Jennifer Rebecca Thomas, MD,  MPH, IBCLC, FAAP, FABM              

Dr. Jenny Thomas is a pediatrician and breastfeeding medicine specialist at Aurora Healthcare in Franklin, Wisconsin and is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Community and Family Medicine and Pediatrics at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). She received her MD from MCW in 1993, and her MPH in 2011. She has been an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) since 2003. She is now serving on the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Section on Breastfeeding Executive Board after spending several years as the Chief of the Chapter Breastfeeding Coordinators.  She recently stepped down after 6 years on the Executive Board of the Wisconsin Chapter of the AAP.  She is a founder and an Immediate-past Chairperson of the Wisconsin Breastfeeding Coalition. She is the author  of  "Dr. Jen's Guide to Breastfeeding."  She has received national awards for teaching,  advocacy for children, and innovation with in her practice and community.  She is one of only a few physicians internationally to be recognized as a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine (FABM) for her expertise on breastfeeding. Dr. Thomas' interests and research have focused on issues related to the use of social media to support breastfeeding mothers.

You can find her on Facebook (Dr Jen 4 Kids and  Dr. Jen 4 Kids Breastfeeding Medicine) on Twitter (@drjen4kids, @ LMCbreastfeed) and on Instagram as drjen4kids (although it is mostly her shoes.) Those interested in having Dr. Thomas as a conference speaker can contact her at drjen4kids@gmail.com. 

                  

Education

Medical College of Wisconsin Milwaukee, Wisconsin
MD, May 1993

Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Master of Public Health

Delta Omega Honor Society

May, 2011

 

Marquette University Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Bachelor of Arts, English Literature

Magna Cum Laude: May, 1989

 

St. Mary's Academy, Milwaukee

Valedictorian, 1985

Employment

Transport Physician, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, 1994- 2000

Staff Pediatrician, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare- All Saints, Racine WI, Aug 1998 - December 2009

Staff Physician, Aurora Health Care (formerly Lakeshore Medical Clinic) Franklin, WI, Feb 2010 to present

Honors and Awards

Post- Graduate Training

Combined Internship in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics, Medical College of Wisconsin Affiliated Hospitals, 1993-94

Pediatric Residency, Medical College of Wisconsin, 1994-1996

Fellow, Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, Medical College of Wisconsin, 1997 -98

Certification

Faculty Appointments

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of  Family and Community  Medicine

Medical College of Wisconsin, appointment in 2000

 

Clinical Assistant Professor

Department of Pediatrics

Medical College of Wisconsin, appointment in 2003

 

Instructor of Pediatrics and Chief Resident

Medical College of Wisconsin 1996-97

 

Publications

Thomas Jennifer, Marinelli Kathleen A., and the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. ABM Clinical Protocol #16: Breastfeeding the Hypotonic Infant, Revision 2016. Breastfeeding Medicine. July 2016, 11(6): 271-276. 

O’Connor M, McLeod K, Thomas J, Breastfeeding Matters- The Pediatrician’s Role [online course] PediaLink http://bit.ly/breastfeeding-matters 12/1/15. Accessed (12/1/15) 

American Academy of Pediatrics and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists “Breastfeeding Handbook for Physicians.”  2nd ed. Elk Grove Village, Illinois: American Academy of Pediatrics, 2014. {contributing author} 

Thomas, Jennifer and Holewa, Lisa: Dr. Jen’s Guide to Breastfeeding: Meet Your Breastfeeding Goals By Understanding Your Body and Your Baby.  Hale Publishing, Amarillo Texas 2012

Thomas, J, Shaikh, U “Use of Electronic Communication by Physician Breastfeeding Experts for Support of the Breastfeeding Mother “Breastfeeding Medicine. 2012;7:393-396.

Thomas, J, Shaikh, U "Electronic Communication with Patients for Breastfeeding Support."  Journal of Human Lactation 23(3), 2007, 275-279.

Thomas J, Marinelli K, Hennessy M and The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Protocol Committee:  "ABM Clinical Protocol #16:  Breastfeeding the Hypotonic Infant"  Breastfeeding Medicine 2 (2), June 2007, 112-118.

