About Becky

Becky Mannel has 12 years of experience providing evidence-based training in lactation and breastfeeding to health care professionals from around Oklahoma and internationally. As a faculty member at OUHSC and Lactation Coordinator at OU Medical Center, she has developed a variety of curricula from a half-day basic orientation course to a 2-day course taught to numerous Children First nurses. Becky has lectured to physicians, residents and medical students and provides regular medical student lectures. She developed a month-long elective rotation in lactation for Pediatric residents which was formally approved by the ACGME Pediatric Residency Review Committee. Becky collaborated with Oklahoma State Department of Health/WIC to develop the WIC Clinical Lactation Preceptorship which continues annually at OU Medical Center. She has recently overseen the first formal clinical training in Oklahoma for aspiring lactation consultants, a 6-month program approved by the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners. Becky has presented at state, national and international professional conferences numerous times and her education courses have been attended by a wide variety of health care professionals including nurses, physicians, dietitians, physical and occupational therapists, childbirth educators and lactation consultants.

Activities in her profession of lactation consulting include 6 years on the board of directors for the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA), serving the last 2 as President. Becky currently serves as Treasurer on the board of directors for the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, the certification body for lactation consultants. She has published a number of articles on breastfeeding and lactation with a particular focus on hospital lactation management and leadership. Becky is also lead editor of ILCA's Core Curriculum for Lactation Consultant Practice, 2nd edition, and is currently working on the 3rd edition, due out in 2012.

More recently Becky has been honored to be invited to represent lactation consultants at some national level meetings, including development of the Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding, 2011, and two national strategy meetings sponsored by the US CDC in 2010. She is excited to be involved in the Oklahoma Hospital Breastfeeding Education Project as she knows hospitals have a huge impact on our breastfeeding families.

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  1. Mannel R. Defining Lactation Acuity to Improve Patient Safety and Outcomes. Accepted for publication. J Hum Lac 2011.
  2. Mannel R. Lactation Rounds: A System to Improve Hospital Productivity. J Hum Lac26(4) 2010. DOI: 10.1177/0890334410377325
  3. Mannel, Rebecca. Essential Leadership Skills, Part IV: Mentoring Future Leaders. J Human Lact, 2008; 24; 367. DOI: 10.1177/0890334408324468.
  4. Mannel, Rebecca. Could This Happen At Your Hospital? Risk Watch Newsletter, Health Care Indemnity, Inc. October 2008. Distributed to all HCA Healthcare facilities.
  5. Rodriguez M, Mannel R, Frye D. Failure to Latch. AHRQ WebM&M [serial online]. September 2008. Available at: http://webmm.ahrq.gov/case.aspx?caseID=183.
  6. Mannel, Rebecca. Essential Leadership Skills, Part III: Fostering Change Through Collaboration. J Human Lact, 2008; 24; 244. DOI: 10.1177/0890334408320380.
  7. Mannel, Rebecca. Essential Leadership Skills, Part II: Build a Team. J Human Lact, 2008; 24; 133. DOI: 10.1177/0890334408317556.
  8. Mannel, Rebecca. Essential Leadership Skills, Part I: Defining Vision. J Human Lact, 2008; 24; 11. DOI: 10.1177/0890334407313343.
  9. Mannel, Rebecca. Developing Leadership. J Human Lact, 2007; 23; 229. DOI: 10.1177/0890334407304190.
  10. Freeman, Paula and Mannel, Rebecca. Inside Track: Milk Expression and Pumping. J Human Lact, 2007.
  11. Mannel Rebecca, Martens Patricia and Walker Marsha, editors. ILCA Core Curriculum for Lactation Consultant Practice, 2nd ed. Jones and Bartlett, 2008.
  12. Mannel Rebecca. Chapter author. Human Milk Expression, Storage and Handling.ILCA Core Curriculum for Lactation Consultant Practice, 2nd ed. Jones and Bartlett, 2008.
  13. Mannel Rebecca and Mannel Robert. Staffing for Hospital Lactation Programs: Recommendations from a Tertiary Care Teaching Hospital. J Human Lact, 2006; 22(4):409-417. DOI: 10.1177/0890334406294166.