March, 2015Commission on the Status of Women 59 (CSW59) 


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CGBI joins with other international breastfeeding-support organizations in the preparations for the 59th session of the Commission on the Status of Women, taking place this month in New York. The session will focus on Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, including current challenges that affect its implementation and the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of women. Read more at about the background of CSW59 here, and read the joint statement prepared for the March meeting here. Share widely!!

February, 2015 – Interesting in Achieving Baby-Friendly Designation?

Announcing EMPower Breastfeeding Hospital Recruitment! Does your hospital want to achieve Baby-Friendly Hospital Designation? EMPower Breastfeeding is a CDC funded initiative aimed at improving maternity care practices in US Hospitals.  Want to learn more? Informational webinars will be held:

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at 3:00 PM EST. Register now using this link:

Thursday, February 26, 2015 at 2:00 PM EST. Register now using this link:

Unable to attend?  An archived version will be available at immediately following the first webinar.

The application period will be open from February 26, 2015 at 3:00 PM EST through March 20, 2015 at 5:00 PM EST.  All applications must be submitted online.

January, 2015Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care in the News

The National Collaborative for Advancing Breastfeeding in Child Care (NCABC) is featured in this news article. NCABC has been established to address promotion, protection, and support of breastfeeding in the Early Care and Education (ECE) setting.  Representatives from states, tribal nations, and large metropolitan areas have the opportunity to explore commonalities among the different areas, address key areas in which there is a lack of knowledge or understanding about breastfeeding, and develop ways to share resources and further collaboration.  The NCABC is facilitated by the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI). Please contact Kathleen Anderson at CGBI (, if you would like to learn more about the National Collaborative.”

January, 2015 – ABM Updates Protocol on Contraception and Breastfeeding

The long awaited protocol revision on Contraception and Breastfeeding by Drs. Pamela Berens and Miriam Labbok is out. This revision on a crucial topic has useful information for those counseling mothers regarding contraceptive choices. One to two times a month I encounter a mother in my consultative breastfeeding practice who has been placed on some type of hormonal contraceptive and now she is struggling to make milk. In this revision there are a few new tables and a section describing in depth the individual contraceptives choices, summarizing the evidence and the associated studies. The bottom line remains: “Until more extensive well designed research exists , it would be prudent to consider hormonal contraceptive methods as potentially having some risk of decreasing the mother’s milk supply.” Options such as Lactational Amenorrhea Methods (LAM) and Natural Family Planning (NFP) and emergency contraception are discussed and associated management issues are also addressed. As with all ABM protocols, this protocol benefitted from formal feedback from our expert board members and reviewers, ensuring that it not only has practical information but also has an international approach. Share it with your colleagues and leave a copy at a work station!

By Maya Bunik, MD , MSPH. Maya is Co-Chair of the ABM Protocol Committee and a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at University of Colorado, Children’s Hospital Colorado. She sees patients in both primary care and breastfeeding consultation and has published a book Breastfeeding Telephone Triage and Advice. 

January, 2015 - Is Your Early Care and Education Facility Supporting Breastfeeding? If so consider applying for the NC Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Designation

The North Carolina Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Designation (NC BFCCD) program recognizes child care facilities that have taken steps to promote, protect, and support breastfeeding. Child care facilities earn one gold-starred building block designation for every two steps implemented from The Ten Steps to Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care.

Licensed childcare facilities and family day care homes in North Carolina are welcome to apply.  Applications are accepted and awarded on a quarterly basis. The next deadline for applications is January 15, 2015.

An informational webinar and the on-line application are available for child care providers and facility administrators at  In addition, the Division of Public Health (who administers this program within the NC Department of Health and Human Services) has  posted a You Tube webinar describing the Designation at on their agency’s website.  Please let them know if you have questions or need help with resources.  Diane Beth, Nutrition Program Consultant, is available for assistance at or 919-707-5817.

The North Carolina Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Designation is completely voluntary and there is no cost for applying or maintaining the designation. A designation is valid for a period of three years and is renewable. Facilities that implement additional steps may reapply for a higher gold-starred building block level at any time. In this way, the program supports a continuum of quality improvement toward becoming 100% breastfeeding-friendly.

As a partner to this important program that supports breastfeeding in child care we hope you will consider applying yourself.

December, 2014CGBI and NCBC Recognize Steve Shore on the Occasion of his Retirement

The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute and the North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition jointly presented Steve Shore an award recognizing and honoring his contributions to the development of the NC Breastfeeding Working Group, and for his ongoing actions to support policy and practice change to enable women to succeed in optimal breastfeeding for their health and the health of their families.

November, 2014APHA 2014 Poster Presentations

A list of our team’s recent presentations can be found in the 4th Quarter Breastfeeding Exclusive. Links to the posters can be viewed by clicking below (zoom in or out on the PDF using Ctrl [+]/[-] to adjust the image size):

Carolina Ten Steps to Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care (BFCC): Replication and Scale-Up.  Kathleen Anderson, MEd, CLC, Miriam Labbok, MD, MPH, IBCLC, Kathy Parry, MPH, IBCLC.

