Nancy M. Hurst, PhD, RN, IBCLC


School Education Degree Year
University of Texas Health Science Center, School of Nursing PhD Doctor of Philosophy 2007
University of Texas Health Science Center, School of Nursing masters Master of Science in Nursing 1994
University of Texas Health Science Center, School of Nursing bachelors Bachelor of Science in Nursing 1991
San Jacinto College, Pasadena, Texas associates Associates Degree in Nursing 1972

Personal Statement

My primary clinical focus for the last 30-plus years has been to provide the most effective and caring support to breastfeeding mothers and their infants. Ensuring that breastfeeding mothers have the resources and support they need in the early days and weeks after delivery has tremendous impact on their health, as well as the health of their infants.

Clinical Interests:

Breastfeeding/lactation support; human milk feeding for hospitalized infants; patient education

Research Interests:

Breastfeeding; lactation; human milk; patient education

News Articles:

Photo Of "blue" breast milk after baby got vaccinated is fascinating, but there may be a simple scientific explanation 

Pros and cons of newer breast pumps 

5 razones por las que ninguna madre debe ser cuestionada cuando amamanta en público 


Organization Name Role
International Society for Research in Human Milk & Lactation Member (2005 – Present); Executive Council Member (2010 – 2013); Treasurer and Membership Chair (2018 – Present )
Texas Collaborative for Healthy Mothers Healthy Babies: Member (2015 – Present); Neonatal Subcommittee: Co-Chair (2017 – Present)


2014 Nurse Researcher of the Year, Texas Children's Hospital

2011 Excellence in Nursing, silver award winner, Good Samaritan Foundation

2007 Outstanding Performance in Nursing award, Texas Nursing Association, District 9

2005 American Journal of Nursing Award for the “Breastfeeding and Human Lactation” book – contributing author 

Selected Publications

Stellwagen, L.M., Kim, J.H. & Hurst, N.M. (2018). Optimizing Nutrition for the Preterm Infant after Discharge from Neonatal Intensive Care. In D.E. Campbell (ed.), Neonatology for Primary Care. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics.

Hurst, N. (2018). Clinical Evaluation of Breastfed Infants with Dysphagia: A Lactation Consultant’s Perspective. In Ongkasuwan & Chiou (eds) Pediatric Dsyphagia, Springer Nature, New York, NY.

Bergner, E.M., Gollins, L. Massieu, A., Hurst, N. & Hair, A.B. (2018). Nutritional Considerations in the Care of Conjoined Twins. Seminars in Perinatology 42(6), 355-360.

Wright, A. & Hurst, N.H. (2018). Personal Infant Feeding Experiences of Postpartum Nurses Affect How They Provide Breastfeeding Support. JOGNN 47, 342-351.

Frederick, A, Hurst, NM & Engebretson, J. (2015). Skin to skin contact following elective cesarean delivery. Journal of American Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Hurst, NM, Engebretson, J & Mahoney, JS. (2013). Providing Mother’s Own Milk in the Context of the NICU: A Paradoxical Experience. Journal of Human Lactation 29(3):366.

Hurst, NM & McStay RV. (2011). What Role do U.S. Health Policy and Children’s Hospitals Play in the Promotion of Breastfeeding and Human Milk Feeding? Breastfeeding Medicine 6(5):299.