Diana West has been an IBCLC in New Jersey (US) for over 20 years and is a retired La Leche League Leader. She has published many books, including Making More Milk, Sweet Sleep, the 8th edition of The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, Breastfeeding after Breast and Nipple Procedures, Defining Your Own Success: Breastfeeding after Breast Reduction Surgery, and ILCA’s popular Clinician’s Breastfeeding Triage Tool. Diana has also co-authored a research article with a team led by Trevor MacDonald and the late Joy Noel-Weiss about trans men’s experiences with lactation and gender identity.
Dr. Kendall-Tackett specializes in women’s-health research including breastfeeding, depression, trauma, and health psychology. She is a health psychologist, IBCLC, and the owner and editor-in-chief of Praeclarus Press. She is Editor-in-Chief of two peer-reviewed journals: Clinical Lactation and Psychological Trauma. She is Fellow of the American Psychological Association in Health and Trauma Psychology, Past President of the APA Division of Trauma Psychology, and a member of the Board for the Advancement of Psychology in the Public Interest. She has authored more than 400 articles or chapters Her most recent books include: Depression in New Mothers, Women’s Mental Health Across the Lifespan, Psychology of Trauma 101 and The Science of Mother-Infant Sleep.
Sharon Perrella is a research fellow at the Geddes Hartmann Human Lactation Research Group at The University of Western Australia and works as a IBCLC at One For Women. Sharon has an extensive clinical background in neonatal nursing, and experience as a peer breastfeeding counsellor with the Australian Breastfeeding Association.
She has a special interest in preterm breastfeeding, and milk production. Since being awarded a PhD in 2015 Sharon has used ultrasound and intraoral vacuum measurement to examine sucking dynamics and suck-swallowbreathe coordination, while her current work focuses on the identification and management of women at risk of reduced breastfeeding duration.
Jen Hocking is a registered nurse and midwife who worked in the public maternity system in Victoria for 20 years. Now a midwifery lecturer at Australian Catholic University and a member of the ACU MERIT midwifery research group. Jen’s PhD was a focused ethnographic study examining the clinical practice of Lactation Consultants who provide support and care for breastfeeding women.
Jen is chair of the Victorian branch of the Australian College of Midwives, a member of the BFHI advisory committee and the Australian World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative.
An IBCLC since 1991, Nancy has worked in private practice, worked for a major breast-pump company and a national corporate lactation program. She has authored many books for lactation professionals and parents. Currently, an international speaker, and trainer to aspiring lactation consultants with the Breastfeeding for Love project in China, she also contracts with hospitals to help improve breastfeeding practices.
Her mission is to simplify life for new families, many of whom--without realizing it--make breastfeeding more complicated than it needs to be. In 2008, she was awarded the designation FILCA, Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association for her contribution to the lactation field.
Zainab studied medical ethics & law at the Imperial College London. She is a biomedical ethicist, independent researcher and campaigner. She published the first peer-reviewed study looking specifically at breastfeeding/nursing aversion and agitation in 2017. She is the leading international expert in Aversion, and has recently published the only book on the topic with specialist publishers Pinter & Martin, London. She has helped thousands of women and families through her free structured support course and peer-to-peer support group online. Zainab is a breastfeeding peer supporter with the NHS and a breastfeeding advocate and infant feeding research ethics expert for ethical committees in the UK.
After a career as a deputy headteacher, Emma trained with the Association of Breastfeeding Mothers, qualifying as a breastfeeding counsellor in 2007. She went on to become an IBCLC in 2011. She has supported families at groups in North London for 13 years as a volunteer and answers calls on the helpline.
Her book, You’ve Got It In You: a positive guide to breastfeeding was followed by The Breast Book: a puberty guide with a difference – it’s the when, why and how of breasts. Her third book on breastfeeding past 6 months and beyond is due to be published in 2022.
Helen Skouteris is a Monash Warwick Professor in Health and Social Care Improvement and Implementation Science, Head of the Health and Social Care Unit (HSCU), Co-Lead of the Evidence Synthesis, Qualitative Research and Implementation Science Division of School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, and Director of the Centre of Research Excellence in Health in Preconception and Pregnancy, Monash University.
Trained as a developmental psychologist, Helen is an internationally esteemed maternal and childhood obesity researcher whose research spans preconception, pregnancy, postpartum, childhood and adolescence, with a focus on psychosocial and lifestyle health.
Maya Bolman certified as IBCLC in 2001 and currently works at Senders Pediatrics and Breastfeeding Medicine of Northeast Ohio. Maya is well known internationally for her work promoting hand expression and breast massage to health professionals and parents. She recognizes that teaching these basic tools helps empower them to work through breastfeeding challenges including engorgement, plugged ducts, separation from the infant, and milk supply concerns.
She co-created an instructional video The Basics of Breast Massage and Hand Expression and has also conducted research on the effectiveness of Therapeutic Breast Massage in Lactation (TBML).
