Katherine Shealy

Breastfeeding Faculty Expert
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Katherine Shealy is a Public Health Advisor at the CDC and member of CDC’s Breastfeeding Work Group, working to protect, promote, and support mothers’ feeding decisions through strategic partnerships, policies, and environmental changes, synthesis and dissemination of evidence, research, and data collection.
Katherine is a US Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) Federal liaison, and helped establish the National Conference of State Breastfeeding Coalitions. She serves on the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding federal steering committee, provides technical assistance on the White House Let’s Move and Childhood Obesity Task Force initiatives, as well as Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies in developing their Text4Baby breastfeeding messages. Katherine coordinates CDC’s Maternity Practices in Infant Nutrition and Care (mPINC) survey, analyses, and reporting. Along with the entire Breastfeeding Work Group she creates CDC’s Breastfeeding Report Card, monitors Healthy People objectives, provides technical assistance, and advises strategic initiatives on support for employed mothers and maternity care quality. As an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC), Katherine provides subject matter expertise on public health and policy issues as they relate to human lactation.
Prior to joining CDC, Katherine was Kansas’ MCH Epidemiologist and provided clinical lactation care. Her academic background in epidemiology/maternal child nutrition and developmental psychology, at the University of Kansas Medical Center and Smith College, respectively, focused on cognitive processing and decision-making, survey design, data collection, and child language.