GOLD Learning Speakers


Irena Zakanjia, MD, FRACGP, IBCLC

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Lactation 2013
  • Country: croatia

With an undergraduate degree from the University of Rijeka School of Medicine, Croatia, and a diploma in obstectics and gynaecology from Mercy Hospital for Women, Melbourne, Irena undertook her internship and residency at the Alfred Hospital in Melbourne, Australia. There she worked as a general practitioner, antenatal shared-care practitioner and lactation consultant, during which time she served as the GP representative on the Victorian Board of the Australian Lactation Consultants Association. Currently she teaches at the University of Split School of Medicine, where she also gained her doctoral degree, while conducting antenatal breastfeeding classes and private practice lactation consultations. Dr. Zakarija-Grković is a founding member of the Croatian National Breastfeeding Committee, a BFHI educator, co-founder and president of the Croatian Association of Lactation Consultants and a breastfeeding course provider. Serving as a past IBLCE coordinator for Croatia, she is now an active member of ILCA and ABM. She is a proud mother of 3. 

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Croatia: A Breastfeeding Journey
Croatia, as an up and coming member of the European Union, is striving to meet modern standards, including implementation of the Baby-Friendly Initiative and International Code for the Marketing of Breast Milk Substitutes. Find out what the challenges were and how they were overcome. Learn a bit about Croatian culture, including old breastfeeding traditions and myths. Find out how Croatia stands in regard to breastfeeding statistics and forms of lactation support. Discover what we have in common with other countries and what makes us unique. Learn about the role of ILCA, IBLCE, ABM, RODA and other NGOs in Croatia and how they spearheaded breastfeeding promotion and education. See how collaboration and team work has enabled 84% of maternity facilities in Croatia in receiving the BFHI designation. An experience not to be missed!
Hours / CE Credits: 0.5 (details)  |  Categories: Breastfeeding and Lactation