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Article by three Gillings researchers is Journal of Human Lactation’s top-read post for 2017

January 26, 2018

Three researchers linked with the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health’s Department of Maternal and Child Health co-authored the Journal of Human Lactation’s most-read article of 2017.

Katie Wouk

Katie Wouk

Dr. Kristin Tully

Dr. Kristin Tully

Dr. Miriam Labbok

Dr. Miriam Labbok

The researchers are Kathryn (Katie) Wouk, MS, IBCLC, Kristin P. Tully, PhD, and Miriam H. Labbok, MD. Wouk is a doctoral student of maternal and child health at the Gillings School and a graduate research assistant at the Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI), where Tully is a research associate. Dr. Labbok passed away in 2016, but was a Professor of the Practice of Maternal and Child Health at UNC Gillings and served as founding director of CGBI from 2006 to 2016.

Their article, “Systematic Review of Evidence for Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative Step 3: Prenatal Breastfeeding Education,” is open-access for the month of January, so that all interested parties can learn more about the most effective formats for delivering prenatal breastfeeding education.

“It was an honor to collaborate with Miriam and Kristin on this research project and to support CGBI’s important effort to improve evidence-based maternity care practices,” Wouk said.

The Journal of Human Lactation publishes on topics ranging from co-sleeping to human milk donation to the impact of breastfeeding on breast cancer. The journal contacted Wouk, the article’s lead author, to express thanks for her help in advancing the field of breastfeeding research with a high-impact article. The systematic review examined Step 3 of the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding, an outline for maternity practices that serves as the foundation for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.

“Katie has been a wonderful asset to the CGBI team!” said Catherine Sullivan, MPH, clinical assistant professor of maternal and child health and current director of CGBI. “Also, it seems fitting that this review was Miriam’s last active writing project and it made it to the No. 1 spot.”


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Gillings School of Global Public Health contact: David Pesci, director of communications, (919) 962-2600 or dpesci@unc.edu