Breastfeeding Exclusive

The Official Newsletter of the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI)

Volume 8, Issue 1, March 2016 / HTML Version

  • Letter from the Director

    Dear Friends and Colleagues: I am so pleased to be launching CGBI into its second decade of research, teaching and service designed to support breastfeeding and breastfeeding families in North Carolina, across the US and Everywhere! We held a strategic planning retreat to plan for 2016-2020 shortly after Dr Alison Stuebe joined CGBI as Distinguished Professor and ...

  • MRT-TI Achieves Accreditation

    CGBI is thrilled to announce the accreditation of our Pathway 2 Lactation Consultant training program. The Mary Rose Tully Training Initiative is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs ( ) upon the recommendation of the Lactation Education and Approval Review Committee.  We are proud to have earned the distinctive honor ...

  • EMPower Breastfeeding Initiative Update

    Things are moving right along with our EMPower Breastfeeding initiative project, where we are providing technical assistance on implementing the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding to enrolled maternity care facilities in 23 states. It is hard to believe we are into our 2nd year of this fast-moving project! For previous updates, please see past issues ...

  • ACOG issues new clinical opinion on Optimizing support for breastfeeding as part of obstetric practice

    In February, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists issued a new clinical opinion on optimizing support for breastfeeding. The opinion asserts that clinical management of lactation is a core component of reproductive health care, and the College calls for all Ob/Gyns and obstetric care providers to develop and maintain the skills needed for support of ...

  • Associate’s Corner: Mary DeCoster

    Mary DeCoster is the senior social and behavioral change (SBC) specialist with the TOPS Program, a USAID funded project working to build capacity and promote knowledge sharing among food security practitioners. Mary has an MPH from the UNC Gillings School of Public Health in the department of Health Behavior and is an International Board Certified ...

  • Alumni Spotlight: Rachel Davis

    Rachel Davis graduated from The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill with a Master’s in Public Health from the Department of Maternal and Child Health in 2013. Upon graduating, Rachel worked in South Carolina as a registered dietitian (RD) and lactation consultant (IBCLC) with the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). ...

  • Carolina BEBES Update

    The Carolina BEBES group is busy planning a couple of upcoming events! However, to highlight some of our events in January and February, we took a tour of the UNC Women’s Hospital, and a few BEBES members volunteered at the Classroom to Community Health Fair at Maureen Joy Charter School in Durham, where they ran ...

  • World Breastfeeding Week 2016 Theme

    World Breastfeeding Week: August 1-7, 2016 This year’s theme for WBW is “Breastfeeding: A key to Sustainable Development“. The theme gives mention to the 2016 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which provide a world agenda for the next 15 years aimed at sustainable development. Breastfeeding is indeed a key to these SDG themes: No Poverty Zero Hunger Good Health and Well-Being Quality ...

  • Breastfeeding and Feminism International Conference 2016

    It was great to see so many of you at this year’s conference. What an incredibly inspiring gathering of amazing individuals passionate about the breastfeeding field. Follow the play-by-play by visiting the Twitter storyboard (#BFfem16). See some great pictures on the conference’s Facebook page as well as CGBI’s page. Stay tuned for next year’s dates!

  • Publications and Presentations – 1st Quarter 2016

    Publications Berens P, Eglash A, Malloy M, Stuebe AM. ABM Clinical Protocol #26: Persistent Pain with Breastfeeding. Breastfeed Med. 2016 Mar;11:46-53.  Stuebe A and the Committee on Obstetric Practice. Optimizing Support for Breastfeeding as Part of Obstetric Practice.  Obstet Gynecol. 2016 Feb;127(2):e86-92.  Tully KP, Holditch-Davis D, White-Traut R, David RJ, O’Shea TM, & Geraldo V. A test of kangaroo care on preterm ...

Volume 7, Issue 4, December 2015 / HTML Version

  • Letter from the Director

    Dear Friends and Colleagues: What a wonderful 10th year this has been for the CGBI Team! As we come to the end our first decade, we are looking forward to the next. My next letter in 2016 will lay out our plan for the next 5 years, but for now, let’s celebrate the decade past! Thanks to our generous ...

