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Action 1. Give mothers the support they need to breastfeed their babies

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Implementation Strategies

    • Help pregnant women to learn about the importance of breastfeeding for their babies and themselves
    • Teach mothers to breastfeed
    • Encourage mothers to talk to their maternity care providers about plans to breastfeed
    • Support mothers to have time and flexibility to breastfeed
    • Encourage mothers to ask for help with breastfeeding when needed

      USBC Resources

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          National Activities

            1,000 Days

          1,000 Days

          Phone: 202-969-4135

          Email: info@thousanddays.org

          Website: http://www.thousanddays.org

          Action Activities: 1,000 Days advocates for policies and programs that support mothers and by elevating their voices. We champion full funding for the WIC program and its breastfeeding support, and we advocate for a comprehensive paid parental leave policy that covers all working women in the U.S. 1,000 Days is also conducting qualitative research with low-wage working women across the country in order to better understand their experiences without paid leave.


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            American Academy of Family Physicians

          American Academy of Family Physicians

          Phone: 913-906-6000

          Email: contactcenter@aafp.org

          Website: http://www.aafp.org

          Action Activities: The AAFP has a policy, position paper, and dedicated resource page to support breastfeeding. Additionally, the AAFP's patient education website, familydoctor.org, has several articles with information for mothers to breastfeed.


          Supporting Link: https://familydoctor.org/breastfeeding-hints-to-help-you-get-off-to-a-good-start/


            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 published the 3rd edition of the New Mother's Guide to Breastfeeding, a basic breastfeeding book for mothers. This fully revised and updated edition covers significantly more evidence-based material providing parents an overview of breastfeeding from initiation to weaning. A Spanish language edition also is available.


          Supporting Link: https://shop.aap.org/product-list/?q=breastfeeding#sort=relevance&page=1&q=breastfeeding


            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 regularly produces patient materials providing an overview of breastfeeding, common problems of breastfeeding, and where to get additional help. Spanish language version of patient education materials are available.


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


            American Public Health Association

          American Public Health Association

          Phone: 202-777-2742

          Email: info@apha.org

          Website: http://www.apha.org

          Action Activities: 1. Develop policy that advocates for programs to support mothers and families.
          2. Share information about entities that support mothers and families to connect those entities with the audience APHA reaches.
          3. Host conference sessions to share best practices and science on support of mothers and families.


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            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: ASPHN supports a Children’s Healthy Weight Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Network (CoIIN) where participating states may choose a breastfeeding track that includes support for mothers. ASPHN also has resources for public health practitioners, including “The Intersection of Public Health, Community, and Clinical Dietetics,” which emphasizes the need to increase breastfeeding rates, “Improving the Nutritional Well-Being of Women, Children, and Families,” “The Role of Nutrition in Infant Mortality: A Public Health Perspective,” and “Guidelines and Health Conditions Related to Timing of Early Infant Feeding.”


          Supporting Link: https://asphn.org/childrens-healthy-weight-coiin/https://asphn.org/asphn-publications/


            Baby Café USA

          Baby Café USA

          Phone: 781-507-1980

          Email: lucia@babycafeusa.org

          Website: http://www.babycafeusa.org

          Action Activities: BCUSA promotes and supports the development of U.S. Baby Cafes, which are free, community-based drop in sites offering high-quality breastfeeding care.


          Supporting Link: http://babycafeusa.org


            Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association

          Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association

          Phone: 800-313-6141

          Email: info@bmbfa.org

          Website: http://www.bmbfa.org

          Action Activities: Conducted monthly breastfeeding support groups. This allowed mothers to come and talk about breastfeeding highs and lows and also allowed for them to freely feed without judgement.


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


            Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute

          Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute

          Phone: 919-966-3774

          Email: cgbi@unc.edu

          Website: http://cgbi.sph.unc.edu

          Action Activities: CGBI has created a resource toolkit for supporting mothers in complex emergency situations. CGBI has updated one-pager resources for mothers. CGBI has updated and revised Ready Set Baby (RSB), a comprehensive evidenced-based prenatal education curriculum that includes a 24-page patient booklet and matching educator flip chart with suggested conversational text. An online version of RSB is in process.


