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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: 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
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.
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.”
Action Activities: Baby Cafes encourage attendance by partners and grandmothers, where appropriate.
Supporting Link: http://babycafeusa.org http://babycafeusa.org/mothers-charter
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
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
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: Includes information about the impact of fathers and grandmothers in lactation education and support training programs and curricula.
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: La Leche League USA 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: 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.
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: BREAST hosts Big Latch On to help educate parents and their support systems on breastfeeding and the community resources.
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: The DC Breastfeeding Resource Guide's print version is available in English, Spanish and Amharic as well as a smartphone app.
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/
Action Activities: • offer infoation and education to breastfeeding mothers families