ProMoM is proud to present our Professional Advisory Board. Click
on a member's name to view a short biography.
Regina Roig Lane, BS, IBCLC, PAB Chair
Vandenberg RN, BScN, IBCLC
Dr. Jack Newman, M.D.
Heidi C. Lunn, M.S., IBCLC.
Roni M. Chastain, RN, LCCE, FACCE
Elena de Karplus, CCE
Maurenne Griese, RNC, BSN, CCE, CBE
Linda J. Smith, BSE, FACCE, IBCLC
Catherine Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC
Jay Gordon, MD, IBCLC
Anne Montgomery, MD, IBCLC
Lisa Marasco, IBCLC
Regina Roig Lane,
Regina is the chair of our Professional Advisory
board. She works as an IBCLC for the Miami-Dade County Health Department
which boasts one of the largest breastfeeding programs in the United
States. Her personal objective is to use her skills as a bilingual
teacher, La Leche League Leader, and IBCLC to increase the incidence
and duration of breastfeeding. She holds a BS in Childhoold Education
and has over 100 hours of IBCLC CERPs. Regina's three children (Matthew,
age 10; Sarah, age 9; and Joshua, age 5) were all breastfed. Read
more about Regina in her online bio.
an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (I.B.C.L.C.)
working as a Lactation Consultant for the Montgomery County
Combined Health District W.I.C. Program in Dayton, Ohio
counseling and supporting mothers, and teaching breastfeeding
classes. She has been an accredited La Leche League Leader
since 1988 and actively leads two support Groups. She is
also working administratively with LLL of Ohio and helps
breastfeeding women both nationally and internationally
via the LLLI Help Form. Linda is a member of the International
Lactation Consultants Association (ILCA), the Ohio Lactation
Consultants Association (OLCA), the Greater Miami Valley
Breastfeeding Coalition and Tri-State Breastfeeding Advocates.
She has been a speaker at La Leche League conferences and
workshops, WIC Symposium, Wright State University Medical
School, and high school child development and GRADS classes.
She is currently working toward starting a private practice.
Linda and her husband John are the parents of three breastfed
children and actively participate in their activities as
well as within the community.
Vandenberg RN, BScN, IBCLC.
from the University of Toronto, Faculty of Nursing in 1985.
She has worked as a hospital staff nurse in the postpartum
area as well as labour & delivery. She is currently
employed in private practice as a breastfeeding counselor
and is a candidate for certification by the IBLCE in 1998.
Janet has special interests in Postpartum Depression and
Dr. Jack Newman, M.D.
School-University of Toronto, graduated with honours,
General Hospital, straight interneship in internal medicine,
June 1970-June 1971
House Surgeon-Hutt Hospital, Lower Hutt, New Zealand,
June 1971-October 1971
2-Internal Medicine, Montreal General Hospital, July 1972-July
2-Pediatrics, Centre Hospitalier Université Laval,
Quebec City, July 1977-July 1978
- Core 2
Resident-Pediatrics, Hospital for Sick Children,Toronto,
July 1978-July 1979
Resident-Pediatrics, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto,
July 1979-July 1980
Pediatrics Fellow, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto,
July 1980-July 1981
of medicine (MD)-University of Toronto, June 1970
of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC) (Pediatrics)-November
certifié, Province de Québec (Pediatrics)
Qualified, American Academy of Pediatrics, April 1981
staff, Department of Pediatrics, Division of General Pediatrics,
Hospital for Sick Children, September 1990-present
staff, Child Health Unit, Doctors Hospital, Toronto, January
staff, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, St. Michael's
Hospital. December 1994-present
Staff, York-Finch Hospital, Toronto, September 1995-present
Staff, Etobicoke General Hospital, Toronto, May 1996-present
Appointment: Assistant Professor, University of Toronto
Tenens-Tawa, New Zealand, General Practice, October 1971-January
Physician-Hôpital Nôtre Dame, Montreal, July
Replacement-Vancouver B.C., October 1973-February 1974
Practice-CARE, Choluteca, Honduras, April 1974-October
Practice-Rural Hospital, Coina, Peru, November 1974 (1
Practice-Povugngituk, Nouveau-Quebec, July 1975-July 1976
- Camp doctor-Camp
Lenox, Massachusetts, July-August 1981
Specialist-Pediatrics, Umtata Hospital, Umtata Transkei
(Southern Africa), October 1981-April 1983
Director, Emergency Services, Hospital for Sick Children,
Toronto July 1, 1988-April 17, 1989
Director, Emergency Services, Hospital for Sick Children,
Toronto, April 17, 1989-October 2, 1989
supervisor, Emergency Department, Hospital for Sick Children,
Toronto, July 1983-September 1990
Chief, Department of Pediatrics, Doctors Hospital, January
1, 1992-June 1, 1992
Breastfeeding Clinic, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto,
October 1984-March 1996
SE Asia, January 1972-July 1972
Latin America-October 1974-July 1975
- Year off
(with travel in Europe) July 1976-July 1977
of Sponging to Reduce Body Temperature in Febrile Children,
Can Med Assoc J, 1985;132:641-42
"Nursemaid's Elbow" in Infants 6 months and Under,
J Emerg Med 1985;2:403-4
Breastfeeding, the Problem of "Not Enough Milk",
Can Fam Phys 1986;32:571-4
Patterns of Walker Use and Walker Injury, Pediatrics, 1986;78:488-93
Intussusception in Infants under 4 Months, Can Med Assoc
Breastfeeding Problems presenting to the emergency department:
Diagnosis and Management. Ped Emerg Care 1989;5:198-201
Breast Rejection: A little-appreciated cause of lactation
failure. Can Fam Phys 1990; 36:449-453
Malaria in Children. Ped Emerg Care 1990;6:40-44
Breastfeeding Problems Associated with the Early Introduction
of Bottles and Pacifiers. J Hum Lact 1990;6:59-63
Rapid Intravenous Rehydration in the Pediatric Emergency
Department, Ped Emerg Care, 1990;6:186-188
When Breast-feeding is not Contraindicated. Can Fam Phys,
Bottle-feeding as normal (Guest Editorial). J Hum Lact,
Establishing Breastfeeding : Starting off Right. Can J Pediatr
The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. Can J Pediatr 1992;4:117-122
Breastfeeding in a polluted world: uncertain risks clear
benefits. Can Med Assoc J 1993;149:33-37 (UNICEF's Breastfeeding
Paper of the Month, May 1994)
Decision tree and postpartum management for preventing dehydration
in the "breastfed" baby. J Hum Lact 1996;12:129-35
(Chosen best article of 1996 by JHL readers)
of Injuries from Walkers, Ont Med Review, 1985;52:663-4
Breastfeeding: What to do when Problems Arise, Medifacts,
Staphylococcal Scalded Skin Syndrome--Ped Inf Dis J 1987;6:875
Fever. Chapter in Conn's Current Therapy. Robert E. Rakel
editor,1990 Edition, W.B. Saunders Co.
Oral rehydration and breastfeeding. Ped Inf Dis J 1990;9:147
Inadequate breastfeeding and jaundice. Pediatrics 1990;85:893
Drugs and breastmilk. Pediatrics 1990;86:148 (letter)
WHO code. The Canadian Nurse 1991;87:6 (letter)
Breastfeeding and Jaundice. What exactly is the problem?
CanPediatrQuarterly 1991;5:237-42 (solicited manuscript)
(UNICEF's Breastfeeding Paper of the Month, April 1993)
Formula Companies and the Medical Profession. AJDC 1991;145:1089-90
Comment. Polluted or not, breast milk still best. Ontario
Medicine 1991;10 (18):2
Breast milk: Issues and controversies. Contemporary Pediatrics
1991;2(4):6-11 (solicited manuscript)
Encouraging, Supporting, and Maintaining Breastfeeding:
The Obstetrician's Role. Journal SOGC 1991;13 (9):15-23.
