Miriam Labbok and Kathy Parry at the UNICEF headquarters in New York City, 2015.

CGBI specific activities have included international support, monitoring and research on the Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI), support for the new Expanded BFHI, research on the impact of other global programs, and building coalitions across disciplines to enhance breastfeeding-friendly endeavors around the world.

CGBI continues the previous work started by CGBI director, Professor Miriam Labbok, as Senior Advisor for Infant and Young Child Feeding at UNICEF(2001-2005), Chief of the Nutrition and Maternal/Infant Health Division of the Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Office of Health and Nutrition from (1996-2001), Director, Breastfeeding Initiatives, Institute for Reproductive Health at Georgetown University (1986-1996), and earlier work on reproductive health, breastfeeding and the development of the Lactational Amenorrhea Method for postpartum birthspacing.  She continues to serve on the Board of Directors of international breastfeeding organizations, including the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, and she and other CGBI staff serve as advisors to professional and NGO groups such as Project HopePATHIRH,LLLI and ILCA.  Dr. Labbok is also a founder, past president, and member of the Board of the international Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.

Considerable support is provided to APHA, UNICEF, and the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, North American Region (WABA-NA) to help leverage action.  Dr. Labbok has served as Chair for the APHA International Health Section to further support international MCH issues in the US and beyond. Among notable communications, UNICEF invited a visit to re-establish work with CGBI, and CGBI supported the development of the WABA-NA and is planning a second meeting to be held in NC.

In 2010 the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute was invited to be the Key Writer for the World Breastfeeding Week (WBW) 2010 Action Folder and Calendar Announcement on the theme of BFHI and the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. CGBI was supported in these efforts by the WABA Health Care Practices Task Force, BFHI Working Group and the Mother Support Task Force. Also, in October 2010, CGBI joined with the World Alliance on Breastfeeding Action (WABA) at their meeting to Revisit and Celebrate Innocenti +20, with the theme of enabling mothering: keeping mothers and babies together. This meeting built on the Innocenti+15 findings, and offered challenges and next steps to those who are in decision making positions to influence the lives, health and rights of mother and children to have the best start on each new life.

CGBI continues to support World Breastfeeding Week through WABA and the United States Breastfeeding Committee.  For more information on this year’s theme for World Breastfeeding Week, visit

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