November 6, 2022

Distinguished Speakers

Adriano Cattaneo

Adriano Cattaneo has worked for 20 years as Epidemiologist and Co-ordinator of the Unit for Health Services Research and International Health at the Institute for Maternal and Child Health “IRCCS Burlo Garofolo”, Trieste, Italy, a WHO Collaborating Centre for Maternal and Child Health. He holds an MD degree from the University of Padova and an MSc degree from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He has spent most of his professional career in developing countries, including four years as a medical officer with the WHO in Geneva. He has authored more than 220 publications in scientific journals and books, more than 100 of which are in peer-reviewed journals. He is also a peer reviewer for more than 30 international journals. He is a member of the Italian Society of Epidemiology, of the Cultural Association of Paediatricians, and of IBFAN (International Baby Food Action Network) Italy. As project coordinator of two EU-funded projects, Adriano played an important role in the development of the document “Protection, promotion and support of breastfeeding in Europe: a Blueprint for Action”, revised in 2008, a tool tested and used for the development of national breastfeeding programmes. He retired in 2014.

Pamela Douglas

Pamela Douglas

Dr Pamela Douglas is an Australian GP, researcher, and breastfeeding medicine physician who first qualified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in 1994. She is affiliated with Griffith University (Associate Professor Adjunct) and The University of Queensland. Pam, with various teams, has published over 30 international research publications which develop the evidence base to the programs known as Neuroprotective Developmental Care (NDC or ‘the Possums programs’) NDC synthesises the research about breastfeeding, infant sleep, cry-fuss problems and parent mood through the lens of evolutionary biology and complexity science, with breastfeeding at the foundations. NDC offers doctors advanced and evidence-based skills in clinical breastfeeding support, which avoids unnecessary medications, surgery, exercises and aids. The programs are available for parents, with online peer support, at Pam’s bestselling The discontented little baby book translates the NDC work into stories and support for parents.

Melissa Mialon

Dr Melissa Mialon is a Research Assistant Professor at Trinity College Dublin in Ireland. Her research focuses on the commercial determinants of health, particularly the practices used by corporations to influence public health policy, research and practice. Dr Mialon co-coordinates the « Governance, Ethics and Conflicts of Interest in Public Health » (GECI-PH) network. She published a book « Big Food & Cie » in French in October 2021.  

Katrina Mitchell

Katrina B. Mitchell, MD, IBCLC, PMH-C is a breast surgeon, lactation consultant, and perinatal mental health provider.  She sees patients in a daily breastfeeding medicine clinic alongside her surgical practice at Ridley Tree Cancer Center at Sansum clinic in Santa Barbara, California.  She is the creator of the, an evidence-based resource for breastfeeding families and the communities that support them. 


Jack Newman

Dr Jack Newman graduated from the University of Toronto medical school in 1970, interning at the Vancouver General Hospital. He did his training in paediatrics 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 American Academy of Pediatrics in 1981. He has worked as a physician in Central America, New Zealand and as a paediatrician in South Africa. 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.

In July 2018, Dr Newman, along with his co-author Andrea Polokova, published Breastfeeding: empowering parents. In July 2022, Dr Newman, along with Andrea Polokova, published What Doctors Don’t Know about Breastfeeding. It is available as a print version as well as an ebook version on Amazon:

His website has information on breastfeeding with video clips that help mothers understand breastfeeding better.

In 2013, Dr Newman was awarded the Queen’s Jubilee Medal for service.

Livio Provenzi

Livio Provenzi received a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology in 2008 and my Doctorate in Psychology in 2016 at the Catholic University, Milan. From 2008 to 2019 I carried out clinical and research activities at the 0-3 Center of the IRCCS E. Medea Scientific Institute in Bosisio Parini, Lecco (Italy). Since November 2019 I am a researcher at the IRCCS Fondazione Mondino, Pavia (Italy). Since February 2022 I am an Assistant Professor (RTDb) at the Department of the Nervous System and Behavior of the University of Pavia. In my research projects, I integrate the methodology of behavioural sciences, infant research, neuroendocrinology, epigenetics and neuroscience to understand how what happens between us – human relationships – helps to shape what happens inside us – the neurobiological connections that make us who we are. I am interested in studying the neuropsychobiological dimensions underlying the early human connections in conditions of typical and atypical development, such as preterm birth, sensory deficit, psychomotor retardation and environmental alterations. Specific attention to the first thousand days of life and to the role of early parent-child interaction further characterizes my line of research. I authored more than 100 papers published in international scientific journals. I am a member of the international research group Separation and Closeness Experiences in the Neonatal Environment (SCENE), Editor in Chief for Frontiers in Pediatric Psychology, and a member of the editorial board of Infant Behavior and Development and Plos One. I have published two books: “Developmental Human Behavioral Epigenetics” in 2020, together with Rosario Montirosso; “Psicobiologia dello Sviluppo” in 2021.

Elien Rouw

Elien Rouw, Dutch MD, specialized in healthy baby care and breastfeeding medicine, living and working in Germany.

She is President-Elect of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (ABM), President of the European Association of Breastfeeding Medicine (EABM) and Liaison of ABM to WABM

In Germany, she is a teacher at the German Institute of Breastfeeding Support (DAIS) and trainer of hospital staff on breastfeeding, a member of the German national Breastfeeding Committee, an author of a textbook on breastfeeding for healthcare workers and of several scientific papers on breastfeeding and related topics. As a physician, she still counsels individual parent/children dyads with breastfeeding problems.

Lara Tauritz-Bakker

Lara Tauritz Bakker

Lara Tauritz Bakker graduated from Erasmus University in Rotterdam in January 2021 and she is now training to become a family physician. She was inspired to go to medical school after all when she discovered how little scientific knowledge we have to deal with breastfeeding problems while writing as a science journalist for a major medical magazine (Medisch Contact). She became a student member of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine in 2014 and helped organize the European ABM conference in 2018. Her master’s thesis, published in the Journal of Human Lactation in 2020, focused on the prescription of domperidone by family physicians in cases of lactation insufficiency.

Charlotte Wright

Charlotte Wright

Charlotte Wright is a paediatrician and an epidemiologist with a longstanding interest in paediatric nutrition.  She worked in Glasgow in clinical and public health nutrition at the Royal Hospital for Children until March 2022 and still researches and teaches within the Human Nutrition department at Glasgow University. 

Her research focuses on understanding and addressing the causes of undernutrition in childhood, child eating behaviour and the assessment of growth and body composition in childhood.

She was responsible at Glasgow University for developing the teaching of medical undergraduates about breastfeeding and recently has worked with UNICEF UK to develop this into web-based teaching for a wider audience.

She is a member of the UK Scientific Advisory Committee for Nutrition (SACN), an Honorary Fellow of the RCPCH, an Honorary Visiting Professor, at the Institute of Child Health and Children’s Hospital, Lahore, Pakistan and previously chaired the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Growth Charts Working Group.

Dr Irena Zakarija-Grković is a lecturer, researcher and breastfeeding physician. She trained and worked as a general practitioner in Melbourne, Australia, where she also qualified as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (2002). Irena now works at the University of Split School of Medicine (Assoc. Prof.), where she conducts an annual 90h breastfeeding course, teaches family medicine, clinical skills, and an elective in breastfeeding medicine, and directs Cochrane Croatia.  She is a member of the Croatian National Breastfeeding Committee, founding President of the Croatian Association of Lactation Consultants, World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative Coordinator for Croatia and Europe, International Lactation Consultant Association Director and Fellow of Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.