Breastfeeding promotion, protection, and support: Why we do it and why it’s so hard to do

Breastfeeding is recommended by all major organizations as the standard for infant feeding. While many families intend to breastfeed, many families do not meet their goals and stop breastfeeding earlier than they planned.

Wednesday, 20 September 2023

In this webinar we will discuss why we recommend exclusive breastfeeding, explore the reasons why families may not meet their breastfeeding goals, and look at what we can do to improve care of the breastfeeding family.

Learning objectives

On completion of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the role of the infant mortality rate and what it means for the health of a country and population
  • Review current American statistics and trends related to infant mortality and its association with breastfeeding practice
  • Explore the numerous health benefits of breastfeeding for infants, including its role in preventing life-threatening illnesses and infections
  • Analyze the role of healthcare professionals, policymakers, and community stakeholders in creating a breastfeeding-friendly environment to combat infant mortality Identify vulnerable infants in which the Transition to Breast Pathway can be applied.

Event details

Date           20 September 2023

Duration    1 hour

Time          20:00 – 21:00 Central European Summer Time (13:00 – 14:00 Central Standard Time)


Jenny Thomas, MD, MPH, IBCLC, FAAP, FABM

Dr. Jenny Thomas, MD, MPH, IBCLC, FAAP, FABM

Dr. Jenny Thomas is a pediatrician and breastfeeding medicine specialist in Franklin, Wisconsin and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Community and Family Medicine and Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). She received her MD from MCW in 1993, and her MPH in 2011. She has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) since 2003. She is now serving on the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Breastfeeding Executive Board after spending several years as the Chief of the Chapter Breastfeeding Coordinators.  She recently stepped down after 6 years on the Executive Board of the Wisconsin Chapter of the AAP.  She is a founder and an Immediate-past Chairperson of the Wisconsin Breastfeeding Coalition. She has received national awards for teaching,  advocacy for children, and innovation within her practice and community.  She is one of only a few physicians internationally to be recognized as a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (FABM) for her expertise on breastfeeding.