Ifeyinwa Asiodu, RN, PhD, FAAN

Associate Professor
Family Health Care Nursing
+1 415 476-1426

Ifeyinwa Asiodu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Health Care Nursing at University of California, San Francisco School of Nursing. As a researcher, registered nurse, and lactation consultant, her research is focused on the intersection of racism, systemic and structural barriers, life course perspective, and human milk and lactation. Dr. Asiodu uses a critical ethnographic lens to inform her work. The long-term goal of her program of research is to reduce infant feeding disparities and increase access to high quality human milk feeding care, lactation support, and equitable contraception services for Black communities. She is also actively engaged in local, state and national human milk feeding (e.g. breastfeeding, chestfeeding, and donor human milk), reproductive health, maternal and child health, and public health organizations geared toward achieving birth and human milk feeding equity and justice. Dr. Asiodu also leads the MILK Research Lab at UCSF.


Patient-Led Approaches to a Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Delivery Calculator.

Obstetrics and gynecology

Rubashkin N, Asiodu I, Vedam S, Sufrin C, Adams V

Milk antibody response after 3rd COVID-19 vaccine and SARS-CoV-2 infection and implications for infant protection.


Golan Y, Ilala M, Li L, Gay C, Hunagund S, Lin CY, Cassidy AG, Jigmeddagva U, Matsui Y, Ozarslan N, Asiodu IV, Ahituv N, Flaherman VJ, Gaw SL, Prahl M

Assessment of Adverse Reactions, Antibody Patterns, and 12-month Outcomes in the Mother-Infant Dyad After COVID-19 mRNA Vaccination in Pregnancy.

JAMA network open

Cassidy AG, Li L, Golan Y, Gay C, Lin CY, Jigmeddagva U, Chidboy MA, Ilala M, Buarpung S, Gonzalez VJ, Basilio E, Duck M, Murtha AP, Wu AHB, Lynch KL, Asiodu IV, Prahl MK, Gaw SL

"She should support me, she's my doctor:" Patient perceptions of agency in contraceptive decision-making in the clinical encounter in Northern California.

Perspectives on sexual and reproductive health

Rao L, Rocca CH, Muñoz I, Chambers BD, Devaskar S, Asiodu IV, Stern L, Blum M, Comfort AB, Harper CC

Milk antibody response after 3rd dose of COVID-19 mRNA vaccine and SARS-CoV-2 breakthrough infection and implications for infant protection.

medRxiv : the preprint server for health sciences

Golan Y, Ilala M, Gay C, Hunagund S, Lin CY, Cassidy AG, Jigmeddagva U, Li L, Ozarslan N, Asiodu IV, Ahituv N, Flaherman VJ, Gaw SL, Prahl M

Patterns of Peripartum Depression and Anxiety During the Pre-Vaccine COVID-19 Pandemic.

Research square

Altendahl MR, Xu L, Asiodu I, Boscardin J, Gaw SL, Flaherman VJ, Jacoby VL, Richards MC, Krakow D, Afshar Y

Emerging approaches to redressing multi-level racism and reproductive health disparities.

NPJ digital medicine

Golden B, Asiodu IV, Franck LS, Ofori-Parku CY, Suárez-Baquero DFM, Youngston T, McLemore MR

Racial Disparities in Donor Human Milk Feedings: A Study Using Electronic Medical Records.

Health equity

Palmquist AEL, Asiodu IV, Tucker C, Tully KP, Asbill DT, Malloy A, Stuebe AM

Infant Formula Shortage: This Should Not Be Our Reality.

The Journal of perinatal & neonatal nursing

Neutralizing antibody activity against SARS-CoV-2 variants in gestational age-matched mother-infant dyads after infection or vaccination.

JCI insight

Matsui Y, Li L, Prahl M, Cassidy AG, Ozarslan N, Golan Y, Gonzalez VJ, Lin CY, Jigmeddagva U, Chidboy MA, Montano M, Taha TY, Khalid MM, Sreekumar B, Hayashi JM, Chen PY, Kumar GR, Warrier L, Wu AH, Song D, Jegatheesan P, Rai DS, Govindaswami B, Needens J, Rincon M, Myatt L, Asiodu IV, Flaherman VJ, Afshar Y, Jacoby VL, Murtha AP, Robinson JF, Ott M, Greene WC, Gaw SL

COVID-19 mRNA Vaccination in Lactation: Assessment of Adverse Events and Vaccine Related Antibodies in Mother-Infant Dyads.

Frontiers in immunology

Golan Y, Prahl M, Cassidy AG, Gay C, Wu AHB, Jigmeddagva U, Lin CY, Gonzalez VJ, Basilio E, Chidboy MA, Warrier L, Buarpung S, Li L, Murtha AP, Asiodu IV, Ahituv N, Flaherman VJ, Gaw SL

Infant Outcomes Following Maternal Infection With Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2): First Report From the Pregnancy Coronavirus Outcomes Registry (PRIORITY) Study.

