Ms. Michelle Pensa Branco

Co-founder, SafelyFed Canada

Breastfeeding, lactation, public health, infant health, infant feeding in emergency preparedness


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Michelle Pensa Branco is a lactation consultant (IBCLC) and public health advocate. In addition to her clinical practice, which has included both in-hospital, outpatient and private practice settings, she advocates for improved maternal-child health practices at the local, national, and global level. She has a particular interest in the impact of trauma to breastfeeding families, models of peer support to improve breastfeeding outcomes and the application of health communication principles to the promotion and protection of breastfeeding.

Pensa Branco serves as the clinical lead for SafelyFed Canada. She serves as the Director of Peer Support Programs and provides clinical lactation expertise for Nurture Project International, the only international NGO focused exclusively on infant feeding in emergencies. With Jodine Chase, she co-founded a Canadian non-profit organization, SafelyFed Canada. A La Leche League Canada (LLLC) Leader since 2007, Pensa Branco is currently Vice-Chair of the LLLC Board with a focus on external relations. She is also an active member of the Ontario Public Health Association’s Breastfeeding Promotion Working Group. She has previously served as the Communications Director for the Canadian Lactation Consultants Association as well as the Toronto Coordinator of INFACT Canada.


  • Breastfeeding
  • Lactation
  • Public health
  • Infant health
  • Infant feeding in emergency preparedness