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LCANZ Seminar: Supporting Breastfeeding during a Pandemic


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TOPIC: Supporting Breastfeeding during a Pandemic

Members – $50
Non Members – $80


Emma is a dual qualified speech pathologist and board certified lactation consultant based in Brisbane. After 16 years in the acute, subacute and special education public she recently took the plunge into full time private practise and management roles.

She currently holds a Feeding Team Lead role at SpeechNet Speech Pathology, and is the director of her own company Feed and Grow. These roles focus on education, mentorship and management, as well as a complex clinical caseload of paediatric dysphagia, lactation and behavioural feeding difficulties in children from pre-term to 18yr olds.

Emma‘s career to date has had an ongoing focus on the implementation and development of telehealth services, and the current COVID pandemic has strengthened and developed her practice further in this area.  She is passionate about providing high quality and consistent assessment and intervention via telehealth within paediatric feeding and swallowing disorders, and empowering others in their development of skills in this area.

Sarah Melov has practiced midwifery in a number of settings in Australia over the last 20 years both urban and remote. Since 2015 she has enjoyed the role of Clinical Midwife Consultant, Women’s Health Research at Westmead Institute for Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Westmead Hospital. She has a particular interest in cultural aspects of midwifery care and perinatal outcomes, diabetes, lactation and cardiovascular risk in pregnancy.  She has led and collaborated on numerous research projects including investigating the cultural practice of resting postpartum, pregnancy characteristics associated with congenital heart disease and recently completed the BLIiNG study focusing on breastfeeding length and intensity in woman who have had gestational diabetes. The BLIiNG study led to the development of the novel BLISS check (Breastfeeding Length Intensity Scoring System) that aims to assist assessment of previous breastfeeding experience. She is a PhD candidate at The University of Sydney.



Registered nurse/Certified Midwife, BHtg Mtg, CFHN, IBCLC, Fellow ILCA, JP & BFHI Assessor
Has worked as a nurse for 40 plus years in working various clinical roles within hospital and Primary Care and Community Health. Currently working as a Child & Family Health Clinical Nurse Specialist/IBCLC in the Blue Mountains, NSW Australia. She supports health professionals and parents with education of lactation/infant feeding/settling and behavioural issues for infants and children 0 to 5 years of age as a clinical specialist. Has volunteered extensively for ILCA including being a past President, World Alliance Breastfeeding Advocacy, World Breastfeeding trends Initiative WBTi AUS , International Childbirth Ass. and World Health Organisation. Her passion is in support for mothers, babies and her grandson. Decalie has an interest in working in the IYCF Emergency.


Naomi Hull RN, IBCLC, MPH, Cert IV Breastfeeding Education (Counselling)
Naomi Hull as a Registered Nurse, an International Board-Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) and has a Master of Public Health (Nutrition). Naomi is mum to two teenage young adults, a Rhodesian Ridgeback and three chickens. Since 2006 Naomi has been a volunteer Breastfeeding Counsellor (Cert IV Breastfeeding Education) with the Australian Breastfeeding Association, and she qualified as an IBCLC in 2010 and has worked in a small Private Practice in Brisbane. While completing her MPH at the University of Queensland (UQ) she focused her dissertation on a qualitative review of stakeholder’s perceptions of the implementation of the Australian National Breastfeeding Strategy (2010-2015). Since then she has gone on to lead and coordinate a national team in the assessment of Australian breastfeeding policies and programs using the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi) Assessment Tool. Naomi is the Senior Manager for Breastfeeding Information and Research at the Australian Breastfeeding Association, where she is responsible for the provision of up to date, evidence-based information for the general community and health professionals.

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Most consultants will travel outside their own suburb, particularly in regional areas, to assist mothers/families with babies & toddlers. All listed consultants are members of LCANZ and have qualified as International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC®).