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Dr. Sylvia Choi, 43, of Franklin Park.
Monday, Sept. 9, 2013, 10:34 p.m.

Noteworthy: The Allegheny County Health Department will honor Choi on Thursday for her work to promote breast-feeding. Through her work at Children's Hospital, Choi teaches medical students how to best talk to expecting parents about the benefits of breast-feeding and the drawbacks of using formula.

Age: 43

Residence: Franklin Park

Family: Husband, Thomas Chalifoux; two daughters, 10 and 8, and one son, 6.

Background: Choi is an associate professor of pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She also is medical director of the Feeding and Swallowing Center and a member of The Paul C. Gaffney Diagnostic Referral Service, both based at Children's.

Education: Choi attended Boston University as an undergraduate and medical student. She completed her residency at Children's.

Quote: “We are the only mammals that feed another mammal's milk, which is kind of gross when you think about it. One of my favorite quotes is babies were born to be breast-fed. It's amazing the benefits we get from breast-feeding. The focus should not be that breast-feeding is good and better, but the focus should be that formula feeding is abnormal.”

— Aaron Aupperlee

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