  • The 4th Trimester Project

    Defining unmet patient-centered health care needs in the 4th Trimester CGBI’s Drs. Alison Stuebe, Miriam Labbok, and Kristin Tully were recently awarded a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) Engagement Award in collaboration with project PI Dr. Sarah Verbiest of the UNC Chapel Hill Center for Maternal and Infant Health. Other partners are Dr. Ben Goodman of ...

  • Reaching Beyond the Hospital to Support Breastfeeding

    The planning project, Reaching Beyond the Hospital: Supporting Breastfeeding for Health and Nutrition Outcomes Among Vulnerable Populations in Wake County (“Beyond the Hospital”) was an exciting opportunity to learn about the breastfeeding support services and messages as experienced by low-income and minority mothers during two critical times: prenatally and during the early days and weeks ...

  • EMPower Breastfeeding Update

    The EMPower Breastfeeding initiative helps enrolled hospitals work toward implementation of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. This quality improvement initiative selected hospitals from 23 states in a competitive application process that ended earlier this year. We are continually honored to be a part of this exciting endeavor funded by the CDC, together with Abt ...

  • Associate’s Corner – Dr. Eric Hodges

    Dr. Eric Hodges is as Associate Professor and Director of the Biobehavioral Laboratory (BBL), which specializes in addressing the interface of biological and psychosocial factors that underlie individual responses to acute and chronic illnesses, in the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Hodges has been a certified Family Nurse ...

  • Alumni Spotlight

    Brian Matthews is currently completing his MPH in nutrition and has spent his final semester with the CDC’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity in Atlanta, GA. While at the CDC, Brian worked on the redesign of the Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) survey for the 2017 release. He assisted in ...

  • Carolina BEBES Update

    Carolina BEBES members have been busy this Fall. Their main focus was the first ever BEBES Diaper Drive which, with cooperation from the SON, SOM, SOWO, SPH and WHIC (NC Women’s Hospital), was were able to collect and donate 2,655 diapers, 264 wipes, and 371 feminine hygiene products benefitting the NC Diaper Bank! Members then helped deliver the donations and spent ...

  • MRTTI Congratulates our new IBCLCs! 

    Congratulations to the 2014-2015 MRTTI Students who recently received news of their official IBCLC credential: Jeniece Alvey, Victoria Facelli, Jaimie Lea, Sarah Lipscomb, Ashley Natad, Amy Sanchez, and Laura Strauss. Congratulations on a milestone accomplishment and good luck! Applications for the 2016-2017 academic year will be posted online on February 1st, 2016.

  • CGBI in Chicago

    CGBI spent the first week of November in Chicago with presentations at 2 conferences. Perhaps most exciting, Catherine Sullivan presented on CGBI Initiatives on a panel during APHA’s Martha May Eliot Forum: Collective Impact from Grassroots to Treetops: Building Local, State, and National Programs to Reduce Disparities in Breastfeeding.  Dr. Eliot was a moving force in APHA’s ...

  • Publications and Presentations – 4th Quarter 2015

    Publications Labbok M.  Postpartum Sexuality and the Lactation Amenorrhea Method of Contraception Chapter 11 in Breastfeeding Symposium- Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology, Newton E (ed.), 2015 Hynan MT, Steinberg Z, Baker L, Cicco R, Geller PA, Lassen S, Milford C, Mounts KO, Patterson C, Saxton S, Segre L, Stuebe A. Recommendations for mental health professionals in the NICU. J ...

Volume 7, Issue 3, September 2015 / Download PDF

  • Letter from the Director

    Dear Friends and Colleagues: It seems that 2015 may well be an important year in all of our efforts towards creating a local, national and global optimal breastfeeding norm: WHO/UNICEF have launched the Global Breastfeeding Advocacy Initiative (GBAI) and WABA’s World Breastfeeding Week was dedicated to the 25th anniversary of the Innocenti Declaration by highlighting one ...

  • Alison Stuebe named Distinguished Scholar in MCH

    We are pleased to announce that Alison Stuebe, MD, MSc, FACOG, has been named Distinguished Scholar of Infant and Young Child Feeding at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as part of the Endowed Professorship recently granted to CGBI. Her position, jointly held in the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health and ...

