Expert Panel on Breastfeeding
The Expert Panel on Breastfeeding serves as the key catalyst for innovations in research, education and policy regarding the use of human milk and breastfeeding.
Inaugural Year: 2002
Eric Hodges, PhD, FNP-BC, FAAN
UNC-Chapel Hill School of Nursing
Board Liaison: Versie Mallard Johnson
Staff Liaison: Madeleine Rohrbach
Previous Chairs: JoAnne Silbert-Flagg (2020-2022), Elizabeth Reifsnider (2019-2020), Jeannette Crenshaw (2018-2019), Emily Drake (2017-2018), Joan Dodgson (2016-2017), Diane Spatz (2015-2016), Paula Meier (2007), Linda Pugh (2007), Pamela Dee Hill (2006), Sharron S. Humenick (2006), Maureen Groer (2005), Gene Cranston Anderson (2003-2005)
The lack of breastfeeding in the United States is a public health crisis. Today only 13% of US children receive exclusive human milk for the first 6 months despite the recommendation by organizations worldwide that all infants receive exclusive human milk for 6 months.
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