Awards & Press

Honors & Awards

Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society 1966
Phi Beta Kappa 1968
Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society 1972
Glamour Magazine’s Ten Outstanding Young Working Women 1984
University of Colorado Medical School Alumni Association
15 Year Reunion Recognition Award
La Leche League of Colorado/Wyoming Recognition Award 1992
The Colorado Dietetic Association Award of Excellence 1992-93
Western Dairy Council’s 1996 Ruth Bowling Award
(for Outstanding Leadership in Nutrition Education)
Friend of WIC Award given by National Association of
WIC Directors

Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame Inductee


Professional Society Memberships

Fellow, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) 1978-Present
Member, Section on Perinatal Medicine, District VIII, AAP 1981-Present
Health Advisory Council, La Leche League, International 1983-Present
Associate Member, International Society for Research on Human Milk and Lactation 1988-2008
Founding Member, Colorado Breastfeeding Coalition 1991-Present
Founding Member, Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine 1994-Present
Member, National Speakers Association 1995-Present


Dr. Mom has been quoted and/or featured in scores of daily newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News, Chicago Tribune, Anchorage Daily News and Reader’s Digest.

She was also quoted in “Dear Abby”

Dear Abby:

In response to your column about the “hardship” of being a childless couple (it was tongue-in-cheek heavenly), may I present an alternative view:

If I hadn’t had children, I probably would have had more money and material things.  I probably would have gone more places, gotten more sleep and pampered myself more.  My life would have been much more boring and predictable. As a result of being a parent, I have laughed harder and cried more often.  I have worried more and hurried more.  I’ve had less sleep but somehow I’ve had more fun.  I’ve learned more and grown more.  My heart has ached harder, and I’ve loved to a capacity beyond my imagination.

This quote is from a speech by Marianne Neifert, M.D. (Reader’s Digest, January ’94, “Points to Ponder“).

I wish I had said it!
~Chris De Napoli

Dear Chris:

Thank you, thank you, thank you!  So do I.
Chicago Tribune, Sunday, February 29, 1994