The Breastfeeding Support Programme. IMPrint (Newsletter
of the Infant Mental Health Promotion Project). 1991-2;2:8-10
Would breastfeeding decrease risks of lead intoxication?
Pediatrics 1992;90:131 (letter)
Breast milk: Issues and controversies. (reprint of article
in Contemporary Pediatrics). Contemporary Ob/Gyn 1992;1:6-12
In Support of Breastfeeding. Can Med Assoc J. 1992;147:583-4
Water Intoxication: A problem of bottle feeding. AJDC 1992;146:1131-2
Nipple Confusion. Pediatrics 1993;92:297-8 (letter)
Breastfeeding: Are hospitals encouraging new mothers to
reach for the bottle? Leadership 1994;3:4 (guest editorial)
Nipple Pain. JOGNN 1994;23:12 (letter)
Mother's Milk for Preterm Infants. Can Med Assoc J 1995;153:1415-6
How Breast Milk Protects Newborns. Scientific American 1995;273:76-9
Timing of Solid Food Introduction and Safety of Radiopharmaceuticals.
JHL 1996;12:10-11 (letter)
Breastfeeding. The Health Journal 1996;1:11-12
Is alcohol so bad for breastfeeding mothers? JHL 1996;12;93
Breastfeeding. Getting Enough Milk.The Health Journal 1996;1:
Treating Sore Nipples. Can J Pediatr 1996;7:436-41
Sore Breasts: diagnosis and treatment. Can J Peditr 1996;7:442-7
Breastfeeding and Guilt. International Journal of Childbirth
Caution regarding nipple shields. JHL 1997;13:12-3 (letter)
It makes a difference. ORGYN. 1997:VIII;28-32
Breastfeeding must be priority in aboriginal health promotion.
Pædiatr Child Health 1997;2:160 (letter)
Helping new mothers with nipple pain. Can J Diagnosis 1997;14:55-66
When breastfeeding is not contraindicated. Breastfeeding
What drugs can I take while breastfeeding? Can J Diagnosis
advisor, Quality Assurance Committee, 1984-1988
Quality Assurance Committee, 1985-1986
Breastfeeding Clinic, October 1984
of faculty, Emergency Paediatrics conferences, June 1984,
April 1987, March 1990
director and member faculty, Emergency Pediatric Conference,
- The ABC's
of Breastfeeding for Health Professionals. Organizing
committee. June 6, 2020
two week workshop, Breastfeeding: Teaching the Teachers.
Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. August 1-11, 1989
Ontario Ministry of Health research programmes. 1989-present
Breastfeeding Clinic, Doctors Hospital, Child Health Unit,
for UNICEF. External Assessor for Baby Friendly Hospital
10-16, 1992, Gabon, Africa February 17-22, 1992, Ivory
visit. INFACT Canada-Proyecto Lactancia Materna, Universidad
Nacional Autónima de Nicaragua. Managua Nicaragua.
July 25-30 1992
for UNICEF to the two week training course for health
professionals on breastfeeding and the baby friendly hospital
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. November 16-28, 1992.
Bangui, Central African Republic. November 26 December
11, 1993 (training team leader)
Tunis, Tunisia. June 19-June 30, 1995
committee, International Board of Lactation Consultant
Examiners, Inc. Alexandria, Virginia. February 3-6, 1994
Group to develop position statement on breastfeeding for
the Ontario Hospital Association (published March 1994)
breastfeeding clinic, St. Michael's Hospital, Women's
Health Care Centre, December 1994
Board: American Society for Prophylaxis in Obstetrics
Board: Infant Feeding Action Coalition (INFACT Canada),
advisory board: INFACT Canada, December 8, 1990-present
Associate: La Leche League, 1987-present
Advisory Board: Great Expectations 1987-March 8, 1994
International Childbirth Education Association. 1991-present
member, medical advisory board: La Leche League Canada.
Advisory Board, International Lactation Consultant Association.
Health Advisory Council, La Leche League International.
