Today on Extraordinary Women Radio, I’m excited to bring you this extraordinary woman – Dr. Marianne Niefert aka Dr. Mom, Pediatrician and Nationally Recognized Expert on Breastfeeding. Marianne is another 2020 Inductee to the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame.
In this episode, Marianne shares her story of how she developed the the US model of comprehensive lactation services and founded the Mothers’ Milk Bank. Marianne has built a lifetime career raising her voice to make an impact with her work and her voice.
Marianne Neifert, MD, MTS, FAAP—aka Dr. Mom–is a pediatrician and nationally recognized expert in lactation management, who has long provided breastfeeding education for diverse health professionals nationwide. She is a graduate of University of Colorado School of Medicine and completed her pediatric residency training at University of Colorado Medical Center and Affiliated Hospitals. Dr. Neifert is the managing member of Dr. Mom Presentations LLC and is a clinical professor of pediatrics at University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine. A long-time leader in the field of breastfeeding medicine, Dr. Neifert co-founded in 1985 the first US model of comprehensive lactation services, which today have become a standard component of optimal hospital maternity care.
Dr. Neifert is a founding member of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine; co-founder of the Denver Mothers’ Milk Bank and Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition; founder and longtime moderator/facilitator of Colorado Lactation Journal Club; and Advisory Committee Member of Colorado’s Baby-Friendly Hospital Collaborative. She has published numerous articles in the medical literature on breastfeeding and lactation management, and addressed audiences in all 50 states and internationally. In addition, Dr. Mom has authored five parenting books (including two on breastfeeding), contributed hundreds of magazine articles on children’s health and behavior, and been a guest expert on countless radio shows and numerous national television programs.
“It is important to use our signature strengths and to use them in service to something greater than yourself.” – Dr. Marianne Neifert
Let’s meet Dr. Marianne Niefert!
The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame mission is to inspire by celebrating and sharing the enduring contributions of Colorado’s distinctive women. To achieve this, the Hall educates the people of Colorado about the stories of the women who shaped our state and the nation’s history with courage, leadership, intelligence, compassion, and creativity. Their talents, skills, struggles, and contributions form a legacy that the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame is dedicated to protecting. I invite you to join us at the March 18, 2020 Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame 2020 Inductee Gala by purchasing your ticket here.
Watch for five additional interviews in the coming months of the 2020 Inductee Hall of Famers:
- Katherine Archuleta – Archuleta was appointed as the first Latina to lead the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in in 2013 by President Barack Obama, overseeing a budget of roughly $250 million and managing human resources for the federal government’s 2 million employees. Archuleta also served as chief of staff for U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Secretary of Transportation Federico Peña, where she strived toward justice and equality through her direct influence on policy at the state and national level.
- Lupe Briseño – Briseño made waves within Colorado’s Labor Movement after organizing the Kitayama Carnation Strike—the women-led social movement in 1969 at the Kitamaya floral plant in Brighton, which centered on demands for worker’s rights, especially in regard to the treatment of female workers. Her demonstration of leadership in the fight for civil and labor rights, social justice, and feminism played a pivotal role in the Colorado Chicano Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s and ’70s.
- Rosalind “Bee” Harris – Harris shifted the Colorado media landscape when she founded the Denver Urban Spectrum in 1987 — a monthly publication built to elevate the stories of communities of color and highlight the voices that were not otherwise reflected in mainstream media. Harris also went on to found the Urban Spectrum Youth Foundation in 2000 as a journalism mentoring program for 11- to 17-year-olds.
- Velveta Howell – LISTEN TO HER INTERVIEW Howell was the eighth African American female to graduate from the University of Colorado Law School, and went on to become the first woman of color appointed as Colorado’s Deputy District Attorney. Howell was also later appointed to the Colorado Health Care Reform Executive Steering Committee and helped establish the Colorado Office of Health Disparities—only the second in the nation.
- Gale Norton – LISTEN TO HER INTERVIEW Gale become the first woman elected Attorney General of Colorado – at a time when only two women had previously held the office of state Attorney General anywhere in the country. She achieved another first when she was appointed Secretary of the US Department of the Interior – the first female leader in the Department’s 150-year history. In that role, Norton was responsible for managing over 20% of the land area of the United States, a Fortune-500-sized budget, and a workforce of 70,000 employees. Norton led efforts that resolved 70-year-old interstate disputes on the Colorado River and instituted a west-wide water conservation program. She championed the President’s Healthy Forest Initiative and Cooperative Conservation.