Ada Palandjian is a breastfeeding advocate, a mother of 2 boys, a La Leche League Leader and Lover, currently the co-ACL for LLL Greece and an IBCLC. In the daytime, she keeps busy at a montessori preschool with tiny people! Her Armenian background keeps her antennas up for refugees. She helps out in the IFSfRC group with translations.
Aunchalee Palmquist is Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Director of the Program for Ethnographic Research and Community Studies at Elon University (North Carolina, USA). She is a medical anthropologist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) with expertise in global maternal-child health, infant and young child feeding, health inequalities, and applied anthropology. You can read more about her research at anthrolactology.com. Aunchalee is passionate about health equity, human rights, and social justice. She contributes to IFSfRC as an admin and works on health communications messaging, research, and social media/graphics. She is a mother to three endlessly fascinating children.
Brooke Bauer is the founder of Nurture Project International, a disaster relief International NGO focused on safe infant feeding. She has worked in global health projects in Africa, Europe, the US, and the Middle East for the last ten years. She is a certified La Leche League leader, the International Coordinator for the International Cesarean Awareness Network, a trained AMANI childbirth educator and the founder of the Marshall Islands Adoption Ethics, Transparency, and Support network. She currently lives in Abu Dhabi with her Dublin born husband and is an unschooling mama to four very funny children aged five and under.
Charlotte Codron is involved in breastfeeding support and information as a La Leche League Leader in Turkey. She is French and have lived in Turkey for 13 years. Charlotte is a mother of 2 children and a French teacher at Akdeniz University. She coordinated the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative Turkey Report (2015) with IBFAN. Charlotte helps out in the IFSfRC group with translations in French and coordinates translations in Turkish.
Charlotte Jessop is a Teacher of Mathematics and Special Educational Needs Coordinator by vocation but primarily a mother. Her own breastfeeding journey made her passionate about supporting others to achieve their own parenting goals. Charlotte initially began volunteering with Human Milk for Human Babies UK and this led to her work with IFSfRC, where she coordinates the Instagram and Pinterest accounts. When not working or volunteering, Charlotte is spending time with her family, enjoying the Norfolk (UK) countryside or completing various craft projects.
Ghada Sayed is an Egyptian Consultant Pediatrician and IBCLC (2013 Recertified). She works in a governmental hospital and runs a breastfeeding clinic. She is an IBFAN Arab World regional coordinator since 2013, a mother of 3 boys and can speak Arabic, English and French. She was the Principal investigator of a national Code survey in Egypt (UNICEF) and a regional Code situational analysis in Eastern Mediteranean region (WHO).
Jodine Chase is a public relations and communications consultant specializing in issues and crisis management news analysis. Jodine lives in Canada and is a long-time breastfeeding advocate who, as a volunteer, works for many breastfeeding related causes including advocating for the re-establishment of milk banks, amending policies and legislation to protect breastfeeding rights, and appropriate infant and young child feeding during emergencies including the Syrian refugee crisis. Jodine serves on the board of her local breastfeeding advocacy group, the Breastfeeding Action Committee of Edmonton (BACE), which is implementing a human rights education grant project to increase the number of Breastfeeding Friendly public spaces in her city. She also volunteers with the Best for Babes Foundation, ILCA, INFACT Canada, and Friends of the WHO Code.
Karleen Gribble is an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Midwifery at Western Sydney University and a member of the Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies Core Group. Her research interests include adoptive breastfeeding, long-term breastfeeding, non-nutritional aspects of breastfeeding, child protection and breastfeeding, peer-to-peer milk sharing and models of care for traumatised children. Karleen speaks and publishes widely on these subjects to lay and professional audiences. Karleen is active in research, policy development, advocacy and teaching in the areas of infant feeding in emergencies and the marketing of infant formula. She is also an Australian Breastfeeding Association Community Educator and Breastfeeding Counsellor.
