Virtual Webinar

Protecting Breastfeeding in the United States: Time for Action on The Code

Thursday, April 28 & Friday, April 29, 2022
9:00AM – 3:30PM Eastern (GMT-4)

5 E-CERPS plus 4.5 L-CERPs for IBCLCs, 9.5 hours for CLCs and 9.5 professional development continuing education hours for nurses will be available.

Please note that this conference will not be recorded and participants must attend the conference in its entirety to obtain contact hours.

Full Schedule

Thursday, April 28

Speakers: Linda Smith, Betty Sterken, Karin Cadwell
9:30-10:00History of Infant Feeding
Speaker: Karin Cadwell
10:15-11:15Medical and Social Origins of Breastfeeding Myths
Speaker: Jackie Wolf
11:15-12:00Focus on the Black Family
Speaker: Kimarie Bugg
12:00-1:00LUNCH BREAK
1:00-1:30US Policies and the CODE
Speaker: Linda Smith
1:30-2:15Regulatory Systems to Protect Breastfeeding – CODEX
Speaker: Betty Sterken
2:30-3:15History of the International Code
Speaker: Leah Margulies
3:15-3:30Discussion/Wrap up
Speakers: Linda Smith, Betty Sterken, Karin Cadwell

Friday, April 29

Speakers: Linda Smith, Betty Sterken, Karin Cadwell
9:15-10:30What You Need to Know About the Code:
Scope and Main Provisions
Speaker: David Clark
10:45-11:00Code Responsibilities of Professionals
Speaker: Linda Smith
11:00-12:00WHO Presentation
12:00-1:00LUNCH BREAK
1:00-2:00Where There is No Code?
Speaker: Betty Sterken and Constance Ching
2:00-2:30The New WHO Marketing Findings
Speaker: Linda Smith
2:45-3:15IBFAN Working Around the World to
Protect Infant and Young Child Feeding
Speaker: Betty Sterken
3:15-3:30INFACT Canada/USA & IBFAN North America
Discussion/Wrap Up
Speakers: Linda Smith, Karin Cadwell, Betty Sterken

Speakers include:

  • Kimarie Bugg
  • Karin Cadwell
  • David Clark
  • Constance Ching
  • Leah Margulies
  • Linda Smith
  • Betty Sterken
  • Jackie Wolf

Sponsored by:
INFACT Canada and USA
IBFAN North America

Webinar Speaker Bios:

Elisabeth Sterken is Director of INFACT (Infant Feeding Action Coalition) Canada/IBFAN (International Baby Food Action Network) North America, past chair of the IBFAN Global Council, coordinates the IBFAN Codex Alimentarius Program, and represents IBFAN on the UNICEF/WHO the Global Breastfeeding Collective.

Linda J. Smith is the owner and director of Bright Future Lactation Resource Centre, author of 4 breastfeeding textbooks, and created the International Code Committees of ILCA and La Leche League International. She is a consultant to INFACT Canada/IBFAN North America.

Karin Cadwell is a faculty member of the Healthy Children Project and is serving as convenor of the new organization, Infant Feeding Action Coalition USA.

Kimarie Bugg is President and CEO of Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE), adjunct faculty for Morehouse School of Medicine/Pediatrics, and faculty at Union Institute and University.

David Clark is an international public health and human rights lawyer who spent 25 years as the Legal Specialist with the Nutrition Section, UNICEF, New York.

Constance Ching currently provides technical support in Code advocacy and implementation for Alive & Thrive in the ASEAN region. Prior to that, she worked for IBFAN-ICDC, was involved in capacity building with governments, UN agencies and NGOs on Code implementation and monitoring.

Leah Margulies is a lawyer, founder of Corporate Accountability International (formerly Infact), and the International Nestle Boycott.  She set up the legal office of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative, UNICEF and was legal staff at the Environment Unit of the UN Centre on Transnational Corporations.

Jacqueline H. Wolf is professor of the history of medicine in the Department of Social Medicine at Ohio University. She specializes in the history of birth and breastfeeding practices in the United States.