West Michigan Association of Lactation Consultants

Supporting breastfeeding education in Michigan

Breastfeeding Today  

Monday, April 17, 2017

16th Annual WMALC Conference


Jack Newman MD, IBCLC

Dr. Jack Newman graduated from the University of Toronto medical school in 1970, interning at the Vancouver General Hospital.  He did his training in pædiatrics in Quebec City and then at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto from 1977-1981 to become a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in 1981 as well as Board Certified by the AAP in 1981.  He has worked as a physician in Central America, New Zealand and as a paediatrician in South Africa.  He founded the first hospital based breastfeeding clinic in Canada in 1984.  He has been a consultant for UNICEF for the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, evaluating the first candidate hospitals in Gabon, the Ivory Coast and Canada.

Dr Newman currently works at the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic and Institute based at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto.


Liz Brooks, JD, IBCLC, FILCA, is a lawyer/litigator (since 1983) and private practice IBCLC lactation consultant (since 1997) who brings to life the connection between lactation consultation and the law. Healthcare workers (HCPs) face ethical, moral and legal challenges every day in their clinical care.  With plain language and humor, Liz explains how law and ethics affect IBCLCs and HCPs.  She offers immediate, pragmatic tips so HCPs can practice ethically, legally and confidently.  She is an Adjunct Professor in Drexel University’s Human Lactation Consultation Program, recently served as the President of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) and Secretary of the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC), and is a current Director at the Human Milk Banking Association of North American (HMBANA)(2015-1017).  She wrote the only textbook focusing on IBCLC ethics and law, authored chapters on similar topics in five other texts, and is a well-received writer and lecturer in her field.


IBCLE CERPS, RN, RD Credits applied for.

AMA Category 1 & AAFP Prescribed Credits applied for.