Biebel M, Hill W, Rucka J: Case ‘Snapshots" A New Tool for Morning Report. Academic Medicine, 73(5):594, 1998 May.

Rucka J, Kliegman R: What’s New in Pediatric Tertiary Care. Wisconsin Medical Journal, November 1997.

Rucka J, Kliegman R: What’s New in General Pediatrics: Pediatric Immunizations. Wisconsin Medical Journal Sept 1997: 48-50.

Bonadio W, Hagen E, Rucka J, Shallow K: Efficacy of a protocol to distinguish risk of serious bacterial infection in the outpatient evaluation of febrile young infants. Clinical Pediatrics 1993:32;401-403

 

Poster Presentation

Jennifer Thomas and Ulfat Shaikh "Physicians' Use of Electronic Communication for Breastfeeding Support"  Presented at the Pediatric Academic Societies Meeting, Hawaii, 2008

 

Newsletter Submissions

Thomas, J. and J. E. McClay (2015). "Breastfeeding: what to do about ankyloglossia, lip-tie." AAP News 36(6): 11.

Thomas, J "Medications and Breastfeeding: Tips for Giving Accurate Information to Mothers" Breastfeeding: Best For Baby and Mother, American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Breastfeeding Newsletter, Winter 2008

Thomas, J  "Medications and Breastfeeding: Tips for Giving Accurate Information to Mothers" Wisconsin Chapter AAP The WIsper, Fall 2008

Coding for Breastfeeding and Lactation Services, AAP Pediatrics Coding Newsletter Online, July 2008

Thomas J, Marinelli K, ""The AAP Positions It's Support Behind the Breastfeeding Promotion Act" Breastfeeding: Best For Baby and Mother, American Academy of Pediatrics Breastfeeding Newsletter, Spring 2008

Thomas, J "Wisconsin's Breastfeeding Report Card"  Wisconsin Chapter AAP The WIsper, Spring  2008

Thomas, J:  "New Breastfeeding and Lactation Coding Column"  Breastfeeding: Best For Baby and Mother, American Academy of Pediatrics Breastfeeding Newsletter, Winter 2007

Thomas, J "CBC's Make House Calls, and Senate too!" Breastfeeding: Best For Baby and Mother, American Academy of Pediatrics Breastfeeding Newsletter, Fall 2007

Thomas, J "What is a Chapter Breastfeeding Coordinator?" Wisconsin Chapter AAP The WIsper, January 2008

Thomas, J:  "Too Much Breastmilk: Ways to Help Mom and Baby"  Wisconsin Chapter AAP The WIsper, November/December 2006

Thomas, J: "Got milk? Incentives for Breastfeeding Dyads"  Breastfeeding: Best For Baby and Mother , American Academy of Pediatrics Breastfeeding Newsletter, Winter 2006

Thomas, J:  "The Right to Breastfeed: Update on State and Federal Legislation."    Wisconsin Chapter AAP The WIsper, November 2005

Thomas, J "Vitamin D Supplementation in Breastfed Infants. "  Wisconsin Chapter AAP The WIsper, 2003

 

Memberships

                  Executive Board Member

                  Chapter Breastfeeding Coordinator 

                   Executive Board Member

                   Immediate Past Chairperson

                    

 

Presentations 

May 2017: “Epigenetics:  The role of breastmilk in gene regulation.”  La Leche League, Hong Kong 

May 2017: “Navigating the First Two Weeks of Breastfeeding” International Forum on Child Health and Development, Conference on the Breastfeeding for Love Project. Beijing, China 

May 2017: “Breastfeeding for Love.”  Faculty member and course co-author, teaching students from around China about breastfeeding in preparation for sitting the exam to become an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Beijing, China 

May 2017: “Medications and the Breastfeeding Mother” and “Navigating the First Two Weeks of Breastfeeding” and “Breastfeeding, Epigenetics and the Microbiome.” The First Macau Breastfeeding and Nurturing Promotion Series, Macau, China 

April 2017:  “Breastfeeding: Myths and Reality” Educational briefing at the Rayburn Building, Washington DC. Attended by staff from both Houses of Congress.

