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About Us
About Us


Our Mission:

To improve the health of West Virginians by working collaboratively to protect, promote, and educate our community about breastfeeding.


Our Vision:

We envision breastfeeding as the normal and preferred method of feeding babies and children.


Our Goals:

  • Improve the health and well-being, primarily, of our state’s infant and maternal population by increasing the initiation and duration rates of breastfeeding, resulting in residual and lasting health benefits. 

  • Promote and protect a public environment that is supportive and accepting of breastfeeding.

  • Promote communication and collaboration among individuals, professionals and organizations working to support and educate the community about breastfeeding.

Steering Committee


Molly McMillion, RN, BSN, IBCLC, LCCE, CPST

  • Director, WV Breastfeeding Alliance

  • Special Projects Consultant,
    Perinatal Partnership

  • Private Lactation Consultation and Lamaze Childbirth Instructor

Christine Compton, MPH, CLS

  • Government Relations Director

  • American Heart Association Great Rivers Affiliate


Charlita Atha, RN, IBCLC

  • Stonewall Jackson Memorial


Anne Banfield, MD, FACOG -OBGYN

  • Davis Medical Center, Elkins


Denise Ferris, RDN, LD, DrPH

  • Director, Office of Nutrition Services (WV WIC)


Tammy Foley, RN, BSN, IBCLC

  • Lactation Consultant, WVU Children’s Hospital

Denise Smith

  • Project Director, WV Maternal Opioid Misuse (MOM) Model Initiative

Emma Walters, MS, RDN, LD 

  • Nutrition Services Coordinator, Office of Nutrition Services (WV WIC)

Jan Wilkes, LD, IBCLC

  • WV WIC

Jodi A. Giancola, MS

  • WV WIC Breastfeeding Coordinator

  • Office of Nutrition Services

  • WVDHHR / Bureau for Public Health

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