Linda Shaker Berbari is currently a consultant and Regional Technical Advisor for Health, Nutrition and IYCF at International Orthodox Christian Charities (IOCC). Linda is also a part-time instructor at the University of Balamand – Lebanon and the co-founder and president of a local NGO called LACTICA composed of mothers and fathers whose sole mission is to support, promote and protect breastfeeding. Linda is currently working on her PhD at the University of Dundee – UK Scotland with a focus on Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies. Linda has been working in the field of community nutrition with a passion in infant feeding for more than 10 years. She’s the proud mother of three breastfed boys.
Lindsey Middlemiss is mother of 2 small children, a doula and trainee breastfeeding counsellor from Newbury, UK. Formerly Head of External Communications at Doula UK, Lindsey has a background in the third sector and medical information, but originally trained in Meteorology, which gave her an interest in on-the-ground scientific research. Lindsey currently runs West Berks Action for Refugees and has volunteered in the Dunkirk camp and on Lesvos. Lindsey is involved in the development of information for parents and aid workers/volunteers, as well as reporting on infant feeding situations in Europe.
Lynsey Bartram, mother of three boys, is a feminist, activist and lover of the outdoors, from Suffolk, UK . Her current areas of interest are breastfeeding and informed milksharing. She was involved in the launch of the global peer to peer milksharing network, HM4HB, and maintained the role of peer supporter to the 300+ administrators within the network, for over two years, before stepping back to focus on running the UK community network. She also worked, as part of a team, devising and launching World Milksharing Week, and was actively involved in the campaign against Facebook’s arbitrary breastfeeding photos policy, culminating in the organisation of ‘nurse-in’ protests at many of the Facebook HQ’s around the world and the creation of the FB vs BF Alliance. Following involvement with her local community, providing donated items and funds for food for the refugees in Calais, she saw that there was a need for a space for volunteers to come together to provide information and support regarding safe infant feeding to those working on the ground. The Facebook support group, Infant Feeding Support for Refugee Children, has since become the starting point for the quickly growing project that now has a wonderful team of volunteers from a wide range of backgrounds.
Morgan Gallagher is a lactavist who first started advocating and supporting refugee mothers and babies in Yarl’s Wood Detention Centre in the United Kingdom She started Nursing Matters, an NGO that advocates on behalf of breastfeeding babies who are involved with social services or other agencies who are preventing breastfeeding.
Murielle Bourbao a French woman, born and raised in France, on the Riviera. She is a mechanical engineer – got the diploma after five years of studying “boys’ topics.” That was her first battle as a feminist, even if she did not know at that time she was a feminist. Feminism has now caught up with her, and she actively and daily support women in their struggles. She is the mother of three children, ages 10, 7 and 5 – all were breastfed. Breastfeeding does not come easy in France, so she’s proud she did breastfeed her first born for 10 months despite numerous obstacles. Her second and third children were/are breastfed until natural weaning, despite a whole other category of obstacles. Her love for babies and their mothers led her to create and maintain the Human Milk 4 Human Babies ~ France Facebook page and this work was featured by Noemi Weis in the film “Milk.” Her desire to see breastfeeding normalized spawned the Facebook page “Photos et Documents d’Allaitement à travers les Ages,” a page dedicated to posting, almost daily, historical artistic representations of breastfeeding dating from the beginning of humanity until the late 20th century. At home, she actively participate in mher village’s life, including taking the post of secretary of the school association or going to the swimming pool with the school children every week. Finally, she is an ultra runner – running for hours in a row in the mountains is what allows her to recharge her batteries.
Sarah DeYoung has a PhD in Applied Social and Community Psychology. She is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Disaster Research Center at the University of Delaware (United States). Her on-going research includes decision-making for infant-feeding after disasters, preparedness, social vulnerability, and protective action in complex emergencies. Her main work with infant feeding has focused on Nepalese mothers following the 2015 Nepal earthquake. Her involvement in IFSfRC is to contribute insights on community advocacy and linking research networks.
Soumayya Libdi is a passionate independent journalist and translator from Beirut, Lebanon. Alongside her Journalism degree she holds a Digital Communication and PR diploma from the World Media Academy in Dubai. She’s a self-proclaimed breastfeeding advocate with a heart for volunteerism.