• Welcome to the Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition

    We are health professionals, moms, educators, policy-makers, organizations, businesses and others who promote, protect, and support breastfeeding. We have been assisting breastfeeding families and professionals since 2002. The Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition is a member coalition of the United States breastfeeding Committee.

    Our Mission

    To improve Maryland citizens’ health by working collaboratively to protect, promote, and support breastfeeding.

    Our Vision

    In order to achieve optimal health, enhance child development, promote knowledgeable and effective parenting, support women in breastfeeding and make optimal use of resources, we envision breastfeeding as the norm for infant and child feeding throughout Maryland.

    Board of Directors

    Whitney N. Dula, CBS – President
    Whitney is a native-born Marylander, having lived in Prince George’s County her entire life. She’s been a Certified Breastfeeding Specialist since 2019, working for the Babies Born Healthy Program in Montgomery County as a lactation counselor providing prenatal breastfeeding education and postpartum support. She joined MBC in 2018, most recently serving on the Board of Directors, At- Large. Her advocacy focuses on closing the gaps in maternal/infant mortality, increasing Black breastfeeding rates and education, and increasing the number of lactation professionals of color. In January 2020, she was appointed to the inaugural Advisory Board for USLCA, working to improve support, access, and equity for all lactation professionals. Whitney also a co- founded Black Breastfeeding 365, an initiative to bridge the needs of Black breastfeeding families with the providers that serve them.

    Nancy McAlduff, RN, BSN, IBCLC, RLC – Past President
    Nancy has been a member of MBC for 8 years, serving as Community Group Representative, Vice President, and President. The focus of her work with MBC has been expanding the reach of the Coalition to all families in Maryland by examining the organization and its work through an equity lens. This includes adapting and adopting a Diversity and Inclusion Statement, outreach to community groups to promote, expand, and diversify both the Board and the membership of MBC, and the creation of the IBCLCs of Color Scholarship program. She has been a registered nurse for 21 years and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant for 11 years. She works as an inpatient lactation consultant on a mother-baby unit and is pursuing her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at the University of Maryland School of Nursing. She is the mother of two smart, handsome (and breastfed) teenage boys.
    Rae Mapson – Vice President
    Ana Rodney – Secretary
    Gay Bearzi – Treasurer
    Kathleen Buckley, RN, PhD, IBCLC – Web Master
    Dr. Buckley is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Maryland. She has taught courses in pediatric nursing, nutrition, and health promotion. Her research interests and professional publications have focused on long-term breastfeeding, the benefits of at-breast feedings, and the use of technology for delivering breastfeeding support. Dr. Buckley practiced for over 20 years as a home health nurse specializing in the care of premature infants.

    Katy Linda – Social Media Director

    Executive Officers

    Marilyn Berchie – Health Care Rep
    Danya Benton, RN, IBCLC – WIC Rep
    Danya has been a Registered Nurse since 2006 and an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant since 2011. She has worked in Public Health since 2007 and is the current Coordinator of the Upper Shore WIC program on the Eastern Shore. She had been a member of MBC for 4 years and a Board of Directors member for 3 years. Danya is passionate about helping her clients reach their breastfeeding goals. She is also the proud parent of her adult (breastfed) son.
    LeeAnn Fincham – Lactation Consultant Rep
    Karen Darcy – Western Maryland Rep
    Rae Mapson – Southern Maryland Rep
    Susan Weyer, RN, IBCLC – At Large Rep
    Susan works in a private practice, Birth and Breastfeed with Confidence, and for Howard County General Hospital. She has been a member of MBC for approximately 8 years. She has been an RN in Labor & Delivery and a Maternal Child Health nurse for 36 years, a Childbirth Educator, Breastfeeding Instructor, Staff Educator, Professional Speaker/Educator, and a Doula. She serves Howard and Carrol County doing in-home 1:1 private consults or online doxy consults if mothers prefer due to Covid. She also has a free Breastfeeding Support Group at the Eldersburg Library (currently doing via Zoom online due to Covid). She serves as the photographer for the MBC. On the side, she does photography of breastfeeding mothers, newborns, pregnancy and family photography.

    Tannyka Coleman – At-Large Rep
    Tanay Harris – At-Large Rep
    Amy Resnik – At-Large Rep
    Mayra Pappaterat – At-Large Rep