CGBI: Updates and Events

January 2018

The newly published Breastfeeding: New Anthropological Approaches combines sociocultural, biological, and archaelogical anthropological studies to generate new discussion and research about breastfeeding. Co-editor Aunchalee Palmquist, PhD, IBCLC, assistant professor of maternal and child health and the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute in the Gillings School, states that “this is the first edited volume on anthropology and breastfeeding published in over 20 years”.

Congratulations to Drs. Tomori, Palmquist and Quinn for this accomplishment. Click here to get your copy.


December 2017

BEBES Shower and 3rd Annual Diaper Drive 2017

Carolina BEBES is kicking-off our third annual Diaper Drive with a special BEBES Shower event Tuesday, November 14 from 11 am to 1 pm. Snacks and treats will be provided, and more information about needed items and the recipient organizations will be available at the event.

We will be collecting diapers, feminine hygiene products, and children’s books (under age 6) from November 14 through December 1. Collected items will then be donated and distributed through the North Carolina Diaper Train and North Carolina Diaper Bank.

For those unable to make it to the kick-off BEBES Shower or to campus during the rest of the month, consider donating online (via organization websites): or


Fundraiser for Living Beyond Breast Cancer and Carolina BEBES

Carolina BEBES are selling totes and stickers to raise funds and awareness about breastfeeding and breast health. Use the form below to order items and then arrange a time for pick-up and payment on campus.

Online order form:

Funds raised will go to support Living Beyond Breast Cancer, a support organization for breast cancer patients and survivors, as well as both on-campus and community events hosted by Carolina BEBES.

For more information, email Kate at




CGBI Website Renovations for Improved User Experience

The CGBI website has undergone substantial changes. The new incarnation of the website, available in October 2017, allows users to choose from a new menu of options on the left-hand sidebar. All available resources have been grouped together for streamlined access to downloadable PDFs. The resources, such as Ready, Set, BABY, still require agreement with a copyright agreement for download to personal computers, and also allow users to view the resource in full via the “Sample Version” option before deciding to download.

Users of the new CGBI website can now access the top menu of the Gillings School of Global Public Health’s online presence. Additionally, look for a new feature – “CGBI School News”, which lists articles published by Gillings relating to CGBI faculty and staff. The latest “school news” will appear in the news feed at the bottom left of each screen. Just below that are CGBI’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Explore and enjoy. The new site is compatible with mobile devices. Please direct any user questions or comments to CGBI communications lead, Kathy Parry.

Calculator Estimates Impact of Changes in Breastfeeding Rates on Health

Estimate the costs of suboptimal breastfeeding.

A new online resource allows policy makers and advocates to model the impact of changes on health outcomes and costs for mothers and children. This Kellogg Foundation-funded tool uses results from a simulation model to estimate the lifetime change in health care outcomes and costs for a population of women and all of their children, with data available for all 50 states.  The team found that a 5% point increase in breastfeeding rates was associated with statistically significant differences in child infectious morbidity for the U.S. population, including otitis media (101,952 cases, 95% confidence interval [CI] 77,929-131,894 cases) and gastrointestinal infection (236,073 cases, 95% CI 190,643-290,278 cases).

The study was published in Breastfeeding Medicine.

The calculator is available via the USBC web site.

Carolina Global Breastfeeding Staff Accolades

  • Catherine Sullivan was recently recognized as a Fellow by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Read more
  • Kathy Parry was recently awarded the Gillings School of Global Public Health 2017 Impact in Practice Award. Read more
  • Abby Smetana was recently elected Chair Elect to the board of the Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee.
  • Alison Stuebe was recently elected Chair Elect to the board of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine.

Congratulations to CGBI Faculty and Staff on these accomplishments!

Call for Papers for Breastfeeding and Feminism International Conference

Miriam Labbok gestures as she speaks from a podium at the CGBI 10th anniversary and her retirement Celebration.

Miriam Labbok was the co-director of BFIC from 2007 – 2016, along with founder Paige Hall Smith of UNCG.

Abstracts are due October 15th for the 2018 Breastfeeding and Feminism International Conference (BFIC).

Please see the website for more details – we look forward to hearing about your work!

Nominations are also open for the Miriam H. Labbok Award for Excellence. More details and submission instructions can be found online.

The Dance of Nurture in a Complex World: 
How biology, gender, and social context shape how we nourish our children

March 21st-23rd, 2018
Sheraton Hotel, Chapel Hill, NC

Join Us Thursday, September 28th!

Upcoming Lecture: Dr. Aunchalee Palmquist, September 28

Join us for a presentation by new CGBI faculty member, Aunchalee Palmquist.

The presentation will be held on September 28 at 12 noon in McGavran-Greenberg 1301 at UNC.

This event is hosted by the student group Carolina BEBES and CGBI.

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