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Lecture Overview

Women have been donating their milk to other mothers since time began. However it has not always been as controversial as it is today. In this informative look at the human breastmilk market, Heather Harris takes us for a trip down memory lane and explores the history of the practice she calls "OPM: Other People's Milk". A fascinating insight into a largely mysterious and controversial aspect of lactation.


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Heather Harris

Heather Harris first qualified as a midwife in 1970 and has worked in all areas of midwifery practice over the intervening years. She has served on a number of professional committees over the years, including ACMI (Vic) and ALCA (now LCANZ). She was involved in the successful BFHI accreditation for Mitcham Private Hospital, the RWH and Box Hill hospital. She is a breastfeeding specialist who first qualified as an IBCLC in 1991. She has also been involved in the education of health professionals, presenting in all states of Australia, as well as in the US and Hong Kong. Since 2001, Heather has served as a midwife for Doctors Without Borders in the Ivory Coast, South Sudan, Somalia, Sri Lanka and Nepal. She currently has her own private practice in lactation consultancy. See Educator Profile


12 Total Rating(s)
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Kristina Adams
30 Apr 2019

Very interesting topic.

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Olivia De Ioris
03 Apr 2019

Informing CPD about formal and informal milk banking in Australia

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Maura Penn
15 Feb 2019

This was an informative presentation which enlightened me to past and present practices regarding human milk for human babies

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Kym Tyler
28 May 2018

Excellent information on Breast Milk.

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Janet O'Toole
27 May 2018


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Meghan Charleson
25 Apr 2018

Great presentation

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Maureen Huggins
09 Mar 2018

great information

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Elizabeth Mostard
23 Oct 2017

A thought-provoking subject that we as midwives need to become more vocal about