  • The FEEDing Initiative: Feeding Engagement for Enhanced Development

    We are happy to announce a new grant from the Kate B. Reynold Charitable Trust. The FEEDing Initiative, Feeding Engagement for Enhanced Development, is a project that is part of a larger effort by the Trust entitled Great Expectations: Preparing Forsyth County’s Youngest Children for a Lifetime of Success. In Forsyth County, North Carolina, roughly ...

  • EMPower Breastfeeding – Looking back on a Productive Year

    Our first year of the EMPower Breastfeeding Initiative has been filled with productive collaboration and project planning with Abt Associates and the Center for Public Health Quality, with expert guidance from the CDC. This year, CGBI led a tailored recruitment effort for the initiative designed to target hospitals serving populations with the highest needs. As ...

  • Breastfeeding Family Friendly Cities Initiative

    During National Breastfeeding Month, the Mayors of Chapel Hill and Carrboro launched an initiative to become the first Breastfeeding Family Friendly Cities.  Mayors Mark Kleinschmidt and Lydia Lavelle announced their intent to support the Breastfeeding Family Friendly Cities effort and to achieve this goal by World Breastfeeding Week, 2016. The launch of this effort was ...

  • Associates Corner – Brenda Bandy, IBCLC

    Brenda Bandy, IBCLC, is a founding member and past president of the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc. (KBC) where she currently serves as their Program Director.   Brenda has a passion for bringing people together to remove barriers to breastfeeding.  She has been a member of CGBI’s NCATS and NCABC from the beginning and regularly shares materials, ...

  • Alumni Spotlight – Teisha Lightbourne

    Teisha Lightbourne, MPH, RD, IBCLC is the newly appointed senior NICU dietitian and donor milk program coordinator at Children’s National in Washington, DC, a hospital ranked 4th in the nation, where more than 800 of the tiniest babies are cared for every year in the Level IV NICU. Teisha’s responsibilities include developing individualized evidence-based nutrition ...

  • Carolina BEBES Update

    The BEBES student group is ready for another exciting year of breastfeeding and birth activities and events. To start off the semester, BEBES hosted a fundraising and social event at the Top of the Hill Back Bar in Chapel Hill for new and old members and friends. The new co-leaders of BEBES also recently tabled ...

  • Publications and Presentations – 3rd Quarter 2015

    Publications (Click here to link to all publications) Stuebe AM. Does breastfeeding prevent the metabolic syndrome, or does the metabolic syndrome prevent breastfeeding? Semin Perinatol. 2015 Jun;39(4):290-5. doi: 10.1053/j.semperi.2015.05.008. Epub 2015 Jul 15. Review. Twigger AJ, Hepworth AR, Tat Lai C, Chetwynd E, Stuebe AM, Blancafort P, Hartmann PE, Geddes DT, Kakulas F. Gene expression in breastmilk ...

Volume 7, Issue 2, June 2015 / Download PDF

  • Breastfeeding and Feminism – 10th Anniversary

    The Breastfeeding and Feminism International Conference (BFIC), co- hosted by founder Paige Hall Smith, PhD, Professor, UNC-Greensboro and Miriam Labbok, MD, MPH, IBCLC, Professor, UNC at Chapel Hill and CGBI director, was held March 19/20, 2015, in Chapel Hill, celebrating its 10th year with growing participation and enthusiasm.

  • PROJECT UPDATE: Donor Human Milk Banking

    The issue of ‘Donor Human Milk Banking in the US’ was explored in depth by Emily Taylor and Miriam Labbok, along with many students and colleagues, with support from the W.K.Kellogg Foundation.

  • EMPower Breastfeeding: Enhancing Maternity Practices Update

    There are many exciting updates to share about the EMPower Breastfeeding initiative. In April, the EMPower team met in Chapel Hill to solidify project plans, share knowledge, and form relationships in preparation for the extensive and important work that lies ahead.

  • Letter from the Director

    Dear Friends and Colleagues: It is the time of the year, yet again, when preparations for World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) are beginning in earnest. WBW has been celebrated for over 20 years, catalyzing continuing attention to the importance of breastfeeding protection, promotion and support.

  • Associates Corner: Jay Sharma

    Jay Sharma, lawyer and consultant, is now the Executive Director of the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, or WABA.

