The Blair County Breastfeeding Coalition was organized in May 2023 by Dr. Samantha Radford and Megan Alwine, CLC.

We’ve seen how many women struggle to breastfeed in Blair County, and it is our mission to protect, promote and support breastfeeding by connecting those gaps that moms might find upon discharge after delivery.

In addition to connecting all of our breastfeeding resources in Blair County to one cohesive list, we will also work to disseminate evidence-based information to area businesses, schools, healthcare facilities and other agencies with breastfeeding employees and customers. So whether you’re:

  • a new mom looking for lactation help/resources,
  • a business looking for support in complying with the recent PUMP Act,
  • an employer in need of help creating a lactation space, or
  • a breastfeeding professional looking to network with other providers,

We would LOVE to meet you and have you join our mission! There are lots of ways to get involved.

Current Leadership and Advisers:

Megan Alwine, CLC

Megan is a deep-rooted Blair County resident, being born in Tyrone and living in Altoona her whole life (aside from attending PSU in State College). A breastfed toddler herself, Megan’s late mother taught her the importance of breastfeeding from a very young age.

Megan graduated from Penn State in 2010 with a Bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and a Minor in English. She loves building campaigns to help push new and important ideas to the forefront. In December 2017, as she pumped for her 7 month old son, Megan realized breastfeeding needs promotion – with the skill set she gained in her marketing degree!

At that point, Megan set a goal of becoming a Certified Lactation Counselor and helping as many families in our area as possible.

After becoming a stay-at-home mom in December 2020 to her two little ones, she worked towards this mission by joining the PA Breastfeeding Coalition, the UPMC Altoona Infant Feeding Committee, working with Samantha Radford to build the Blair County Breastfeeding Coalition and FINALLY becoming a Certified Lactation Counselor in November 2023.

Samantha Radford, PhD

When Samantha started her chemistry PhD program in 2007, she had no idea where it would take her. Samantha specialized in exposure science, a branch of study that combines chemistry and public health. There, she learned how a healthy start has long term impacts on a baby’s life.

When she had her first child in 2013, she committed to breastfeeding, not only for her baby’s health, but for her own.

In 2020, Samantha left her career as a college chemistry professor to stay home with her 4 children and work on her website, Evidence-based Mommy, full time. Samantha also hosts Breastfeeding Beyond Babyhood, an annual online event designed to promote breastfeeding past the first year.

Samantha is passionate about combining science and wellness so families can thrive.