Christine ("Chris") Atwood Mulford
Christine Atwood Mulford, IBCLC, a resident of Swarthmore since 1975, died on August 23, of a stroke suffered while hiking with her husband in the mountains of Wyoming. She was 69. 

Chris grew up in Storrs, Connecticut, the youngest daughter of Frank and Barbara Atwood. An avid musician from age six, she majored in music at Radcliffe College. She was a member of the first Radcliffe class to receive a Harvard degree (A.B.) in 1963, also the year of her marriage to George Mulford on June 8. She played bass viol professionally for two years in the Oakland (California) Symphony.

Her life took a new direction after the birth of her daughter in 1968. Breastfeeding advocacy was to be her passion, her career, and most significantly, the focus of her very busy retirement. As a young mother, she went back to school for an R.N., then a B.S. in nursing. Beginning in 1975, she worked as a hospital maternity and nursery nurse, eventually founding a hospital-based breastfeeding center. Her final job was with the Regional Breastfeeding Initiative for WIC in New Jersey, coordinating a staff to assist low-income women with breastfeeding. In 1985 she was in the first group who took the exam to become International Board Certified Lactation Consultants, and she maintained certification until her death.

Beginning her advocacy work as a La Leche League leader, she also served on the board of the International Lactation Consultant Association (ILCA) for five years. She was co-coordinator of the Women and Work Task Force of the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action from 2000 until her death. For the United States Breastfeeding Committee, she was core editor of USBC’s submission to Healthy People 2020 Goals.

Chris raised a treasured vegetable garden at home and was a member of Swarthmore Friends Meeting, where she cooked regularly in the Friends’ kitchen for the homeless. At the Players Club of Swarthmore, she played in the pit and ran the sound console for many productions.  Beginning in 2007, she toured many times as road manager to her folk-singing daughter. She is survived by her husband George; a daughter, Zoe of Manchester, England; a son, Toby of Takoma Park, Md.; and older sisters Joanna Atwood of Cape Canaveral, Fla., and Margaret Robinson of Swarthmore.

Funeral arrangements will be private. A celebration of Chris’s life will be held on Sunday, September 18, at 4:00 p.m. at Swarthmore Friends Meeting. The family asks that donations in Chris’s memory be made to the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action at