          Supporting Link: https://sph.unc.edu/cgbi/resources/


            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 supports pregnant women and new mothers around infant feeding by enabling the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative across the USA, by training hospital staff and providers, and in the community through work with WIC and Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE) and their Community Transformer work. We have worked across the USA in locations that include many American Indian nations and the South. The Mississippi CHAMPS project has also supported the establishment of Baby-Cafés in the state.


          Supporting Link: https://www.cheerequity.org/mississippi-champs-communities.html


            Centering Healthcare Institute

          Centering Healthcare Institute

          Action Activities: Breastfeeding is one of the core threads that runs through the interactive learning key to the Centering model.


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            DHHS, Office on Women's Health

          DHHS, Office on Women's Health

          Phone: 800-994-9662

          Email: WomensHealth@hhs.gov

          Website: http://www.womenshealth.gov

          Action Activities: The Office on Women's Health of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services hosts a comprehensive breastfeeding section on their website, which includes the free publication Your Guide to Breastfeeding in English, Spanish, and Chinese. In addition, OWH hosts the National Breastfeeding Helpline operated by trained breastfeeding peer counselors to provide support by phone in English or Spanish.


          Supporting Link: http://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/


            Every Mother, Inc.

          Every Mother, Inc.

          Phone: 662-931-6368

          Email: info@everymother.org

          Website: http://www.everymother.org

          Action Activities: Every Mother provides support for new mothers who contact the organization requesting help with breastfeeding, returning to work as breastfeeding mothers, or with questions about breastfeeding legal rights. Every Mother provides basic information and connects mothers who need special assistance to breastfeeding helpers in their zip code. This often includes IBCLCs in their area, local breastfeeding coalitions, La Leche League leaders, and other community resources available to provide follow-up assistance to new families.


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            Human Milk Banking Association of North America

          Human Milk Banking Association of North America

          Phone: 817-810-9984

          Email: sybil@hmbana.org

          Website: http://www.hmbana.org

          Action Activities: HMBANA regularly fields questions from mothers about becoming a milk donor or recipient. Each HMBANA member milk bank provides education to mothers about breastfeeding through outreach around donor milk and milk banking.

          This may come in the following forms:
          * Speaking at events
          * Working with local breastfeeding coalitions
          * Providing direct services, such as classes, telephone counseling, or lactation and breast pump services

          For more information contact your closest milk bank.


          Supporting Link: https://www.hmbana.org/find-a-milk-bank/


            ImprovingBirth

          ImprovingBirth

          Action Activities: Improving Birth has created a Mother-Friendly Accreditation Program (MFAP). This program creates standards of care for hospitals and providers intent on improving communications and the quality of care for the pregnant families they serve. The blueprint from this program is the Ten Steps of Mother-Friendly Care, of which the 10th step is to follow the principles of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative to promote successful breastfeeding.


          Supporting Link: https://improvingbirth.org/mfap/


            International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners

          International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners

          Phone: 703-560-7330

          Email: iblce@iblce.org

          Website: http://www.iblce.org

          Action Activities: The number of IBCLCs increased to over 31,000 certificants in 110 countries. These professionals provide the necessary clinical lactation expertise to breastfeeding mothers/families around the globe.


          Supporting Link: https://iblce.org/about-iblce/current-statistics-on-worldwide-ibclcs/


            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: La Leche League International (LLLI) supports Leaders in hosting group meetings in more than 1,200 locations throughout the U.S., serving over 72,500 mothers. LLL meetings help women learn about breastfeeding, prepare for a good start, and overcome common challenges. In addition, LLL Leaders respond to over 157,000 requests for information each year in the US alone. LLLI has nearly 6000 Leaders in 160 countries around the world.


