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Lactation Commission

Total public members:              11          

Method of Appointment:           Appointed by Mayor, confirmed by Council         

Length of Appointment:            3 years

Residency:                                  Consumers must be residents of DC.   Strong preference for DC residents for other roles.

Paid board:                                   No (all roles are voluntary)



The Commission shall conduct studies, review progress, and provide recommendations with respect to all programs and initiatives promoting breastfeeding and support lactation activities in the District of Columbia, including, but not limited to, the following:

1. Assisting the Mayor with developing a comprehensive plan for implementing the Center and a breastfeeding education and outreach campaign, including recommendations for written material and community-based initiatives; 

2. Providing regular and consistent review of the Center’s standards, policies, and procedures, assessing whether sufficient progress is being made and whether resources are sufficient to meet the goals of the Center, and recommending policy changes and strategies for recruiting milk donors and their breastmilk; and

3. Identifying any unmet needs of breastfeeding mothers, recommending methods for meeting community needs, and assessing whether current resources are consistent with the needs identified through the planning process.

The Commission shall consist of 11 members, appointed by the Mayor, including:


  1. Two (2) Neonatologists or Pediatricians 
  2. Two (2) Social Service  or Community Outreach Experts
  3. Two (2)Public health experts
  4. Two (2) Persons with background in breastfeeding and lactation studies
  5. One (1) General Practice Physician
  6. Two (1) Consumer members who shall be residents of the District of Columbia.



Appointed members of the Commission shall serve 3-year terms, with the exception that of the members first appointed, 3 members shall be appointed to a one-year term, 4 members shall be appointed to 2-year terms, and 4 members shall be appointed to 3-year terms.

Members of the Commission may be reappointed. A vacancy on the Commission shall be filled in the same manner that the original appointment was made, A person appointed to fill a vacancy shall serve only for the unexpired term of the original appointment, but may be reappointed. A member of the Commission, whose term has expired, may continue to serve until a new member is appointed.

The Mayor shall appoint the chairperson of the Commission from among the voting members. All members of the Commission shall serve without compensation.

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