Laurie A. Nommsen-Rivers, PhD, RD, IBCLC

Academic Affiliations

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-7208

Fax 513-803-0968


Dr. Nommsen-Rivers's broad research objective is to provide evidence-based strategies for supporting the mother-baby dyad in successfully establishing breastfeeding. Her current area of research examines the causes and consequences of early breastfeeding difficulties, with particular emphasis on delayed onset of lactogenesis.
Laurie Nommsen-Rivers, PhD, RD, IBCLC, worked with hundreds of breastfeeding dyads as a staff researcher in the field of human lactation before returning to school in 2004 to pursue a PhD in epidemiology. She has co-authored over 50 publications related to maternal child health. In addition, Laurie Nommsen-Rivers served as the associate editor of the Journal of Human Lactation from 1997 to 2006.

BS: University of California, Davis, CA, 1985.

MS: University of California, Davis, CA, 1989.

PhD: University of California, Davis, CA, 2007.

Registered Dietitian: Registration # 706227, continuously since 1991.

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant: Continuously since 1993.

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Onyango AW, Nommsen-Rivers L, Siyam A, Borghi E, de Onis M, Garza C, Lartey A, Baerug A, Bhandari N, Dewey KG, Araújo CL, Mohamed AJ, Van den Broeck J; for the WHO Multicentre Growth Reference Study Group. Post-partum weight change patterns in the WHO Multicentre Growth Reference Study. Matern Child Nutr. 2011 Feb 22. doi: 10.1111/j.1740-8709.2010.00295.x.

Nommsen-Rivers LA, Cohen RJ, Chantry CJ, Dewey KG. The Infant Feeding Intentions scale demonstrates construct validity and comparability in quantifying maternal breastfeeding intentions across multiple ethnic groups. Matern Child Nutr. 2010 Jul 1;6(3):220-7.

Nommsen-Rivers LA, Chantry CJ, Peerson JM, Cohen RJ, Dewey KG. Delayed onset of lactogenesis among first-time mothers is related to maternal obesity and factors associated with ineffective breastfeeding. Am J Clin Nutr. 2010 Sep;92(3):574-84.

Nommsen-Rivers LA, Chantry CJ, Cohen RJ, Dewey KG. Comfort with the idea of formula feeding helps explain ethnic disparity in breastfeeding intentions among expectant first-time mothers. Breastfeed Med. 2010 Feb;5(1):25-33.

Marshall AM, Nommsen-Rivers LA, Hernandez LL, Dewey KG, Chantry CJ, Gregerson KA, Horseman ND. Serotonin transport and metabolism in the mammary gland modulates secretory activation and involution. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2010 Feb;95(2):837-46.

Nommsen-Rivers LA, Dewey KG. Growth of breastfed infants. Breastfeed Med. 2009 Oct;4 Suppl 1:S45-9.

Nommsen-Rivers LA, Mastergeorge AM, Hansen RL, Cullum AS, Dewey KG. Doula care, early breastfeeding outcomes, and breastfeeding status at 6 weeks postpartum among low-income primiparae. J Obstet Gynecol Neonatal Nurs. 2009 Mar-Apr;38(2):157-73.

Nommsen-Rivers LA, Dewey KG. Development and validation of the Infant Feeding Intentions Scale. Matern Child Health J. 2009;13(3):334-42.

Nommsen-Rivers LA, Heinig MJ, Cohen RJ, Dewey KG. Newborn wet and soiled diaper counts and timing of onset of lactation as indicators of breastfeeding inadequacy. J Hum Lact. 2008;24(1):27-33.