About Us

The Center for Breastfeeding & Newborns (CBN) is affiliated and sponsored by Shands and the UF College of Medicine. We are a non-profit, 501 (c) 3 organization with a mission to provide support for breastfeeding families.

The Center for Breastfeeding & Newborns offers specialty care that is:

  • Family Centered
  • Evidence-Based
  • Culturally Sensitive
  • Collaborative with your hospital’s lactation program and that of your personal physicians

Our Services

Assessment, treatment, and advice for maternal problems such as:

  • Sore Nipples
  • Low milk supply
  • Oversupply and overactive letdown
  • Mastitis
  • Yeast Infections
  • Maternal Chronic and Acute Illness

Infant problems such as:

  • Latch issues
  • Poor weight gain
  • Reflux
  • Colic
  • Cleft lip or palate
  • Tongue tie
  • Allergies


The mission of the Center for Breastfeeding and Newborns is to improve infant health by increasing chances for successful long-term breastfeeding through parent and professional education, expert clinical care, and advocacy for the rights of breastfeeding families both in the hospital and after discharge to the home. The CBN models effective, efficient, and family-centered medical care in the early newborn period and utilizes evidence based care to provide support to all families, with special emphasis on the most vulnerable—those born into poverty or prematurely. The CBN also provides a venue for provider training and for research.


The University of Florida Center for Breastfeeding and Newborns provides medical and supportive services to families who are breastfeeding, or may be interested in breastfeeding. The Center for Breastfeeding and Newborns was established in 2009 to improve family access to outpatient breastfeeding support and support for NICU families. The model was developed by Sandra Sullivan MD IBCLC and Mary Ryngaert ARNP IBCLC and funded through grants from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and The Children’s Miracle Network. The Center for Breastfeeding and Newborns is also engaged in a community based effort to increase breastfeeding initiation, duration and exclusivity among all families, especially those most at risk for health problems. A Community Practice Training Initiative Grant was awarded to the CBN in 2010 to provide support for an advocacy program to promote breastfeeding as a strategy to reduce pediatric obesity and overweight and the many health problems associated with these.