Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI)
Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute
Welcome to the Carolina Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI)
CGBI was established in 2006 in the Department of Maternal and Child Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health, and serves as the first such public health breastfeeding center of its kind.
Message from the Director
Catherine Sullivan, MPH, RDN, LDN, IBCLE, RLC, FAND
Assistant Professor and Director
Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (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.Read more about CGBI.
At CGBI, our vision is to strengthen equitable access to skilled support during pregnancy, birthing, lactation, infant and young child feeding, and family planning in humanitarian crises and emergency situations.
RISE: Lactation Training Model
RISE: Lactation Training Model is a grant-funded project providing higher education institutes with training tools to build a self-sustainable Pathway 2 program model.
Providing direct technical assistance to hospitals and communities engaged in maternity care improvement efforts, the aim of this project is to increase the number of births in the Carolinas occurring in facilities working to improve maternity care practices through Baby-Friendly USA designation or a similar state recognition program.
Couplet Care Bassinet™
The new hospital bassinets are especially vital for women who deliver by cesarean section, as their mobility restrictions and pain hinder infant care, impede their own recovery, and contribute to risk of infant falls.
Pathway 2 Lactation Training Program
Students receive a solid foundation in breastfeeding and human lactation, as well as exposure to a broad spectrum of practice experiences.
Ready, Set, BABY
Ready, Set, BABY (RSB) is an educational program designed to counsel prenatal women about maternity care best practices and the benefits and management of breastfeeding, incorporating other important information to help women achieve their goals.
Technical Assistance and Training
Our training approach is tailored to each unique situational need and is geared toward achieving immediate results toward your organization’s goals.
EMPower Breastfeeding Initiative
EMPower Breastfeeding: Enhancing Maternity Practices (EMPower) is a hospital-based quality improvement initiative focusing on maternity practices leading to Baby-Friendly designation based on the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, as defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF.
The Carolina Breastfeeding-Friendly Child Care (BFCC) Initiative promotes widespread implementation of breastfeeding support in child care settings.
Online Training for Providers
The Breastfeeding University, home to Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute’s Online Classroom, offers evidence-based, up-to-date education in an interactive and user-friendly format.
Maternal and Child Health Events
- UNC Center of Excellence Leadership Panel: Leadership in Times of Uncertainty April 21 @ 11:00 am - 12:15 pm
- Inclusive Classrooms Annual Symposium: Understanding and Addressing Structural Racism June 8 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
- Cognitive Interviewing: A Hands-On Approach September 4 @ 9:00 am - 4:30 pm