Canadian Breastfeeding Week Speaker List

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Presentations daily beginning at:

  • 11 AM Pacific Time
  • 12 PM Mountain Time

  • 1 PM Central Time

  • 2 pm Eastern Time

  • 3 PM Atlantic Time

  • 3:30 Newfoundland Time


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Cost: $25.00

  • Includes registration for live presentations and limited access to the recordings of the week's presentations. 
  • Note: There are a limited number of scholarships available for those who might find the cost prohibitive. Contact Nikki at office@lllc.ca for more information.

DAY ONE - Friday, October 1st, 2021
Shahrzad Tayebi Shahrzad Tayebi (she/her)
Finding Your Village in a Disconnected Society

Shahrzad will share her own experiences of breastfeeding, compared to rural areas of Iran and the Western world. Support from the whole village encourages success and breastfeeding is viewed as normal infant behaviour. With the implementation of The Warm Chain of support which places the mother-baby dyad at the core. It strives to link different actors across the health, community and workplace sectors to provide a continuum of care during the first 1000 days.

Speaker Bio:
Shahrzad Tayebi is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant based in Vancouver, BC. Originally from Iran, where she was a midwife for 18 years, migrated to Canada in 2009. Since she noticed the huge difference in the approach to breastfeeding, she produced a documentary called We're Mammals. We're Mammals focuses on baby's innate abilities to breastfeed, like any other mammal. Shahrzed has two kids, a 25 year old daughter and a 14 year old son with Down syndrome. 

More information about Shahrzad can be found here: https://mamamilk.ca/about


DAY TWO - Saturday, October 2nd, 2021
Teresa Pitman Teresa Pitman (she/her)
The Magic of Peer Support

There's definitely a place for medical professionals and IBCLCs in protecting breastfeeding. But the kind of support La Leche League Leaders provide is almost a form of magic. It can turn a nervous new parent into a confident one. It can help parents learn to read their baby's cues and recognize their unique needs. It can change a struggling breastfeeding relationship into a positive experience. All of that without surgery, drugs or even a magic wand (well, okay, sometimes there is a referral to a medical caregiver...)

Most of the reasons people wean early or opt not to breastfeed are not medical issues; they are more often made due to lack of support and lack of info on daily life with a breastfeeding baby. That's where La Leche League shines. LLL Leaders know about the wide range of normal and how to adapt to the baby you have. They know how breastfeeding works and how it can adapt.

In this presentation, learn more about why peer support is essential for protecting breastfeeding at all stages and how you can help parents access this magical resource.

Speaker Bio:
Teresa Pitman has been a La Leche League Leader for over 40 years and is the author or co-author of 18 books on breastfeeding, birth and parenting including; The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding, Sweet Sleep and Dr. Jack Newman's Guide to Breastfeeding. Her most recent book, published last year, is Baby-Led Weaning: The (Not So) Revolutionary Way to Start Solids and Make a Happy Eater. Teresa is the mother of four now-grown children and the grandmother of ten - all breastfed.


DAY THREE - Sunday, October 3rd, 2021

Shâdé Chatrath Shâdé Chatrath (she/her)
Access Denied? How to Improve Your Breastfeeding Success with Limited Resources and Accessibility
Breastfeeding is known to be beneficial to both the breastfeeding parent, baby, family and community. What happens when you don't have means, accessibility and supports to support the breastfeeding journey?
Speaker Bio:
My name is Shâdé Chatrath. I graduated in 2010 with a degree in Health Sciences in Midwifery from Ryerson University. Prior to graduating I worked as a Kinesiologist encouraging health and wellness to individuals of all walks of life. I also spent time volunteering at a pregnancy support centre and a crisis hotline.

My job as a midwife allows me to work with individuals from all walks of life. I get to be part of the most intimate, vulnerable, and special part of their journey. The community I practice in, allows me to also work with IBPOC and marginalized families. As an midwife, I am committed to supporting the IBPOC/marginalized communities to ensure that they are well empowered and supported. I am dedicated to being part of the solution to ending rasicim and discrimination. I feel its a top priority when it comes to implementing change when ensuring positive maternity health outcomes and experiences.

