Spangler earned a Bachelor's degree in Nursing from Ohio State University and a Master's degree in Maternal and Child Health from the University of Florida. Spangler is currently a member of the adjunct faculty at Emory University's Nell Hodgson Woodruff School of Nursing.
Spangler published her first book "Breastfeeding: A Parent’s Guide" in 1985. "Breastfeeding: A Parent’s Guide" is now in its 9th edition. Spangler has also published two subsequent books: "Breastfeeding: Keep It Simple" and "Breastfeeding: Your Guide To A Healthy, Happy Baby" in 2000 and 2004 respectively.
From 1996 to 1998, Spangler served as president of the International Lactation Consultant Association. Then from 2002 to 2004, she served as chair of the United States Breastfeeding Committee. She has also held positions with the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners, Association of Women’s Health Obstetric Neonatal Nursing, International Childbirth Education Association, La Leche League International, Georgia Breastfeeding Task Force, Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics, Southeastern Lactation Consultant Association, Breastfeeding.com and U.S. Food and Drug Administration Infant Formula Subcommittee.
Spangler has also worked as a consultant for an Ad Council campaign and as a commentator on various news programs, including 20/20 and Good Morning America.
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