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Action 20. Improve national leadership on the promotion and support of breastfeeding

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denotes a USBC member organization listing

Implementation Strategies

  • Create a federal interagency work group on breastfeeding
  • Increase the capacity of the United States Breastfeeding Committee and affiliated state coalitions to support breastfeeding

USBC Resources

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National Activities

  American Academy of Pediatrics

American Academy of Pediatrics

Phone: 800-433-9016

Email: lactation@aap.org

Website: http://www.aap.org

Action Activities: The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) continues to support the unequivocal evidence that breastfeeding protects against a variety of diseases and conditions in infants. The AAP policy, Breastfeeding and the Use of Human Milk, is one of the most accessed policies available from the AAP because of its importance for the health of families here in the US and throughout the world.​


Supporting Link: https://www.aap.org/en-us/advocacy-and-policy/aap-health-initiatives/Breastfeeding/Pages/default.asp


  American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists

Phone: 202-638-5577

Email: clinical@acog.org

Website: http://www.acog.org

Action Activities: The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists strongly supports breastfeeding and calls upon its Fellows, and other health professionals caring for their infants, hospitals, and employers to support women in choosing the breastfeed their infants. ACOG has also endorsed the Ten Hospital Practices to Encourage and Support Breastfeeding.


Supporting Link: https://www.acog.org/About-ACOG/ACOG-Departments/Breastfeeding


  American Public Health Association

American Public Health Association

Phone: 202-777-2742

Email: info@apha.org

Website: http://www.apha.org

Action Activities: We support aspiring leaders through conferences and networking opportunities. These activities though are not specific to breastfeeding.


Supporting Link:


  Association of State Public Health Nutritionists

Association of State Public Health Nutritionists

Phone: 814-255-2829

Email: asphn@asphn.org

Website: http://www.asphn.org

Action Activities: An ASPHN consultant sits on Breastfeeding Public Health Partners, a national group of professional organizations. One of the ASPHN member representatives to USBC sits on the expert panel of the World Breastfeeding Trend Institute, which assesses US policies and practices. An ASPHN member with expertise on maternal and infant nutrition sits on the 2020 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which will include guidance for pregnant women and infants 0-2.


Supporting Link: https://www.dietaryguidelines.gov/; http://worldbreastfeedingtrends.org/


  Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses

Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses

Phone: 202-261-2400

Email: kwade@awhonn.org

Website: http://www.awhonn.org

Action Activities: Since 1999, AWHONN has had a formal position statement in support of breastfeeding. The latest iteration of the “Breastfeeding” position statement was published in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing (JOGNN) in 2015 and is available on the AWHONN website at no cost.


Supporting Link: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/enhanced/doi/10.1111/1552-6909.12530/


  Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association

Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association

Phone: 800-313-6141

Email: info@bmbfa.org

Website: http://www.bmbfa.org

Action Activities: Hosted a national mama summit. During this summit we had speakers and women talk about breastfeeding and the struggles that they have to endure. City leaders were there to listen and some spoke from their experience


Supporting Link: http://www.bmbfa.org


  Center for Health Equity, Education and Research

Center for Health Equity, Education and Research

Phone: 617 414 6466

Email: anne.merewood@bmc.org

Website: https://www.cheerequity.org/

Action Activities: CHEER is one of the largest centers for breastfeeding-related research in the US, and considers itself to be a national leader in the field.


Supporting Link: http://www.cheerequity.org


  DHHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

DHHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Phone: 800-232-4636

Email: info@cdc.gov

Website: http://www.cdc.gov

Action Activities: CDC co-leads the Federal Interagency Breastfeeding Work Group, with a goal of coordinating breastfeeding promotion, protection, and support efforts from the federal level. CDC is the recipient of ACA-PPHF funds from Congress, with specific mandates to implement interventions that will help increase breastfeeding initiation, duration and exclusivity - primarily through hospitals.


Supporting Link:


  International Childbirth Education Association

International Childbirth Education Association

Phone: 919-863-9487

Email: info@icea.org

Website: http://www.icea.org

Action Activities: ICEA provides breastfeeding information on the web site for resources for both parents and profession as well as a regularly updated facebook page and blog with current, evidence-based information


Supporting Link: http://icea.org


  La Leche League International

La Leche League International

Phone: 919-459-2167

Email: info@llli.org

Website: http://www.llli.org

Action Activities: LLL is one of only a few national organizations whose sole purpose is the promotion and support of breastfeeding.


Supporting Link: http://www.llli.org


  La Leche League USA

La Leche League USA

Phone: 877-452-5324

Email: Council@lllusa.org

Website: https://www.lllusa.org/

Action Activities: LLL is one of only a few national organizations whose sole purpose is the promotion and support of breastfeeding.


Supporting Link: http:// http://www.lllusa.org/about-us/


  National Perinatal Association

National Perinatal Association

Action Activities: NPA connects the state perinatal association to national platform.


Supporting Link:


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State/Community Activities

  Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition

Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition

Action Activities: n/a


Supporting Link: http://a


  Florida Breastfeeding Coalition

Florida Breastfeeding Coalition

Action Activities: Work with USBC and CDC and promote their efforts to promote and support breastfeeding.


Supporting Link: http://flbreastfeeding.org/advocacy.htm


  Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition

Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition

Action Activities: Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition representatives attend biannual USBC Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference and guides implementation of initiatives presented at the conference in Minnesota.


Supporting Link:


  New Hampshire Breastfeeding Task Force

New Hampshire Breastfeeding Task Force

Action Activities: NH Breastfeeding Task Force is an active member of the USBC and is working to strengthen its capacity and impact for promoting and support breastfeeding at the State and National level.


Supporting Link: http://nhbreastfeedingtaskforce.org/index.php


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