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Deborah Busch, DNP, MSN

Associate Professor
Deborah Busch
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Education
  • Family
  • Global
  • Health Behavior
  • Lactation
  • Maternal Health
  • Obesity
  • Parenting
  • Pediatrics
  • Primary Care
  • Safety
  • Simulation
  • Sleep
  • Vaccines/Immunizations
  • Women's Health
  • Workplace Health


Deborah Busch is a national leader in breastfeeding and lactation care, as well as pediatric primary and acute care. Her innovative Tri-Core Breastfeeding Model was adopted by the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners as a standard of practice, refining healthcare providers’ approaches to lactation-consult support and maternal self-efficacy. Currently, Dr. Busch is implementing this model within her research on opioid use disorder, peripartum breastfeeding women and infant dyads, and in developing innovative simulation lactation education. Dr. Busch is nationally recognized as a Certified Nurse Educator and Board-Certified Lactation Consultant and has co-developed the JHUSON Breastfeeding Practice and Research course, one of the few International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) approved-graduate-leveled online lactation courses, which nearly 240 students have completed and receive continuing education credits for (CERPS). She has practiced in semi-rural pediatric primary care settings providing acute, well, and lactation care. She has practiced both in the United States in the hospital and community settings, as well as globally while in the Peace Corps, Nepal, and medical missions to Haiti. In addition to her clinical practice and academic teaching responsibilities, Dr. Busch has been an active preceptor to both nursing and nurse practitioner students for over twenty years. She is the immediate Past-President of the Maryland Chapter of NAPNAP (National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners). Dr. Busch has dedicated her career to serving families and mentoring students, and her expertise is invaluable to the healthcare community. 

Additional Resources

Below are selected resources. For more information, please see full CV.

  • Publications/Research

    Busch, D.W. & Silbert-Flagg, J. (in press). Breastfeeding Plan of Care for the Late Preterm Infant from Birth through Discharge. Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing. 00(0)

    Busch, D.W., Silbert-Flagg, J., VanGrafelaand, B., Gentry-Russell, N., Mclltrot, K., Sloand, E., Mudd, S., & D'Aoust, R. (in press). Innovative Simulation Roadmap for Faculty to Prepare Advanced Practice Registered Nurses for Entry into Practice. Nursing Education Perspectives. 00(0)

    Silbert Flagg, J. & Busch, D.W., & Bataille, J.A. (2020). Mothers’ Perception of the Influence of a Breastfeeding Support Group in Achieving their Breastfeeding Goals. Journal of Clinical Lactation,11(2). No. CLINLACT-D-19-00019R2.

    Busch, D.W, Silbert-Flagg, J.,Ryngaert, M., & Scott, A. (2019). NAPNAP Position Statement on Breastfeeding. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 33(1), 11-15.

    Hughes, V., Busch, D.W, Trautmann, J., & Sloand, E. (2019). Key components for successful nurse practitioner student learning in an international clinical setting. COJNH, 5(2), 1-4. 10.21031/COJHN.2019.05.000607.

    Silbert-Flagg, J., Busch, D.W. (2019). Utilizing a Risk Factor Approach to Identify Potential Breastfeeding Problems. Global Pediatric Health, Vol 6, 1-5.10.1177/2333794X19847923.

    Busch, D.W., Silbert-Flagg, J., Ryngaert, M., Scott, A. (2018). NAPNAP Position Statement on Breastfeeding—National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Breastfeeding Education Special Interest Group.

    Busch, D.W. (2016). Clinical management of the breastfeeding mother-infant dyad in recovery from opioid dependence. Journal of Addictions Nursing, 27(2), 68-77.
    doi: 10.1097/JAN.0000000000000117.

  • Awards/Honors

    2020 Fellow, American Association of Nurse Practitioners

    2018 The D.C and Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition’s “Breastfeeding Friendly Workplace and Healthcare Provider Award”

    2017 The Breastfeeding SIG Award: Continuing Education Award for Outstanding and Innovative Contributions to Support NAPNAP’s Mission

    2015 Outstanding Breastfeeding Special Interest Group Award

    2014 Outstanding Breastfeeding Special Interest Group Award

    2013 New Nursing Faculty Fellowship Award from MHEC at University of Maryland

    2013 University of Maryland Nursing Faculty Scholar Award