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 Hope
. 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.
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 http://www.worldbreastfeedingweek.org/