Professional Lactation Services and Breastfeeding Rates in North Carolina: A GIS Case for Medicaid Reimbursement of IBCLCs. Kathryn Houk MS, Catherine Sullivan MPH, RD, LDN, IBCLC, Ellen Chetwynd RN, BSN, IBCLC, MPH

In-Depth Review of Donor Milk Use: Findings and Recommendations for Action. Miriam Labbok, MD, MPH, IBCLC

Paternal Involvement via Infant Massage – Improved Health and Breastfeeding Outcomes for Mothers and Infants. Kathy Parry, MPH, IBCLC and Miriam Labbok, MD, MPH, IBCLC.

November, 2014CGBI is now hiring!

Please share the following opportunities wtih your networks:

Also, please note:

1)      While they are listed for 1 year, this is renewable.

2)      While this is posted as a research post, it is predominantly to work with hospitals on the 4D Pathway

3)      Applicant may not need to re-locate, but must be willing to travel

October, 2014 – CGBI to promote Baby-friendly Hospitals through new CDC project.

CGBI, in collaboration with Abt Associates, and the Center for Public Health Quality (CPHQ), is central to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) effort to help hospitals become more “baby-friendly,” that is, more supportive of breastfeeding. Read the full press release here!

October, 2014UNC Awarded Multi-million Dollar Gift – CGBI to Benefit

The Department of Maternal and Child Health has been awarded a multi-million dollar gift to establish an endowed distinguished professorship. The donation will benefit the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI), in addition to the MCH department and the WHO Collaborating Center for Research Evidence for Sexual and Reproductive Health. “The new professorship will enable us to recruit additional world-class expertise as we move forward in addressing inequities in breastfeeding support by strengthening evidence-based programs.”, said Dr. Miriam Labbok, professor of the practice of public health, and director of CGBI.

October, 2014 – Spotlight on Women’s Breastfeeding Experiences After Cesarean Section

The recent issue of the Journal of Human Lactation includes a “Research Spotlight” written by Donna Chapman discussing the recent work of Kristin Tully and Helen Ball. It is entitled, Maternal Perception of Breastfeeding Challenges after Cesarean Delivery. The original article referenced, Maternal Accounts of their Breast-feeding Intent and Early Challenges After Cesarean Childbirth, was published this year in Midwifery.

SeptemberStepping Stones to Caring for Our Children, 3rd Edition (SS3), 2014New Edition: Stepping Stones in Caring for Our Children

Kathleen Anderson is recognized for her contribution to the development of the latest edition of Stepping Stones to Caring for Our Children. A link to this 3rd edition is available on the NRC  Kids website (National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education). Great work, Kathleen!

September, 2014Upcoming JHL Article

An article by Kristin Tully and Helen Ball has been selected to be featured in the Journal of Human Lactation’s Research Spotlight column. The article, “Maternal accounts for their breast-feeding intent and early challenges after cesarean childbirth”  will be highlighted and discussed by Dr. Donna Chapman in the upcoming November 2014 issue. We appreciate Kristin’s contribution to the field of breastfeeding research. Congratulations!

August, 2014Supporting Black Breastfeeding Week

August 25th – August 31st, 2014 is Black Breastfeeding Week. Check out the affiliated website to learn more about why we need a specific Black Breastfeeding Week during National Breastfeeding Month, and find local events in your area that you can support. Want to know how your organization can help this movement? Check out this blog on Seven Ways to Support Black Breastfeeding Week.

August, 2014 - Reimbursement Poster presented at USBC Coalitions Conference Building the Case for Medicaid Reimbursement of IBCLCs: A Toolkit for State Coalitions; Houk K., Sullivan C., Chetwynd E., Fogelman A.

This poster presented a toolkit for state coalitions and health departments to advocate for reimbursement for lactation services. The example of North Carolina Medicaid illustrated each step in a coordinated action plan for replication by any state-level insurance advocacy efforts. The action plan calls for state coalitions to conduct an initial review of regional breastfeeding practices and resources, along with state-level rates of breastfeeding initiation, duration, and exclusivity. The toolkit for action provides a strong foundation for supporting advocacy efforts for reimbursement of lactation services. Please consider using this for related efforts in your state.

August,  2014Mary Rose Tully Training Initiative’s Inaugural “White Coat Ceremony”

The 2014-2015 cohort of the  Mary Rose Tully Training Initiative are the first to receive professionally embroidered white coats for distinguishing MRT-TI students at the multiple participating clinical sites. The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute gave the students thier white coats in a ceremony on Aug. 15.  See the group in their coats on the Gillings School of Public Health’s Facebook Page!

