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CHOP to Develop a Non-Profit Human Milk Bank for Hospitalized Infants

August 2014 — The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia announced that it will develop a non-profit milk bank to provide donor human milk for hospitalized infants at the Hospital’s Main Campus, with the goal of opening in late summer of 2015.

CHOP Lactation Expert Headlines International Conference

March 2014 — Diane Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, shares best practices for breastfeeding sick babies and how to adapt these practices for Southeast Asia hospitals at an international meeting in Thailand. Learn more about Spatz's presentation at the conference.

Kicked out of court for breastfeeding? Not so fast say breastfeeding advocates

December 2013 — When new mom Danielle Gendron was asked to leave a courtroom in Connecticut for discreetly nursing her 3-month-old son, she was surprised and a bit shocked. Turns out, Connecticut is one of 45 states with laws specifically allowing women to breastfeed in public. The court backtracked and apologized but breastfeeding advocates say the anecdote is telling. 

Diane Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, director of the breastfeeding and lactation program at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, is quoted in the Yahoo Shine article about the "constant battle" to raise breastfeeding awareness. Read more in Court Apologizes After Tossing Out Breastfeeding Mom

CHOP physician: Breastfeeding could prevent Celiac disease

August 2013 — In addition to breastfeeding's numerous and long-acknowledged health benefits for babies and mothers, recent studies have found that breastfeeding might even help prevent celiac disease in children. Ritu Verma, MD, director of the Center for Celiac Disease at CHOP, is quoted in Parents magazine's article "How breastfeeding could help prevent celiac disease."

CHOP's lactation leader honored for scholarly practice and policy work

June 2013 — World-renowned breastfeeding researcher and scholar Diane Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, was named the recipient of the 2013 Norma M. Lang Distinguished Award for Scholarly Practice and Policy at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. 

The award celebrates the scholarly practice accomplishments of Penn faculty and highlights the impact the Penn School of Nursing has had on practice and policy. It was established to celebrate Dr. Lang’s world-wide contributions to practice and policy and her advocacy for the role of nursing in health policy and practice.

Dr. Spatz, who is director of CHOP's Lactation Program, is the second recipient of the honor. She also serves as Professor of Perinatal Nursing and the Helen M. Shearer Term Professor of Nutrition at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Spatz is world renowned for her research, clinical scholarship and practice that reflects a demonstrated commitment to improving the lives of women and their vulnerable infants.

"She is among the best of Penn Nursing in her ability to blend together her research, practice, and teaching which is demonstrated by her utilization and translation of the evidence resulting from her scholarship into strategies for adapting and evaluating the effectiveness of breastfeeding training for mothers and caregivers," said Afaf I. Meleis, PhD, DrPS(hon), FAAN, the Margaret Bond Simon Dean of Nursing at Penn.

Those interested in learning more about Dr. Spatz's accomplishments and her scholarly journey are invited to attend the Second Norma M. Lang Lecture. The event will be held 3-5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013, in the Ann L. Roy Auditorium at Penn's School of Nursing.

Breastfeeding researcher shares expertise with Hawaii nursing community

March 2013 — CHOP Lactation Director Diane Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, shared her breastfeeding knowledge and research with the University of Hawaii at Manoa's community of nursing educators and nursing students.

“The lack of exclusive breastfeeding in the U.S. is a public health crisis,” said Spatz, UH Manoa Nursing Frances A. Matsuda Visiting Scholar in Women’s Health. 

diane and staffThe World Health Organization recommends exclusive breastfeeding for the first six months of life, yet only 20 percent of infants in Hawaii receive exclusive breast milk during this important time in a child’s life. Exclusive breastfeeding  the infant only receives breast milk without any additional food or drink, not even water  for the first six months of an infant’s life has a long term benefit as it decreases the risk of serious disease such as Type 2 diabetes, childhood leukemia, and risk of obesity.

Read more in a press release from the University of Hawaii at Manoa

The Power of Pumping: video trailer now available

February 2013 — CHOP's Lactation Program released a trailer of its new education video, The Power of Pumping. 

“Pumping — expressing milk for the baby — is the one thing that the mom has control over,” says Diane L. Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, nurse researcher and director of the Lactation Program at CHOP. “Each day that you pump, you are making a new daily dose of vaccine for your baby. That’s powerful.”


In the video, moms of patients in the Newborn/Infant Intensive Care Unit (N/IICU) relate why they made the decision to pump milk for their medically fragile children. 

“Today, I’m so happy to say that Charlotte is an active and beautiful toddler," said Lindsay Groff, Charlotte's mom. "When you meet her you would never, ever know she was sick . Providing breast milk for Charlotte absolutely played a huge role in her healing.” 

David A. Munson, MD, medical director of the N/IICU at CHOP, says mom’s milk is the safest milk to provide to sick babies in the N/IICU.

"Whatever proteins and antibodies and white cells and other things that exist in mother’s milk protects the babies from getting infections early in life,” Munson says. “Babies who are fed breast milk just do better.”

The full version of The Power of Pumping, an educational video, will be available for purchase soon. Reserve your copy today

CHOP lactation expert leads international conference

January 2013 — CHOP Lactation Program Director Diane Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, led the International Conference on Breastfeeding Sick Babies Jan. 22-24 in Bangkok, Thailand. The three-day conference featured seminars on philosophical and practical how-to's about milk management, pumping milk for sick babies, and the use of donor milk, among many other topics.

Spatz's 10 Steps for Breastfeeding Success are being implemented in every NICU in Thailand. She presenting best practices in human milk management for all babies, and led small work groups from each hospital as they decided how to implement the 10 steps and discussed long-term goals for the new program. 

Nearly 300 participants from Thailand, Indonesia, the Philippines, Korea, Canada and the United Kingdom attended the conference. Spatz is pictured with members of the Thailand Breastfeeding Center and Foundation and international conference participants.

The conference was available for CE credit by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE). To learn more, see Breastfeeding Sick Babies conference.


Recent publications

Breastfeeding infants with omphalocele

December 2012 — CHOP Lactation Program Director Diane Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, co-authored an article, "Breastfeeding success in infants with giant omphalocele," that appeared in the December issue of Advances in Neonatal Care. Because infants born with a giant omphalocele often require multiple surgeries that require a lengthy hospital stay, Spatz and her colleague presented evidence that with extensive lactation support mothers can maintain their milk supply and successfully transition to breastfeeding when the infant is healthy enough to do so. For more information, read the journal abstract.

Using donor milk to feed vulnerable infants

October 2012 — Two breastfeeding experts at CHOP co-authored the article, "Making the case for using donor human milk in vulnerable infants," which appeared in the October issue of Advances in Neonatal Care. Diane Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN, and Taryn M. Edwards, BSN, RN-BC, detail how vulnerable infants are at increased risk for feeding intolerance because of immaturity or dysfunction of the gastrointestinal system, and how human milk decreases the incidence of feeding intolerance. The authors make the case for establishing a donor milk program within every institution to allow all vulnerable infants to receive a diet of human milk exclusively. Read the abstract

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Reviewed by: Diane L. Spatz, PhD, RN-BC, FAAN
Date: June 2013

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