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Tamara Drenttel Brand, MA, MPH, IBCLC
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A Lactation Specialist's Guide to Mast Cell Disorders
Available in: Complex Medical Issues in the Lactating Parent
Contextualizing Breastfeeding in Lebanon
Available in: Lactation Conference 2017
Lactation Education Outside the Box: Innovative Teaching Strategies to Engage Your Audience
Available in: Breastfeeding Education and Advocacy Lecture Pack
Providing Culturally Sensitive Support for Breastfeeding Muslim Families
Available in: Providing Culturally Sensitive Support for Breastfeeding Muslim Families
Reflections on a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor Program in Lebanon: Lessons Learned and Looking Forward
Available in: Lactation Conference 2019
Ireland Tamara Drenttel Brand, MA, MPH, IBCLC

Tamara Drenttel Brand, IBCLC, holds an MA in Near Eastern Studies from the University of Arizona and a Master’s in Public Health (MPH) from the American University of Beirut. An American by birth, but an expat in practice – she spent 10 years in the Middle East, where she worked as a public health practitioner, maternal and child health consultant and an IBCLC. She has had the privilege of working with breastfeeding dyads from all over the world in both in private practice and as a La Leche League Leader. In 2011, she founded and still actively facilitates “Mama 2 Mama Beirut Breastfeeding Support,” the largest breastfeeding peer support network in the Middle East.
Tamara founded and blogs for Galactablog.com – a site for lactation specialists and those aspiring-to-be. Galactablog features lactation program reviews, DIY breastfeeding ‘hacks’ and free/low-cost lactation resources and tips on private practice. She is currently developing a monthly podcast on the realities of running a lactation private practice around the world.
In her spare time, she is a furniture artist, avid upcycler and coffee connoisseur. She currently resides in a seaside village in Ireland with her family.

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Tamara Hawkins, RN, FNP, IBCLC, LCCE, CHHC
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Baby Shark Do’s, Don'ts, Decisions, and Dilemmas. Creating a Supportive Lactation Care Plan for a Family with Tethered Oral Tissues.
Available in: GOLD Learning Online Tongue-tie Symposium 2019 - Day 1 Fundamental Skills/Knowledge
United States Tamara Hawkins, RN, FNP, IBCLC, LCCE, CHHC

New moms come to Tamara Hawkins for a birthing and breastfeeding plan, but what they get is the permission to abandon beliefs about what the experience should be. What they get is the insight to define their own journeys to and through motherhood—one unpredictably beautiful step at a time. What they get is the confidence to toss the all parenting books aside and to trust their own yes. As the Director of Stork and Cradle, Inc., a passion-fueled prenatal education group specializing in childbirth classes and lactation consultation based in New York City, Tamara brings over twenty years expertise as a Maternity Nurse and Family Nurse Practitioner to deliver classes and programs that blend holistic knowledge and clinical care for mothers and their babies. As instructors and consultants, Tamara and her team offer insight and advice that is data driven, educationally sound, but most importantly, empowerment focused. With Stork and Cradle, women soon realize that their success as moms is not determined by epidurals or pumped ounces, but rather by the power that comes with honing their intuition and simply flowing and flourishing with their babies. An impassioned advocate for birth and breastfeeding equity, she is a Lamaze Certified Childbirth Educator, an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and a Certified Holistic Health Counselor. Her private practice as an IBCLC accepts several private insurances. Learn more about her work at www.storkandcradle.com.

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Perinatal Hospice and Palliative Care in a Mid-Sized Hospital
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2017

Tammy Ruiz Ziegler RN CPLC has been a nurse for 32 years with most of that time in Maternal Child Health including Peds ICU, NICU & Perinatal Bereavement & Palliative Care. She and her interdisciplinary team provide care for mothers/families/babies where a life limiting diagnosis has been made. She has taught and written internationally on the topic and hosted site visits from Japan and Ireland and contributed to textbooks on the subject. Her “Perinatal Hospice Video” is available in 8 languages and is used all over the world. She is on the advisory boards of the Trisomy 18 foundation, A Moms Peace, & The LLOST Foundation. She works as a Perinatal Bereavement Coordinator in the mid-Atlantic area of the United States.

