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.