GOLD Learning Speakers


Tamara Drenttel Brand, MA, MPH, IBCLC

  • Speaker Type: GOLD Lactation 2017
  • Country: UAE

Tamara Drenttel Brand, MA, MPH, IBCLC, has resided in the Middle East since 2009, where she has helped thousands of families with breastfeeding through her private practice and volunteer work. She founded one of the largest breastfeeding peer support networks in the Middle East, “Mama 2 Mama Beirut Breastfeeding Support.” She is a La Leche League Leader and is the founder and primary contributor to the professional lactation specialist support website,

Her work on breastfeeding has been published across the Middle East and Asia. In addition, she has published a collaborative article, “The Daily Lived Experiences of Adolescents with Sickle Cell Disease in Lebanon,” published in the Journal of Pediatric Health Care in 2015. In 2014, LAHA named her its annual Breastfeeding Specialist in the Middle East region.

As a public health practitioner and IBCLC, she has designed, implemented and evaluated many community-based public health initiatives, lactation curricula and training programs across the Middle East.

She is currently living in the United Arab Emirates with her husband and 6 year old son, where she is currently writing a book on innovative lactation education and training.

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Contextualizing Breastfeeding in Lebanon
In Lebanon, nearly all mothers attempt to initiate breastfeeding. Despite high initiation rates, only 40% of mothers exclusively breastfed through the first month and nationally, a mere 2.4% continued to exclusively breastfeed between 4 and 5 months. Early weaning is a pressing public health concern as infant and under-5 morbidity rates are high. Environmental issues like water quality and sanitation can be problematic when supplemental formula or contaminated water is used. This presentation examines the breastfeeding trends in Lebanon and explores the complex and often overlapping historical, social, cultural, economic and policy determinants behind early weaning. Next, this presentation analyzes newly emerging factors such as the power of social media, collaboration of lactation specialists and the rise of influential mother support networks. The presentation will conclude by highlighting the growing breastfeeding support infrastructure in Lebanon, for the most part, facilitated by breastfeeding mothers themselves.
Accreditation, Main Category
Presentations: 28  |  Hours / CE Credits: 25.5  |  Viewing Time: 8 Weeks
Hours / CE Credits: .5 (details)  |  Categories: Breastfeeding and Lactation