Jack Newman, MD

JACK NEWMAN, MD, FRCPC, is a Toronto pediatrician who has practiced medicine since 1970. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto medical school. In 1984 he established the first hospital-based breastfeeding clinic in Canada at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children. He has practiced as a physician in Canada, New Zealand, and South Africa. He now holds breastfeeding clinics in several hospitals in the Toronto area. He is a consultant with UNICEF's Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative and is a popular speaker at breastfeeding conferences across North America and beyond. He is the father of three children, all breastfed.


  • Medical School-University of Toronto, graduated with honours, June 1970
  • Interneship-Vancouver General Hospital, straight interneship in internal medicine, June 1970-June 1971
  • Senior House Surgeon-Hutt Hospital, Lower Hutt, New Zealand, June 1971-October 1971
  • Resident 2-Internal Medicine, Montreal General Hospital, July 1972-July 1973
  • Resident 2-Pediatrics, Centre Hospitalier Université Laval, Quebec City, July 1977-July 1978
  • Core 2 Resident-Pediatrics, Hospital for Sick Children,Toronto, July 1978-July 1979
  • Postcore Resident-Pediatrics, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, July 1979-July
  • 1980 Emergency Pediatrics Fellow, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, July 1980-July 1981

Diplomas and Degrees

  • Doctor of medicine (MD)-University of Toronto, June 1970
  • Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada (FRCPC) (Pediatrics)-November 1980
  • Spécialiste certifié, Province de Québec (Pediatrics) November 1980
  • Board Qualified, American Academy of Pediatrics, April 1981

Present Positions

  • Active staff, Department of Pediatrics, Division of General Pediatrics, Hospital for Sick Children, September 1990-present
  • Associate staff, Child Health Unit, Doctors Hospital, Toronto, January 1990-present
  • Outside staff, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, St. Michael's Hospital.
  • December 1994-present Courtesy Staff, York-Finch Hospital, Toronto, September 1995-present
  • Courtesy Staff, Etobicoke General Hospital, Toronto, May 1996-present University
  • Assistant Professor, University of Toronto

Other Positions

  • Locum Tenens-Tawa, New Zealand, General Practice, October 1971-January 1972
  • Emergency Physician-Hôpital Nôtre Dame, Montreal, July 1973-October 1973
  • Physician Replacement-Vancouver B.C., October 1973-February 1974
  • General Practice-CARE, Choluteca, Honduras, April 1974-October 1974
  • General Practice-Rural Hospital, Coina, Peru, November 1974 (1 month)
  • General Practice-Povugngituk, Nouveau-Quebec, July 1975-July 1976
  • Camp doctor-Camp Lenox, Massachusetts, July-August 1981
  • Principal Specialist-Pediatrics, Umtata Hospital, Umtata Transkei (Southern Africa), October 1981-April 1983
  • Acting Director, Emergency Services, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto July 1, 1988-April 17, 1989
  • Assistant Director, Emergency Services, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, April 17, 1989-October 2, 1989
  • Staff supervisor, Emergency Department, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, July 1983-September 1990
  • Acting Chief, Department of Pediatrics, Doctors Hospital, January 1, 1992-June 1, 1992
  • Director, Breastfeeding Clinic, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, October 1984-March 1996


  • Travel SE Asia, January 1972-July 1972
  • Travel Latin America-October 1974-July 1975
  • Year off (with travel in Europe) July 1976-July 1977

Publications (Peer Reviewed)