March 2017: “Birth Weight, Bilirubin and Blood Sugars: what do the numbers mean for newborn care?” and “The Fussy Breastfed Baby: Reflux, Colic, and Expectations” Australian Breastfeeding Association Conferences given in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, and Perth, Australia

February 2017:  Introduction to Breastfeeding Medicine” given to the Combined Medicine-Pediatric residents at the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

November 2016:  Growing Pains: Interpreting Growth Charts and Deciding When and How to Intervene,” “Methadone, Marijuana, and Other Substance Use in the Breastfeeding Mother,” ““The Intersection of Community and Technology: Using Social Media to Connect Your Practice to Your Families”, “Working Together: Communicating with Physicians About Breastfeeding,” and ““The Case Against Breastfeeding: evaluating the evidence, how do we respond?” Northwest Breastfeeding Network Annual Conference, Eau Claire, Wisconsin. 

November 2016:  The Science Supporting Exclusive Breastfeeding,” Lakeview Medical Center, Rice Lake, Wisconsin 

September 2016: “Epigenetics 101: Gene regulation and the role of breastmilk,” “A Physiologic Approach to Low Milk Supply,”Birth Weight, Bilirubin and Blood Sugars: what do the numbers mean for newborn care?” Placer Conferences, Sacramento, California

August, 2016: “Breastfeeding: Working Together to Overcome Obstacles” Froedtert Memorial Lutheran Hospital, Milwaukee, Wisconsin 

July 2016:  “Strategies to Improve Breastfeeding Practices in WIC” and “The Fussy Breastfed Baby: Reflux, Colic, and Expectations,” WIC Nutrition & Breastfeeding Conference, Austin, Texas 

May 2016: “Navigating the First Two Weeks of Breastfeeding," “The Normal Newborn and Why Breastmilk is Not Just Food” and “Can I Take This? Medication use, both legal and illegal, in the breastfeeding mother” Michigan WIC Training and Educational Conference  

April 2016: “A Physiologic Approach to Low Milk Supply,”  The Science Behind Exclusive Breastfeeding, “The Fussy Breastfed Baby: Reflux, Colic, and Expectations,” “Epigenetics 101: Gene regulation and the role of breastmilk,” “The Unique Characteristics of the late preterm infant,” and “Navigating the First Two Weeks of Breastfeeding" Southern Oregon Lactation Association, Medford, Oregon 

March 2016: “Epigenetics 101: Gene regulation and the role of breastmilk,” “A Physiologic Approach to Low Milk Supply” and “The Fussy Breastfed Baby: Reflux, Colic, and Expectations”  Wisconsin Association of Lactation Consultants, Oshkosh, Wisconsin 

January 2016: "Epigen-WHAT?!?! Why it Matters for Your Milk and Your Baby." Born to be Breastfed. Available as podcast.

November 2015: “Epigenetics 101: Gene regulation and the role of breastmilk” and “A Physiologic Approach to Low Milk Supply” Lactation Fast Track Conference, Lawrenceville, Georgia 

October 2015: “What’s Trending in Breastfeeding and Social Media: 2015” American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition, Washington, DC.  

October 2015: “Medications and Breastmilk: Opioids and Marijuana” Milwaukee County Breastfeeding Coalition and African American Breastfeeding Network Collaboration Conference, Milwaukee, WI. 

October 2014: “The Science Supporting Exclusive Breastfeeding,” and “A Physiologic Approach to Low Milk Supply” and “Birth Weight, Bilirubin and Blood Sugars: what do the numbers mean for newborn care?”  A Day in the Woods with Dr. Jen Breastfeeding Conference, Polk County, WI

August 2015:  The Normal Newborn and Why Breastmilk is Not Just Food” Breastfeeding for Moms and Families Community Event, Omaha, Nebraska.

August 2015: “The Normal Newborn and Why Breastmilk is Not Just Food,” “MythBusters: Addressing Common Myths in the Community About Breastfeeding, “and “Birth Weight, Bilirubin and Blood Sugars: what do the numbers mean for newborn care?” Breastfeeding: Baby’s Natural Choice Conference, Omaha, Nebraska.

