Fellows Lead American Academy of Nursing at Surgeon General’s “Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding”
Washington, DC (January 25, 2011) – A sponsor of widely acclaimed breastfeeding initiatives, the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) was represented by Fellows Diane Spatz, PhD, RNC, FAAN; Linda Pugh, PhD, RNC, CNE, FAAN; and Karin Cadwell, PhD, RN, FAAN, IBCLC, at the pivotal “Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding” event led by U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin on January 21. The event unveiled an unprecedented publication outlining the health benefits of breastfeeding for infants and mothers.
Spatz is the current Chair of the Academy’s Expert Panel on Breastfeeding which has existed since 2002. Engaged throughout the meeting, Spatz raised questions and forged relationships with prominent stakeholders, including Benjamin and Tonya Lewis, a national spokesperson for the A Health Baby Begins With You campaign, which increases awareness about infant mortality.
The Academy’s Expert Panel on Breastfeeding is charged with influencing policy and shaping the future of breastfeeding in the United States. AAN’s participation at the landmark event complements its previous endeavors related to advancing breastfeeding issues, including sponsorship of the United States Breastfeeding Committee’s (USBC) document, “Breastfeeding: A Vision for the Future.” Spatz serves as the official representative of AAN to USBC and Maureen Groer, PhD, RN, FAAN serves as the alternate delegate.
Since 2007, Spatz has submitted significant testimony, delivered presentations, and authored editorials and journal articles forBreastfeeding Medicine, Nursing Outlook and The Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic and Neonatal Nursing.
“Dr. Spatz exemplifies the vast knowledge of our expert panel leaders who lead critical field-related conversations,” said AAN Chief Executive Officer Cheryl G. Sullivan, MSES. “Breastfeeding is proven to decrease future health risks in infants, and we applaud the steps taken by the Surgeon General to build awareness and improve the nation’s health.”