Suzanne Campbell Receives AJN Book Award

Dr. Suzanne Hetzel Campbell's Lactation: A Foundational Strategy for Health Promotion has received American Journal of Nursing recognition under the heading of History and Public Policy.

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The American Journal of Nursing's (AJN) panel of judges has chosen "The most valuable texts of 2021" and Dr. Suzanne Hetzel Campbell's Lactation: A Foundational Strategy for Health Promotion published last year has received recognition under the heading of History and Public Policy. The text is the culmination of years of work. It was brainstormed by the Lactation Research team in 2018, with many members of that team becoming chapter authors. Dr. Campbell, as editor and author/co-author of several chapters, was thrilled to learn of the award.

I am definitely honoured by this recognition and want to thank all those who have influenced me in this journey as well as the remarkable group of authors and co-authors.

This award represents Dr. Campbell's third from the prestigious journal. In 2013 with co-editor K. Daley, Simulation Scenarios for Nursing Educators: Making it Real, was recognized under the category of Information Technology/Informatics. In 2019, the Core Curriculum for Lactation received an award under the category Child Health.

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Seeking to provide a broad public health approach, the textbook addresses, through an interprofessional lens, key concerns in the field of lactation. This foundational text focuses on the socio-cultural grounding required to develop, plan, implement, and evaluate the community-based programs needed by the diversity of breastfeeding families. Encouraging this level of support, protection, and advocacy of the breastfeeding parent are essential for all countries to make progress toward global breastfeeding targets, thereby improving the overall health of the world. 



Following up on the Core Curriculum in 2019, which was notable for employing inclusive language throughout the text, Lactation's focus is on reproductive social justice, gender-inclusive and trauma-and-violence informed care.

It really was the culmination of three decades living and working in this field, as a nurse/nurse practitioner, new mother, grassroots activist, and researcher/educator. My dissertation on Breastfeeding Self-efficacy (1996) informed my passion to advocate for the promotion, protection, and support of every parent-infant dyad to meet their infant feeding goals for breastfeeding/chestfeeding.

The book also showcases international experts in areas of history and public policy and is meant to educate the present and next generation of healthcare professionals in the important role of lactation as a foundational strategy for health promotion. In addition to all this, the text:

  • Reflects a postmodern society that values and respects the diversity of families
  • Offers a contextualized focus on social determinants of health
  • Provides concrete resources, skills, and conversation starters to help all health care professionals feel confident in their knowledge and skills
  • Includes international examples and practical means for practitioners to incorporate culturally sensitive, holistic care within a therapeutic relational practice model
  • Outlines the benefits of lactation, the risks associated with the use of human milk substitutes, and how to be respectful and supportive of parents in meeting their infant feeding goals
  • Provides Learning Objectives, Chapter Summaries, Key Points to Remember, Additional Resources, Self-Reflection, Case Studies, and Key Terms and Concepts to enhance the learning experience and to aid in comprehension

Next up: Dr. Campbell is excited to start on her first Canadian text for Simulation Nurse Educators with a group in the Canadian Association of Schools of Nursing (CASN).


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