Rebecca is a sociocultural anthropologist with specialties in East Asia, social movements, gender, motherhood, and breastfeeding. She teaches at Davidson College in Davidson, North Carolina.
Rebecca has done volunteer mother-to-mother breastfeeding support and advocacy since 2006 and earned the IBCLC credential in 2010. She currently volunteers as a Breastfeeding USA Counselor and is planning to open a private practice as a lactation consultant this year. She has served on the Breastfeeding USA Board of Directors since 2014.
Rebecca writes: "Transplanted Appalachians are all around me in the Piedmont of North Carolina, and many of the structural barriers to breastfeeding that Appalachian families face back home are as well. In my volunteer work, teaching, and research, I am committed to improving breastfeeding advocacy and creating cultures of truly effective support for all families. I joined the ABN to learn, and I look forward to contributing to its mission however I can."
Rebecca has been married since 1995 and has a grown stepson, a soccer/piano-playing teenage son, and a former Shanghai alley cat named Calvin. When her hands aren't busy with all the above, she knits.
Each month, our ABN board uses a random number generator to pick our member of the month. In an effort to showcase our many different members in many different fields from all over Appalachia working towards the same goal: transforming breastfeeding culture in Appalachia.