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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: 202-667-8227

          Email: info@thousanddays.org

          Website: http://www.thousanddays.org

          Action Activities: 1,000 Days supports mothers by elevating their voices through online petitions to improve policies that support breastfeeding such as strengthening the WIC program and mandating paid parental leave. 1,000 Days is also currently creating a report on the "state of the first 1,000 days" in the United States that examines the problem of poor maternal and young child nutrition. Further, 1,000 Days is conducting qualitative research with low-income mothers across the country in order to better understand the barriers they face when it comes to having good nutrition for themselves and for their young children.


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            American Academy of Pediatrics

          American Academy of Pediatrics

          Phone: 847-434-4000

          Email: lactation@aap.org

          Website: http://www.aap.org

          Action Activities: The American Academy of Pediatrics has published the 2nd 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: http://www2.aap.org/breastfeeding/familiesResourceGuide.html


            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: Association of State and Territorial Public Health Nutrition Directors member Robin Stanton authored a guest editorial entitled "A Road Map for Change: Ensuring That Women Have Breastfeeding Support," published in the Journal of Perinatal Education, July, vol. 20 (3), 2011.


          Supporting Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3209768/


            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


            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/


            Human Milk Banking Association of North America

          Human Milk Banking Association of North America

          Phone: 817-810-9984

          Email: admin@hmbana.org

          Website: http://www.hmbana.org

          Action Activities: Each Human Milk Banking Association of North America milk bank provides education to mothers about breastfeeding through classes, telephone counseling, or assisting local breastfeeding task forces. Some milk banks also provide breast pump services. For more information, find your closest milk bank.


          Supporting Link: http://www.hmbana.org/locations


            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 (LLL) 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 holds over 100 breastfeeding conferences, providing families and the general public with breastfeeding education.


          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


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          State/Community Activities

          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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          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


          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

          Phone: 7854774666

          Email: bandy@kansas.net

          Website: http://ksbreastfeeding.org

          Action Activities: "Breastfeeding Welcome Here" program recognizes businesses that support public breastfeeding at their facilities through the use of window clings. Over 519 participating businesses (Aug. 2016).

          "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/


          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/


          Nebraska Breastfeeding Coalition

          Nebraska Breastfeeding Coalition

          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


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


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