High 5
for Mom and Baby

Who we are

The Kansas Breastfeeding Workgroup that is developing this initiative is
comprised of healthcare professionals, lactation specialists, breastfeeding
advocates, and others interested in improving the health of Kansans.

Libby Rosen PhD, RN IBCLC
High 5 Hospital Educator
Libby Rosen

Libby is the High 5 program Hospital Educator as well as Professor in Nursing Care of Childbearing Families at Baker School of Nursing. She has over 42 years of Maternal/Child Nursing experience in the clinical areas of labor and delivery, childbirth education, mother/baby, neonatal intensive care and post-partum home visitation. She was a founder of the outpatient breastfeeding clinic at Stormont-Vail HealthCare in 1996, which now sees over 600 visits a month. Libby is passionate about eliminating barriers to breastfeeding success.


Gwen Whittit RN IBCLC
High 5 Program Coordinator
Gwen Whittit

Gwen is the Program Coordinator for High 5 for Mom & Baby. She has 31 years experience working in the areas of newborn intensive care and lactation. She has worked in various areas of lactation care including hospital care, private practice, private lactation clinic and research. She is one of the founders of the Lactation Program at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, Kansas. Gwen enjoys working for change for Kansas families.

Kansas Breastfeeding Workgroup Members

Brenda Bandy, IBCLC Manhattan
Area Professional Liaison,
La Leche League of Kansas

Program Director,
Business Case for Breastfeeding,
Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition

Megan Bayer RN, BSN, IBCLC Wichita
In-Home Breastfeeding Services
Lactation Consultant, Via Christi Health

Casey Cordts, MD Topeka
Physician, PediatricCare

Steve Crouch, MD Topeka
Pediatrician, Medical Director,
Pediatric Hospitalist Program
Stormont-Vail HealthCare

Martha Hagen, MS, RD, LD, IBCLC Topeka
Breastfeeding Coordinator,
Nutrition and WIC Services,
Kansas Department of Health and Environment

David Jordan Hutchinson
United Methodist Health Ministry Fund

Nancy G. Powers, MD, FAAP, FABM Wichita
Pediatrician, Consultant in Pediatrics and Breastfeeding Medicine


Jan Riordan, EdD, ARNP, IBCLC, FAAN Wichita
Professor Emeritus of Nursing
Wichita State University

Libby Rosen, PhD, RN, IBCLC Topeka
Stormont-Vail HealthCare
Professor of Pediatrics,
Baker School of Nursing

Katie Schoenhoff
Program Officer,
United Methodist Health Ministry Fund

Deborah F. Stern, RN, Esq. Topeka
VP/Clinical Services & General Counsel,
Kansas Hospital Association

Kathy Walker, MSN, ARNP, IBCLC Wichita
Lactation Services Manager,
Wesley Medical Center

Karen Wambach, PhD, RN, IBCLC Kansas City
Associate Professor,
University of Kansas School of Nursing

Melody Engberg Ward, IBCLC, RLC
Belle Plaine
Lactation Consultant,
Angel Baby Breastfeeding Solutions

Gwen Whittit RN IBCLC
Program Coordinator
High 5 for Mom and Baby



The role of hospitals in
breastfeeding success

The importance of breastfeeding

Current breastfeeding rates
in Kansas

The High 5 practices

Participating hospitals

Helpful information

About us

About our program

Resource area

Contact us


Best practices. Best health outcomes. Best for Mom and Baby!