Who we are

Breastfeeding FAQs was founded in 2017 by Dr. Marie Wallace-Gross, a family physician and breastfeeding specialist in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She has been caring for breastfeeding families since 1993 and has seen over 15,000 mothers and their babies in her clinic and in hospital. She has been teaching doctors and medical students since 1997, served on committees as a breastfeeding expert, engaged in breastfeeding research, and advocates for the rights of breastfeeding families. Breastfeeding FAQs shares her knowledge and experience with families around the world.

A) Dr. Marie Wallace-Gross

Dr. Marie Wallace-Gross, founder, medical director, and CEO of Breastfeeding FAQs

Dr. Wallace-Gross graduated from McGill University in Montreal, Canada. She trained as a family doctor and started helping breastfeeding families in 1993. She became an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) in 1994. 

1) Experience caring for breastfeeding families

She has extensive experience caring for breastfeeding families:

  • Director of a Canadian breastfeeding clinic for 25 years.
  • Cared for more than 15,000 mothers and their babies in her clinic.
  • Cared for mothers and babies in hospital and in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) for 23 years.

2) Experience as an educator

Since 1997, she has been an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Alberta, a major Canadian university, in the departments of:

  • Obstetrics and Gynaecology
  • Family Medicine

Her activities have included:

  • Teaching medical students, postgraduate doctors, nurses, and other health-care providers.
  • Hosting more than 1,500 learners in her clinic.
  • Giving more than 200 lectures at local, national, and international conferences and other events.

3) Experience on committees

She has served on numerous committees, including:

  • The International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE); Examination Review Committee
  • The Breastfeeding Committee for Canada (BCC)
  • The Canadian Family-Centred Maternity and Newborn Care; National Guidelines Committee
  • Covenant Health Steering Committee for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative

4) Breastfeeding research

She is a former peer reviewer for the Journal of Human Lactation.

She has co-authored four scientific papers:

  1. The impact of breast reduction surgery on breastfeeding: Systematic review of observational studies (Kraut et al. 2017) 
  2. Nipple and Areolar Eczema in the Breastfeeding Woman (Barankin et al. 2004)
  3. Differential expression of matrix metalloproteinases and the tissue inhibitor in human milk (Cheung et al. 2001) 
  4. Intravenous pamidronate for the treatment of reflex sympathetic dystrophy during breastfeeding (Siminoski et al. 2000)

B) A personal message from Dr. Wallace-Gross

Welcome to Breastfeeding FAQS and thank you for letting me participate in your breastfeeding journey.

This website contains all of the knowledge I accumulated in 25 years of caring for breastfeeding families. I know the information on this website will help you because it has helped so many others. Indeed, my patients and students often asked if I had an online breastfeeding resource and were the inspiration for Breastfeeding FAQs.

Many mothers worry about breastfeeding and their babies' behaviour, even though all is well. Knowing what is normal can settle this worry and prevent unnecessary visits to health-care providers, tests, medication, and even early weaning. For this reason, nearly half of the website's information concerns normal babies and how they breastfeed. 

When addressing breastfeeding problems and concerns, I used evidence-based approaches whenever possible and where none existed, I relied on what I learned from the mothers in my practice. I will continue to update the information as new evidence emerges. 

I am extremely grateful to the mothers who taught me so much. I wish to offer a special thank you to those who agreed to share images of themselves and their babies in order to help others. I hope you feel the kindness and strength of these amazing women as you explore the website.

With my very best wishes,

Dr. Marie Wallace-Gross

C) The Breastfeeding FAQs team

This website was created thanks to the hard work, passion, and patience of our medical director, editor, and website team. We are grateful for the generosity of other health-care providers as they reviewed and contributed information. We thank our own families for their support, encouragement, and belief in our project. 

References

Barankin B, Gross MS. Nipple and areolar eczema in the breastfeeding woman. J Cutan Med Surg. 2004 Mar-Apr;8(2):126-30. Epub 2004 May 3

Cheung PY, Sawicki G, Gross S, Van Aerde J, Radomski M. Differential expression of matrix metalloproteinases and the tissue inhibitor in human milk. Proc West Pharmacol Soc. 2001;44:97-8

Kraut RY, Brown E, Korownyk C, Katz LS, Vandermeer B, Babenko O, Gross MS, Campbell S, Allan GM. The impact of breast reduction surgery on breastfeeding: Systematic review of observational studies. PLoS One. 2017 Oct 19;12(10):e0186591

Siminoski K, Fitzgerald AA, Flesch G, Gross MS. Intravenous pamidronate for treatment of reflex sympathetic dystrophy during breast feeding. J Bone Miner Res. 2000 Oct;15(10):2052-5