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Tammy Ryan, AdvCD/BDT(DONA), SpBT
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United States Tammy Ryan, AdvCD/BDT(DONA), SpBT

Tammy Ryan has been attending births since 2002. She is a birth doula trainer for DONA International, childbirth educator, midwifery assistant and one of six trainers world wide for Spinning Babies. Tammy has sat on the DONA International board of directors plus several other boards. She started working Internationally in 2008 when she went to DR Congo to train life saving skills in childbirth according to the World Health Organization. She has served in Haiti, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Kenya, Korea, Japan, India, Israel & Brazil. Tammy has presented childbirth information on several venues including international conferences, TV, radio, universities and to the Ministry of Health. She has been published in the quarterly International Doula and on several blogs. Tammy teaches When Survivors Give Birth as a way to help survivors and birth workers. Tammy has experienced first hand the barriers women face worldwide in getting adequate care in childbirth and postpartum.

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Tanya Singleton, BSN, MA, MPH, RN-BC, IBCLC, LCCE
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USA Tanya Singleton, BSN, MA, MPH, RN-BC, IBCLC, LCCE

Tanya Singleton is a registered nurse with over 35 years of experience in Maternal-Child nursing. More than half of that career was as a Labor and Delivery nurse, certified in High-Risk Perinatal nursing. Tanya is also an IBCLC lactation consultant and Lamaze childbirth educator. She retired as United States Army Nurse Corp officer in 2003 and began working in private practice as a lactation consultant and childbirth educator. She has run several community non-profits in the Fredericksburg, Virginia area that dealt with issues related to women’s and children’s health promotion and illness prevention. Tanya is committed to quality education and lifelong learning, and has taught maternal-child and pediatric nursing to students in the Rappahannock Region of Virginia, sharing her various clinical anecdotes in classroom and in labs. She is an advocate for Perinatal Grief Support and early detection of post-partum depression. She is owner and proprietor of The Baby Whisperer, providing in-home support in childbirth education, breastfeeding and parenting. She is the mother of a blended family of five adult children and Nana to three.

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Donor Human Milk in VLBW Infants: Experience, Research, Future Directions
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Donor Human Milk in VLBW Infants: Experience, Research, Future Directions
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Tarah Colaizy is a native Midwesterner, and attended undergraduate college and medical school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. In an effort to see what else was out there, she completed her pediatric residency and her neonatology fellowship at Oregon Health & Sciences University in Portland, OR. During her time in Portland, Dr. Colaizy also earned an MPH degree in epidemiology, and became interested in breastfeeding and human milk as a research focus. Dr. Colaizy returned to the Midwest in 2004, as a faculty member of the University of Iowa. She has spent the past 11 years building a research career around breastfeeding and human milk nutrition issues in the very low birthweight population, with special focus in donor human milk. She is the Alternate Principal Investigator for the University of Iowa Center of the NICHD Neonatal Research Network, and is the PI of the MILK trial, a large multicenter randomized trial of the use of donor milk in ELBW infants. She loves playing games and reading with her two children and competes recreationally in the sport of Olympic Weightlifting.

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Ted Greiner, PhD (International Nutrition)
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Brazil Ted Greiner, PhD (International Nutrition)

Ted Greiner received a PhD in nutrition for developing countries from Cornell University. For 19 years he worked as nutrition advisor for the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency, based at Uppsala University where he was Associate Professor of International Child Health, helping to ensure their long-term support for IBFAN and WABA. Dr. Greiner was Professor of Nutrition at Hanyang University in South Korea for seven years. He has consulted for UNICEF, World Bank, FAO and others. He is now retired and edits the journal World Nutrition. He has lived in 8 countries and worked in 10 more. His areas of research expertise include infant feeding and programs to combat vitamin A, iron and iodine deficiency. In the 1970s, he did the first scientific work on the impact of baby food advertising on breastfeeding patterns. His PhD dissertation was on the planning and evaluation of a 1978-81 project to protect, support and promote breastfeeding in Yemen (terminology quickly adopted by UN agencies). Over the next decades, the duration of breastfeeding there doubled. During the planning the Innocenti meeting, he represented Sida, one of the 4 agencies involved. He was active in changing how WHO viewed HIV and infant feeding. He has over 100 breastfeeding-related publications.

