CGBI Publications

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The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute is happy to share our recent publications (found below). In addition, please check out our quarterly newsletter, Breastfeeding Exclusive, for additional listings of publications from our associates and our News page, for recent press.

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2015 Publications:

Labbok, M on behalf of the Global Breastfeeding Advocacy Initiative. The Evidence for Maternity Protection – Research Brief. August, 2015

Yotebieng M, Labbok M, Soeters HM, Chalachala JL, Lapika B, Vitta BS, Behets F.  Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding programme to promote early initiation and exclusive breastfeeding in DR Congo: a cluster-randomised controlled trial. Lancet Glob Health. 2015 Sep;3(9):e546-55. doi: 10.1016/S2214-109X(15)00012-1

Twigger AJ, Hepworth AR, Tat Lai C, Chetwynd E, Stuebe AM, Blancafort P, Hartmann PE, Geddes DT, Kakulas F. Gene expression in breastmilk cells is associated with maternal and infant characteristics. Sci Rep. 2015 Aug 10;5:12933. doi: 10.1038/srep12933.

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.

Smith PH, Labbok M (Eds). Breastfeeding – It Takes a Village. Praeclarus Press, 2015.

Tully KP, Holditch-Davis D, Brandon D. The challenge of late preterm birth on realizing breastfeeding intentions. In Smith, P.H. and Labbok, M. (Eds.). It Takes a Village: The Role of the Greater Community in Inspiring and Empowering Women to Breastfeed. Praeclarus Press, 2015 (pp. 123-135)

Tully KP, Ball HL, Ward Platt M. The role of postnatal unit bassinets on enabling early breastfeeding. In Smith, P.H. and Labbok, M. (Eds.). It Takes a Village: The Role of the Greater Community in Inspiring and Empowering Women to Breastfeed. Praeclarus Press, 2015 (pp. 239-247)

Eng G, Labbok M. Latest thinking on community-based participatory approaches to behavior change in: Breastfeeding – It Takes a Village. Praeclarus Press, 2015.

Labbok M. The Global Village: Do women live there? A critical look at global approaches to breastfeeding promotion, protection and support in: Breastfeeding – It Takes a Village. Praeclarus Press, 2015.

Stuebe AM, Meltzer-Brody S, Pearson B, Pedersen C, Grewen K. Maternal neuroendocrine serum levels in exclusively breastfeeding mothers. Breastfeed Med. 2015 May

Sullivan C. Breastfeeding Friendly Maternity Care Practices in the United States. Women’s Health Report. Issue 4, 2015; Women’s Health Dietetic Practice Group, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Taylor CE, Tully KP, Ball HL. Night-time on a postnatal ward: experiences of mothers, infants, and staff. In Dykes, F. & Flacking, R. (Eds). Ethnographic Research in Maternal and Child Health. Routledge Press, 2015.


Tully KP, Holditch-Davis D, & Brandon D.The relationship between planned and reported home infant sleep locations among mothers of late preterm and term infants. Maternal and Child Health Journal. 2015.

Lopez LM, Grey TW, Stuebe AM, Chen M, Truitt ST, Gallo MF. Combined hormonal versus nonhormonal versus progestin-only contraception in lactation. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2015 Mar 20

Cox EQ, Stuebe A, Pearson B, Grewen K, Rubinow D, Meltzer-Brody S. Oxytocin and HPA stress axis reactivity in postpartum women. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2015 Feb 25.




2014 Publications:

Chollet-Hinton LS, Stuebe AM, Casbas-Hernandez P, Chetwynd E,Troester MA.Temporal trends in the inflammatory cytokine profile of human breastmilk. Breastfeed Med. 2014 Dec;9(10):530-7.

Stuart GS, Lesko CR, Stuebe AM, Bryant AG, Levi EE, Danvers AI. A randomized trial of levonorgestrel intrauterine system insertion 6 to 48h compared to 6weeks after vaginal delivery; lessons learned. Contraception. 2014 Dec 29.

