Aunchalee Palmquist, PhD, IBCLC
Dr. Palmquist is an assistant professor in the Department of Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI). She is a medical anthropologist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant. Her research and advocacy are focused on understanding and reducing breastfeeding disparities globally and locally.
Dr. Palmquist’s research addresses the intersection of social inequality and breastfeeding in populations and communities experiencing high rates of maternal and infant perinatal morbidity and mortality. Specific areas of interest include global birth practice, breastfeeding and birth spacing; cooperative infant care and lactation (including alloparenting, human milk sharing, and milk banking); and infant and young child feeding in emergencies (IYCF-E). Dr. Palmquist’s interdisciplinary work bridges critical biocultural anthropology and global public health, and she utilizes ethnographic methods and mixed-methods approaches.
Dr. Palmquist has served as an International Lactation Consultants Association liaison to the United Nations. At UNC she teaches a Global Breastfeeding seminar for MCH students and lectures in in the CGBI Mary Rose Tully Lactation Training Initiative for aspiring lactation consultants. Dr. Palmquist has presented her research at national and international academic conferences, and speaks to audiences of health care professionals and lay birth and breastfeeding supporters across the world.
Honors and Awards
North Carolina Breastfeeding Coalition, IBLCE Exam Scholarship
Hultquist New Faculty Fellowship
2012, Elon University
Pacific Fellowship, American Association for University Women, Hawaii Chapter
MHCH 605 Survey Course on Breastfeeding and Public Health
Training Specialist, Reclaiming, Improving, and Sustaining Equity (RISE)
2018-present CORE Group Humanitarian-Development Taskforce
2018-present Emergency Nutrition Network Infant Feeding in Emergencies (IFE) Core Group, Membership and Conflicts of Interest Working Group
2018-present Emergency Nutrition Network, Managing Acute Malnutrition in Infants (MAMI) Special Interest Group
2018-present National Coalition on Children and Disasters
2017-present WHO/UNICEF Global Breastfeeding Collective
2017-present World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action
2017-present United States Breastfeeding Committee, LSP Constellation
2012-present Planning Committee, Breastfeeding and Feminism International Conference
Deconstructing fake equity: Lessons learned form a dominant culture institution. International Lactation Consultants Association annual meeting, July 2018.
Lactation support in disasters and emergencies: Integrating life course, psychosocial, and human rights perspectives. International Lactation Consultants Association annual meeting, July 2018.
Expressions of Care: Milk sharing, interembodiment, and the senses. Plenary, Breastfeeding and Feminism International Conference, March 2018, Chapel Hill, NC.
Perinatal Maternal and Child Health in Emergencies: Human Rights, Biocultural, and Life Course Perspectives. High Point University Anthropology Symposium Series, February 2018, High Point, NC.
Cooperative Lactation: Evolutionary and Cross-Cultural Perspectives of Sharing Human Milk. SWAG Conferences, November 2017, Berkeley, CA.
When Everyday Violence is a Barrier to Breastfeeding: Poverty, Social Suffering, and Infant Feeding in Hawai’i. SWAG Conferences, November 2017, Berkeley, CA.
Commodity or Gift? The Politics of Donor Human Milk in the U.S. SWAG Conferences, November 2017, Berkeley, CA.
Supporting Families in Crisis: Infant Feeding in Disasters and Emergencies. Carolina BEBES University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, September 2017, Chapel Hill, NC.
Cooperative Lactation and the Maternal-Infant Nexus. Wenner-Gren Workshop, Durham University, July 2017, Durham, U.K.
International Handbook on Gender and Demographic Processes, International Handbooks of Population 8. Aunchalee EL Palmquist, Karleen Gribble, N Riley, J Brunson (2018). Springer.
When everyday violence is a barrier to breastfeeding. In P.H. Smith and M. Labbok, Eds., Breastfeeding, Social Justice and Equity. Palmquist AEL (2017). Praeclarus Press.
Breastfeeding: New Anthropological Approaches. C Tomori, A Palmquist, E Quinn, EA Quinn (2017). Routledge.
Advocacy: IBCLCs Advocating for Global Breastfeeding Through Skilled Lactation Support. A Palmquist (2017). Journal of human lactation : official journal of International Lactation Consultant Association, 33(3), 502-503.
PhD, Anthropology, University of Hawaii, Manoa, 2006
MA, Anthropology, University of Hawaii, Manoa, 1997
BA, Anthropology, University of Louisville, Louisville KY, 1994