Three researchers linked with the University of North Carolina 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.
[Photo: Left to right are Ms. Katie Wouk, Dr. Kristin Tully and the late Dr. Miriam Labbok]
The researchers are Ms. Kathryn Wouk, Dr. Kristin P. Tully and the late Dr. Miriam H. Labbok. Ms. 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 Dr. Tully is a research associate. Dr. Labbok, who passed away in 2016, was a Professor of the Practice of maternal and child health at the Gillings School 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,” was open-access for the month of January, so that all interested parties could 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,” Ms. 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 Ms. 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 Ms. Catherine Sullivan, clinical assistant professor of maternal and child health and current director of CGBI. “Also, it seems fitting that this review was Dr. Labbok’s last active writing project and it made it to the No. 1 spot.”