Board, Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. 1994-1996
New Brunswick Breastfeeding Advisory Committee. April
Breastfeeding Seminar. Award of Excellence. 1996 Revised:
C. Lunn, M.S., I.B.C.L.C.
Nutrition, Breastfeeding Program Administrator for the Miami-Dade
Department of Health WIC and Nutrition Program. The program
is considered the best practice in Florida WIC. Currently
Heidi runs a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor program with 20
volunteers. She has been teaching breastfeeding for the
past 9 years, and is the mother of three breastfed boys,
ages 14, 9, and 6.
M. Chastain, RN, LCCE, FACCE
educator for the last 24 years, teaching privately. Roni
has worked in labor and delivery as well as worked in an
OB-GYN office. For the last 19 years she has worked for
the Visiting Nurse Service of New York in a maternal and
childhealth program, visiting mothers and babies in their
homes. Roni has written an article on HIV and Breastfeeding
for the Journal of Childbirth Education. She have also had
some articles published in a local newspaper about childbirth
and breastfeeding. Roni has been a guest lecturer at several
colleges, giving lectures on childbirth. She was president
of the Long Island Chapter of Lamaze International for four
years, and remains an active member. Roni is currently the
education coordinator. She is the mother of two children,
one 28 years old, born by c/section, and one 12 years old
born by VBAC. Both children were breastfed.
de Karplus, CCE
Karplus is the director of Birth Education & Counseling
Associates in New York. In addition, she has been the director
and parent education coordinator of the Tokyo Childbirth
Education Association for eight years. As a certified childbirth
educator, counselor and labor assistant for over 17 years,
Elena has gained extensive experience working with childbearing
couples and healthcare providers from all over the world
working in Japan and in the United States. She is the editor
of The Tokyo Stork, the only English language newsletter
in Tokyo for expectant and new parents. A frequent contributor
to parenting journals, Elena writes on various perinatal
to her classes a deep understanding of the wellness of birth
and breastfeedomg and approaches the subjects with humor
and common sense. Her clients are able to plan for their
babies' births with confidence and in turn, remain flexible
and open to the exhilarating challenges of their own personal
labors and early parenting experiences, She is a strong
from Argentina, Elena is fully bilingual in English and
Spanish. She will be happy to answer posts in either language.
her husband have four children: Natalia, Steven and Marisa
who were born in Japan, and Alexandra, the youngest, born
in New York. All four were happily breastfed.
Griese, RNC, BSN, CCE, CBE
graduated from the Northeast Louisiana University School
of Nursing in 1989. She served as a US Army Nurse for 5
years and has experience in labor and delivery, mother baby
nursing, childbirth and breastfeeding education and continuing
education for health professionals. She also runs a breastfeeding
retail station from her home. Maurenne has published in
several nursing journals on the topics of perinatal nursing
and breastfeeding. Maurenne runs a pregnancy and breastfeeding
website and also speaks regularly to health care professionals
about perinatal topics. Her favorite lecture topic is how
to optimize first feedings through minimal birth interventions.
She is the proud mother of three breastfed children.
J. Smith, BSE, FACCE, IBCLC
Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners: Certified Lactation
Consultant (IBCLC), 1985, recertified by examination,
1991; recertified 1996.
Certified Childbirth Educator (LCCE), 1981; Recertified
1998. Fellow, American College of Childbirth Educators
(FACCE), 1991 to present.
Heart Association: Certified BLS (CPR) Instructor-Trainer,
1989. Recertified 1999. Instructor in Basic Life Support,
Wright State University School of Medicine, Dayton OH.
- La Leche
League International Accredited Leader, 1974.
- BS in
Education (Physical Education and Hygiene) State University
of New York at Cortland, 1968.
US National Breastfeeding Policy Conference, November
- US National
Breastfeeding Committee (Formerly National Breastfeeding
Leadership Roundtable), 1998-present
- ILCA delegate
to Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS),
Member, Coalition for Improving Maternity Services (CIMS),
of Directors (Treasurer), International Lactation Consultant
Education Department, International Lactation Consultant
Association, June 1989-1991, July 1992-1995.
Consultant to "Breast Is Best" Campaign,"
Campaign to End Hunger, 1992-93.
