KU School of Medicine–Wichita
1010 N. Kansas
Wichita, KS, 67214
August 05, 2019
Dr. Lisette Jacobson, pictured at far right, was among the breastfeeding advocates invited to attend Gov. Laura Kelly's official signing of the "Breastfeeding Awareness Month" proclamation. (Courtesy photo)
By Darcy Gray
If 90% of Kansas babies breastfed exclusively for six months, Kansas could save $27 million per year in medical costs.
That's one of the many statistics the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition recently released in "The State of Breastfeeding in Kansas," which also notes significant progress made in Kansas when it comes to breastfeeding. According to the report, the number of babies who breastfed exclusively for six months tripled between 2011 and 2016, from 11.4% to 31.4%.
The findings were highlighted during Gov. Laura Kelly's official signing of the "Breastfeeding Awareness Month" proclamation on Aug. 2 in Topeka. Lisette Jacobson, Ph.D., MPA, M.A., assistant professor in the Department of Population Health at KU School of Medicine-Wichita, was among about a dozen breastfeeding advocates invited to attend Gov. Kelly's signing ceremony.
Dr. Jacobson, who chairs the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition Board of Directors, has served as an advocate on other committees and organizations, including the Wichita Area Breastfeeding Coalition.
As a public health-based community psychologist, Dr. Jacobson's research has focused on women's health. She was the lead author on a study linking breastfeeding to a reduced risk of stroke later in life. The research was published in the Journal of the American Heart Association and featured by news outlets around the world. Through the Pioneer Baby program, a partnership between KU School of Medicine-Wichita and Kearny County Hospital, Dr. Jacobson worked on improving the health of rural Kansas mothers and babies.
KU School of Medicine-Wichita remains committed to supporting nursing mothers in school and in the workplace, and previously received the Gold Level Breastfeeding Employees Support Award from the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition. At KU School of Medicine-Wichita, the "Mother's Room" adjacent to the Roberts Amphitheater is a dedicated space for nursing mothers.
Above, at right: The "Mother's Room" at KU School of Medicine-Wichita is a dedicated space for nursing mothers.KU School of Medicine-Wichita