Nancy E. Wight
Nancy is board-certified in Pediatrics and Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine and has been an IBCLC since 1988. She is recently retired from clinical practice. Nancy is a founding member of the San Diego County Breastfeeding Coalition. She established the first hospital Donor Milk Depot in San Diego over 25 years ago.
She received a 2014 Golden Wave Award by the California Breastfeeding Coalition and the WIC Breastfeeding Champion Award in 2017. Nancy is also a past president of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.
Pamela 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 was a member of World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, authoring the WABA publication, International Policy on HIV and Breastfeeding: a Comprehensive Resource.
Alissa runs a private practice as a Certified Orofacial Myologist and IBCLC supporting complex cases in private practice on the Mid North Coast. Her background includes the study of behavioural neuroscience, parent education, teaching and orofacial myofunctional therapy. She is currently undertaking a Nutrition degree.
With a special interest in human rights, evolutionary biology, food intolerances, airway health, epigenetics and tongue ties, she has worked in a range of settings both city and rural, as well as overseas and have been part of several tertiary level research projects.
Wendy is known for her work on providing a service on the compatibility of drugs in breastmilk. She was one of the founder members of UK charity the Breastfeeding Network. She authored the books; Breastfeeding and Medication, Breastfeeding for Dads and Grandmas, Why Mothers Medication Matters and Breastfeeding and Chronic Medical Conditions. She co-edited with Prof Amy Brown A Guide to Supporting Breastfeeding for Medical Professionals.
She was awarded a Points of Light award by the UK Prime Minister in 2018 and an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List 2018 for services to mothers and babies.
Kerstin Uvnäs Moberg
Kerstin Uvnäs Moberg got her MD and a PhD in Pharmacology at the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden. She has been employed as a full professor of Physiology at the University of Agriculture in Uppsala, Sweden. She has worked with research linked to the physiology of labour and breastfeeding for more than 30 years.
The focus of the research has been on the role of oxytocin and sensory stimulation, in particular stimulation of cutaneous sensory nerves during labour, skin-to-skin contact after birth and breastfeeding.
Esther Jiménez Quintana
Dr Jiménez is a researcher at the Complutense University of Madrid. Her interest areas include perinatal and human milk microbiota, and the characterization of probiotic bacteria and study of their use in bacterial dysbiosis. Her thesis studied the influence of maternal microbiota during the prenatal (cord blood, amniotic fluid) and postnatal period (colostrum and milk) in bacterial colonization of the newborn’s gut.
In addition, a pilot study of probiotics to treat lactational mastitis was performed. She is co-author of 32 publications in international journals.
Kristie Watego is a Bundjalung woman and Birthing and Early Childhood service manager at the Institute of Urban and Indigenous health and was previously the manager of the Birthing in Our Community Service. Her people come from far and wide. Tweed Heads is where her Aboriginal heritage originates from, Torres Strait Islands, Mer Island and all the way out to Lifu Island also recognising her South Sea Islander culture.
The Bundjalung people are the original custodians of northern coastal areas, and have strong connections to the Byron Bay region. She is immensely proud of her Culture and takes every opportunity to learn from her Elders.
Tamika currently works as a private practice IBCLC on the Gold Coast, QLD. She has practiced as a Registered Nurse and Midwife since 2005 and worked in a large tertiary hospital setting for over 10 years. Tamika qualified as an IBCLC in 2010 and she currently works with a large case load of between 300-400 families per year and supports families both in Australia and Internationally. Tamika has a special interest in oral restrictions, re-lactation, gut health/human microbiome, epigenetics as well as biologically normal infant sleep and feeding practices.
Dr. Merilee (Meredith) Brockway is a PhD prepared nurse with expertise in maternal-child health, infant feeding, and patient engagement. She completed her PhD in nursing at the University of Calgary, examining maternal breastfeeding self-efficacy and infant feeding outcomes in moderate and late preterm infants.
Merilee is currently a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Manitoba in Dr. Meghan Azad’s lab, exploring clinical applications of donor human milk for very preterm infants. Specifically, her proposed research will explore the hypothesis that in the absence of mother’s own milk, the use of donor milk matched to maternal secretor status will result in significantly more favourable microbiome diversity.
Merilee is also a co-lead on the iPOP study, building on her expertise in patient and community engagement to ensure inclusiveness, representation, and meaningful exploration throughout the collaboration. When Merilee is not researching breastfeeding and human milk, she enjoys skiing and hiking with her family in the Canadian Rockies.
Hilary is a Swiss-certified Holistic Lactation Consultant and a mindfulness-based Hypnotherapist. She has authored three books for breastfeeding mothers: Mother Food: A Breastfeeding Diet Guide with Lactogenic Food and Herbs, Healing Breastfeeding Grief: How mothers feel and heal when breastfeeding does not go as hoped and A Mother’s Garden of Galactagogues: Growing and using milk-boosting herbs and foods from around the world.
In 1999, Hilary co-founded the first online group for mothers with complex breastfeeding problems, MOBI Motherhood Intl. As a hypnotherapist, Hilary helps mothers in the postpartum heal from birth trauma and breastfeeding grief.