Clinical infectious diseases : an official publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America

Flaherman VJ, Afshar Y, Boscardin WJ, Keller RL, H Mardy A, Prahl MK, T Phillips C, Asiodu IV, Berghella V, Chambers BD, Crear-Perry J, Jamieson DJ, Jacoby VL, Gaw SL

Reimagining Perinatal Mental Health: An Expansive Vision For Structural Change.

Health affairs (Project Hope)

Foster VA, Harrison JM, Williams CR, Asiodu IV, Ayala S, Getrouw-Moore J, Davis NK, Davis W, Mahdi IK, Nedhari A, Niles PM, Peprah S, Perritt JB, McLemore MR, Mask Jackson F

Global research priorities for COVID-19 in maternal, reproductive and child health: Results of an international survey.

PloS one

Etti M, Alger J, Salas SP, Saggers R, Ramdin T, Endler M, Gemzell-Danielsson K, Alfvén T, Ahmed Y, Callejas A, Eskenazi D, Khalil A, Le Doare K, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health Working Group of the COVID-19 Clinical Research Coalition

Risk of pregnancy loss before 20 weeks' gestation in study participants with COVID-19.

American journal of obstetrics and gynecology

Jacoby VL, Murtha A, Afshar Y, Gaw SL, Asiodu I, Tolosa J, Norton ME, Boscardin WJ, Flaherman V

Achieving Breastfeeding Equity and Justice in Black Communities: Past, Present, and Future.

Breastfeeding medicine : the official journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine

Asiodu IV, Bugg K, Palmquist AEL

Breastfeeding in Incarcerated Settings in the United States: A National Survey of Frequency and Policies.

Breastfeeding medicine : the official journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine

Asiodu IV, Beal L, Sufrin C

Black Maternal Health Research Re- Envisioned: Best Practices for the Conduct of Research With, For, and By Black Mamas

Harvard Law and Policy Review

Black Mamas Matter Alliance Research Working Group Aina, A, Asiodu, IV, Castillo, P, et al.

The COVID-19 liquid gold rush: Critical perspectives of human milk and SARS-CoV-2 infection.

American journal of human biology : the official journal of the Human Biology Council

Palmquist AEL, Asiodu IV, Quinn EA

Reflecting on Equity in Perinatal Care During a Pandemic.

Health equity

Niles PM, Asiodu IV, Crear-Perry J, Julian Z, Lyndon A, McLemore MR, Planey AM, Scott KA, Vedam S

Racial and Ethnic Inequities in Postpartum Pain Evaluation and Management.

Obstetrics and gynecology

Johnson JD, Asiodu IV, McKenzie CP, Tucker C, Tully KP, Bryant K, Verbiest S, Stuebe AM

Race, Research, and Women's Health: Best Practice Guidelines for Investigators.

Obstetrics and gynecology

McLemore MR, Asiodu I, Crear-Perry J, Davis DA, Drew M, Hardeman RR, Mendez DD, Roberts L, Scott KA

Priorities for Contraception and Lactation Among Breast Pump-Dependent Mothers of Premature Infants in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Breastfeeding medicine : the official journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine

Rossman B, Asiodu I, Hoban R, Patel AL, Engstrom JL, Medina-Poeliniz C, Meier PP

Reintegrating modern birth practice within ancient birth process: What high cesarean rates ignore about physiologic birth.

American Journal of Human Biology

Julienne N. Rutherford, Ifeyinwa V. Asiodu, Kylea L. Liese

Barriers to Human Milk Feeding at Discharge of Very-Low-Birth-Weight Infants: Maternal Goal Setting as a Key Social Factor.

Breastfeeding medicine : the official journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine

Fleurant E, Schoeny M, Hoban R, Asiodu IV, Riley B, Meier PP, Bigger H, Patel AL

Barriers to Human Milk Feeding at Discharge of Very Low-Birthweight Infants: Evaluation of Neighborhood Structural Factors.

Breastfeeding medicine : the official journal of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine

Riley B, Schoeny M, Rogers L, Asiodu IV, Bigger HR, Meier PP, Patel AL

What Does Infant Feeding Mean to African American Women and Their Support Persons.

Journal of Obstetric Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing

Ifeyinwa V. Asiodu

Breastfeeding and use of social media among first-time African American mothers.

Journal of obstetric, gynecologic, and neonatal nursing : JOGNN

Asiodu IV, Waters CM, Dailey DE, Lee KA, Lyndon A

Got milk? A look at breastfeeding from an African American perspective.

Issues in mental health nursing

Asiodu I, Flaskerud JH