Dr. Jennifer Thomas, MD, MPH, IBCLC, FAAP, FABM

Dr. Jenny Thomas is a pediatrician and breastfeeding medicine specialist at Aurora Healthcare in Franklin, Wisconsin. She is also a Clinical Assistant Professor of Community and Family Medicine and Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). She received both her MD and MPH from MCW. She has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) since 2003. She currently serves on the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Breastfeeding Executive Board.

A founder and Immediate-past Chairperson of the Wisconsin Breastfeeding Coalition, Dr. Thomas serves on the Medical Advisory Board for the Mother’s Milk Bank of  the Western Great Lakes. She is one of only a few physicians internationally to be recognized as a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (FABM) for her expertise in breastfeeding.

Session Titles:

  • Birth Weight, Bilirubin, and Blood Sugar: What do the numbers mean for newborn care? 
  • Working Together: Communicating with physicians about breastfeeding.
  • The Unique Characteristics of the Late Preterm Infant
  • Breastfeeding the Baby with Special Needs: Babies with Down’s Syndrome
  • Navigating the first two weeks: The normal newborn and appropriate supplementation.


Dr. Teresa Ellen Baker, MD

Dr. Baker has a combined private and academic Ob/Gyn practice with the University Physicians at Texas Tech Health Sciences Center in Amarillo.  She is the Ob/Gyn residency program director and Co-Director of the InfantRisk Center with Dr. Thomas Hale.  She is interested in teen pregnancy, postpartum depression, breastfeeding and promoting preventative medicine.

Session Titles:

  • Marijuana and Breastfeeding
  • The Infant Risk Center: New information on medications and breastfeeding
  • Postpartum Depression


Lourdes Santabella, BA, IBCLC

Lourdes Santaballa is a community activist and organizer, having previously worked in the domestic violence, affordable housing, and economic equity movements. She has been active in the birth and breastfeeding community since the birth of her first child in 2006. A former La Leche League leader and currently an IBCLC since 2011, she was the founder of the lactation program at sePARE, a community based municipal program in Vega Baja, providing coordinated services to low income families and helping draft its model lactation policy. Under her leadership the program was awarded the ILCA Care Award and received the Wilson-Clay Hoover Award for Research. The program was recognized for achieving a 76% exclusive breastfeeding rate among participants at six weeks. Lourdes received the notorious Drs. Ruth Lawrence and Audrey Naylor Legacy Scholarship in 2016 by the United States Breastfeeding Committee, the Miriam H. Labbok Award for Excellence at the Breastfeeding and Feminism conference in 2018, and is currently completing her master’s degree in clinical integrative nutrition. In October 2017, following Hurricanes Irma and Maria, she co-founded Alimentación Segura Infantil or ASI, an Infant and Young Child feeding program focused on increasing breastfeeding, leadership and training in marginalized communities in Puerto Rico. In the Spring of 2019, she started a company called Problemática Media dedicated to communications in lactation and is currently a podcaster, with her weekly show in Spanish, Teta y Pecho: Lactancia Interseccional and more projects in Spanish and English coming soon.

Session Titles:

  • Understanding the WHO Code
  • Infant & Young Child Feeding in Emergencies
  • Diversity Outreach/API Method