2018 ⋅ Lourdes Santaballa Mora, IBCLC, was selected because her work is vibrant, groundbreaking, and powerful. Lourdes, an activist, community organizer, IBCLC and divorced parent, was at her home in Dorado, Puerto Rico when when it was hit by two hurricanes: first Irma, and then Maria. She took this moment of crisis and turned it into one of action. As she said, she “literally felt like the universe was talking to me in the middle of the apocalypse.” She founded Alimentacion Segura Infantil (ASI) to bring support to families with young children who could not make their way to help because of the chaos left in the wake of the storms.
As noted by Agustina Vidal in her letter of support, “I have no doubt that the lesson from ASI will have a long-lasting imprinting in the field of infant feeding during emergencies. In true Miriam fashion, Lourdes’ work is groundbreaking and trailblazing. When the emergency has passed, we will have a roadmap on what knowledge and skills communities need to keep the babies safe, a solid roadmap on how they can organize themselves and put themselves at the service of families and babies.” Learn more here.
2017 ⋅ Brooke Bauer is the innovative founder and CEO of Nurture Project International (NPI), an International Humanitarian Aid NGO that provides lactation support, midwifery care, and nutrition programs to pregnant and lactating women and children under age two. The program works with refugee populations in Europe and the Middle East. She was selected as the recipient of the Miriam H. Labbok award in 2017. Click here to read Brooke’s acceptance speech.
2016 ⋅ Miriam Labbok was the co-director of the Breastfeeding and Feminism International Conference from 2007-2016 and the inaugural recipient of the Miriam H. Labbok award in 2016. She championed women’s rights to breastfeed around the world. She was at the seminal meeting in Innocenti, Italy that led to the Innocenti Declaration on the Protection, Promotion and Support of Breastfeeding. She was instrumental in defining and studying the Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM) of birth control for breastfeeding women, and championed causes across the reproductive health continuum from breastfeeding to birth spacing, research integrity to equity in access to care.