Featured research article: In the November edition of the Journal of Human Lactation “Research Spotlight” (Tully KP & Ball HL. Maternal accounts of their breast-feeding intent and early challenges after caesarean childbirth. Midwifery, 30(6), 712-719, 2014).

Chapman DJ. Maternal perception of breastfeeding challenges after cearean delivery. Journal of Human Lactation, 30, 394, 2014.

Lawrence RA, Sullivan CS. Encouraging Breastfeeding.  Medical Nutrition and Disease: A Case-Based Approach 5th Ed, 2014. Wiley Publishing Oxford, UK (Book Chapter)

Chollet-Hinton LS, Stuebe AM, Casbas-Hernandez P, Chetwynd E, Troester MA. Temporal Trends in the Inflammatory Cytokine Profile of Human Breastmilk. Breastfeed Med. 2014 Nov 7. [Epub ahead of print]

Nickel NC, Martens PJ, Chateau D, Brownell MD, Sarkar J, Goh CY, Burland E, Taylor C, Katz A, The PATHS Equity Team. Have we left some behind? Monitoring trends in socioeconomic inequalities in breastfeeding initiation: A population-based epidemiological surveillance study. Canadian Journal of Public Health. 2014;105(5): e362-e368.

Nickel NC, Chateau D, Martens PJ, Brownell M, Katz A, Burland E, Walld R, Hu M, Taylor C, Sarkar J, Goh CY. Data Resource Profile: Pathways to Health and Social Equity for Children (PATHS Equity for Children). International Journal of Epidemiology. E-Pub ahead of Print Sept 11, 2014. doi: 10.1093/ije/dyu190

Martens PJ, Chateau D, Burland E, Finlayson G, Smith M, Taylor C, Brownell M, Nickel NC, Katz A, Bolton JM, and the PATHS Equity Team. The effect of “place” on education and health outcomes for children living in social housing: does neighbourhood socioeconomic status make a difference? American Journal of Public Health. E-Pub ahead of Print Sept 11, 2014. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2014.302133

Brownell MD, Nickel NC, Chateau D, Martens PJ, Taylor C, Crockett L, Katz A, Sarkar J, Burland E, Goh CY, and The PATHS Equity Team. Long-term benefits of full-day kindergarten: a longitudinal population-based study. Early Child Development and Care. 2014

Poole AT, Vincent KL, Olson GL, Patrikeev I, Saade GR, Stuebe A, Bytautiene E. Effect of lactation on maternal postpartum cardiac function and adiposity: a murine model. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2014 Jun 3

Bonuck K, Stuebe A, Barnett J, Labbok M, Fletcher J, Bernstein P. Effect of Primary Care Intervention on Breastfeeding Duration and Intensity. Am J Public Health. Published online ahead of print, 2013 Dec 19: e1–e9. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2013.301360.

Stuebe AM, Horton BJ, Chetwynd E, Watkins S, Grewen K, Meltzer-Brody S.
Prevalence and risk factors for early, undesired weaning attributed to lactation
dysfunction. J Womens Health (Larchmt). 2014 May; 23(5):404-12. doi:
10.1089/jwh.2013.4506. Epub 2014 Mar 21.

Labbok M. Increasing Breastfeeding Rates in the WHO Western Pacific Region (WHO-WPR): Review and recommendations. Technical report for the Maternal, Child Health and Nutrition (MCN) Unit of the Regional Office/Manila. 2013 Dec.

Stuebe AM. Enabling women to achieve their breastfeeding goals. Obstet Gynecol.
2014 Mar; 123(3):643-52. doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000000142.

Tully, K.P. & Ball, H.L. 2014. Maternal accounts of their breast-feeding intent and early challenges after caesarean childbirth. Midwifery, 30(6), 712-719. doi: 10.1016/j.midw.2013.10.014.

Tully KP, Ball HL. 2014. Re: Response to Breast-feeding intent and early challenges after caesarean childbirth. Midwifery. 2014. doi: 10.1016/j/midw/2014.01.005.