          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: La Leche League USA (LLL USA) hosts support group meetings in more than 1,200 locations throughout the U.S., serving over 72,500 mothers. LLL meetings help women learn about breastfeeding, prepare for a good start, and overcome common challenges. In addition, LLL Leaders respond to over 157,000 requests for information each year and LLL USA hosts breastfeeding conferences across the country, providing families and the general public with breastfeeding education. The weekly blog, New Beginnings, has over 10,000 subscribers in addition to being posted on the LLL USA Facebook page with over 360,000 followers.


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


            Lamaze International

          Lamaze International

          Phone: 202-367-1128

          Email: info@lamaze.org

          Website: http://www.lamaze.org

          Action Activities: Lamaze International childbirth classes help pregnant women and their partners make an informed decision about breastfeeding and offer resources to help mothers and their families meet their breastfeeding goals. Breastfeeding topics are integrated throughout Lamaze classes in addition to online resources to support breastfeeding, including Healthy Birth Practice #6: "Keep mother and baby together: It's best for mother, baby, and breastfeeding." Lamaze also provides a weekly pregnancy e-newsletter to prenatal and early postpartum women which includes breastfeeding information.


          Supporting Link: http://www.lamaze.org/FindALamazeChildbirthClass


            Mom2Mom Global

          Mom2Mom Global

          Phone: 910-401-3566

          Email: info@mom2momglobal.org

          Website: http://www.mom2momglobal.org

          Action Activities: --Peer Mentor program, trains laypeople to provide one-on-one support to breastfeeding women from pregnancy through weaning
          --In-person support groups where peer support and trained lactation professionals are available
          --Social media closed groups monitored by trained lactation professionals provide 24/7 support for military mothers separated from traditional support networks
          --Ambassadors in communities where lactation support is plentiful connect military spouses with local resources


          Supporting Link: https://www.mom2momglobal.org/


            MomsRising

          MomsRising

          Phone: 415-595-8527

          Email: info@momsrising.org

          Website: http://www.momsrising.org

          Action Activities: A majority of MomsRising members are mothers and, as such, we seek to provide mothers with a supportive policy environment in their towns/cities, states and throughout the country. Additionally, we seek to give them tools to support their own breastfeeding journey as well as advocate for others.


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            National Perinatal Association

          National Perinatal Association

          Action Activities: Breastfeeding Position statement (being revised)


          Supporting Link: http://www.nationalperinatal.org/Resources/Breastfeeding%2012-12-13.pdf


            National WIC Association

          National WIC Association

          Phone: 202-232-5492

          Email: whatemaildoyouwant@hotmail.com

          Website: http://www.nwica.org

          Action Activities: NWA's Breastfeeding Promotion Committee just updated its position paper regarding breastfeeding promotion and support within the WIC program. The paper discusses ways in which WIC already promotes and supports breastfeeding as well as explores opportunities for additional promotion and support. The paper has been formatted but not approved by organizational management - it should be shared with membership around early May, 2019.


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          State/Community Activities

            Adelante, The Latino Network for Health and Education

          Adelante, The Latino Network for Health and Education

          Action Activities: - Peer support groups offered in the community in Spanish language and cultural competency.
          - Lactation/breastfeeding classes for expectant families.
          - Social media and phone support for families facing challenges.


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            Asian Breastfeeding Task Force

          Asian Breastfeeding Task Force

          Action Activities: In the process of creating a resource directory of asian language materials for families.


          Supporting Link: http://www.breastfeedla.org/asian-breastfeeding-task-force/


            Breastfeeding Coalition of Delaware

          Breastfeeding Coalition of Delaware

          Action Activities: We develop policy and strategies to help families receive the breastfeeding support they deserve among health care professionals, employers and within their community.


