Miriam Labbok, MD


Professor of the Practice of Public Health 
Maternal and Child Health

Director, Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute

Miriam Labbok’s website 
Curriculum Vitae 
Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI) 
Mother/Child Dyad Controversies Blog 
REACH NC (Collexis) Research Profile


422C Rosenau Hall 
135 Dauer Drive 
Campus Box 7445 
Chapel Hill 27599-7445 
T: 919-966-0928 
F: 919-966-0458 



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

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.

Labbok M (2008) 
Exploration of Guilt Among Mothers Who Do Not Breastfeed: The Physician’s Role
Journal of Human Lactation: vol.24(1), p.80-85.

Labbok M (2008) 
Breastfeeding, fertility and family planning. (ISSN: 1756-2228) 2008; DOI 10.3843/GLOWM.10397
Global library of women’s medicine, London

Millikan RC, Newman B, Tse CK, Moorman PG, Conway K, Smith LV, Labbok MH, Geradts J, Bensen JT, Jackson S, Nyante S, Livasy C, Carey L, Earp HS, Perou CM (2007) 
Epidemiology of basal-like breast cancer
Breast Cancer Research and Treatment: vol.online, p.1-17.

Labbok M (2006) 
Breastfeeding: A woman’s reproductive right. In Keith L (ed), FIGO (International Federation of Gyn/OB) Annual Report
International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics: vol.94(3), p.277-86.