2013 Publications:

Yotebieng M, Chalachala JL, Labbok M, Behets F. Infant feeding practices and determinants of poor breastfeeding behavior in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo: a descriptive study. Int Breastfeed J. September 2013

Nickel NC, Taylor EC, Labbok M, Weiner BJ, Williamson NE. Applying organization theory to understand barriers and facilitators to the implementation of baby-friendly: A multi-site qualitative study.  2013 Aug;29(8):956-64. doi: 10.1016/j.midw.2012.12.001. Epub 2013 Feb 20.

Parry K, Taylor E, Dardess P, Walker M, Labbok M. Understanding Women’s Interpretations of Infant Formula Advertising. Birth. 2013 June,  40(2):115-123.

Labbok M, Taylor E, Nickel N. Implementing the Ten Steps in Hospitals Serving Low-Wealth Patients. I. Operational research design and baseline findings.  International Breastfeeding Journal. 2013 May 20;8(1):5.

Tully, K.P. & Ball, H.L. 2013. Misrecognition of the need: Women’s experiences of and explanations for undergoing cesarean delivery. Social Science & Medicine. 85, 103-111. PMC3613981

Labbok MH. Breastfeeding: Population-based perspectives. Pediatr Clin North Am 2013;60(1):11-30.

Nickel NC, Labbok MH, Hudgens MG, Daniels JL. The extent that noncompliance with the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding influences breastfeeding duration. J Hum Lact 2013;29(1):59-70.

Ball, H.L. & Tully K.P. 2013. Letter to the Editor. Regarding: Effect of behavioural-educational intervention on sleep for primiparous women and their infants in early postpartum: multisite randomised controlled trial. British Medical Journal, 346, f1164.

Tully, K.P. & Ball, H.L. 2013. Trade-offs underlying maternal breastfeeding decisions: A conceptual model. Maternal & Child Nutrition, 9(1), 90-98. PMC3746010

 2013 Chapters and Books:

Labbok M, Taylor E, Parry K. Achieving Exclusive Breastfeeding, Hale Press, Amarillo Texas, 2013.

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2012 Publications:

Labbok MH, Starling A. Definitions of breastfeeding: call for the development and use of consistent definitions in research and peer-reviewed literature. Breastfeed Med. 2012;Dec; 7(6):397-402

Taylor E, Nickel NC, Labbok MH. Implementing the ten steps for successful breastfeeding in hospitals serving low-wealth patients. Am J Public Health 2012;102(12):2262-8.

Tully, K.P. & Ball, H.L. 2012. Postnatal unit bassinet types when rooming-in after cesarean birth: Implications for breastfeeding and infant safety. Journal of Human Lactation, 28(4), 495-505.    PMC3746007

Smith PH, Coley SL, Labbok M, Cupito S, Nwokah E. Early breastfeeding experiences of adolescent mothers: a qualitative prospective study. Int Breastfeed J 2012;29;7(1):13.

Labbok MH. Global baby-friendly hospital initiative monitoring data: update and discussion. Breastfeed Med 2012 Aug;7:210-22.

Labbok MH. Celebrating twenty years of progress: World Breastfeeding Week 2012. Breastfeed Med. 2012 Aug;7:207-9.

Cameron B, Javanparast S, Labbok M, Scheckter R, McIntyre E. Breastfeeding support in child care: an international comparison of findings from Australia and the United States. Breastfeed Med 2012 Jun;7(3):163-6.

Abrahams SW. Milk and Social Media: Online Communities and the International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes. J Hum Lact. 2012 Jun 6. [Epub ahead of print]

 2012 Chapters and Books:

Labbok M. Development and use of the Lactational Amenorrhea Method (LAM): Transitioning to other Natural Methods. Chapter 3, In Fehring R, Notare T (eds). Science, Faith, and Human Fertility, Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Marquette University Press, 2012.

Smith PH, Hausman BL, and Labbok M (eds). Beyond Health, Beyond Choice: Breastfeeding Constraints and Realities, New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2012.