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          Breastfeeding Coalition of Ventura County

          Breastfeeding Coalition of Ventura County

          Action Activities: we provide resources and support to local mothers by:
          -maintaining a comprehensive and up to date breastfeeding resource directory of support and a listing of support groups
          -maintain a comprehensive website with breastfeeding topics, videos and common issues
          -provide 3 breastfeeding warm lines for Ventura County in English, Spanish and Mixteco


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          Breastfeeding: Rights, Education, Advocacy, Support Team Roanoke

          Breastfeeding: Rights, Education, Advocacy, Support Team Roanoke

          Phone: 540-632-1389

          Email: breastroanoke@gmail.com

          Website: http://www.breastroanoke.org/

          Action Activities: BREAST has two bi-monthly meet ups where mothers can get peer-to-peer support from other mothers on breastfeeding and parenting and there is also a Facebook support group for mothers to gain support if they do not choose to attend the meet-ups.


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            BreastfeedLA

          BreastfeedLA

          Phone: 3232108505

          Email: apalmer@breastfeedla.org

          Website: http://BreastfeedLA.org

          Action Activities: BreastfeedLA created a Breastfeeding Advocacy 101 Toolkit with everything a parent needs to know about their breastfeeding and paid family leave rights in California.


          Supporting Link: http://breastfeedla.org/advocacy/


            Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition

          Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition

          Action Activities: The CBC’s Mothers and Their Families Committee is currently focused primarily on providing information regarding where mothers and their families can find help when it is needed to overcome breastfeeding challenges, particularly after they have left the hospital and are home with their newborn. The CBC is participating on ZipMilk.org, a website that provides state-by-state contact information for local lactation professionals, mother-to-mother peer support, WIC offices, and hospital breastfeeding mothers groups. The Committee is also working on an informational handout regarding sources of support and information, with an initial goal of sending it home with all mothers who give birth in Baby-Friendly hospitals, and then widening distribution to all Connecticut hospitals.


          Supporting Link: http://www.breastfeedingct.org/index.php/mothers-and-families


            District of Columbia Breastfeeding Coalition

          District of Columbia Breastfeeding Coalition

          Phone: 202-470-2732

          Email: info@dcbfc.org

          Website: http://www.dcbfc.org

          Action Activities: The DC Breastfeeding Coalition was established to increase the breastfeeding rates of all infants living in the District of Columbia. Working in partnership with maternal and child health professionals, community health organizations, and mother-to-mother support groups, the DC Breastfeeding Coalition seeks to promote, protect and support culturally-sensitive programs and activities that build awareness and understanding of the preventive health benefits of breastfeeding. Through its breastfeeding research, advocacy and educational activities, the Coalition seeks to reduce health disparities -- particularly among the most vulnerable infants and children living in our communities.


          Supporting Link: http://dcbfc.org/


            Florida Breastfeeding Coalition

          Florida Breastfeeding Coalition

          Action Activities: Provide links to where mothers can find help with breastfeeding.


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


            Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition

          Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition

          Action Activities: ZipMilk GA is our Georgia State Breastfeeding Directory. Use it to find breastfeeding help all over the state. Moms, simply plug in your zip code and see all the various types of breastfeeding support around you...and how to contact them. It is fast, easy and free!


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


            Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition

          Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition

          Action Activities: "Breastfeeding Welcome Here" program recognizes businesses that support public breastfeeding at their facilities through the use of window clings.

          "Communities Supporting Breastfeeding" is a designation recognizing communities that provide multifaceted breastfeeding support across several sectors: businesses, employers, hospitals, child care providers and peer support. Link - http://ksbreastfeeding.org/cause/communities-supporting-breastfeeding/


          Supporting Link: http://ksbreastfeeding.com/cause/breastfeeding-welcome-here/


            Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition

          Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition

          Phone: none

          Email: president@mdbfc.org

          Website: http://www.mdbfc.org

          Action Activities: The Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition provides resources and information to mothers across our state including where to find support, information to help access breast pumps, and their rights as breastfeeding moms throughout the state.


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            Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition

          Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition

          Action Activities: The Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition maintains an online directory of patient education and referral resources.


