Katherine A. Dettwyler is a biocultural anthropologist who has been researching and writing about breastfeeding and weaning since 1980. She holds BS, MA, and PhD degrees in anthropology and is an Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Delaware. Kathy’s books include the 1995 Margaret Mead Award-winning Dancing Skeletons: Life and Death in West Africa (1994). She also co-edited Breastfeeding: Biocultural Perspectives (1995) which includes her own two chapters, “Beauty and the Breast” and “A Time to Wean.” Most recently, she authored the textbook, Cultural Anthropology & Human Experience (2011).
Frank J. Nice has practiced as a consultant, lecturer, and author on medications and breastfeeding for over 35 years. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Pharmacy, a Masters Degree in Pharmacy Administration, and Masters and Doctorate Degrees in Public Administration. Dr. Nice holds Certification in Public Health Pharmacy and serves as a pharmacist at the Food and Drug Administration. Frank recently published the second edition of his guide for the use of over 1,700 nonprescription drugs and herbals, Nonprescription Drugs for the Breastfeeding Mother. He has also published three dozen peer-reviewed articles on the use of prescription medications, over-the-counter (OTC) products, and herbals during breastfeeding.
Amy Kotler, MD, IBCLC, FAAP, FABM
SLOW WEIGHT GAIN AND FAILURE TO THRIVE IN THE BREASTFED CHILD Recognizing normal nutritional needs and physiologic patterns of growth in the breastfed child through the first and second years of life. Understanding new growth charts and distinguishing between a small child and one who is truly “failure to thrive”.
Dr. Kotler is a Board Certified Pediatrician who has been practicing general pediatrics for over 13 years (16 if you include residency). Dr. Kotler has been involved with La Leche League since the birth of her first child in 2001; however, she dates her interest in La Leche League back to 1978 at the birth of her younger brother when she attended meetings with her mother in Atlanta, Georgia. Through the mentorship of first La Leche League Leaders, then seeking out other physicians in the field (such as Dr. Alicia Dermer and Dr. Lori Winter), Dr. Kotler began studying breastfeeding medicine. She became certified as an IBCLC in 2006 and was renewed in 2011. In 2009 she was inducted as a Fellow in the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. She has been a popular speaker both to physicians and lactation consultants. Her personal experience in the specific topic of failure to thrive is extensive, including being called to court by NJ child protective services as an expert witness and being asked to write letters in support of breastfeeding toddlers in other cases. In addition to running her solo pediatric practice, she is the mother of four exclusively breastfed children (two who were skinny and marked as "FTT" and two who are just genetically big and sturdy, but all healthy and normal). Her other interests include natural childbirth (she is a certified Lamaze Child Birth Educator), adolescent medicine (this is where pediatricians practice OB/GYN), obesity management, and urgent care.