Miriam Labbok, MD

Professor of the Practice of Public Health 
Maternal and Child Health
Director, Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute
Curriculum Vitae
Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI) 
Mother/Child Dyad Controversies Blog
REACH NC Research Profile
422C Rosenau Hall
135 Dauer Drive
Campus Box 7445
Chapel Hill 27599-7445
T: 919-966-0928
F: 919-966-0458labbok@unc.edu


1970  University of Pennsylvania  BA, Human Ecology/Biology

1975  Tulane School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine  MPH, Public Health

1975  Tulane Medical School  MD, Medicine

1981  Johns Hopkins  Epidemiology – Post-doctoral Research Training Grant


MHCH 605  Survey Course on Optimal Infant and Young Child Feeding  Syllabus


 Research Interests

  • Breastfeeding
  • Global health
  • Health policy
  • Maternal health
  • Minority health
  • Nutrition
  • Public health practice
  • Reproductive health
  • Women’s health

Research Activities

Translational and operational research – taking theory to action; Interface of mother and child health; breastfeeding; transdisciplinary research; CBPR; infant and young child feeding and care; birth spacing; lactational amenorrhea method; domestic and international MCH/FP evidence-based policy/service improvement.

Staff/Administrative Responsibilities

Director, Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute: The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI) was established January 2006 and exists to further local, statewide, national, international and global understanding and support for the mother/child dyad as key to the achievement of two inseparable goals: optimal infant and young child feeding and reproductive health.

Key Publications

Bonuck K, Stuebe A, Barnett J, Labbok M, Fletcher J, Bernstein P (2014)
Effect of primary care intervention on breastfeeding duration and intensity.
Am J Pub Health: vol.104(Feb)S1, p.S119-27

Labbok M, Taylor E, Nickel N (2013)
Implementing the ten steps to successful breastfeeding in multiple hospitals serving low-wealth patients in the US: innovative research design and baseline findings.
Intl Breastfeed J: vol.8(1), p.5.

Labbok MH (2013)
Breastfeeding: population-based perspectives.
Pdiatr Clin North Am: vol.60(1),p.11-30.

Labbok MH (2012)
Global baby-friendly hospital initiative monitoring data: update and discussion.
Breastfeed Med: vol.Aug 7,p. 210-22.

Bhutta ZA, Labbok M (2011)
Scaling up breastfeeding in developing countries.Lancet: vol.378(9789),p.378-80.

Declercq E, Labbok MH, Sakala C, O’Hara M. (2009)
The impact of hospital practices on women’s likelihood of fulfilling their intention to exclusively breastfeed..
Am J Pub Health: vol.99(5), p.929-35.