          Supporting Link: http://mnbreastfeedingcoalition.org/resources/


          Missouri Breastfeeding Coalition

          Missouri Breastfeeding Coalition

          Action Activities: The "resources" page of the MO Coalition website provides web-based resources for mothers as well as regional contact information for more personal help.


          Supporting Link: http://www.mobreastfeeding.org/resources/


            Nebraska Breastfeeding Coalition

          Nebraska Breastfeeding Coalition

          Phone: (888) 976-9319

          Email: info@nebreastfeeding.org

          Website: http://nebreastfeeding.org

          Action Activities: I believe all the goals our coalition is focused on in the coming years will result in giving mothers more support to breastfeed their babies. Our Empower Moms work group, part of the Goal Three Task Force, hopes to:
          •Education to both - to empower moms and inform employers of benefits/laws
          •Encourage moms to communicate with their employers
          •Get the wording of the law out to all of us in a format we can forward to other companies.
          •Survey moms to identify needs, barriers


          Supporting Link: http://nebreastfeeding.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Two-Year-Goals.pdf


            New Hampshire Breastfeeding Task Force

          New Hampshire Breastfeeding Task Force

          Action Activities: The NH Breastfeeding Task Force (NHBFTF) offers NH women and their families the following breastfeeding support, information, and services through our organization's website: www.nhbreastfeedingtaskforce.org

          * Benefits of Breastfeeding for Mothers & Babies including the
          importance of Skin to Skin Contact as an essential early start to
          breastfeeding.

          *Helpful Resources for Families through links to:
          NH DHHS: Breastfeeding Promotion & Support Resources

          *Joint Commission's Speak Up educational brochure with prenatal,
          in-hospital & early postpartum breastfeeding support
          * NH DHHS, Division of Public Health Services: Preventing Obesity:
          Breastfeeding Support in Childcare including Childcare policies that
          support breastfeeding mothers
          * NH Breastfeeding Legislation : House Bill 441 (June 10, 1999)
          Protecting a mother's right to breastfeed her child in public.
          * Listing of Baby Friendly Hospitals in NH: 48% of all deliveries in
          our state occur at Baby Friendly designated facilities.
          * NH's 2016 (CDC) Breastfeeding Report Card Results highlighting
          Healthy People 2020 objectives with target goals met in NH.
          * Zip Milk.org resource for support services for breastfeeding mothers.
          * NHBFTF educational pamphlets available to breastfeeding families:
          (1) Providing Breastmilk for Your Hospitalized Infant (2) The
          Pacifier Decision: A Guide for Parents (3) Breastfeeding in the
          Early Weeks
          * OWH-Women's Health.gov: Supporting Nursing Moms at Work: Employer
          Solutions
          * Pacifier Decision Brochure
          * Pumping for Premies Brochure



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


            New York Statewide Breastfeeding Coalition

          New York Statewide Breastfeeding Coalition

          Phone: 845-325-3382

          Email: nysbcinc@gmail.com

          Website: http://www.nysbreastfeeding.org

          Action Activities: NYS now has 29 Baby Cafes, and many local coalitions/networks offer support to mothers and families in urban, rural and suburban locations.
          Our local coalitions are listed on our website.


          Supporting Link: https://www.nysbreastfeeding.org/coalition-supporters/


            Ohio Breastfeeding Alliance

          Ohio Breastfeeding Alliance

          Action Activities: Support and advocacy in response to nursing in public harassment and workplace pumping issues.


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          Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Breastfeeding Coalition

          Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Breastfeeding Coalition

          Phone: 7853050334

          Email: PBPNBreastfeedingCoa@pbpnation.org

          Website: http://

          Action Activities: • offer information and education on breastfeeding during pregnancy
          • offer information and education on breastfeeding after baby has arrived


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            Precious Jewels Moms Ministries

          Precious Jewels Moms Ministries

          Action Activities: Precious Jewels Nursing Mothers Club a community faith based breastfeeding support group for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers.

          Understanding Breastfeeding by Faith Community based prenatal education and post delivery support.


          Supporting Link:


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