Field Epidemiology

Breastfeeding Grand Rounds 2012

Paid Family Leave:
Essential for Successful Breastfeeding and Coalition Building 101

Originally presented on August 2, 2012

Gerald Calnen, MD
ProHealth Physicians, Inc.

Tina Cardarelli, IBCLC
State Breastfeeding Coordinator
Indiana Perinatal Network

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"

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

This broadcast will introduce and address the role that a paid maternity leave policy would play in encouraging and supporting women’s ability to breastfeed their children.  Speakers will review current and historical data related to gender, motherhood, and employment status as it relates to breastfeeding trends and will explore the ways in which these dynamics work together to impact the initiation and duration of breastfeeding.  Speakers will also present data regarding maternity leave policies both in the United States as well as other nations and the corresponding breastfeeding trends, with an exploration of how our maternity leave policies now and in the future will impact breastfeeding efforts. Additionally, speakers will explore the role of coalition building, using examples and lessons learned, to illustrate how working from the ground up is an effective way to enact change.

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

  • Describe the relationship between employment status and breastfeeding initiation
  • Explain how paid maternity leave is a public health issue
  • List three key components to effective coalition building

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