Madeleine Sigman-Grant, PhD, RD
Las Vegas, Nevada
Nominated in the Professional Breastfeeding Advocate Category, Madeleine has been a leader in the breastfeeding community for decades. Currently heavily involved in the Nevada statewide breastfeeding coalition, she also works with UNR Medical School residents, OB/GYN offices and local hospitals in promoting human milk as the first choice for infant nutrition. She is also a member of the Maternal Child Health Coalition of Nevada and was just recently awarded the Nevada Outstanding Dietitian award for 2011.
Madeleine was instrumental in establishing the Statewide Breastfeeding Taskforce of Nevada nearly 10 years ago. Previously serving as the President and Vice President of the Taskforce, she now serves as a Member-at-Large in an advisory role. Madeleine is extensively published with articles appearing in Journal on Human Lactation, Pediatrics and the Journal of Nutritional Education and Behavior.
“It has been a long journey since those days when few mothers were breastfeeding. Much progress has been made and I feel blessed to have been a small part of this change. There is still much work to be done, with mothers, their families and health care professionals,” said Madeleine Sigman-Grant, PhD, RD. Combined with ongoing research into human milk and the myriad of benefits to mothers and babies, I am encouraged that new moms will find the support they need to nurture and nourish their infants. I am honored to have been nominated by my peers for this award and more importantly, to have worked with so many passionate and committed mothers.”
An excerpt of the letter of support from nominator Key James:
“I have worked extensively with Mrs. Sigman-Grant over the last 4 years in my role as the President of the Breastfeeding Taskforce of Nevada. During this time I breastfeed two children up to age 2 years old. Undoubtedly my commitment to breastfeed long term was influenced by my close associations with Madeleine. She always encouraged me, and has served as my mentor in my role as the President of the Taskforce and WIC employee. Oftentimes the work of those involved in research, programming and policy is overshadowed by the work of those on the frontlines but I maintain that breastfeeding advocacy is multi-faceted and requires the work of many, and Madeleine is just such one of those persons. She has worked tirelessly as an educator, researcher and advocate to improve breastfeeding support and lactation education of health professionals in Nevada.”