  • Alumni Spotlight: Rebecca Costello, MPH, IBCLC

    A proud native of Ithaca, NY, Rebecca studied public health and anthropology at Hampshire College in Amherst, MA.

  • Carolina BEBES: Birth and Breastfeeding: Evidence Based Education and Support

    This spring, BEBES collaborated with UNC’s Student Wellness to hold Reproductive Health Trivia Night at Steel String Craft Brewery in Carrboro, NC.

Volume 7, Issue 1, March 2015 / Download PDF

  • New Faces at the Institute

    It is a new year and with it brings new faces at our small institute. We are honored to be working with all of these individuals and hope you’ll enjoy this e-introduction to our growing team.

  • Responsive Feeding in Altavera Paz, Guatemala

    CGBI has co-authored a curriculum module in Responsive Feeding with Food for the Hungry (FH), an NGO working in Guatemala, among many other locations across the globe. The curriculum follows a previously tested methodology for education among rural, indigenous communities called Care Groups.

  • Letter from the Director

    Dear Friends and Colleagues:Can you believe that we are already more than 2 months into 2015?! 2015… This is a year that has been on our radar for decades; it is a very important year for those dedicated to supporting all women and families to succeed in optimal breastfeeding.

  • Associates Corner: Cynthia Klein, PhD

    Cynthia Klein, PhD is a Senior Associate in the Public Health and Epidemiology Practice Area of the U.S. Health Division at Abt Associates, Inc.

  • Alumni Spotlight: Montana Wagner-Gillespie

    Montana Wagner-Gillespie graduated in 2013 from North Carolina State University with dual Bachelor of Science degrees in Nutrition Science and Biological Sciences.

  • Carolina BEBES: Birth and Breastfeeding: Evidence Based Education and Support

    BEBES is excited to announce that we are collaborating with UNC’s Campus Health Services to hold a Reproductive Health Trivia Night at Steel String Craft Brewery in Carrboro, NC.

  • CGBI: News and Noteworthy

    Here is a sampling of our recent recognitions and newsworthy activities.

  • EMPower Breastfeeding Initiative Update

    The EMPower team has been hard at work and is pleased to announce that our recruitment phase for interested hospitals is now open.

Volume 6, Issue 4, December 2014 / Download PDF

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Volume 6, Issue 1, March 2014 / Download PDF

Volume 5, Issue 4 – In this Issue:

National Platform for Collaboration
Project Update – Changes to the Website
Congratulations, Dr. Labbok!
Letter from the Director
Associate’s Corner – WISE; Emily Taylor
Alumni Spotlight – Zahra Reynolds
New Monograph – Achieving Exclusive Breastfeeding
Carolina BEBES Update
Congratulations MRT-TI Students!
Publications and Presentations

Volume 5, Issue 3 -In this Issue:

Exciting Changes at CGBI
Project Update – BFCC
Congratulations, Dr. Labbok!
Associate’s Corner – TAHN Foundation, Bangladesh
Alumni Spotlight – Hannah Pollet Edens
Reflection – Breastfeeding in Gardens
Carolina BEBES Update
Publications and Presentations

Volume 5, Issue 2 – In this Issue:
CGBI Hosts Two Meetings
8th Annual Breastfeeding and Feminism Symposium
Project Update – MRTTI
Letter from the Director
Associate’s Corner -Genevieve Becker
Carolina BEBES Update
Alumni Spotlight – Rachel Scheckter
Publications and Presentations

Volume 5, Issue 1 – In this Issue:
Breastfeeding Is All Over!
Womens’ Perceptions of Infant Formula Advertising
Ready, Set, BABY Update
Letter from the Director
Associate’s Corner – BFHI in Columbia Part II
BEBES Update
Alumni Spotlight on Nathan Nickel
Publications and Presentations

Volume 4, Issue 4 – In this Issue:
Mary Rose Tully Training Initiative 1
Mini-History of the Ten Steps
and Update Based on CGBI Research 1
Letter from the Director 2
BFHI in Colombia 3
Carolina BEBES Update

Volume 4, Issue 3 – In this Issue:
CGBI Welcomes New Colleagues 1
IHI’s Model for Improvement 1
Letter from the Director 2
Breastfeeding Support in Tanzania 3
Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care 3
Carolina BEBES Update

