Santa Barbara County Breastfeeding Coalition’s 5th Annual Doctor of the Year Award

The Santa Barbara County Breastfeeding Coalition will be honoring Karen Bodnar MD, IBCLC, pediatrician and International Board Certified Lactation Consultant, at 11:15 am, Friday June 5th, 2015 at Lompoc Valley Medical Center, Surf Room in the Cafeteria. Please join us in honoring Dr. Bodnar. August is Breastfeeding Awareness Month and the Breastfeeding Coalition would like to highlight a local Pediatrician that provides excellent breastfeeding support to families and the community. The theme for 2015 is “Breastfeeding and Work: Let’s Make it Work!”

Dr. Bodnar is an army brat who has lived in eight states. Prior to medical school, she received her BS in Physics from MIT and she served as an officer in the US Air Force. She earned her MD at the University of Florida in 2007. She remained at the University of Florida to do her residency in Pediatrics and elected to do additional training to become an Internationally Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC). After completing her training, she moved to California with her husband. Here, she has worked in private practice and as an assistant clinical professor of general pediatrics at Harbor UCLA Medical Center. She is a Fellow of both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine. She has two young children, both of whom were breastfed.

Dr. Karen Bodnar’s passion is teaching hospital breastfeeding classes, residents, and medical students. She has a podcast (Breastfeeding Medicine Podcast on iTunes). She supports breastfeeding as it makes a difference in her patients’ health from the very start and can impact their whole life. An expert in lactation who is able to handle the mother-infant dyad with breastfeeding problems during the office visit. Dr. Bodnar appreciates working with socio-economically disadvantaged families helping them have a head start in life. She remembers what it was like to be a new mom and how hard it is, and feels called to help families since moving to Santa Barbara County.

In her free time, Dr. Bodnar enjoys wine tasting, cooking, reading, hiking, biking, and playing with her kids. Dr. Bodnar is an exemplary example of a physician who promotes breastfeeding and evidence based breastfeeding practices. Therefore, the Santa Barbara County Breastfeeding Coalition fully endorses Karen Bodnar MD, IBCLC as OUR pediatrician of the year. Please also join us in recognizing how Lompoc Valley Medical Center is increasing breastfeeding rates.

Thank you to Santa Ynez Valley businesses for their donations: Trattoria Grappolo, Dos Carlitos, Imagine Wines, and Solvang Bakery.


Lael Wageneck
Public Engagement Coordinator, CEO’s Office
County of Santa Barbara
(805) 568-3425
Twitter: @countyofsb

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