Lois D. W. Arnold, PhD, MPH, ALC
It is with great sadness that we share the news of Dr. Lois D.W. Arnold's passing in September, 2016.
Lois D. W. Arnold, PhD, MPH, ALC, was a recognized international and national expert on donor human milk banking policy and practice as well as breast milk collection and storage techniques. She was world-renowned as the “mother” of modern milk banking. Building on her work at Hawaii Mother’s Milk, Dr. Arnold was a founding member and served as the Executive Director of the Human Milk Banking Association of North America, Inc. for many years. She coordinated the National Commission on Donor Milk Banking, a special project of the American Breastfeeding Institute, and focused her energy on the development of health policy related to donor human milk banking. A founding member of the National Leadership Roundtable and then a founding member and delegate to the United States Breastfeeding Committee, she was the first chair of the USBC Membership Committee and more recently a member of the Emergency Preparedness Task Force. Dr. Arnold was the lead author of an operations guidance manual for managers of relief agencies to support and protect breastfeeding in shelter situations.
As a beloved member of the Healthy Children Project faculty, Dr. Arnold developed curricula, taught workshops, and presented her work internationally and in all 50 states. In addition she served on breastfeeding and human lactation delegations to China, Latvia, Russia, Romania, Cuba, Sweden and Denmark and most recently, Egypt. She also created continuing education modules for La Leche League and presented at the LLLI International Conferences, the LLLI Physicians’ Seminars and the Traveling Workshops. Dr. Arnold taught for many years in the Maternal Child Health: Human Lactation bachelor’s degree of the Union Institute and University where she contributed to shaping the social justice and bioethics components of the MCH program.
Dr. Arnold’s most recent project was serving as a valued Expert Panel member for the United States submission to the World Breastfeeding Trends Initiative (WBTi).
The author of numerous journal articles and book chapters on the subject of donor milk banking, she was also the author of Human Milk in the NICU: Policy into Practice. She was a wonderful friend and colleague, who shared her laughter and knowledge over her many years of teaching. She will be dearly missed.