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Primers for Nutritional Counseling in Pregnancy: Lessons from Gestational Diabetes
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Dr. Teri Hernandez is the Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship in the College of Nursing and an Associate Professor of Medicine and Nursing at the University of Colorado. Over 19 years at CU, she has developed a program of research exemplified by the execution of carefully controlled clinical studies focused on nutrition, metabolic health, and early life exposures. The goal of these studies is to illuminate ways to improve the lives of women, infants and their families using a multidisciplinary team science approach. Teri is a cardiac nurse by training. She has a dedicated commitment to understanding insulin resistance as both an adaptation and as pathology. Her research focuses on diabetes/obesity, pregnancy, and fetal growth, with an emphasis on how nutrition and metabolism influence these conditions. She and her research team (Infant GOLD, Investigations in the Gestational Origins of Lifelong Development) have a research program focused on in-utero programming influences and through this platform, she is committed to training high-caliber clinical investigators. Dr. Hernandez is an educator in the graduate school at CU, serves as Director for the Colorado Clinical and Translational Research Institute Early Life Exposures Research program, and is a Pediatric Nurse Scientist at Children’s Hospital Colorado.

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Breastfeeding Instinct or Skill?
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2016
Building a Baby Bite by Bite
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Building a Baby Bite by Bite
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Eating Before, During, and After Pregnancy
Available in: Perinatal Education Bundle #2

Theresa Nesbitt, RN MD ("Dr. Theresa") is an Obstetrician-Gynecologist with special training in Maternal Fetal Medicine. Her interests these days lie in promoting lifelong wellness for women with a focus on nutrition, reproductive health and breastfeeding. She is the Director of Family Health Coaching, editor of Babies and Breastfeeding Magazine and author of Evolutionary Eating: How We Got Fat and 7 Simple Fixes. She anticipates publication of her newest book Building a Baby Brain Bite by Bite - How to Eat Before, During and After Pregnancy next year. Her interest in brain growth and development, nutrition and developmental kinesiology have helped her to look at placentation, lactation and nutrition for reproductive fitness through a new lens.

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Tikvah Wadley, AAS CD(DONA) BDT (DONA)
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“What’s The Big Deal about Community Based Doulas?”
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2017
United States Tikvah Wadley, AAS CD(DONA) BDT (DONA)

Tikvah Wadley, AAS, CD(DONA), BDT (DONA), a Certified Doula and Birth Doula Trainer through DONA, has worked in the community for nearly 20 years and believes in empowering women in today’s society. Her didactic and experiential training approach welcomes creativity and learning for every participant. An activist for women’s health, she has served as a Lactation Counselor since 2003 and a Certified Child Birth Educator since 2002.

In 2012, she trained young women to become community-based doulas for youth in Chicago’s foster care system, through HC One’s partnership with UCAN. She continues working with this program, and with other community-based, peer-to-peer support programs around the country, today.

Tikvah is a warm and caring, experienced and often humorous public speaker, and is adept at resolving conflicts. Before joining the HC One staff, she was instrumental in recruiting more than 500 women for the University of Chicago Doula Project, taught a variety of classes for the YMCA. and co-trained breastfeeding peer counselors and community health workers in collaboration with existing HC One staff. With each training, she looks forward to meeting every participant and engaging the learning experience between mom and baby.

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Best Beginnings, UK - [no credits awarded for this presentation]
Available in: Breastfeeding Education Bundle #2
I have been involved in Neonatal care for 25 years and I am a nurse by background with 15 years in senior management the last 7 years I held the position of Clinical Service Manager of Neonatal Services at Cambridge University Hospitals until my retirement last year from the NHS. I was also the Chair of the NNA up until last September when I stepped down after serving two terms in that position. I am delighted to be joining Best Beginnings as the National Facilitator for the Small Wonders Campaign and I am looking forward to working with colleagues who share my commitment to reducing the inequalities that exist within the Child Health arena
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Tina Revai, RN, MN, IBCLC
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The Relational Breastfeeding Framework: Time to Apply Theory
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Canada Tina Revai, RN, MN, IBCLC

Tina Revai came to breastfeeding professionally in her practice working with families as a nurse of 25 years. However, once becoming a mother, her understanding of breastfeeding as an important factor in the feeling of success (or not) in parental role transition became experientially apparent. In order to support others towards self-defined breastfeeding success, Tina became a La Leche League Leader in 2006 and an IBCLC in 2007. She is currently co-president of the British Columbia Lactation Consultants Association and continues to work directly with families in her community of Port Alberni, on beautiful Vancouver Island, Canada.

