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Research and publications by Dr Genevieve Becker, BEST Services (selected)

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Peer Reviewed Journals

Becker, G. E. Measuring Mothers’ Viewpoints of Breast Pump Usage. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 18(8): 3883, (2021). View 

Becker, G. E. Marketing Breastfeeding Substitutes: A Discussion Document. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health  17(24): 9239, (2020). View 

Becker, G. E., G. Quinlan, F. Ward and E. J. O’Sullivan (2020). Dietitians supporting breastfeeding: a survey of education, skills, knowledge and attitudes. Irish Journal of Medical Science. 190, 711-722, (2021) View

Becker, G. E. and Y. Ryan-Fogarty. Environmental impact of bottles, teats, and packaging in maternity units. BMJ 367: l6331 (2019). View 

Ryan-Fogarty Y, Becker G, Moles R, O’Regan B. Backcasting to Identify Food Waste Prevention and Mitigation Opportunities for Infant Feeding in the Irish Maternity Service (2017) Waste Management, 61: 405-414, (2017) View

Becker G, Ryan-Fogarty Y. Reliance on Pumped Mother’s Milk Has an Environmental Impact. Children 3 (3), E14, (2016). View 

Becker G. The Potential Impact of Reliance on Expressed Milk Feeding for Maternal and Child Health, editorial. Children 3 (4), 25, (2016). View 

Becker GE, Smith HA, Cooney F. Methods of milk expression for lactating women. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, (2016), Issue 9. Art. No.: CD006170. View (First published in 2008, updated in 2011, 2015, 2016)  

Smith HA, Becker GE. Early additional food and fluids for healthy breastfed full-term infants. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (2016), Issue 8. Art. No.: CD006462. View Previously Becker GE, Remmington T. Early additional food and fluids for healthy breastfed full-term infants. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2014 (update of 2011 review), Issue 11. 

Becker GE. Does the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (BFHI) make a difference in Ireland? National Institute of Health Sciences Research Bulletin 3(4):43, (2013). View 

Commissioned reports  

Becker G.E, Desk review of the current infant and young child feeding related practices and services provided in Timor-Leste, for UNICEF Timor-Leste, 2019.

O’Sullivan EJ, Becker G, Quinlan G, Ward F. Breastfeeding-Related Training, Skills, Knowledge and Attitudes of Irish Dietitians: a Survey of INDI Members, for Irish Nutrition and Dietetic Institute Paediatric Group. 2019.

Becker G.E. Scoping review of curricula and competencies related to maternal, infant and young child nutrition in the midwifery training, for UNICEF Papua New Guinea and Ministry of Health. 2019

Becker G.E, Desk review of the current breastfeeding related practices and services provided in global and an individual country context, and Recommendations for further development. UNICEF and Ministry of Health (an individual country), 2018.

Becker G.E Accreditation Programme and BFHI Mongolia Collaboration –Proposal for process and implementation. UNICEF and National Centre for Public Health, Mongolia. 2018.

Becker G.E, Case study BFHI in Ireland, in Country Experiences with the Baby-friendly Hospital Initiative: Compendium of case studies from around the world. UNICEF/WHO 2017. View 

Becker G.E, Expression of breast milk: Research evidence background. Prepared for the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA), Penang, Malaysia. 2016

Becker G.E. WABA/ILCA Chris Mulford Past Fellows’ survey and report for future directions. 2015

Becker G.E, Mumford S, Cahill G. Review and recommendations for national standards for the provision of best evidence based breastfeeding education and training at pre-service and in-service levels. Project plan for the development of multidisciplinary standards for health workers in assisting breastfeeding. Report to National Breastfeeding Strategy Implementation Committee (Ireland), March 2010. View

Becker G.E, Boyle, C. A review and scoping out of the implications for extension of the Baby-friendly Initiative to community health care settings in Ireland. Report of Project to HSE Population Health (Health Promotion) Directorate, December 2007. View extract

Fallon M and Becker GE. Interim report of the National Committee on Breastfeeding, May 2003. Health Promotion Unit, Department of Health and Children, Dublin.View

Published Education, Training and Guidance Materials

Maternal Nutrition Model Chapter for health professional training courses. Nutrition section, UNICEF South Asia Pacific Regional Office. 2020

Maternal Infant and Young Child Feeding – Midwifery Educators’ Resource Pack. Developed for UNICEF Papua New Guinea and Ministry of Health. 2019

Resources and tools for the Baby Friendly Hospital/Health Initiative in Ireland (1999 – 2017) including: competency guide for health workers, International Code of Marketing of Breast-milk Substitutes in a Baby-Friendly Hospital, Self-appraisal for breastfeeding supportive paediatric unit, Self-appraisal for breastfeeding supportive health service workplace, BFHI as a component of National Standards for Safer Better Healthcare, Infant feeding policy, Policy orientation session, Antenatal discussion checklist, Maintaining standards after designation as a Baby-Friendly Hospital (monitoring and reassessment), Action Planning for quality improvement projects, External assessor guidance and training materials, and other resources. View 

Responsive infant and young child feeding. Resource module for home visitors, International Step by Step Association, The Netherlands on behalf of UNICEF CEE/CIS Regional Office. 2016. View 

Breastfeeding: A Key to Sustainable Development, Action Folder, section contributor Survival, Health, and Wellbeing. WABA World Breastfeeding Week 2016 View 

Critical Appraisal of Breastfeeding Research, on-line advance practice course, Health e-Learning, Brisbane, Australia 2010, updated 2015 now Montreal, Quebec View 

Standards and criteria and assessment tools for a Baby Friendly Primary Care Services (2014) View 

BFHI materials: Revised, Updated and Expanded for Integrated Care UNICEF/WHO 2006-2009 View 

Food and Nutrition Guidelines for Pre-school Services, Co-author. Health Promotion Unit, Dept of Health. 2004 View 

Complementary Feeding Counselling: a training course WHO 2004 View 

Nutritional Care for People Living with HIV/AIDS – materials for course facilitators WHO/FAO 2003 

Living well with HIV/AIDS: A manual on nutritional care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS. Co-author. Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO/WHO) 2002 View 

HIV and Infant Feeding Counselling: a training course. WHO/UNICEF/UNAIDS 2000. View

Breastfeeding Promotion and Support - materials for health professionals. ed. Becker & Kelleher. Centre for Health Promotion Studies, University College Galway, Ireland 1997. (Self-study pack)

Other publications:

Publicity and member resource packs for marketing and celebrating international IBCLC Day, 2011- 2013 for the International Lactation Consultant Association: “IBCLCs: Shaping the Future”, “IBCLCs make an Impact”, “Connect with IBCLCs the Experts in Breastfeeding Care”.

BFHI Link – newsletter of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative in Ireland, editor 1999-2017. Three to four issues a year, can be viewed at

Becker, G E, Assessing health worker performance in assisting a mother to learn skills of hand expression of breast milk. PhD thesis, Medical Education Unit, School of Medicine, University of Leeds, 2008. View