Liz Brooks, JD, IBCLC, FILCA, is an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant in private practice (since 1999) and a lawyer (since 1983). Before opening her private practice, Liz worked as a criminal prosecutor, child advocate, Congressional lobbyist, and federal litigator. Her legal expertise is in ethics, lobbying, administrative and criminal law. Today, Liz offers in-home and hospital-based IBCLC care (at a Baby-Friendly-designated hospital), and teaches/lectures around the world. She knows the challenges faced each day by lactation consultants and healthcare providers!
Liz is an Adjunct Professor at Drexel University’s College of Nursing and Health Professions, teaching “Public Policy of Breastfeeding” in the Human Lactation Consultation program, one of a handful of institutions around the country offering intense classroom and clinical work to fully qualify students, in an IBLCE-approved accelerated Pathway 2, to sit the IBCLC certification exam.
She has served on the Board of Directors of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA: President July 2012-14; Secretary July 2005-11). Currently, she sits on the Boards of the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC)(Secretary 2014-16) and Human Milk Banking Association of North America (HMBANA)(2015-17). She is active in her Pennsylvania-based professional association, and breastfeeding coalition. Liz was designated Fellow of the International Lactation Consultant Association (FILCA) in 2008, the inaugural year for the program.
Liz authored Legal and Ethical Issues for the IBCLC, published 2013 by Jones & Bartlett, the only text focused on this topic. She is co-author of ethics/legal chapters in each of five other lactation-related texts (Core Curriculum for Lactation Consultant Practice, 3rd ed., Breastfeeding and Human Lactation, 5th ed., and The Lactation Consultant in Private Practice; two not yet published). She has presented with wit and wisdom in local, national, and international venues, to universal acclaim.