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Tinisha Lambeth, DNP, RN, NNP-BC
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Antibiotic Stewardship: A Quality Improvement Story
Available in: Neonatal Conference 2020
USA Tinisha Lambeth, DNP, RN, NNP-BC

Dr. Tinisha Lambeth is the Neonatal Quality Improvement Coordinator and an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Wake Forest School of Medicine. She coordinates quality improvement at Novant Health Forsyth Medical Center NICU as well. She is a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and received her MSN (2004) & DNP (2014) from Duke University School of Nursing. Over the past 8 years, Tinisha has presented quality improvement work locally, nationally, & internationally. She has co-authored three publications, on the topics of cytomegalovirus, golden hour and the association of different feeding types with necrotizing enterocolitis and growth in premature infants.

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Began exploring her interests in Natural Healing Arts and Complementary Medicine as a Midwife after the home birth of her first child in 1993. In the state of Florida, she completed her Diploma of Midwifery and graduated in 1997 from the School of Complementary Medicine in Central FL. Tomasina has many credentials in ethno-medicinal sciences, herbology, botanical chemistry, health & mental wellness counseling, education and spiritual facilitation work. Tomasina apprenticed with meta-physical healers, physicians and several other multi-disciplinary specialists to complete an internship as a Complementary Medicine Practitioner, and later became a Holistic Health Practitioner and Master Herbalist. She remains committed to building within communities of African descent to enhance social justice for all concerned. Her skill set is unparalleled in diverse treatment options for the well being of Families, Mothers and Babies as she has delivered double and well over 1000 babies since 2012. ANS(Autonomic Nerve System) Therapy, Iridology, Kinesiology, MT (Muscle Testing) and NLP(Neuro Linguistic Programming) are just a few other healing arts Midwife Tomasina has acquired expert proficiency in serving Clients for over 20 years. Having briefly served on the NARM (North American Registry Midwives) board, she is familiar with the nuances and intricacies of corporate Midwifery work and is excited to serve as Vice President for MANA (Midwives Alliance of North America).



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Tomasina Oliver, DEM, LM, CPM, HHC
Shafia Monroe, DEM, CDT, MPH
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Rise of the Traditional Community Midwife
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U.S.A. Tomasina Oliver, DEM, LM, CPM, HHC

Began exploring her interests in Natural Healing Arts and Complementary Medicine as a Midwife after the home birth of her first child in 1993. In the state of Florida, she completed her Diploma of Midwifery and graduated in 1997 from the School of Complementary Medicine in Central FL. Tomasina has many credentials in ethno-medicinal sciences, herbology, botanical chemistry, health & mental wellness counseling, education and spiritual facilitation work. Tomasina apprenticed with meta-physical healers, physicians and several other multi-disciplinary specialists to complete an internship as a Complementary Medicine Practitioner, and later became a Holistic Health Practitioner and Master Herbalist. She remains committed to building within communities of African descent to enhance social justice for all concerned. Her skill set is unparalleled in diverse treatment options for the well being of Families, Mothers and Babies as she has delivered double and well over 1000 babies since 2012. ANS(Autonomic Nerve System) Therapy, Iridology, Kinesiology, MT (Muscle Testing) and NLP(Neuro Linguistic Programming) are just a few other healing arts Midwife Tomasina has acquired expert proficiency in serving Clients for over 20 years. Having briefly served on the NARM (North American Registry Midwives) board, she is familiar with the nuances and intricacies of corporate Midwifery work and is excited to serve as Vice President for MANA (Midwives Alliance of North America).

Monroe became a Direct-Entry Midwife in the ’70s, to empower the women in her community. In 1991, she founded the International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC), the first US-based Black Midwives and Doulas Professional Organization. In 2002, she developed the ICTC Full Circle Doula program and trains thousands of persons, with one-third becoming midwives. In 2012, she received her Master of Public Health from Walden University. She is featured in numerous articles for her work, including the Bill HB3311 (2011)   Doula Report, “Into These Hands, Wisdom of Midwives,” and recently completed the foreword for “Birthing Justice: Black Women, Pregnancy and Childbirth.” In 2014, she opened Shafia Monroe Consulting, a cultural competency training service. Shafia receives numerous awards for her work, including the Life Time Achievement Award, and the Midwife Hero Award. Shafia is a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. She enjoys gardening, writing, riding horses and cooking for family and friends.