  • Evaluation of Sponging to Reduce Body Temperature in Febrile Children, Can Med Assoc J, 1985;132:641-42
  • "Nursemaid's Elbow" in Infants 6 months and Under, J Emerg Med 1985;2:403-4
  • Breastfeeding, the Problem of "Not Enough Milk", Can Fam Phys 1986;32:571-4
  • Patterns of Walker Use and Walker Injury, Pediatrics, 1986;78:488-93
  • Intussusception in Infants under 4 Months, Can Med Assoc J 1987;136:266-68
  • Breastfeeding Problems presenting to the emergency department: Diagnosis and Management. Ped Emerg Care 1989;5:198-201
  • Breast Rejection: A little-appreciated cause of lactation failure. Can Fam Phys 1990; 36:449-453
  • Malaria in Children. Ped Emerg Care 1990;6:40-44
  • Breastfeeding Problems Associated with the Early Introduction of Bottles and Pacifiers. J Hum Lact 1990;6:59-63
  • Rapid Intravenous Rehydration in the Pediatric Emergency Department, Ped Emerg Care, 1990;6:186-188
  • When Breast-feeding is not Contraindicated. Can Fam Phys, 1991;37:969-75
  • Bottle-feeding as normal (Guest Editorial). J Hum Lact, 1992;8:2-4
  • Establishing Breastfeeding : Starting off Right. Can J Pediatr 1992;4:55-60
  • The Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative. Can J Pediatr 1992;4:117-122
  • Breastfeeding in a polluted world: uncertain risks clear benefits. Can Med Assoc J 1993;149:33-37 (UNICEF's Breastfeeding Paper of the Month, May 1994)
  • Decision tree and postpartum management for preventing dehydration in the "breastfed" baby. J Hum Lact 1996;12:129-35 (Chosen best article of 1996 by JHL readers)

Other Publications (Medical)

  • Incidence of Injuries from Walkers, Ont Med Review, 1985;52:663-4
  • Breastfeeding: What to do when Problems Arise, Medifacts, 1988;XVIII;no 3
  • Staphylococcal Scalded Skin Syndrome--Ped Inf Dis J 1987;6:875 (letter)
  • Fever. Chapter in Conn's Current Therapy. Robert E. Rakel editor,1990 Edition, W.B. Saunders Co.
  • Oral rehydration and breastfeeding. Ped Inf Dis J 1990;9:147 (letter)
  • Inadequate breastfeeding and jaundice. Pediatrics 1990;85:893 (letter)
  • Drugs and breastmilk. Pediatrics 1990;86:148 (letter)
  • WHO code. The Canadian Nurse 1991;87:6 (letter)
  • Breastfeeding and Jaundice. What exactly is the problem? CanPediatrQuarterly 1991;5:237-42 (solicited manuscript) (UNICEF's Breastfeeding Paper of the Month, April 1993)
  • Formula Companies and the Medical Profession. AJDC 1991;145:1089-90 (letter)
  • Comment. Polluted or not, breast milk still best. Ontario Medicine 1991;10 (18):2
  • Breast milk: Issues and controversies. Contemporary Pediatrics 1991;2(4):6-11 (solicited manuscript)
  • Encouraging, Supporting, and Maintaining Breastfeeding: The Obstetrician's Role. Journal SOGC 1991;13 (9):15-23. (solicited manuscript)
  • The Breastfeeding Support Programme. IMPrint (Newsletter of the Infant Mental Health Promotion Project). 1991-2;2:8-10
  • Would breastfeeding decrease risks of lead intoxication? Pediatrics 1992;90:131 (letter)
  • Breast milk: Issues and controversies. (reprint of article in Contemporary Pediatrics). Contemporary Ob/Gyn 1992;1:6-12
  • In Support of Breastfeeding. Can Med Assoc J. 1992;147:583-4 (letter)
  • Water Intoxication: A problem of bottle feeding. AJDC 1992;146:1131-2 (letter)
  • Nipple Confusion. Pediatrics 1993;92:297-8 (letter)
  • Breastfeeding: Are hospitals encouraging new mothers to reach for the bottle? Leadership 1994;3:4 (guest editorial)
  • Nipple Pain. JOGNN 1994;23:12 (letter)
  • Mother's Milk for Preterm Infants. Can Med Assoc J 1995;153:1415-6 (letter)
  • How Breast Milk Protects Newborns. Scientific American 1995;273:76-9
  • Timing of Solid Food Introduction and Safety of Radiopharmaceuticals. JHL 1996;12:10-11 (letter)
  • Breastfeeding. The Health Journal 1996;1:11-12
  • Is alcohol so bad for breastfeeding mothers? JHL 1996;12;93 (letter)
  • Breastfeeding. Getting Enough Milk.The Health Journal 1996;1: 26
  • Treating Sore Nipples. Can J Pediatr 1996;7:436-41
  • Sore Breasts: diagnosis and treatment. Can J Peditr 1996;7:442-7
  • Breastfeeding and Guilt. International Journal of Childbirth Education. 1996;11:32
  • Caution regarding nipple shields. JHL 1997;13:12-3 (letter)
  • It makes a difference. ORGYN. 1997:VIII;28-32
  • Breastfeeding must be priority in aboriginal health promotion. Pædiatr Child Health 1997;2:160 (letter)
  • Helping new mothers with nipple pain. Can J Diagnosis 1997;14:55-66
  • When breastfeeding is not contraindicated. Breastfeeding Abstracts 1997;16:27
  • What drugs can I take while breastfeeding? Can J Diagnosis 1998;15:105-20

