Mother and Baby

Breastfeeding Grand Rounds 2009

Breastfeeding: A Vital Emergency Response

Originally broadcast August 6, 2009

Ruth Lawrence, MD
Professor of Pediatrics and Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Rochester School of Medicine & Dentistry, and author of "Breastfeeding: A Guide for the Medical Profession"

Audrey Naylor, MD, DrPH, FAAP, FABM
Independent health, wellness and fitness professional; Chair, U.S. Breastfeeding Committee

Moderator: Mary Applegate, MD, MPH
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University at Albany School of Public Health, Director, NYS Preventive Medicine Residency Program

This topic, also the theme of World Breastfeeding Week 2009, is intended to draw attention to the vital role that breastfeeding plays in emergencies. The broadcast will stress the need for active protection and support of breastfeeding before and during emergencies. It will also give suggestions for mobilizing action and nurturing networking and collaboration between those with breastfeeding skills and those involved in emergency response.


As a result of viewing this satellite broadcast, participants will be able to:

  • List reasons mothers may stop breastfeeding in a disaster setting.
  • Explain why it is especially important in disaster settings for families to continue breastfeeding.
  • Describe interventions that can help mothers continue breastfeeding after disasters.

The planners, moderator and presenters do not have any financial arrangements or affiliations with any commercial entities whose products, research or services may be discussed in this activity.

No commercial funding has been accepted for this activity.

This program was sponsored by the New York State Department of Health and funded by the USDHHS/HRSA Maternal and Child Health Bureau.