Valerie J. Flaherman, MD, MPH


Dr. Valerie J. Flaherman is a pediatrician with special interests in breastfeeding and preventive care for newborns.

Flaherman's research investigates issues related to breastfeeding.

Flaherman earned her medical degree from Harvard Medical School and her master of public health degree from the University of California, Berkeley. She completed a residency in pediatrics at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland and a residency in preventive medicine at UCSF.


Pediatrics at Mount Zion
2330 Post St., Suite 320
(Suite 260 for Acute Care)
San Francisco, CA 94143-1660
Phone: (415) 885-7478
Fax: (415) 885-3790

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Harvard Medical School 1992
UC Berkeley School of Public Health, MPH 2004


UCSF, Pediatrics 1996
UCSF, Preventive Medicine 2005

Selected Research and Publications

  1. Cabana MD, McKean M, Beck AL, Flaherman V. A Pilot analysis of early lactobacillus rhamnosus GG for infant colic prevention. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2018 Jul 26.
  2. Flaherman VJ, Chan S, Desai R, Agung FH, Hartati H, Yelda F. Barriers to exclusive breast-feeding in Indonesian hospitals: a qualitative study of early infant feeding practices. Public Health Nutr. 2018 Jul 05; 1-9.
  3. Flaherman VJ, Narayan NR, Hartigan-O'Connor D, Cabana MD, McCulloch CE, Paul IM. The Effect of Early Limited Formula on Breastfeeding, Readmission, and Intestinal Microbiota: A Randomized Clinical Trial. J Pediatr. 2018 Mar 13.
  4. Flaherman V, Schaefer EW, Kuzniewicz MW, Li SX, Walsh EM, Paul IM. Health Care Utilization in the First Month After Birth and Its Relationship to Newborn Weight Loss and Method of Feeding. Acad Pediatr. 2017 Dec 02.
  5. Flaherman VJ, Burgos AE, Taylor JA, Phillipi CA. Beyond the Nursery: Postnatal Care in the 21st Century. Hosp Pediatr. 2017 Dec; 7(12):763-764.
  6. Garber MD, Schroeder AR, Flaherman V. Re: Balancing Breastfeeding Promotion. Pediatrics. 2017 11; 140(5).
  7. McKean M, Caughey AB, Yuracko McKean MA, Cabana MD, Flaherman VJ. Postpartum Depression: When Should Health Care Providers Identify Those at Risk? Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2017 Sep 01; 9922817733696.
  8. Kair LR, Flaherman VJ. Donor Milk or Formula: A Qualitative Study of Postpartum Mothers of Healthy Newborns. J Hum Lact. 2017 Nov; 33(4):710-716.
  9. Flaherman VJ, Maisels MJ. ABM Clinical Protocol #22: Guidelines for Management of Jaundice in the Breastfeeding Infant 35 Weeks or More of Gestation-Revised 2017. Breastfeed Med. 2017 Jun; 12(5):250-257.
  10. Fisher-Owens SA, Amendola L, Featherstone JDB, Inge RE, Flaherman VJ. Increased public reimbursement for prophylactic visits with dentists associated with increased receipt of preventive dental services in children. J Public Health Dent. 2017 Jun; 77(3):183-187.
  11. Flaherman VJ, Epstein J, Amendola L, Inge R, Featherstone JD, Okumura M. Preventive Dental Care at 6-Month Intervals Is Associated With Reduced Caries Risk. Clin Pediatr (Phila). 2018 Feb; 57(2):222-226.
  12. Flaherman V, Von Kohorn I. Evidence for the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative to Support Breastfeeding-Reply. JAMA. 2017 02 21; 317(7):771.
  13. Mukhopadhyay S, Taylor JA, Von Kohorn I, Flaherman V, Burgos AE, Phillipi CA, Dhepyasuwan N, King E, Dhudasia M, Puopolo KM. Variation in Sepsis Evaluation Across a National Network of Nurseries. Pediatrics. 2017 Mar; 139(3).
  14. Flaherman VJ, Schaefer EW, Kuzniewicz MK, Li S, Walsh E, Paul IM. Newborn Weight Loss During Birth Hospitalization and Breastfeeding Outcomes Through Age 1 Month. J Hum Lact. 2017 Feb; 33(1):225-230.
  15. Paul IM, Schaefer EW, Miller JR, Kuzniewicz MW, Li SX, Walsh EM, Flaherman VJ. Weight Change Nomograms for the First Month After Birth. Pediatrics. 2016 Dec; 138(6).
  16. Flaherman V, Von Kohorn I. Interventions Intended to Support Breastfeeding: Updated Assessment of Benefits and Harms. JAMA. 2016 Oct 25; 316(16):1685-1687.
  17. Taylor JA, Burgos AE, Flaherman V, Chung EK, Simpson EA, Goyal NK, Von Kohorn I, Dhepyasuwan N. Utility of Decision Rules for Transcutaneous Bilirubin Measurements. Pediatrics. 2016 May; 137(5).
  18. Schaefer EW, Flaherman VJ, Kuzniewicz MW, Li SX, Walsh EM, Paul IM. External Validation of Early Weight Loss Nomograms for Exclusively Breastfed Newborns. Breastfeed Med. 2015 Dec; 10(10):458-63.
  19. Miller JR, Flaherman VJ, Schaefer EW, Kuzniewicz MW, Li SX, Walsh EM, Paul IM. Early weight loss nomograms for formula fed newborns. Hosp Pediatr. 2015 May; 5(5):263-8.
  20. Flaherman VJ, Beiler JS, Cabana MD, Paul IM. Relationship of newborn weight loss to milk supply concern and anxiety: the impact on breastfeeding duration. Matern Child Nutr. 2016 07; 12(3):463-72.

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