Other HSC Activities

  • Physician advisor, Quality Assurance Committee, 1984-1988
  • Member, Quality Assurance Committee, 1985-1986
  • Established Breastfeeding Clinic, October 1984
  • Member of faculty, Emergency Paediatrics conferences, June 1984, April 1987, March 1990

Conferences Organized

  • Programme director and member faculty, Emergency Pediatric Conference, September 1985
  • The ABC's of Breastfeeding for Health Professionals. Organizing committee. June 6, 1991


  • Faculty, two week workshop, Breastfeeding: Teaching the Teachers. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. August 1-11, 1989
  • Referee, Ontario Ministry of Health research programmes. 1989-present
  • Established Breastfeeding Clinic, Doctors Hospital, Child Health Unit, January 1990
  • Consultant for UNICEF. External Assessor for Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative February 10-16, 1992, Gabon, Africa February 17-22, 1992, Ivory Coast, Africa
  • Liaison visit. INFACT Canada-Proyecto Lactancia Materna, Universidad Nacional Autónima de Nicaragua. Managua Nicaragua. July 25-30 1992
  • Consultant for UNICEF to the two week training course for health professionals on breastfeeding and the baby friendly hospital initiative.
  • Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. November 16-28, 1992.
  • Bangui, Central African Republic. November 26 December 11, 1993 (training team leader)
    Tunis, Tunisia. June 19-June 30, 1995
  • Examination committee, International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, Inc. Alexandria, Virginia. February 3-6, 1994
  • Working Group to develop position statement on breastfeeding for the Ontario Hospital Association (published March 1994)
  • Established breastfeeding clinic, St. Michael's Hospital, Women's Health Care Centre, December 1994

Advisory Boards, Etc.

  • Advisory Board: American Society for Prophylaxis in Obstetrics Inc./Lamaze, 1987-present
  • Advisory Board: Infant Feeding Action Coalition (INFACT Canada), 1987-present
  • Chairman, advisory board: INFACT Canada, December 8, 1990-present
  • Medical Associate: La Leche League, 1987-present Editorial
  • Advisory Board: Great Expectations 1987-March 8, 1994
  • Consultant: International Childbirth Education Association. 1991-present
  • Charter member, medical advisory board: La Leche League Canada. 1991-present
  • Professional Advisory Board, International Lactation Consultant Association. 1992-present
  • International Health Advisory Council, La Leche League International. 1992-present
  • Executive Board, Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. 1994-1996
  • Member, New Brunswick Breastfeeding Advisory Committee. April 1995-present


  • National Breastfeeding Seminar. Award of Excellence. 1996 Revised: June 1998

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