August, 2014MCH Students present poster at Breastfeeding Symposium

MCH 712 students Charissa Gray, Elyse Keefe and Kat Patterson, along with CGBI faculty mentor, Catherine Sullivan presented their poster:  An Assessment of the Impact of the Mary Rose Tully Training Initiative (MRTTI) Upon Alumni Satisfaction and Career Development at the Region VI 2014 Breastfeeding Symposium. The symposium was held Friday, August 8th in Greenville, North Carolina.  Featured speakers included MRTTI alumni Dr. April Fogelman, Assistant Professor at NCSU and Hannah Edens, WIC Regional Lactation Training Center Breastfeeding Coordinator. To find out more about the conference visit the Eastern AHEC site: And Click here to view a PDF of the poster.

August, 2014United States Breastfeeding Committee Coalitions Conference 

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What a delight to share time with breastfeeding advocates from across the nation in Washington D.C. at the USBC Member Meeting and Coalitions Conference! Just about all of us were moved to tears during the passionate closing speech of our esteemed Acting US Surgeon General – Dr. Boris Lushniak. For those of you who missed the conference, please visit USBC’s website for details of the sessions and presenters.

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July, 2014International Lactation Consulting Association Annual Conference in Phoenix, AZ. Dr. Labbok awarded the 2014 JHL Award for Evidence-Based Leadership in Breastfeeding

MHL JHL Award 2014

CGBI was proud to participate in the ILCA annual conference this time as an exhibitor. It was wonderful to meet so many new faces and share our work with you all. While we were there, we enjoyed the special honor of ILCA awarding Miriam with the 2014 Journal of Human Lactation Award for Evidence-Based Leadership in Breastfeeding. Congratulations, Miriam!

See the Twitter feed from Miriam’s closing plenary at the conference.


July, 2014 - CGBI Recognized as Parter in UNICEF document

The Institute waUNICEF Immediate BF square crops showcased as one of many partners in new UNICEF document confirming the need for early and exclusive breastfeeding among worldwide populations. View the document here. UNICEF Newborn BF Full Brochure



July, 2014 – Kristin Tully to present “Anthropologies on Breastfeeding”

We are excited to share that our colleague, Kristin Tully, Ph.D., has been accepted to present at the Annual American Anthropological Association Conference in December of 2014. Initiating discussion about breastfeeding among diverse fields of study is crucial, and we thank Kristin for her efforts!


June, 2014HHS Office on Women’s Health Launches New Website

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office on Women’s Health has announced the launch of a new national online searchable resource which features The University of North Carolina.

The resource, Supporting Nursing Moms at Work: Employer Solutions, includes photos and stories of 200 businesses in 29 U.S. states, representing 22 industry sectors.

Read the press release here.


April, 2014 - Taylor receives 2014 Chipman Alumni Award

Emily C. Taylor, MPH (MCH ’07), IHI-IA, LCCE, CD(DONA) was named recipient of the 2014 Sidney S. Chipman Alumni Award April 10 during the MCH Family Reunion at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill. Read the full transcript of her acceptance remarks here. Congratulations, Emily!

March, 2014 - CGBI Awarded Planning Grant

CGBI will receive a one-year planning grant of $74,995 from the John Rex Endowment, the agency has announced.The funding will be used to explore prenatal and post-maternity breastfeeding support and care provided for the most vulnerable populations.

Click here for more information and the full announcement from the Gillings School of Global Public Health.


February, 2014 – Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Designation
BFCC Designation

The Nutrition Services Branch of the North Carolina Division of Public Health is pleased to announce the launch of the Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Designation initiative.

The Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Designation recognizes child care facilities that promote, protect and support breastfeeding.  A rating system has been developed that awards child care facilities with a gold-starred building block for every two steps achieved in the Ten Steps to Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care. These Ten Steps were adopted from the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill .


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October, 2013Miriam Labbok Receives Lifetime Achievement Award from APHA

Congratulations to USBC member representative Miriam Labbok, MD, MPH, on receiving the Carl E. Taylor Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Public Health Association’s International Health Section. Dr. Labbok is Professor of the Practice of Maternal and Child Health at the Gillings School of Global Public Health and director of the School’s Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute. She accepted the award on November 5 at the APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition in Boston. The award honors public health visionaries and leaders who have shaped the direction of international health and/or the development of APHA. Dr. Labbok is the first recipient of this award whose career concentration has focused upon breastfeeding and family planning.


August 2013 – World Breastfeeding Week Celebration in Collaboration with NCBC

August 2013 – CGBI is appreciated on the Go NAPP SACC Facebook Page 

February 2013 – CGBI is recognized by CDC for its contribution to improving maternity care practices.

February 2013 – Dr. Labbok comments in The Nation’s Health: “Breastfeeding and maternity care have lifelong implications for the mother and child in terms of later chronic disease.”


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