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About Sickkids
About SickKids

Rebecca Hoban, MD, MPH

The Hospital for Sick Children
Staff Neonatologist

Director of Breastfeeding Medicine

University of Toronto
Assistant Professor

Phone: 416-813-7654 x202997
Fax: 416-813-5245
Email: rebecca.hoban@sickkids.ca

Brief Biography

In addition to clinical neonatology, Dr. Rebecca Hoban's main research and quality improvement focus is in lactation and human milk feedings in high risk populations, both from a maternal and infant standpoint. Hoban is particularly interested in early predictors of lactation success, especially in mothers with inflammatory conditions like obesity and pre-term labour, and how pre and post-natal exposure to such conditions may affect human milk volumes and components as well as short and long term infant health.

Academic Background

Undergraduate Studies - B.S. Biology (honors) Indiana University, Bloomington, USA
Medical School - MD, Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, USA
Graduate School - MPH, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, USA
Residency - Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital and Medical Center, Cincinnati,  USA
Fellowship - Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine, The Floating Hospital for Children at Tufts Medical Center, Boston, USA

Research Interests

Human Milk, Lactation, Obesity, Inflammation


Top Publications:

  1. Hoban R, Bigger H, Patel AL, Rossman B, Fogg LF, Meier P. Goals for human milk feeding in mothers of very low birth weight infants: How do goals change and are they achieved during the NICU hospitalization? Breastfeeding Medicine 2015; 10(6): 305-11. 
  2. Hoban R, Patel AL, Medina Poeliniz C, Lai CT, Janes J, Geddes D, Meier PP. Human milk biomarkers of secretory activation in breast pump-dependant mothers of premature infants. Breastfeed Medicine 2018 [in press]. 
  3. Hoban R, Bigger H, Schoeny M, Engstrom J, Meier PP, Patel AL. Milk volumes at 2 weeks predicts mother's own milk feeding at NICU discharge for very low birthweight infants. Breastfeed Medicine 2018; 13(2): 135-141.

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