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- Launch or establish campaigns for breastfeeding education that target a mother's primary support network, including fathers and grandmothers
- Offer classes on breastfeeding that are convenient for family members to attend
- Key Website Features: News Room, Advocacy HQ, and Coalitions Directory
- Learning Community: Families Learning Community
- Webpage: FAQs for Mothers/Families
- Webpage: Existing Legislation
Action Activities: Improving the Nutritional Well-Being of Women, Children and Families is a resource that presents recommendations and a call to action to state agencies working with the MCH population. The Association of Public Health Nutritionists' MCH Nutrition Council is calling on states and territories to take action to enhance the public health nutrition services they offer and ensure population-based services are available that support the health of women, infants, children, youth and families.
Supporting Link: http://www.asphn.org/resource_files/266/266_resource_file1.pdf
Action Activities: Baby Cafes encourage attendance by partners and grandmothers, where appropriate.
Supporting Link: http://babycafeusa.org see: what is a cafe?
Action Activities: Support people attending Centering sessions also are exposed to discussion around breastfeeding.
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.
Supporting Link: http://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/
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
Action Activities: La Leche League International welcomes fathers at many group meetings and grandmothers at all group meetings.
Supporting Link: http://www.lllusa.org/
Action Activities: All family members, including support team, partners and grandmothers are welcome to Lamaze International classes. Many Lamaze educators offer specialty classes for, partners and grandparents.
Supporting Link: https://elearn.lamaze.org
Action Activities: Mom2Mom Peer Mentors are trained to include fathers/partners in supporting breastfeeding mothers. Local chapters are encouraged to hold Father's Day celebrations, and fathers/partners and grandmothers are welcome at all Mom2Mom support groups.
Supporting Link: http://www.mom2momglobal.org
Action Activities: Additionally, we also have numerous male and grandmother/grandfather members with whom we share resources, educate and call to action.
Action Activities: Fathers Supporting Breastfeeding is a project of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food & Nutrition Service, Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program, targeted to African American fathers so that they may positively impact a mother's decision to breastfeed. The project is part of a continual effort to increase breastfeeding initiation and duration rates among African American women by involving fathers in breastfeeding promotion efforts.
Supporting Link: http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/fathers-supporting-breastfeeding
Action Activities: Pregnant and nursing mothers need access to support, encouragement, and information that provides them with all the necessary tools to meet their breastfeeding goals. Often much of that support comes from fathers and grandmothers, who need their own access to education about breastfeeding. Learning more about what Connecticut fathers know and feel about breastfeeding has been a priority for the Communities Committee. This information can potentially be useful to community-based organizations to help fathers embrace breastfeeding as a means of ensuring long term health benefits for their families and to help them support their breastfeeding partners.
Supporting Link: http://www.breastfeedingct.org/index.php/communities
Action Activities: Collaborating with Kansas Children's Service League Fatherhood Initiative to incorporate breastfeeding into fathers' "networking" groups.