Researcher page: Dr Genevieve Becker

About the researcher: Dr Genevieve Becker

Title: Lactation Consultant

Department: BEST Services

Field: infant feeding

Location: Galway

Phone: +353 (0)91 527511

Email: gbecker@bestservices.ie

Fax: +353 (0)91 528677

Research interests:

I'm a dietitian/nutritionist and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant who has worked in maternal, infant and young child feeding, particularly in breastfeeding, for over 25 years. Through BEST Services I provide services related to breastfeeding education, support and training nationally and internationally. My main interest is the competence of health workers in breastfeeding supportive practices. Some of my current activities include National Co-ordinator of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative in Ireland, training of health workers in infant and young child feeding for WHO and UNICEF as well as in Ireland, development of standards of practice, and assisting countries to revitalise their BFHI activities. My research has included client participation in assessment of health worker performance, Cochrane reviews and implementing quality improvement programmes.

Teaching interests:

infant and young child feeding; breastfeeding; quality improvement in health care; health promoting health service; Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative; research design involving infants and maternal behaviours

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