In addition to my work as a midwife, I do prenatal and postpartum talks, train healthcare professionals and families in emergency skills, First Aid, CPR and neonatal resuscitation. I am passionate about supporting families in their journey during pregnancy,  birth, postpartum, and breastfeeding.

As a registered midwife, I probably love catching babies more than I did 10 years ago. I continue to grow and learn from the people I serve, work with, and my family. I love being a Baby Catcher!


DAY FOUR - Monday, October 4, 2021

Drew Soleyn Drew Soleyn (he/him)
Co-Parenting for Breastfeeding Success

This presentation will share five specific actions that every dad/co-parent can do to support breastfeeding moms, provide research insights, stories, and examples that help parents see the importance of dads/co-parents to breastfeeding success and healthy child development, and offer communication tips to help parents work together as a team.

Speaker Bio:
I’m the Director of Dad Central Ontario, Founder of Connected Dads, and a Career Coach at the Queens & Smith School of Business. I have three wonderful children - twin 8 year old daughters and a 5 year old son, and being their dad is the most important leadership role I’ll ever have. As an ICF certified coach and John Maxwell Team Coach, Trainer and Speaker, I help dads show up at their best for the people who matter most.


DAY FIVE - Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Carly Ottaway Carly Ottaway
Finding Work-Life Balance in Early Parenthood

A behind-the-scenes look at navigating the challenges of growing a business/career and a family. Discover tools for managing your time, energy and mindset.

Speaker Bio:
Carly Ottaway is a mom of two and the owner and CEO of Web of Words, a boutique content marketing agency specializing in helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses and expand their impact online. As a former journalist turned copywriter, she gets fired up about helping people and brands articulate their stories with purpose. Carly’s work has been published in national publications, including: Maclean’s, Canadian Business and Zoomer Magazine. Find her at webofwords.ca and follow along on Instagram: @webofwords_.


DAY SIX - Wednesday, October 6, 2021

Stephanie George Stephanie George
How to Receive the Best Care From Your Health Provider

Unresolved pain from our past can affect our pregnancy and lactation experiences. This presentation can teach strategies to parents which can guide them through healing.

Speaker Bio:
Stephanie is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and an Aboriginal Midwife. Before she became a midwife, she was certified as a Postpartum Depression Support Person.She is well known for her work as an advocate for Indigenous health, women’s health, mental health, and as a breastfeeding educator. Stephanie continues to share her knowledge with health care providers and students through her roles with the Baby-Friendly Initiative Strategy of Ontario and as an expert panel member of the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario. Stephanie is on the Board of Directors for Haldimand Norfolk Women's Services. Stephanie teaches future and current health care providers and IBCLC’s by working as a Sessional Instructor of Indigenous Health at McMaster’s University and as a President Elect for the International Lactation Consultants Association (ILCA).


DAY SEVEN - October 7, 2021

Kimberley GaucherKimberley Gaucher (she/her)

What Support Meant to My Breastfeeding Success
Any policy that requires a working mother to choose between breastfeeding her infant daughter and doing her job is indefensibly flawed and must be changed. Kimberly, one of two female Canadian athletes won their battles to be allowed to compete in the Tokyo Olympics. As a young mother, initially her dream was on hold being told her breastfeeding daughter was not allowed to accompany her. An empowering story of commitment to both her child and sport that you don't want to miss.
Speaker Bio: Kimberley is a mom to 5 month old Sophie. She is a member of the Canadian Women's National Basketball team from 2001-2021. Kimberley is Team Captian from 2013-2021. She has played in 4 World Cups and 3 Olympic Games (London, Rio and Tokyo). She was drafted in the First Round of the 2006 WNBA draft. Kimberley has played professionally in Europe for over 10 years. She is the first female to have her jersey retired at the University of Utah.