Smith PH, Hausman BL, and Labbok M. Introduction: Breastfeeding Constraints and Realities.pp.1-11. In Smith PH, Hausman BL, and Labbok M (eds). Beyond Health, Beyond Choice: Breastfeeding Constraints and Realities, New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2012.

Labbok M. Breastfeeding in Public Health: What Is Needed for Policy and Program Action? Chapter 3, pp.36-50. In Smith PH, Hausman BL, and Labbok M (eds). Beyond Health, Beyond Choice: Breastfeeding Constraints and Realities, New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2012 .

Smith PH, Hausman BL, and Labbok M. Conclusion: Beyond Health, Beyond Choice: New Ways Forward in Public Health, pp. 281-286. In Smith PH, Hausman BL, and Labbok M (eds).  Beyond Health, Beyond Choice: Breastfeeding Constraints and Realities, New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, 2012

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2011 Publications:

Abrahams S, Labbok M. Breastfeeding and otitis media: a review of recent evidence. Curr Allergy Asthma Rep. 2011 Dec;11(6):508-12.

Labbok M, Marinelli KA, Bartick M, Calnen G, Gartner LM, Lawrence RA, Meek JY, Gorrin-Peralta JJ, Parrilla-Rodriguez AM, Powers NG. Regulatory monitoring of feeding during the birth hospitalization. Pediatrics. 2011 Nov;128(5):1311-4.

Bhutta, Labbok M. Scaling up breastfeeding in developing countries. Lancet. 2011 Jul 30;378(9789):378-80.

Szucs K, Labbok M. The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine, J Hum Lact 2011; 27(3) 299–300.

Ringel-Kulka T, Jensen E, McLaurin S, Woods E, Kotch J, Labbok M, Bowling JM, Dardess P, Baker S. Community-Based Participatory Research of Breastfeeding Disparities in African American Women, ICAN: Infant, Child, & Adolescent Nutrition published online 24 June 2011.

Evans K, Labbok M, Abrahams SW. WIC and breastfeeding support services: does the mix of services offered vary with race and ethnicity? Breastfeed Med 2011;6(6):401-406.

Labbok M. On “a call for clarity in infant breast and bottle-feeding definitions for research.” J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2011 Mar;40(2):140; author reply 140-1. Epub 2011 Feb 11.

Jensen E, Labbok M. Unintended consequences of the WIC formula rebate program on infant feeding outcomes: Will the new food packages be enough? Breastfeed Med 2011;6(3):145-9.

 Brandon, D.H., Tully, K.P., Silva, S., Thompson, J., Malcolm, W., Murtha, A., Turner, B., & Holditch-Davis, D. 2011. Emotional responses of mothers of late-preterm and term infants. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 40(6), 719-731. PMC4074409 

Tully, K.P. & Ball, H.L. 2011. Letter to the Editor. Regarding: Caesarean section: Summary of updated NICE guidance. British Medical Journal, 343, d7108.

2011 Chapters and Books:

Labbok M. Community interventions to promote optimal breastfeeding: Review of studies on early initiation, any breastfeeding, exclusive breastfeeding, and continued breastfeeding. USAID/ IYCN, Washington DC. December, 2011

Labbok M. Research Needed to Improve Breastfeeding Protection, Promotion, and Support Within WIC: Opening Statement, and Group Discussion, pp. 37-49. In IOM. Planning a WIC Research Agenda: Workshop Summary, Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2011.

Labbok M. Breastfeeding: Closing Session. p.113. In IOM. Planning a WIC Research Agenda: Workshop Summary, Washington, DC: The National Academies Press, 2011.

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 2010 Publications:

Labbok M, Taylor E. Call to Action on Breastfeeding in North Carolina: Review and rationale. NC Med J. 2010;71(5):459-63.463

Mason Meier B, Labbok M. From the Bottle to the Grave: Realizing a Human Right to Breastfeeding Through Global Health Policy. Case Western Reserve Law Review Summer 2010;60(4):1073-1142.

McNiel ME, Labbok M, Abrahams SW. What are the risks associated with formula feeding? A re-analysis and review. Birth 2010;37(1):50-8.

