Jodine Chase owns a public relations firm that specializes in news analysis for a select clientele. She is a longtime breastfeeding advocate with five children and three grandchildren. She has provided a variety of news briefing services for the breastfeeding community and currently curates Human Milk News, and is list mother for several information sharing lists in Alberta relating to efforts to re-establish donor human milk banks. She joined the Alberta Breastfeeding Committee in 2011 and her focus has been providing support to develop ABC’s communications strategy. She is a founding member of the Breastfeeding Action Committee for Edmonton (BACE), Human Milk for Human Babies, and a supporter of the nascent Calgary Mother’s Milk Bank in Alberta. Her most recent campaign has seen her take on the frat-boy monolith of Facebook, and while she hasn’t beaten them into submission, at least she has made them blink, and actually talk to mothers who understand breastfeeding is not about sex but is the natural way for people feed their children.
Jenna Elfman (Growing Up Fisher, Dharma & Greg, Friends with Benefits, Keeping the Faith) is a Golden Globe-winning actress.
She became a Best for Babes Champion for Moms in 2010 when she shared with us candidly about how she struggled with breastfeeding her first son, overcame the obstacles, and eventually donated her milk to a severely ill baby. (Read the interview: Part I and Part II .)
Of the firm conviction that “none of us can do everything, but each one of us can do something” to help make the world a better place for ourselves and for our children, along with Kelly Preston and Laila Ali, Jenna co-hosted the first-ever celebrity breastfeeding & toxin-free living event in 2012, at her home, to raise awareness of the barriers to breastfeeding (and how to succeed!) and the benefits of toxin-free living in raising healthy children. Jenna was born and raised in Los Angeles, where she currently lives with her husband, Bodhi Elfman, and their two young sons.
Kim Ellison is an experienced fundraiser, with years of practice in not-for-profit development. She has raised millions of dollars for both grassroot projects, at the Waterford Institute, and for St. Louis Children’s Hospital Foundation, specializing in grants procurement, annual fund campaigns, major gifts, and donor relations. Working closely with different boards and committees, she has galvanized community support to produce results for worthy causes. Kim holds a Bachelor of Science in Child Development from Brigham Young University, and she brings years of experience volunteering with children, youth, and their families. She has three children with her husband of seventeen years. She is an avid runner, having completed multiple half and full marathons. In her dreams, she is an artist and gardner who lives on the beach.
Maria Grant spent twelve years as a finance professional at Goldman Sachs before leaving recently to spend more time with her family. During her time at Goldman Sachs, Maria spent several years running their Equity Derivatives research team, which was consistently ranked #1 or #2 on Wall Street from 2003-2007. She also served as Deputy Director of the firm’s Americas Investment Research Division and sat on their Investment Review Committee. While at Goldman Sachs, Maria nursed and pumped for two babies and mentored many women through the nursing and working experience. She also served on the Board of Directors for La Leche League International and was part of the technical review committee for the eighth edition of “The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding”, a national bestseller, published in July 2010. Maria’s work has been regularly featured in the Wall Street Journal, Barrons, and Bloomberg, and she has discussed investment strategies on CNBC. After her time in corporate America, Maria is spending some time traveling the country with her husband and two young children, including a nursing baby, and is running marathons to raise funds for Best for Babes in her new role with Team BfB! Maria graduated from Davidson College, Magna Cum Laude, with Honors in Mathematics and earned a M.A. in Mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Nancy Mohrbacher IBCLC, FILCA, is author of the book for breastfeeding specialists Breastfeeding Answers Made Simple: A Guide for Helping Mothers and its Pocket Guide Edition. She also co-authored (with Kathleen Kendall-Tackett) the book for parents, Breastfeeding Made Simple: Seven Natural Laws for Nursing Mothers. Her 2013 book Breastfeeding Solutions: Quick Tips for the Most Common Nursing Challenges is available in app form for smartphones and tablets in the Apple and Android marketplaces. She is co-author (with Julie Stock) of all three editions of The Breastfeeding Answer Book, a research-based counseling guide for lactation professionals, which has sold more than 130,000 copies worldwide. Nancy has written for many publications and speaks at breastfeeding conferences around the world.
Peggy O’Mara was the Editor and Publisher of Mothering Magazine from 1980 to 2011. In 1995 she founded mothering.com and was its editor-in-chief until 2012. Peggy’s books include Natural Family Living, Having a Baby Naturally, and A Quiet Place. She has presented at Omega Institute, Esalen, Bioneers and La Leche League, International. Peggy is the mother of four and grandmother to two.
She is the recipient of the La Leche League, International 2001 Alumnae Association award, the International Peace Prayer Day 2002 Woman of Peace award, the National Vaccine Information Center 2009 Courage in Journalism award, the Holistic Moms Network 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award, and five Maggie Awards for public service journalism from the Western Publishing Association.
Barbara L. Philipp MD, FAAP, FABM is Professor of Pediatrics at Boston University School of Medicine, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. She is the Medical Director of The Birth Place and a practicing pediatrician at Boston Medical Center. She served as a Co-Chair of the Boston Medical Center Baby-Friendly Task Force, which successfully led the hospital to Baby-Friendly designation in 1999 and re-designation in 2007. In order to help other institutions succeed in this area, she has published numerous articles on the Baby-Friendly process and lectures frequently on the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative and other breastfeeding-related topics. With the support of the W.K.Kellogg Foundation, she pioneered the MotherBaby Summit Initiative in 2009 to address poor breastfeeding support that new mothers and babies often encounter in the US maternity setting. To date she has run summits in Massachusetts (5), Philadelphia (2), Michigan (3), and West Virginia (1). Dr. Philipp is a co-author of the reference book, Breastfeeding: Conditions and Diseases, and, in 2008, was the recipient of a St. Lawrence University Alumni Citation for her work in the field of maternal and child health.