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Quarterly Meeting – Tuesday May 23, 2023, 10:00 a.m.

Whitney N. Hamilton, DrPH

Creating a Culture of Breastfeeding: A Public Health Perspective on Lactation


Dr. Hamilton is a devoted mother of four, as well as a maternal child health researcher and professor of health care administration at Middle Georgia State University. Her research focuses on the role of policy for maternal and child health, including the development of comprehensive policies that will aid in the improvement of healthcare quality and access for vulnerable populations. Dr. Hamilton will share her current research on maternal breastfeeding practices as well as her personal child-bearing experiences and barriers she overcame during the various stages of her journey to breastfeed each of her four children. Her experiences mirror the situation of many minority mothers in America, demonstrating how breastfeeding is not merely an individual choice but a public health concern that requires efforts at the societal level. Although personal mother’s commitment to breastfeeding is essential, many barriers to this health behavior exist outside of a mother’s control.

Objectives – Following this presentation, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the barriers influencing maternal infant feeding behaviors
  2. Discuss the impact of breastfeeding barriers and the critical role of public health to improving breastfeeding equity
  3. Provide strategies and recommendations to create a culture that normalizes breastfeeding

2 L CERPs have been applied for through the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners

10:00 am Creating a Culture of Breastfeeding: A Public Health Perspective on LactationWhitney N. Hamilton, DrPH

12:00 pm WALC General Business Meeting – all welcome to attend

This Zoom event will be recorded. Recordings will be available for all registered attendees for 30 days. You will receive an email a few days before the event with a Zoom link. Please begin to sign in at 9:45 am.

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