From 2014 to May 2020, the USBC hosted this series of bi-monthly webinars as part of its training, technical assistance, and capacity building support for its network of breastfeeding coalition, national organizations, and community-based organizations throughout the United States. Explore the archive of free presentations below.
Advancing Inclusive and Equitable Breastfeeding Support at the Grassroots
The DC Breastfeeding Coalition, Virginia Breastfeeding Coalition, and Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition
Strong, well-functioning breastfeeding coalitions serve as powerful vehicles for change by addressing structural barriers, leveraging community strengths, and utilizing policy, systems, and environmental (PSE) approaches to advance equity in breastfeeding support, protection and promotion. The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding (SGCTA) emphasized the importance of breastfeeding coalitions, and affirmed that it is at the state and local levels that initiatives need to be implemented and adapted most effectively to address specific populations. During this session, DC, Virginia and Maryland Breastfeeding coalitions will share how they are leveraging the expertise, wisdom and passion of their largely volunteer membership to identify and implement broad ranging initiatives to improve the landscape of breastfeeding.
Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition will describe how it is intentionally engaging with its network of health professionals, moms, educators, policy-makers, organizations, businesses and community stakeholders to discern new mechanisms/pathways for communities to address complex issues that cut across sectors. By actively seeking input and fostering multi-sector collaboration, Maryland Breastfeeding coalition is strengthening its role of backbone support and aligning programs and activities with its core mission.
The Virginia Breastfeeding Coalition (VBC) will describe its process of stretching resources to explore and develop breastfeeding promotion and support strategies, aligned with regional and national prevention plans, and geared towards communities with the greatest unmet need. VBC will share its experience with advancing breastfeeding legislation, and utilizing lessons learned from its setback in the state legislature to create linkages with non-traditional stakeholders and develop a pilot project in workplace lactation support.
The DC Breastfeeding Coalition (DCBFC) will share how it is leading and participating in collective, multi-sector, multi-strategy efforts to advance equity in breastfeeding support. DCBFC will discuss the integrated strategies that are sustained to optimize efficiency and impact of its initiatives and describe how aligned activities informed by and reflecting the real need of the constituency, combined with shared metrics for success is ensuring deeper levels of collaboration and accountability for system level changes.