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Feeding Guidelines for Infants and Young Toddlers

Feeding Guidelines for Infants and Young Toddlers The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Healthy Eating Research program has released a new report entitled, “Feeding Guidelines for Infants and Young Toddlers: A Responsive Parenting Approach.” These guidelines were developed by the Healthy Eating Research expert panel on Best Practices for Promoting Healthy Nutrition, Feeding Patterns, and Weight Status for Infants and Toddlers from Birth to 24 Months.


RWJF will host a webinar on Tuesday, March 7 from 1-2 p.m. E.T. to discuss the guidelines and answer questions. The Executive Summary can be found here: http://healthyeatingresearch.org/research/ feeding-guidelines-for-infants-and-youngtoddlers-a-responsive-parenting-approachguidelines-for-health-professionals/

AWHONN SmartBrief Special Report on Breast-feeding

Lots of wonderful brief articles in the AWHONN newsletter

Neuroscience Shows Breastfeeding Is Not Just Milk

Early life experiences set the stage for physical health in later life. Reducing early toxic stress is key to preventing disease in adults (Shonkoff, 2016).

Breastfeeding is one important way to decrease early toxic stress. Recent studies have shown that breastfeeding increases babies’ physical and mental well-being, and these effects go well beyond the composition of the milk. Maternal responsiveness is key to understanding these long-term effects. When mothers consistently respond to their babies’ cues, they set the stage for lifelong resiliency in their offspring. And responsiveness is built into the breastfeeding relationship. We see this reflected in children’s mental health.

Read rest of article- Women’s Health Today

Exhibiting at the Triangle Breastfeeding Alliance conference on April 20th, 2017

Please consider staffing a NC Breastfeeding Coalition-related exhibit or an exhibit of any other programs which would be of interest to the lactation community at the Triangle Breastfeeding Alliance conference on April 20th, 2017, at the WakeMed Andrews Center on New Bern Avenue. We are excited about our upcoming conference – this is our 15th year! Here are the topics that will be presented:

  • Increasing Milk Supply
  • Collaboration Works
  • Understand Breastfeeding Support Provided by the WIC Program
  • Milk Banking and Milk Sharing
  • Tongue and Lip Ties: Assessment, Intervention and Collaboration

We do not have any for-profit exhibitors at our conferences; but instead allow time for our approximately 150 participants to network and interact with breastfeeding resource presenters. We are inviting people to display information about breastfeeding resources and/or research projects. You may come with a board to use on a table top or a poster on a tripod. Our call for exhibit abstracts is attached. As you can see, each presenter gets one free conference registration. However, you do need to complete the application to exhibit, please. Please submit an exhibit abstract no later than midnight on Monday, February 13th, 2017 tomary_overfield@yahoo.com

 In addition, we want to acquaint those new to the lactation community with all breastfeeding resources. If you do not wish to staff an exhibit, there will be an area where participants can pick up brochures or other handouts you might want to provide; so – if you can attend – please register online at www.wakeahec.org and bring them when you come. If you want to supply brochures but are not able to attend – please bring them to one of our TBA meetings before the conference.  As you know, we meet the first Tuesday of each month from 1 – 3 in the conference room at the WakeMed Andrews Conference Center. Alternatively, you could send them to me at my address below.

 We look forward to seeing you at the conference,


Mary L. Overfield, MN, RN, IBCLC – Chair

Triangle Breastfeeding Alliance

11608 Rutledge Bay

Raleigh, NC 27614

919 847-4903




Additional Evidence of the Importance of Vitamin D Levels in Our Babies

Study links neonatal vitamin D deficiency to high MS risk in adulthood

Danish researchers found that newborns whose serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D blood levels were in the highest quintile were least likely to develop multiple sclerosis in adulthood, while those whose 25(OH)D blood levels were in the lowest quintile had the highest odds of developing MS. The findings in Neurology were based on Danish Newborn Screening Biobank data involving 1,493 patients with and without MS.

