Maureen Minchin is a medical historian and health educator. She has been involved in global efforts to promote evidence-based infant feeding for decades, and is internationally recognised for her pivotal role in creating the lactation consultant profession. She has been a consultant to international bodies such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF). She has educated health professionals, including through creating university-based courses in the UK and Australia. And she is an Editorial Board member for the open-access online International Breastfeeding Journal.
Maureen is also the author of Food For Thought: A Parent’s Guide to Food Intolerance and Breastfeeding Matters: what we need to know about infant feeding, as well as journal articles and background briefing papers for the WHO and USAID. Having three children in the 1970s, she experienced hospital practices that made breastfeeding difficult and allergy inevitable, with life-changing consequences for her children. She has since spent a lifetime providing advice and support to allergic families, while also working to improve health professionals’ education and training.
David Clark, LLB is the Legal Advisor at UNICEF Head Quarters, New York, on the International Code of Breastmilk Substitutes, the World Health Assembly Resolutions on Infant and Young Child Feeding and the Baby Friendly Initiative. For several decades David has worked with governments and policy makers to assist in the enactment of national Code implementation legislation to regulate the trade and promotion of artificial feeding products and the training of those responsible for the monitoring and enforcement of breastfeeding protection legislation. He is a valuable asset to the global need to increase breastfeeding rates.
Dr. Aunchalee Palmquist is an Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology at Elon University. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Hawaii-Manoa in 2006. Dr. Palmquist is a medical anthropologist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). Her postdoctoral training includes a fellowship in social network methods at the National Institutes of Health (2007-2009) and an appointment as postdoctoral associate and lecturer in the Global Health Initiative at Yale University (2009-2011). Her recent research focuses on critical biocultural contexts of breastfeeding, global maternal-child health disparities, human milk sharing, and infant and young child feeding in emergencies (IYCF-E). As Director of the Program for Ethnographic Research and Community Studies (PERCS) at Elon University, Dr. Palmquist has facilitated community-based research to better understand barriers to breastfeeding and recommended complementary feeding among communities of refugee, asylum seeking, and immigrant groups in North Carolina. She has also conducted ethnographic research on infant and young child feeding in the context of homelessness among Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders in Hawai’i. In collaboration with Dr. Karleen Gribble, Dr. Palmquist conducted rapid ethnographic assessments and interviews with volunteers working in refugee camps in France, Greece, and Germany. The goal of their research is to document IYCFE practices in the Syrian refugee crisis and to understand volunteers’ decision-making processes with regard to supporting infant feeding. This research will raise the awareness of the importance of IYCFE to global maternal and child health in humanitarian crises and inform policies and practices that increase the capacity of communities and global health practitioners to respond to disasters, emergencies, and humanitarian crises in accordance with WHO guidelines. Dr. Palmquist’s training in global health, anthropology, and as an IBCLC has been invaluable to her research and advocacy work aimed at reducing breastfeeding disparities globally and locally.
Evelyn te Nyenhuis RN, BScN IBCLC has been a Registered Nurse with York Region Public Health for 11 years. Evelyn was the lead for the implementation of BFI in York Region, has previously chaired the
Ontario Public Health Association (OPHA) Breastfeeding Promotion Network and currently chairs the Ontario Infant Feeding Surveillance Workgroup.
Elisabeth Sterken is a professional nutritionist specializing in infant and young child feeding and actively working on the protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding in Canada and internationally. She is the current director of INFACT (Infant Feeding Action Coalition) Canada and the co-chair of the IBFAN (International Baby Food Action Network) Global Council.
Noemi Weis is the producer of the documentary film MILK which was selected to be screened at the Toronto Hotdocs Film Festival 2015. She is the director of the film company Filmblanc. Its documentary division produces Social Relevant Documentaries, specifically in the area of human rights and social justice. It has been recognized with numerous awards around the world.