About Us
Established in 2006 in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, CGBI serves as the first such public health breastfeeding center of its kind. CGBI faculty and staff members work to increase understanding of and support for breastfeeding, the oldest, most natural, healthiest means of nourishing infants and young children. Situated in an academic home, we offer a comprehensive program of research, service to the greater community and education.

Catherine Sullivan,

Catherine Sullivan has made it her mission to advocate for families. For the past decade at the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute, she has focused on supporting breastfeeding-friendly health care, child care, communities and training the next generation of lactation practitioners, applying principles of inclusive excellence throughout her work. 

Leading a team of more than 15 faculty and staff today, Catherine serves as principal investigator for The Duke Endowment’s ENRICH Carolinas project, co-principal investigator on the leadership team of CDC’s EMPower Best Practices initiative, and as principal investigator for the RISE: Lactation Training Model project, funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. In addition, she teaches future IBCLCs in the Mary Rose Tully Training Initiative, a CAAHEP-accredited Pathway 2 lactation training program.

Our Founder

Dr. Miriam Labbok

CGBI founder Dr. Miriam Labbok (1949-2016) dedicated her career to promoting the benefits of breastfeeding for children, their mothers and the world. A scholar and expert on breastfeeding and maternal child health, Dr. Labbok founded and served as the first director of CGBI in 2006. She also held positions at UNICEF and USAID and cofounded the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. Throughout her career, Dr. Labbok received several academic and professional recognitions. 

Ready, Set, Baby

Live online classes

This free service offers education for pregnancy, birth and postpartum care.

Our Resources
CGBI envisions a world where every family has quality and culturally responsive community and institutional support to ensure all infants and children have an optimal start in life. We advocate through the translation and implementation of practice-based research, train and partner with health care, early care and education, public health, community and lactation leaders and support resource development to comprehensively advance health equity.
Carolina Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care Initiative promotes breastfeeding support in child care settings
EMPower Best Practices provides training and technical assistance to hospitals
L.I.F.E.™ Initiative offers training for infant and young child feeding in emergencies

Support the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute

Help make a difference for children, mothers and families in North and South Carolina and around the world! Please consider giving to the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute. By supporting CGBI, you are ensuring that our students have the most meaningful experience, and our faculty and staff make an impact through their research, training and scholarship to increase the quality of care to those they encounter.

Phone: (919) 966-3774
Fax: (919) 966-0458
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Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute
Department of Maternal and Child Health
135 Dauer Drive
422 Rosenau Hall, CB #7445
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7445