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 2009 Publications:

Abrahams SW, Labbok M. Exploring the impact of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative on trends in exclusive breastfeeding. Int Breastfeed J 2009 Oct 29;4:11.

Declercq E, Labbok MH, Sakala C, O’Hara M. Hospital practices and women’s likelihood of fulfilling their intention to exclusively breastfeed. Am J Pub Health 2009;99(5):929-35.

Klingaman, K.P. 2009. Methodology report: Investigating mothers’ experiences of breastfeeding after caesarean section delivery. Biology & Human Affairs, 74(2), 60-72.

 2009 Chapters and Books:

Labbok M, Nakaji E. Breastfeeding: A biological, ecological, and human rights imperative for global health. In: Murthy P, Smith CL, editors. Women’s global health and human rights. Sudbury (MA): Jones and Bartlett; 2009.  p. 421-36. 

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2008 Publications:

Suyes K, Abrahams SW, Labbok MH. Breastfeeding in the workplace: Other employees’ attitudes towards services for lactating mothers. Int Breastfeed J 2008 Oct 20;3:25.

Labbok MH. “The baby is breastfeeding”. Birth 2008;35(3):258; author reply 258.

Labbok M, Smith PH, Taylor E. Breastfeeding and feminism: a focus on reproductive health, rights and justice. Int Breastfeed J 2008 Aug 4;3:8.

Labbok M. Transdisciplinary breastfeeding support: Creating program and policy synergy across the reproductive continuum. Int Breastfeed J 2008 Aug 4;3:16.

Labbok M. Exploration of guilt among mothers who do not breastfeed: the physician’s role. J Hum Lact 2008;24(1):80-4.

Straub B, Melvin C, Labbok M. A descriptive study of Cambodian refugee infant feeding practices in the United States. Int Breastfeed J 2008 Jan 24;3(1):2.

2008 Chapters and Books:

Labbok M. Breastfeeding, fertility and family planning. In: Sciarra J, editor. Fertility regulation, psychosomatic problems, and human sexuality. Glob libr women’s med (ISSN: 1756-2228) 2008; DOI 10.3843/GLOWM.10397, November 2008.

Labbok M, Taylor E. Achieving exclusive breastfeeding in the United States: Findings and recommendations. Washington (DC): United States Breastfeeding Committee; 2008.

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2007 Publications:

Millikan RC, Newman B, Tse CK, Moorman PG, Conway K, Dressler L et al. Epidemiology of basal-like breast cancer. Breast Cancer Res Treat 2008;109(1):123-39. Epub 2007 Jun 20.

Labbok M, Echerd L, Nakaji E. Infant feeding area graphs: Insight for program planning inputs (abstract). J Hum Lact 2007;23(1):91.

Labbok M. Breastfeeding and Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative: More important and with more evidence than ever. J Pediatr (Rio J) 2007;83(2):99-101.

Klingaman, K.P. & Ball, H.L. 2007. Anthropology of birth and breastfeeding: Rationale for evolutionary medicine on the postnatal ward. Durham Anthropology Journal, 14(1).

2007 Chapters and Books:

Labbok M.  Breastfeeding, birth spacing and family planning. In: Hale T, Hartmann P, editors. Textbook of human lactation. Amarillo (TX): Hale Publishing; 2007. p. 305-18.

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 2006 Publications:

Labbok M. Breastfeeding: A woman’s reproductive right. In: Keith L editor, FIGO (International Federation of Gyn/OB) Annual Report, 2006. Int J Gynaecol Obstet 2006;94(3):277-86.

 Labbok M. ABM News: International update. Breastfeeding Medicine 2006;1(4):278-9.

Labbok M, Wardlaw T, Blanc A, Clark D, Terreri N. Trends in exclusive breastfeeding: Findings from the 1990s. J Hum Lact 2006;22(3):272-6.

Labbok M, Nichols-Johnson V, Valdes-Anderson V. ABM Clinical Protocol #13: Contraception during breastfeeding. Breastfeeding Medicine 2006;1(1):43-51.

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