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Action 2. Develop programs to educate fathers and grandmothers about breastfeeding

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Implementation Strategies

  • 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

USBC Resources

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National Activities

  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 recommends that encouragement from a physician and other family members, especially the baby’s father and maternal grandmother, are important factors in the initiation of breastfeeding. While caring for a mother’s immediate and extended family, a family physician should remind her social support system to encourage breastfeeding.


Supporting Link: https://www.aafp.org/about/policies/all/breastfeeding-support.html


  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.


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: ASPHN supports a Children’s Healthy Weight CoIIN where participating states may choose a breastfeeding track that includes support for fathers and grandmothers. 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: Baby Cafes encourage attendance by partners and grandmothers, where appropriate.


Supporting Link: http://babycafeusa.org http://babycafeusa.org/mothers-charter


  Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association

Black Mothers' Breastfeeding Association

Phone: 800-313-6141

Email: info@bmbfa.org

Website: http://www.bmbfa.org

Action Activities: Conducted group parenting classes. Welcomed father's and other support persons to attend so that they could get information about breastfeeding, how they could help, and who they could reach out to with questions.


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: Our overall work is upstream and programmatic, thus, by enabling change at the system level in the hospital and the community, our work reaches fathers and grandparents, although they are not the specific targets of our programs.


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


  Centering Healthcare Institute

Centering Healthcare Institute

Action Activities: Support people attending Centering sessions also are exposed to discussion around breastfeeding.


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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.


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: Includes information about the impact of fathers and grandmothers in lactation education and support training programs and curricula.


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  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 welcomes fathers at many group meetings and grandmothers at all group meetings.


Supporting Link: http://www.lllusa.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 welcomes fathers at many group meetings and grandmothers at all group meetings.


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: 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


  Mom2Mom Global

Mom2Mom Global

Phone: 910-401-3566

Email: info@mom2momglobal.org

Website: http://www.mom2momglobal.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


  MomsRising

MomsRising

Phone: 415-595-8527

Email: info@momsrising.org

Website: http://www.momsrising.org

Action Activities: Additionally, we also have numerous male and grandmother/grandfather members with whom we share resources, educate and call to action.


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  National WIC Association

National WIC Association

Phone: 202-232-5492

Email: whatemaildoyouwant@hotmail.com

Website: http://www.nwica.org

Action Activities: NWA has started a task force titled, Inclusion of Dads in WIC Task Force. Its purpose is to assist state and local WIC agencies in the inclusion of dads in WIC while offering and showcasing best practices and steps agencies can take to implement inclusion of dads and others e.g. care givers, grandparents, partners, same gender couples. The task force is currently being staffed with volunteers and a chair. As a result, no meetings have taken place yet.


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  USDA, Food and Nutrition Service

USDA, Food and Nutrition Service

Phone: 703-305-2062

Email:

Website: http://www.fns.usda.gov

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


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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 hosts Big Latch On to help educate parents and their support systems on breastfeeding and the community resources.


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  Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition

Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition

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


  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 Resource Guide's print version is available in English, Spanish and Amharic as well as a smartphone app.


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Missouri Breastfeeding Coalition

Missouri Breastfeeding Coalition

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


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


Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Breastfeeding Coalition

Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Breastfeeding Coalition

Phone: 7853050334

Email: PBPNBreastfeedingCoa@pbpnation.org

Website: http://

Action Activities: • offer infoation and education to breastfeeding mothers families


Supporting Link:


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