Lactation Management Training: From Novice to Expert

Rebecca Mannel MPH IBCLC FILCA

Rebecca Mannel

Becky has worked in lactation for over 27 years. She developed and managed the hospital-wide lactation service at OU Medical Center for 15 years. She is currently Director of the Oklahoma Breastfeeding Resource Center in the Department of OB/GYN at OU Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) and Executive Director for the Oklahoma Mothers’ Milk Bank (OMMB). She leads the Becoming Baby-Friendly in Oklahoma project sponsored by the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH). Becky also developed and oversees the Oklahoma Breastfeeding Hotline and provides professional training/education to Oklahoma hospitals to improve their breastfeeding care and outcomes, both OSDH-funded projects.

 

As a clinical assistant professor at OUHSC, Becky has developed a variety of trainings for health care and public health providers including the first formal clinical training in Oklahoma for aspiring lactation consultants. She has presented extensively at state, national and international professional conferences. Becky served 4 years on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Human Lactation and has served as Lead Editor for two editions of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) textbook, Core Curriculum for Lactation Consultant Practice. She co-edited the new (2018) Core Curriculum for Interdisciplinary Lactation Care sponsored by the Lactation Education Accreditation and Approval Review Committee.

Becky is past Chair of the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBLCE), past President of ILCA. Becky currently represents IBLCE on the US Breastfeeding Committee and serves as President-Elect on the Board of Directors for the Human Milk Banking Association of North America. She was elected as a full member in 2014 of the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation.

In 2017, Becky was awarded the Warren Crosby Champion for Maternal and Infant Health Award by the Oklahoma Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative. This award is given for “championing efforts to improve outcomes for Oklahoma’s mothers and infants and going above and beyond to do what is right for the patients”.