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Advancing Infant Health: Addressing Disparities and Identifying Legal Strategies to Promote Breastfeeding

posted on Thu, Aug 21 2014 12:00 am by The Network for Public Health Law

Thursday, August 21 from 1 – 2:30 p.m. (ET). View/download the slides.

Breastfeeding is proven to have significant health benefits for infants, providing nutrients and antibodies that promote health and fight illness. Lower health care costs, reduced trash and plastic in the environment, and greater productivity for working mothers are some of the public health benefits associated with breastfeeding. But for many mothers, social, political and economic challenges impede opportunities to breastfeed. This webinar will examine racial inequalities and their impact on breastfeeding support, and highlight legal and policy strategies to strengthen systems to support breastfeeding initiation and success.


  • Andy Baker-White, J.D., M.P.H., Associate Director, the Network for Public Health Law— Mid-States Region


  • Jayne Jackson, Program Aide, Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association
  • Kelly Cooper, Assistant Director of Policy, Legislative and Constituent Relations, Washington State Department of Health
  • Jennifer McNamara, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Prevention and Community Health Division, Washington State Department of Health
  • Janine Jurkowski, Ph.D., M.P.H., Associate Professor of Health Policy, Management and Behavior, University at Albany, School of Public Health

This webinar is free for all attendees. Attendees may qualify for CLE credits.

The Public Health Law Webinar Series is presented in partnership by the Network, Public Health Law Research and the American Society of Law Medicine and Ethics (ASLME)