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The Need for Research in Pregnant and Lactating Women

Spatz, Diane L., PhD, RN-BC, FAAN

MCN: The American Journal of Maternal/Child Nursing: July/August 2018 - Volume 43 - Issue 4 - p 233
doi: 10.1097/NMC.0000000000000443
ONGOING COLUMNS: Breastfeeding

Our breastfeeding expert, Dr. Spatz, is a member of the Task Force on Research Specific to Pregnant Women and Lactating Women which was established to advise the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services on current gaps in research for pregnant and lactating women. She shares her thoughts on this important topic.

Diane L. Spatz is a Professor of Perinatal Nursing & the Helen M. Shearer Professor of Nutrition at the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a joint appointment with the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) where she is a nurse researcher, director of the lactation program, and clinical coordinator of CHOP's Mothers' Milk Bank. Dr. Spatz can be reached via e-mail at

The author declares no conflicts of interest.

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