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

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denotes a USBC member organization listing

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

  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: 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


  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 see: what is a cafe?


  Centering Healthcare Institute

Centering Healthcare Institute

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


Supporting Link:


  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/


  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/


  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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  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

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


Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition

Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition

Phone: 7854774666

Email: bandy@kansas.net

Website: http://ksbreastfeeding.org

Action Activities: Collaborating with Kansas Children's Service League Fatherhood Initiative to incorporate breastfeeding into fathers' "networking" groups.


Supporting Link:


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