Volume 4, Issue 2 – In this Issue:
Carolina Women’s Center Faculty Scholar
Breastfeeding Duration and the Ten Steps
Letter from the Director
HKI Collaborates with CGBI to Conduct Training
NCBC Strategic Planning
BEBES Update

Volume 4, Issue 1 – In this Issue:
CGBI awarded W.K. Kellogg Grant
Interstate “Ten Steps” Meeting
Letter from the Director
Associate’s Corner
Milk and Social Media
UNC Public Service Award
Carolina BEBES Update

Volume 3, Issue 4 – In this Issue:
Medicalization of Labor, by Dr. Ana Parilla Rodriguez
Letter from the Director
The Mary Rose Tully Training Initiative Update
The Breastfeeding-Friendly Healthcare Project Update
Carolina BEBES Update

Volume 3, Issue 3 – In this Issue:
The Big Pink Bus Rolls Through the Triangle
Letter from the Director
Notes from the ILCA Conference
Associate Update: Dr. Eric Hodges
BFCC Project Update
Carolina BEBE Update

Volume 3, Issue 2 – In This Issue:
CGBI Announces New Website
Letter from the Director
Reframing Birth & Breastfeeding Conference: Successful Synergy
BFHC Project Update
Associate Update: Dr. Laura Sinai
Carolina BEBES Update

Volume 3, Issue 1 – In this Issue:
Surgeon General’s Call to Action
Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care
Letter from the Director
Mother’s Milk Microbiome Study
CBPR Project with Greensboro YWCA
Carolina BEBES Update

Volume 2, Issue 3 – In this Issue:
Breastfeeding and Feminism
Breastfeeding Support for African-Americans
MRT Training Initiative Success
Letter from the Director
Kristin Klingaman joins CGBI
New Faces at CGBI
Carolina BEBES Update

Volume 2, Issue 2 – In this Issue:
World Breastfeeding Week 2010
The Mary Rose Tully Training Initiative
Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Project Update
CGBI Senior Projects Director, Emily Taylor, Secretary to USBC
Letter from the Director: Celebrate World Breastfeeding Week
Carolina BEBES Update

Volume 2, Issue 1 – In this Issue:
Letter from the Director: Remembering Mary Rose Tully
Physician’s Training
Baby’s First Hug
Business Case for Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding-Friendly Healthcare Project Update
Carolina BEBES Update

Volume 1, Issue 5, (APHA Special Edition) In this Issue:
MCH Section on Breastfeeding
Breastfeeding Committee News
APHA Breastfeeding Forum
Letter from the Director: International Health and BF
Breastfeeding and This Year’s APHA Theme “Water ”
APHA Breastfeeding Sessions
Student Perspective on APHA

Volume 1, Issue 4 – In this Issue:
Carolina BEBES are Back in Town
Improving Breastfeeding Support in Child Care Centers
CGBI Presenting at APHA Annual Conference
New Clinical Support for Breastfeeding Course
Note from the Director
CBI Events and Updates

Volume 1, Issue 3 – In this Issue:
Carolina BEBES Off to a Great Start
CGBI Student Selected as APHA Fellow of the MCH Section
UNC Healthcare Awarded Baby-Friendly Certificate of Intent
CGBI Hosts Breastfeeding-friendly Stakeholder’s Meeting
Note from the Director
World Breastfeeding Week –
Breastfeeding: A Vital Emergency Response
CBI Events and Updates

Volume 1, Issue 2 – In this Issue:
New Student Group, Carolina BEBES, Makes its Debut
Welcoming New Faces at CGBI
4th Annual Breastfeeding and Feminism Symposium
Donor Milk Banking in North America
Note from the Director
CBI Events and Updates

Volume 1, Issue 1 – In this Issue:
Welcome to the Inaugural Issue of Breastfeeding Exclusive
NCBC Presents Fifth Golden Bow Award to UNC Healthcare
CGBI Receives Grants to Implement Breastfeeding-Friendly approaches in North Carolina
Note from the Director – Breastfeeding: Nurturing Our Future
New Student Group Formed to Support Breastfeeding
Quick CBI Updates

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