NeurologyAdvisor.com (12/9) 

Tully and colleagues receive NC TraCS award for infant side-car bassinet project

A side-car bassinet adjoins a hospital bed, making it easier for mothers to access newborns. (Photo credit: Kristin Tully)

Kristin Tully, PhD, of the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI), has been recognized with the Improving Human Health Award, presented by the North Carolina Translational & Clinical Sciences Institute (NC TraCS) at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Tully is a research associate in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. She also is the project manager of two federally funded research studies on infant sleep development (through the Center for Developmental Science) and a Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute Engagement Award on unmet maternal health needs (through the UNC Center for Maternal and Infant Health and CGBI).

Read rest of article-UNC

A very sad day to the world of breastfeeding advocacy


Dr. Miriam Harriet Labbok (1949-2016)

Pittsboro, NC

Miriam Harriet Labbok, M.D., M.P.H., an internationally respected and influential

expert on breastfeeding and maternal and child health, died on August 13, 2016.

Faced with a sudden and demanding health challenge, she continued to inspire

family and friends with her tenacity, fortitude, and sense of humor.

Born in Trenton, NJ, Dr. Labbok graduated from the University of Pennsylvania and

received her M.D. and M.P.H. degrees from Tulane University. In her distinguished

40-year career she promoted the health and developmental benefits of

breastfeeding, particularly in the developing world, improving the lives of countless

mothers and children worldwide. Dr. Labbok recently retired from her posts as

Professor of Maternal and Child Health at the University of North Carolina Gillings

School of Global Public Health and as Director of the School’s Carolina Global

Breastfeeding Institute, of which she was the founder. She previously held positions

at UNICEF, USAID, and at The Johns Hopkins and Georgetown Universities. A

prolific researcher and writer, Dr. Labbok contributed to many textbooks on

maternal and child health and was an author of more than one hundred fifty

scholarly articles.

Dr. Labbok was a gifted and dedicated teacher and mentor, giving generously of her

skills and knowledge to students and colleagues in the US and abroad. She traveled

the world, spreading her commitment to healthy mothers and happy, thriving

babies. Her home was decorated with paintings and pottery she loved to collect, and

the many creative– and sometimes tasty– souvenirs she loved to buy in the course of

her travels.

Dr. Labbok was a much-loved cousin, friend, and godmother, known for her incisive

intelligence, her ready laugh, and her ceaseless generosity. She is survived by her

loving sister Dorothy Labbok, also of Pittsboro, and many relatives, friends, and


Her funeral service will be held on Monday, August 15 at 2 PM at Judea Reform

Congregation, 1933 West Cornwallis Road, Durham, NC 27705.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her honor to the The Miriam Labbok

Program Research CGBI Acceleration Endowment Fund at the Carolina Global

Breastfeeding Institute. Checks can be written to the Public Health Foundation and

sent to SPH Advancement, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, 107 Rosenau

Hall, Campus Box 7400, Chapel Hill, NC 27599. Please note “In Memory of Miriam

Labbok” on the check’s memo line.


Breastfeeding Plan for Late Preterm Infants

Please share with any mothers who might be interested:

 For my research, I must have a focus group of six to eight late preterm mothers who have used supplementation and pumping to help feed their breastfeeding late preterm infants. We will meet and critique a breastfeeding plan that I have designed and changes will be made per their suggestions. I have attached the flyer. There is compensation available for participating. 


Breastfeeding Flyer Mother (1)

Study Approval

Jo-Anna Cartwright


No July Meeting

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The Pediatric Emergency Department: Another Opportunity for Postpartum Screening


Earlier this year, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) released recommendationson Screening for Depression in Adults. The Task Force recommends that clinicians screen ALL ADULTS for depression and notes that the evidence indicates that screening in the primary care setting is beneficial. Echoing the recommendations made by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists last year, the USPSTF highlights the importance of screening in populations at particularly high risk for depression: pregnant and postpartum women.

Read rest of article-MGH Center for Women’s Mental Health