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Tomoko Seo, MD, IBCLC, FABM
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Lactation Education as Advocacy: Increasing Knowledge Among Physicians
Available in: GOLD Lactation Online Conference 2020
Japan Tomoko Seo, MD, IBCLC, FABM

Tomoko Seo is a pediatrician and IBCLC in Japan, working in a private clinic with colleagues including IBCLCs who practice's general pediatrics and breastfeeding medicine. She became certified as an IBCLC in 1999 and recertified in 2004, 2009, 2014 and 2019. She is a member of the Japanese Association of Lactation Consultants (JALC) since 1999, when it was founded. JALC has been holding conferences several times a year, including the “Annual Breastfeeding Seminar for Physicians” since 2005 to provide breastfeeding education to physicians and improve breastfeeding support among physicians. Tomko has been a member of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM) since 1999. She is also an active member of the International, Protocol, Education, Conference, Membership Committees of ABM.

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Ending Sponsorship of Paediatricians by BMS Companies – Case Study of RCPCH
Available in: Changing Outcomes for Breastfeeding Families Lecture Pack

Tony Waterston is a retired consultant paediatrician who worked mainly in the community in Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. He spent 6 years working in Zambia and Zimbabwe and directed the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Diploma in Palestinian Child Health teaching programme in the occupied Palestinian territories. He was an Editor of the Journal of Tropical Pediatrics and is on the Executive Committee of the International Society for Social Pediatrics. His academic interests are child poverty, advocacy for child health and children's rights. He is currently the lead moderator of CHIFA (HIFA's sister forum on child health and rights).

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Parenting a High-Needs Baby in a Low-Needs Society
Available in: GOLD Birth & Beyond Conference 2020

Tracy Cassels, PhD is the founder of Evolutionary Parenting, a website focused on disseminating the research on parenting. In addition to her writing, she provides courses and individual help to families around the world on myriad parenting issues. She has previously worked in non-profit and policy positions in the areas of child development and education and is currently an advisor to the Children’s Health and Human Rights Partnership in Canada. She has a B.A. in Cognitive Science from the University of California, Berkeley, an M.A. in Clinical Psychology from the University of British Columbia, and a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, also from the University of British Columbia. She has appeared in numerous mainstream media sources such as the CBC, Psychology Today, The Globe and Mail, Belly Belly, and more. She lives in Prince Edward County, Ontario, Canada with her husband and two children.

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Tracy Donegan, BSc Midwifery, DONA (BDT), CLE (UCSD)
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Mindfulness as an Intervention to Improve Maternal and Infant Health
Available in: Perinatal Conference 2017
United States Tracy Donegan, BSc Midwifery, DONA (BDT), CLE (UCSD)

Tracy is a registered midwife, published author and Founder of the award winning GentleBirth App and CBE program. Born in Ireland, Tracy has lived and worked on three continents and currently lives in Silicon Valley, California with her husband and two boys. The experiences and mental health of the woman during pregnancy and throughout the post-pregnancy period are of utmost importance for the well-being of both the mother and her child. Tracy’s vision is to improve mental health in pregnancy through her innovative ‘brain training for birth’ program taught around the world and available through mobile technology in the GentleBirth App.

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Tynan Rhea, RP (Qualifying), MA
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Postpartum Sex: A Trauma-Informed and Sex-Positive Approach
Available in: GOLD Birth & Beyond Conference 2020
Canada Tynan Rhea, RP (Qualifying), MA

Tynan Rhea is a queer, nonbinary settler with German and Slovak ancestry. Tynan has a private practice online across Canada as a sex & relationship therapist, sex educator, and aromatherapist. Tynan developed and teaches the Sex & Birth course for Doula Training Canada and is the founder of PostpartumSex.com. Tynan approaches their practice from sex-positive, queer & trans-affirming, trauma-informed, anti-oppressive, and feminist frameworks. Tynan started their private practice in Tkaronto and grew-up in Wasaga Beach. You can find Tynan on Facebook, Instagram @TynanRhea or TynanRhea.com

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Thinking Outside the Box to Increase Breastfeeding in Communities of Colour
Available in: Breastfeeding Education and Advocacy Lecture Pack

Mother of 6 breastfed children, Tytina is a Certified Lactation Counselor, La Leche League International Breastfeeding Peer Counselor and Program Administrator. Tytina is a Loving Support WIC Peer Counselor and Rush University Medical Center Mother’s Milk Club peer counselor. She is an International Center for Traditional Childbearing provisional Doula. She has 15 years of community-level maternal child health. Her affiliations include Chicago Region Breastfeeding Taskforce, March of Dimes, National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color, Breastfeed Chicago, the United States Breastfeeding Committee, and GOLD Learning Professional Advisory Committee.

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