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: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B09WC2HCC6
His website www.ibconline.ca 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.