Executive Bios

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Dr. Jack Newman

jack-newmanDr. 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 (in the Transkei).  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 was a staff paediatrician at the Hospital for Sick Children emergency department from 1983 to 1992, and was, for a period of time, the acting chief of the emergency services.  However, once the breastfeeding clinic started functioning, it took more and more of his time and he eventually worked full time helping mothers and babies succeed with breastfeeding.  He now works at the International Breastfeeding Centre based at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto.


Dr. Newman has several publications on breastfeeding, and in 2000 published, along with Teresa Pitman, a help guide for professionals and mothers on breastfeeding, called, Dr. Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding, as it’s known in Canada (revised editions, January 2003 and January 2005), and The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers, as it’s known in the US (revised edition, November 2006).  The book has been translated into French, Indonesian and Japanese and is in the process of being translated into Spanish and Italian (expected publication for both in the spring of 2011).  In 2006, Dr. Newman, along with Teresa Pitman, published The Latch and Other Keys to Breastfeeding Success (Hale Publishing) and this book has now come out in French.  He has also, along with Edith Kernerman, developed a DVD as a teaching tool for health professionals and mothers.  It is available in English and French.  As well, it is subtitled in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.


His website www.nbci.ca contains information sheets as well as video clips accompanying explanatory texts in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese Arabic, German, Romanian, Romanian and Indonesian.

Edith Kernerman


Edith Kernerman is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and clinician in Toronto, Canada  seeing over 2000 breastfeeding families each year. She is the co-founder and President of the International Breastfeeding Centre (IBC), co-founder and Clinic Director of the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic, (NBC), senior faculty at IBC’s Centre for Breastfeeding Studies, and an IBLCE pathway 3 mentor.  Kernerman speaks internationally at conferences on various clinical and ethical topics in lactation medicine.  She has co-developed “Beyond the 20 hr—Advanced Course In Lactation Medicine” a programme for healthcare professionals and she is the creator and founder of the International Meeting of the Minds, a forum for world experts to discuss issues in lactation medicine for which there have been controversial diagnoses and treatments.


Kernerman co-created the DVD, Dr. Jack Newman’s Visual Guide to Breastfeeding.  She also authored the GamePlan for Protecting and Supporting Breastfeeding in the First 24 hours of Life and Beyond, co-created the L-Eat Latch and Transfer Tool, and recently created the new Pain Algorithm for Sore Nipples and Breasts.
Of late, her focus has been in three areas:  1] studying the baby who does not yet latch, 2] investigating how better to identify and treat tongue tie, and 3] the development and treatment of a newly described pathology, Mammary Constriction Syndrome. Kernerman is also the co-founder and President of the Ontario Lactation Consultants Association.


Currently, Kernerman is supervising 3 studies:  an RCT for the L-eat Latch and Transfer Tool; a Pilot study on the effectiveness of using Pectoral Muscle Massage to treat Mammary Constriction Syndrome;  and identifying the phenomenon of Late Onset Slow Weight Gain.   She is the mother of two wonderful breastfed daughters.

Eileen Park

Eileen-ParkEileen Park is currently one of the three Executive Directors of the International Breastfeeding Centre.   She is also the Director of the Centre for Breastfeeding Education, which is dedicated to educating multidisciplinary healthcare practitioners in lactation management.


She is the co-author of the “L-EAT Latch and Transfer tool” and the “Game Plan for Protecting and Supporting Breastfeeding in the First 24 Hours of Life and Beyond”, both of which are practical and helpful tools for lactation management.


Eileen is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and has received CAPPA-approved labour doula training.  She completed her Masters in Science at the Institute of Medical Science at the University of Toronto in 2006, and has published several articles in high-impact medical journals. She is also currently an intern at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine.

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