Becky Mannel, MPH, IBCLC, FILCA

OBRC Director

Becky has worked in lactation for over 20 years. She developed and managed the hospital-wide lactation service at OU Medical Center for 15 years and is currently Director of the Oklahoma Breastfeeding Resource Center in the Department of OB/GYN at OU Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) and Executive Director for the Oklahoma Mothers’ Milk Bank. She leads the Becoming Baby-Friendly in Oklahoma project sponsored by the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH). Becky also developed and oversees the Oklahoma Breastfeeding Hotline and provides professional training/education to all Oklahoma hospitals to improve their breastfeeding care and outcomes, both OSDH-funded projects.

As a faculty member at OUHSC, she has developed a variety of curricula from a half-day basic orientation course to a 2-day course taught to health department home visiting staff. 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 OSDH/WIC to develop the WIC Clinical Lactation Preceptorship which continues annually. She developed 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.

Becky serves on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Human Lactation and has published several peer-reviewed articles. She represents the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners on the US Breastfeeding Committee and has served twice as Lead Editor for the International Lactation Consultant Association textbook, Core Curriculum for Lactation Consultant Practice. She is past Chair of IBLCE and past President of ILCA. Becky has been involved in the Coalition of Oklahoma Breastfeeding Advocates (COBA) since its founding in 2000 and is currently Chair of the Board of Directors. Becky has been honored to be invited to represent lactation consultants at some national level meetings, including development of the U.S. Surgeon General's Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding, 2011, and four national strategy meetings sponsored by the US CDC from 2010 - 2014. She was elected as a full member in 2014 of the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation and is currently working on a master’s in public health.

Becky Mannel, Curriculum Vitae