian, English, Japanese, Catalan, French, Turkish, Polish, Serbian, and Russian. He has translated several breastfeeding publications into Catalan and Spanish. He is the father of three breastfed children.




My Brain is Doing What? Bias, Ethics, and the Lactation Specialist

Lynnwood, Washington, United States

Cynthia Good Mojab is a clinical counselor, International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, author, and internationally recognized speaker. She is the Education Manager of the International Lactation Consultant Association. She is also the Director of LifeCircle Counseling and Consulting, LLC where she focuses on perinatal mental health care, including the provision of lactation-compatible mental health care. She has a strong interest in the field of lactational psychology, the name of which she coined in the Journal of Human Lactation (JHL) in 2006. Ms. Good Mojab also provides education, training, and consultation services to individuals and organizations seeking to increase cultural competence/humility and dismantle institutional oppression. She has served as a member of the Lactation Equity Action Committee since its founding in 2013. Her invited commentary, Pandora’s Box Is Already Open: Answering the Ongoing Call to Dismantle Institutional Oppression in the Field of Breastfeeding, was published in the JHL in 2015. She formerly served as Research Associate in the Publications Department of La Leche League International and was on the faculty of Parkland College. She has authored, contributed to, and provided editorial review of numerous publications related to breastfeeding, culture, and psychology. She has lived biculturally and bilingually for 30 years.




New Developments in Pharmacotherapy during Lactation

Amarillo, Texas, United States


Thomas Hale Dr. Thomas Hale is Professor of Pediatrics and Associate Dean of Research at Texas Tech University School of Medicine. He is the founder and director of the InfantRisk Center, a national call center for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers. He holds degrees in pharmacy and a PhD in pharmacology and toxicology and is widely experienced in pediatric and breastfeeding clinical pharmacology. He is a well-known international lecturer in the pharmacology of lactation and is the author of five books including Medications and Mothers’ Milk, the top-selling drug reference manual in the world. He is considered by many to be one of the world’s leading authorities in the use of medications in breastfeeding women. This speaker has a financial disclosure




Organizational Effect of Mother’s Milk on Infant Outcomes

Tempe, Arizona, United States


Dr. Katie Hinde earned a PhD in Anthropology from University of California, Los Angeles in 2008 and was a post-doctoral scholar in neuroscience in the Brain, Mind, and Behavior Unit, California National Primate Research Center, University of California, Davis from 2009-2011. Professor Hinde began as an Assistant Professor in human evolutionary biology at Harvard University in 2011 and in 2015 became an Associate Professor at Arizona State University in the Center for Evolution and Medicine and the School for Human Evolution and Social Change. Since 2002, Dr. Hinde has investigated the first substance a mammal has evolved to consume: mother's milk. In her Comparative Lactation Lab, they investigate how mother’s milk contributes to infant development and behavior in socially complex taxa, particularly humans and monkeys, including not only provision of energy and materials for growth, but also milk constituents that shape immunological, neurobiological, and behavioral development. She investigates how variation in mother’s milk and behavioral care influences infant outcomes from post-natal life and into adulthood, and subsequent generations. In addition to dozens of peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters, Dr. Hinde co-edited Building Babies: Primate Developmental Trajectories in Proximate and Ultimate Perspective released by Springer in 2013. She is also an associate editor and writer for SPLASH! Milk Science Update, is an executive council member for the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation, and showcases research on mother’s milk, breastfeeding, and lactation for the general public, clinicians, and researchers at her blog Mammals Suck… Milk!




Beyond BFHI: The Expansion of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative to Neonatal Care

Montreal, Quebec, Canada


Dr. Laura Haiek  is a Montreal family physician working for Québec’s Ministry of Health and Social Services and as an assistant professor at the McGill University Department of Family Medicine. Her public health and research activities are focused on the implementation and the evaluation of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative and its expansions to community health centers and neonatal wards. She also has a part-time family medicine practice that includes a baby clinic and a breastfeeding clinic.


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