GOLD Speakers

USA

Liz Brooks, JD, IBCLC, FILCA

  • Speaker Type: 2018 Main Presentations
  • Country: USA
Biography:

Liz Brooks, JD, IBCLC, FILCA, is a lactation consultant in private practice (since 1999) and a lawyer (since 1983). Before opening her private practice as an IBCLC lactation consultant, Liz worked as a criminal prosecutor, child advocate, Congressional lobbyist, and federal litigator. Her legal expertise is in ethics, lobbying, administrative and criminal law. Today, Liz offers in-home and hospital-based IBCLC care, teaches/lectures around the world, and has been used as a lactation expert witness in court cases. She knows the challenges faced each day by lactation consultants and healthcare providers! Liz is an Adjunct Professor at Drexel University's IBLCE-Pathway-2 and LEAARC-approved Human Lactation Consultation Program, teaching "Public Policy of Breastfeeding," one of five institutions around the country offering intense classroom and clinical work to fully qualify students to sit the IBCLC certification exam.

She has served on the Board of Directors of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA: President July 2012-14; Secretary July 2005-11) and United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC)(Secretary 2014-16), where she remains a member of the CRASH Committee (working for systemic inclusion and equity). She is a current Board member of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA)(2015-19). She is active in her Pennsylvania-based professional association, and breastfeeding coalition. Liz was designated Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association (FILCA) in 2008, the inaugural year for the program. Liz authored Legal and Ethical Issues for the IBCLC, published 2013 by Jones & Bartlett, and wrote or co-authored an ethics/legal chapter in each of four other lactation-related texts (Core Curriculum for Lactation Consultant Practice, 3rd ed., Breastfeeding and Human Lactation, 5th ed., Breastfeeding, Social Justice, and Equity and The Lactation Consultant in Private Practice). She has presented in local, national, and international venues to universal acclaim.