Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute (CGBI)

Partners in Public Health: Improving the Landscape of Breastfeeding Support

The Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute seeks to promote increased quality of care and create an optimal breastfeeding norm through research, service, and training. Our comprehensive approach prioritizes the reproductive health continuum, an intergenerational approach and the “Three B’s” (Birth, Breastfeeding, Birthspacing) and includes attention to local, national and global health issues that impact the mother and child dyad.

Our vision is a world in which all mothers will be enabled to give every child the best start on life through optimal breastfeeding and related reproductive health including adequate birth spacing and healthy birth practices.

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. 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. Situated in an academic home, we offer a comprehensive program of research, service to the greater community, and education.

Get involved by:

Federal funding

DHHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity (DNPAO)

EMPower Training is a hospital-based quality improvement initiative focused on improving knowledge and skills in evidence-based maternity practices supportive of optimal infant nutrition. By providing skills-based competency training and ongoing technical assistance on these practices, hospitals can better ensure that related policies and procedures are implemented safely, as intended, for each mother and her infant. 

The EMPower Team is led by Abt Associates and includes CGBI and Population Health Improvement Partners.

Additional Resources

Innovation in Maternity Care: Couplet Care BassinetTM

Humanitarian Maternal and Child Health and the L.I.F.E. Support Basic Kit for supporting lactation and infant feeding in emergencies.

EMPower Breastfeeding: Enhancing Maternity Practices (Project completed in September 2018)

Responsive Feeding Handouts for Patients/Clients

  • Birth to 6 months
  • 6 months and beyond
  • 12 months and beyond

Continuity of Care

Step 3 – Prenatal Breastfeeding Counseling Curriculum – Ready, Set, Baby

Step 10 – Maternity Care Handouts for Patients

  • Breastfeeding and Your Lifestyle
  • Planning Ahead: Going Back to Work or School
  • For Employers: Supporting Breastfeeding Benefits Everyone

Step 10 – Responsive Feeding Handouts for Patients/Clients

  • Birth to 6 months
  • 6 to 12 months
  • 1 year and beyond

Step 10 – Breastfeeding Friendly Child Care Toolkit

  • Self-Assessment Tools for Child Care Centers
  • Educational and Reference Materials for Child Care Centers
  • Educational Materials for All Families
  • Educational Materials for Breastfeeding Families

Peer and Professional Support

IBCLC Training (Pathway 2) – Mary Rose Tully Training Initiative

Higher Education Mentorship for Pathway 2 Programs – RISE: Lactation Training Model

Recent Stories
American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP)

Association of Maternal & Child Health Programs (AMCHP)

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)