Coordinator, Division of Maternal and Child Health, Ohio
Department of Health, 1991-1992.
breastfeeding promotion and clinical training programs
for Bureau of Maternal-Child Health and Bureau of Women,
Infants, Children (WIC).
Director, Ohio Lactation Consultant Association, 1989-1994
Education Supervisor, Peninsula Health District, Virginia
Department of Health, 1988-89. Developed and implemented
policies for maternal-child health education; supervised
2 Health Educators providing instruction in MCH topics
to patients; Coordinated educational programs relating
to MCH in entire District including York County, James
City County, and Williamsburg and Newport News. Directed
CPR training of all Health Department staff in District.
Breastfeeding Task Force, Eastern Region Representative,
Instructor, Baptist Memorial Hospital System Institute
of Health Education, San Antonio TX 1986-87.
Family-Oriented Maternity Classes, CPR and related activities
for hospital system with 4000 births annually. Designed
marketing plan to dispense soft baby carriers to parents
of every baby born in System.
CPR to patients and staff. Developed Lactation Program
Member, Board of Directors (Secretary and Membership),
International Lactation Consultant Association, 1985-88.
Developed Procedure Manual and managed 1500-member database
Member, International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners,
1984-85; Project leader to develop the Role Delineation
Study, Practice Analysis and Proctor's Manual for the
certifying examination; Exam Committee and Chief Proctor,
Director, Lactation Consultant Department, La Leche League
International (LLLI), 1982-85.
Watson Genna, BS, IBCLC
has a Bachelor of Science degree from Adelphi University,
and has done graduate work in human medicine. She is a lactation
consultant in private practice in New York City, and frequently
lectures to health care professionals about lactation and
infant suck. She is a book reviewer for the Journal of Human
Lactation and the Online Birth Center News.
Gordon, MD, IBCLC
has been a dad for twelve years and a pediatrician for nearly
twenty years, during which time he has answered parents'
questions in his office, during public speaking engagements,
in magazine columns, in books, and on radio and television.
He is rumored to be the only male to ever receive the IBCLC
credential, making him a very rare Lactation Consultant/Pediatrician.
Dr. Gordon completed his residency in pediatrics at Children's
Hospital of Los Angeles and served as Senior Fellow for
Pediatric Nutrition at Sloan Ketering Institute in New York
City. He was also an on-air medical correspondent for ABC-TV's
morning show "Home" for five years, has served
as a consultant behind the scenes for many television projects,
and has authored several books including Brighter Baby;
Boosting Your Child's Intelligence, Health & Happiness
Through Infant Massage.
He is currently in private practice in Santa Monica and
can be seen on "Great Day America" on PAX TV.
He serves on the Professional Advisory Board for La Leche
League International and as a medical consultant for various
publications and corporations.
Montgomery, MD, IBCLC
MD, IBCLC, is a board-certified Family Physician and International
Board Certified Lactation Consultant. She currently serves
on the faculty of the Providence St. Peter Hospital Family
Practice Residency Program in Olympia, WA. Her practice
and teaching emphasize birth and breastfeeding. She is a
member of the Board of Directors of the Academy of Breastfeeding
Medicine, and has been active with La Leche League and the
International Lactation Consultant's Association as well
as with local breastfeeding organizations. Her breastfeeding
knowledge and advocacy were greatly enhanced by her experience
of breastfeeding her own son.
is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant
(IBCLC) in private practice. While her bachelor's degree
was originally in business/accounting, she fell in love
with babies and breastfeeding after the birth of her first
son, became a La Leche League Leader, and eventually made
a left turn into the world of lactation consulting. Lisa
is pursuing a Master's degree with the Lactation Institute
& Pacific Oaks College in between raising her four children
and running her business, Expressly Yours Lactation Services.
She enjoys challenging breastfeeding situations and has
a special interest in milk supply problems, most notably
hormonal and scheduling issues, and is currently researching
and writing on these topics; Lisa has also published related
articles, including the new Common Breastfeeding Myths pamphlet
for La Leche League.