Webinar - Breastfeeding and Younger Women

Wednesday, 30 March 2016 from 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (EDT)

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This webinar will present a narrative perspective of breastfeeding and younger women. Program examples, case stories and quotes from program providers, health care providers, and younger women will highlight the breastfeeding barriers and enablers experienced by younger women. There will be time for questions and comments from participants.


  • Participants will learn which breastfeeding barriers younger women experience in the examples cited.
  • Participants will learn which breastfeeding enablers younger women experience from the examples cited.


Joan Hepp

Joan is a retired Public Health Nurse with 35 years’ experience, mostly in the areas of Reproductive Health and Child Health. She developed a variety of breastfeeding programs and services, including a breastfeeding drop-in clinic. She worked with teen parents for many years in the CPNP program. She has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant for 25 years and has recently returned to part time LC work with a local pediatrician in private practice. She is passionate about protecting, promoting and supporting breastfeeding. Joan is an active volunteer in her Church, Strong Start Reading program, St. Vincent de Paul Society, and the BFI Expo 2015. Since her retirement she has been using her experience and passion to assist organizations with breastfeeding promotion and support efforts.

Christina Bradley

Christina Bradley is the Breastfeeding Outreach Nurse with Niagara Region Public Health. She has extensive experience in addressing various maternal and child health issues at a population level with respect to collaborative programming including peer support programs, building community capacity, policy development, and best practice guidelines. Christina currently focuses on the social determinants of health aspects of breastfeeding at both the community and clinical level. 

Christina Cantin

Christina is a Registered Nurse with clinical and research experience in range of perinatal areas including prenatal health promotion, maternal-newborn care, special-care nursery care for premature and sick newborns, and high risk antepartum care. Christina was the research assistant for Best Start Resource Centre community breastfeeding grant, round 2 and as such was responsible for coordinating all aspects of the grant activities. Christina works as a part time perinatal consultant with the Champlain Maternal Newborn Regional Program.

Dr. Nathalie Fleming MD, FRCSC

Dr. Fleming is currently Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Ottawa where she enjoys a full practice in Obstetrics and Gynecology at The Ottawa Hospital (TOH).  In addition, she is the Head of the Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology Division at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), where she is on Active Staff.

Dr. Fleming established the first Canadian Multidisciplinary Outreach Adolescent Obstetrics Program at St. Mary’s Home, in partnership between TOH and CHEO. This award-winning innovative program is being replicated in the rest of the province. In 2013, Dr. Fleming received the prestigious Minister’s Medal Honoring Excellence in Quality and Safety for her leadership in this program.

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