August 2015:  The Case Against Breastfeeding: evaluating the evidence, how do we respond?” “Birth Weight, Bilirubin and Blood Sugars: what do the numbers mean for newborn care?” “Can I Take This? Medication use, both legal and illegal, in the breastfeeding mother”, “The Intersection of Community and Technology: Using Social Media to Connect Your Practice to Your Families”, “The Fussy Breastfed Infant”, The Normal Newborn and Why Breastmilk is Not Just Food”, ’Breastfeeding Strategies for a Successful Practice”, “The Physician’s Role in Helping  Mothers Meet Their Breastfeeding Goals.” The First International Breastfeeding Conference and Third Breastfeeding Congress of the Philippines, held in Manila, Cebu and Davao, Philippines.

July 2015: “Breastfeeding Mythbusters” and “Working Together: Communicating with Physicians About Breastfeeding.” Texas WIC Association Nutrition and Breastfeeding Conference, Austin, Texas 

June 2015: “Empowering the Breastfeeding Mother: The Impact of Hospital Practices”, “Birth Weight, Bilirubin and Blood Sugars: what do the numbers mean for newborn care?”, Skin to Skin Care: the importance of touch for the newborn”, “Using a Physiologic Approach to Help Mothers With a Low Milk Supply.” Association Québécoise des consultants en lactation diplômées de l’IBLCE , Montreal, Quebec

May 2015:  Maternity Care Practices: State of the State and Call to Action.” Primary Care Provider’s Role in Improving Maternity Care Practices. Madison, Wisconsin 

May 2015:  The Science Behind Exclusive Breastfeeding”, “Birth Weight, Bilirubin and Blood Sugars: what do the numbers mean for newborn care?”, Skin to Skin Care: the importance of touch for the newborn”, “The Unique Characteristics of the late preterm infant”, “Maternal Obesity and Breastfeeding”, “Can I Take This? Medication use, both legal and illegal, in the breastfeeding mother”, “The Intersection of Community and Technology: Using Social Media to Connect Your Practice to Your Families”, “Working Together: Communicating with Physicians About Breastfeeding”, “Using a Physiologic Approach to Help Mothers With a Low Milk Supply.” The 20th Annual Breastfeeding Conference, Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, Massachusetts 

March 2015: “The Normal Newborn and Why Breastmilk is Not Just Food,” “Breastfeeding and Epigenetics,” and “The Intersection of Community and Technology: Using Social Media to Connect Your Practice to Your Families.” Lactation Consultants of Australia and New Zealand “More Than Milk” conference, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 

March 2015: “The Science Behind Exclusive Breastfeeding” and “Birth Weight, Bilirubin and Blood Sugars: what do the numbers mean for newborn care?”  31st Annual Perinatal Update Conference, Savannah, Georgia

January 2015:  What’s the Buzz About Breastfeeding and Marijuana” Wisconsin Association of Lactation Consultants Meeting, Madison, WI

November 2014: Maternal Obesity and Breastfeeding", "The Fussy Breastfed Infant: evaluation and solutions", "Breastfeeding and Medications," and "Navigating the First Two Weeks of Breastfeeding"  Breastfeeding “Fast Track” Conference, Gwinnett, Newton, and Rockdale County Health Departments, Lawrenceville, Georgia 

November 2014: “Can I Take This? Medication use, both legal and illegal, in the breastfeeding mother,” “Empowering the Breastfeeding Mother: evidence-based strategies”  Northwestern WI Breastfeeding Network Conference, Eau Claire, Wisconsin

 November 2014Why Not Just One Bottle: The Science Behind Exclusive Breastfeeding,” “Maternal Obesity and Breastfeeding,” “The Unique Characteristics of the Late Preterm Infant,” and “Working Together: Communicating with Physicians About Breastfeeding.”  Breastfeeding Conference, Indiana Perinatal Network, Indianapolis, Indiana

 October 2014: “Can I Take This? Medication use, both legal and illegal, in the breastfeeding mother,”Maternal Obesity and Breastfeeding: consequences and solutions for both mother and baby,” and “Empowering the Breastfeeding Mother: The Impact of Hospital Practices.” Maternal Health Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana

 September 2014: " Birth Weight, Bilirubin, and Blood Sugar: What Do the Numbers Mean for Newborn Care?” and  Why Not Just One Bottle: The Science Behind Exclusive Breastfeeding."  Mercy Medical Center, Clinton, Iowa

