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Dr. Jack Newman graduated from the University of Toronto medical school in 1970, interning at the Vancouver General Hospital. He did his training in paediatrics in Quebec City and then at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto from 1977-1981 to become a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada in 1981 as well as Board Certified by the AAP in 1981. He has worked as a physician in Central America, New Zealand and as a paediatrician in South Africa (in the Transkei). He founded the first hospital based breastfeeding clinic in Canada in 1984. He has been a consultant for UNICEF for the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative, evaluating the first candidate hospitals in Gabon, the Ivory Coast and Canada.
Dr. Newman was a staff paediatrician at the Hospital for Sick Children emergency department from 1983 to 1992, and was, for a period of time, the acting chief of the emergency services. However, once the breastfeeding clinic started functioning, it took more and more of his time and he eventually worked full time helping mothers and babies succeed with breastfeeding. He now works at the Newman Breastfeeding Clinic and Institute based at the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine in Toronto.
Dr. Newman has several publications on breastfeeding, and in 2000 published, along with Teresa Pitman, a help guide for professionals and mothers on breastfeeding, called, Dr. Jack Newman’s Guide to Breastfeeding, as it’s known in Canada (revised editions, January 2003 and January 2005), and The Ultimate Breastfeeding Book of Answers, as it’s known in the US (revised edition, November 2006). The book has been translated into French, Indonesian and Japanese and is in the process of being translated into Spanish and Italian (expected publication for both in the fall of 2010). In 2006, Dr. Newman, along with Teresa Pitman, published The Latch and Other Keys to Breastfeeding Success (Hale Publishing) and this book is in the process of being translated into French (expected publication in the fall of 2010). He has also, along with Edith Kernerman, developed a DVD as a teaching tool for health professionals and mothers. It is available in English and French and is subtitled in Spanish, Portuguese and Italian.
A mother of five and a grandmother to three, Pinky McKay is an International Board certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), certified infant massage instructor and sought after keynote speaker at conferences for parents and professionals internationally.
Pinky calls parenting like it is – messy business. No worries though, she has proven solutions to help parents cope and create their own methods to the parenting madness. Pinky’s techniques offer an effective, proven alternative to “baby training approaches” which may not only have long term negative effects on infants’ emotional and mental health but also undermine parents’ confidence and connection with their little ones. Pinky also writes for a number of websites, blogs and publications in Australia and internationally.
Pinky has appeared on most major national TV shows including the Today Show, Today Tonight, A Current Affair, The Morning show, The Circle, Mornings with Kerri Anne and has been interviewed for various print publications nationally. Plus she’s a best-selling baby care author with four titles published by Penguin including Sleeping Like a Baby, 100 Ways to Calm the Crying, Toddler Tactics and Parenting By Heart. Her books are endorsed by professional bodies such as The Australian Breastfeeding Association, La Leche League International and The Australian Association of Infant Mental Health.
A sought after guest and keynote speaker at seminars for health professionals, parents and at baby expos, Pinky has spoken for organisations such as the Lactation Consultants Association of Australia and New Zealand (LCANZ), Queensland Playgroup Association, The Australian Breastfeeding Association, New Zealand College of Midwives, La Leche League New Zealand national conference and as keynote ambassador for the Australian Government’s National Paid Parental Leave Scheme.
She runs a busy private practice in Melbourne offering workshops and private consultations, however her reach extends worldwide with support for parents via teleseminars and webcasts to provide tips on gentle, responsive baby care.