Paula Meier

Paula Meier, PhD, RN, FAAN, is the director for clinical research and lactation in the neonatal intensive care unit and is a professor of women, children and family nursing and a professor of pediatrics at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. She has worked as a practitioner and researcher in the area of human milk, lactation and breastfeeding for premature infants and their mothers since 1975. Meier has conducted numerous externally-funded translational research and demonstration projects, and served as the principal investigator for a recently-completed, 5-year, $2.76 million, NIH-funded study, "Health Outcomes and Cost of Human Milk Feedings for Very Low Birthweight Infants."  Her other external funding has included grants from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), industry and philanthropic organizations. Meier's funded studies throughout the years have targeted barriers to the initiation and maintenance of lactation in breast pump-dependent mothers of NICU infants, as well as clinical techniques to optimize the impact of human milk on their NICU infant's outcome.

Dr. Meier has published over 120 peer-reviewed manuscripts, and serves as a former president of the International Society for Research in Human Milk and Lactation and is a member of the Health Advisory Council for La Leche League, International.  She was the recipient of the 2005 Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of Illinois, and the 2013 Distinguished Alumna Award from Rush University College of Nursing.  In 2013 she received the Audrey Hepburn Award for Contributions to the Health and Welfare of Children from Sigma Theta Tau, International.  She is a member of the health advisory board for La Leche International, and has helped thousands of mothers provide milk for their NICU infants.

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