September 2014: "Working Together: Communicating with Physicians to Support Breastfeeding." 5th Annual Indiana Perinatal Hospital Summit, Carmel, Indiana

  June 2014: "Breastfeeding: Using a Physiologic Approach to Help Mothers with a Low Milk Supply" Wisconsin WIC Nutrition Conference, Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin

June 2014: “Birth Weight, Bilirubin, and Blood Sugar: What Do the Numbers Mean for Newborn Care?” and  Why Not Just One Bottle: The Science Behind Exclusive Breastfeeding."  Overcoming Breastfeeding Challenges, University of Toronto and Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, Ontario

 May 2014: "How Healthcare Providers and Hospital Practices Impact Breastfeeding Outcomes" and "Using Skin to Skin to Decrease the Use of Formula Supplements Given to Breastfed Babies" and “Birth Weight, Bilirubin, and Blood Sugar: What Do the Numbers Mean for Newborn Care?” Hospital Practices that Support Breastfeeding Success Conference, Northside Hospital, Atlanta, Georgia

May 2014: “Birth Weight, Bilirubin, and Blood Sugar: What Do the Numbers Mean for Newborn Care?”and  Why Not Just One Bottle: The Science Behind Exclusive Breastfeeding."  The 25th Annual Iowa Breastfeeding Conference, Des Moines, Iowa

 May 2014:  "Talking with Your Pediatrician about Breastfeeding."  The Boob Group Podcast #103 

March 2014: “Making it Work as You Go Back to Work” and “Meeting Your Breastfeeding Goals: How to prepare for and solve potential roadblocks while breastfeeding.” American Academy of Pediatrics Healthy Children Conference & Expo, Rosemont, Illinois

March 2014:  Working Together: Communicating with Physicians About Breastfeeding.”  Heart to Heart: Connecting with Breastfeeding Mothers, iLactation webinar online conference

March 2014: “Birth Weight, Bilirubin, and Blood Sugar: What Do the Numbers Mean for Newborn Care?”and  Why Not Just One Bottle” and “Using a Physiologic Approach to Help mothers with Low Milk Supply” 25th Annual Emory Breastfeeding Conference, Atlanta, Georgia 

November 2013:  Together We Can: Breastfeeding Strategies for a Successful Practice.”  Kane County, Illinois 

October 2013: “Birth Weight, Bilirubin, and Blood Sugar: What Do the Numbers Mean for Newborn Care?” and “Breastfeeding Support and the Use of Social Media.” Bronx Breastfeeding Coalition Conference, Bronx, New York

October 2013:  “Breastfeeding and Social Media 2013: What’s New?”  American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference and Exhibition, Orlando, Florida

August 2013: “Why Not Just One Bottle” and “Birth Weight, Bilirubin, and Blood Sugar: What Do the Numbers Mean for Newborn Care?”St. Clare’s Hospital, Weston, Wisconsin

August 2013: "Managing Jaundice in the Breastfed Infant"  Grand Rounds, Columbus Regional Hospital, Columbus, Indiana

August 2013: "Peers, Professionals, and Pediatricians Working Together to Support Breastfeeding" American Academy of Pediatrics webinar

May 2013: “Using a Physiologic Approach to Help Mothers with a Low Milk Supply” at Medstar Franklin Square Medical Center, Baltimore, Maryland

May 2013: “Making Breastfeeding Work as You Return to Work” 24th Annual Iowa Breastfeeding Conference, Des Moines, Iowa 

April 2013:  Breastfeeding Strategies for a Successful Practice” Chicago Area Breastfeeding Coalition & Illinois Chapter, America Academy of Pediatrics Dinner Seminar for Physicians, Chicago, Illinois 

April 2013:  “ Get the 411 on Perinatal Care: Mount Carmel 13th Annual Perinatal Conference, Columbus, Ohio

“Empowering the Breastfeeding Mother: The Impact of Hospital Practices”

 “What About Just One Bottle”

“Using Skin to Skin to Impact Breastfeeding: plus other ways to decrease the use of formula supplements given to breastfeeding babies”

 

 

More presentations, prior to August, 2013

 

 

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