Webinar - Supporting Exclusive Breastfeeding

Wednesday, 23 March 2016 from 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM

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Supporting Exclusive Breastfeeding Handout


Using a Healthy Communities Framework, this webinar will present a narrative perspective of exclusive breastfeeding. Stories and citations from program providers, health care providers, and women will highlight what prevents women from breastfeeding exclusively and what can be done to protect, promote and support exclusive breastfeeding. Time will be provided for questions and comments from participants.


  • Participants will learn what prevents women from exclusively breastfeeding in the examples cited.
  • Participants will learn about strategies to increase exclusive breastfeeding rates from the examples cited.


Janet Allingham

Has practiced as a nurse in several hospital and community settings. As an independent practice International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and member of Ottawa Valley Lactation Consultants, she serves as meetings coordinator. A life-long learner, she returned to school to study adult literacy, and then became a volunteer tutor in a prison.  She now consults in the health literacy/readability field, and is a passionate advocate for the production of print-based health information that more people can use. As a volunteer, she currently coordinates health services for a sponsored refugee family.  Janet is the proud grandmother of four breastfed grandchildren.

(BScN from McGill School of Nursing and MA in Applied Language Studies from Carleton University.)

Anne Kirkham

Is a devoted family health advocate. She has been a La Leche League Canada Leader for 30 years, currently with the LLLC-Toronto Regent Park Group.  She supports the learning needs of LLLC Leaders in Ontario. She has contributed to and coordinated translation for several LLLC publications including Amazing Milk, Breastfeeding Tips, and Breastfeeding a Baby with Down Syndrome.  Anne is also an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant working with high risk pregnant women and families at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in the Breastfeeding Clinic. She loves being a delighted grandmother to two unique and amazing breastfed grandchildren.

Gillian Szollos

Has spent her 20-year career working in the area of perinatal health and has a passion for supporting families though pregnancy, birth and breastfeeding.  She has been a professional doula, supporting nearly 1000 women through childbirth, a program manager recruiting, training and supervising peer doulas and is currently working as a Health Promoter with Carlington Community Health Centre in Ottawa. Gillian shares her breadth of experience and passion with a number of local provincial and federal advisory committees including the Champlain LHIN family advisory committee, the Best Start Advisory Committee for the Breastfeeding Community Projects and the Canadian Association for Perinatal and Women’s Healh Nurses health policy committee.

Jo Watson

Is the director in the Women and Babies Program at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.  She is also the Professional Leader for the NPs at Sunnybrook.  Jo has 35 years of experience working with childbearing families.  She co-authored the Labour and Birth chapter of the first edition of the Health Canada Family Centred Maternal and Newborn Care guidelines and led the design and implementation of a model of single room maternity care in a tertiary care setting.

Jo is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toronto, Faculty of Nursing and received her PhD in 2010 having conducted a randomized trial on the effect of conservative intrapartum IV fluid management on outcomes in breastfed newborns.  She is a co-author of the recently published Cochrane Systematic Review evaluating interventions for the treatment of sore nipples in breastfeeding women.   In 2012, Jo received the Canadian Lactation Consultants' Award of Excellence for her work supporting breastfeeding women. She has an active NP practice in the Nurse Practitioner led Breastfeeding Clinic at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre.