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The University of Texas at Austin

Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs

CHASP Reel Policy Series: Latching On: The Politics of Breastfeeding in America

Event Details

Thursday, October 13, 2011
LBJ School, Bass Auditorium
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

RSVP: or 232-3423

This wide-ranging, frequently funny documentary highlights the intersecting economic, social, and cultural forces that have helped replace mother's milk with formula produced by a billion dollar industry, and reveals the challenges and rewards for women who buck the trend.

A moderated discussion will immediately follow the film screening.

Dr. Susan Landers

Dr. Susan Landers practices neonatology at Seton Medical Center and Dell Children's Medical Center in Austin, Texas. She currently serves as Medical Director of the NICU Lactation Support Services for the Seton Family of Hospitals. She is currently a member of the Executive Committee of the AAP Section on Breastfeeding, and the chairperson of the Texas Breastfeeding Coalition. She has been a Fellow of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine since 2002. She previously served as Medical Director of the Mother's Milk Bank at Austin from 2000-2004 and was a member of the milk bank's Board of Directors from 2005-2009. She has been a regional and national speaker on the use of donor human milk feedings for preterm babies.

Dr. Landers is a graduate of the Medical University of South Carolina and completed her pediatric residency at the University of Texas at Southwestern Medical School in Dallas, and her neonatology fellowship training at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston

Amy Brandes

Amy Brandes, RD, LD, IBCLC is a Registered Dietitian and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant from Austin, Texas. She received her Bachelor's degree in Speech Communications from Texas Christian University and completed a Coordinated Program in Dietetics from the University of Texas at Austin. Amy completed a Neonatal Nutrition Fellowship at the Medical University of South Carolina and has worked as a Neonatal Dietitian for more than 10 years. Currently, Amy manages Neonatal Nutrition and Lactation Services for the Seton Family of Hospitals. Amy is on the Board of Directors at the Mother's Milk Bank of Austin and is the PNPG liaison for the United States Lactation Consultant Association. Amy is also the Texas Dietetic Association representative to the Texas Breastfeeding Coalition.


Read the CHASP Primer, "Breastfeeding and Public Policy"