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Action 4. Use community-based organizations to promote and support breastfeeding

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denotes a USBC member organization listing

Implementation Strategies

  • Support and fund small nonprofit organizations that promote breastfeeding in communities of color
  • Integrate education and support for breastfeeding into public health programs that serve new families
  • Ensure around-the-clock access to resources that provide assistance with breastfeeding

 

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: In the Cornerstones of a Healthy Lifestyle: Blueprint for Nutrition & Physical Actviity, 2nd Ed, the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists
outline practical, consumer-focused, state and local strategies for improving eating and physical activity that will lead to healthier lives for children, adults and families, including supporting breastfeeding. The Blueprint provides communities, consumers, organizations, agencies and programs with strategies and potential actions to address priority nutrition and physical activity issues in the context of their own community resources and needs.


Supporting Link: http://www.asphn.org/resource_files/560/560_resource_file3.pdf


  Baby Café USA

Baby Café USA

Phone: 781-507-1980

Email: lucia@babycafeusa.org

Website: http://www.babycafeusa.org

Action Activities: Baby Cafes, are free, community-based drop in sites offering high-quality breastfeeding care. All Baby cafes are encouraged to establish links with community organizations such as WIC, Family Health Centers and Community Libraries, as well as having high community visibility and promotion.


Supporting Link: http://babycafeusa.org see: Find a Cafe


  DHHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

DHHS, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Phone: 800-232-4636

Email: info@cdc.gov

Website: http://www.cdc.gov

Action Activities: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides funds to support breastfeeding in states and communities under two funding mechanisms: Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) and Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH).


Supporting Link: http://www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dch/programs/index.htm


  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 the National Breastfeeding Helpline operated by trained breastfeeding peer counselors to provide support by phone in English or Spanish.


Supporting Link: http://womenshealth.gov/about-us/health-information-by-phone/


  Every Mother, Inc.

Every Mother, Inc.

Phone: 877-666-7226

Email: info@everymother.org

Website: http://www.everymother.org

Action Activities: Every Mother provides technical assistance to WIC agencies by offering trainings, webinar and conference presentations, and electronic assistance.


Supporting Link: http://everymother.org/training_programs.php


  HealthConnect One

HealthConnect One

Action Activities: Work with various community based organizations to implement peer to peer support or promote and support breastfeeding families.


Supporting Link:


  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 Leader form community-based organizations and provide group meetings and individualized help for breastfeeding families in their communities.


Supporting Link: http://www.lllusa.org/locator/


  Lamaze International

Lamaze International

Phone: 202-367-1128

Email: info@lamaze.org

Website: http://www.lamaze.org

Action Activities: Lamaze International provides around-the-clock access to breastfeeding resources (online, text, and videos).


Supporting Link: http://www.lamaze.org/EstablishingBreastfeeding


  Mom2Mom Global

Mom2Mom Global

Phone: 910-401-3566

Email: info@mom2momglobal.org

Website: http://www.mom2momglobal.org

Action Activities: Mom2Mom Global Chapters and Ambassadors collaborate with other local resources for breastfeeding families in military communities, such as community support (LLL, babywearing, cloth-diapering, mother support groups) and official Department of Defense sponsored resources (New Parent Support, WIC, military family support). Our mission is to be a clearinghouse of information and resources for breastfeeding families in our communities.


Supporting Link: http://www.mom2momglobal.org


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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 a program called 'Breast Friends". Breast Friends talks to local business and community places and educate them on breastfeeding and on ways they can support the breastfeeding mother when a mom enters their businesses or location.


Supporting Link:


Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition

Connecticut Breastfeeding Coalition

Action Activities: The CBC Communities Committee was established in response to the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding. “Everyone can help make breastfeeding easier” is the central tenet of this landmark 2011 document, and specific actions for communities are included, as follows:

-Strengthen programs that provide mother-to-mother support and peer counseling.
-Use community-based organizations to promote and support breastfeeding.
-Create a national campaign to promote breastfeeding.
-Ensure that the marketing of infant formula is conducted in a way that minimizes its negative impacts on exclusive breastfeeding.


Supporting Link: http://www.breastfeedingct.org/index.php/communities


Florida Breastfeeding Coalition

Florida Breastfeeding Coalition

Action Activities: Promote and empowering geographical community breastfeeding coalitions or task forces across Florida.


Supporting Link: http://flbreastfeeding.org/flcommunity_coalitions.htm


Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition

Georgia Breastfeeding Coalition

Action Activities: Express Your SuperPower 5K is an event that will raise awareness throughout Georgia and nearby states about breastfeeding and the health of our babies and children. GBC partners with the Northwest GA Breastfeeding Coalition, state entities, businesses, organizations and individuals through this event to promote and support breastfeeding.


Supporting Link: http://www.nwgabfcoalition.com/expressyoursuperpower5k/


Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition

Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition

Phone: 7854774666

Email: bandy@kansas.net

Website: http://ksbreastfeeding.org

Action Activities: "Building Local Breastfeeding Coalition" (BLBC) program fosters the growth and sustainment of local breastfeeding coalitions in Kansas. The BLBC program provides training to develop optimal breastfeeding interventions, through sharing of model practices and policies with local breastfeeding coalitions. The KBC hosts an annual "Kansas Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference" each fall to bring local breastfeeding coalitions together to share information and learn new skills needed for coalition building. Currently 25 breastfeeding coalitions in KS serve over 60% of the state.


Supporting Link: http://ksbreastfeeding.com/cause/building-local-breastfedding-coalitions/


Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition

Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition

Action Activities: The Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition maintains a directory of local coalitions in the state and conducts an annual meeting and teleconference to update member coalitions and provide a platform to share successes and challenges.


Supporting Link: http://mnbreastfeedingcoalition.org


Nebraska Breastfeeding Coalition

Nebraska Breastfeeding Coalition

Action Activities: We are working to support and expand our Community Breastfeeding Initiative.


Supporting Link: http://nebreastfeeding.org/cbi/


New Hampshire Breastfeeding Task Force

New Hampshire Breastfeeding Task Force

Action Activities: The NHBFTF has partnered with DHHS & the Monadnock Breastfeeding Coalition to develop a child care award for breastfeeding friendly child care facilities meeting award criteria. The Task Force houses the award application/criteria and resources on our website. The NHBFTF also supported DHHS & the Monadnock Breastfeeding Coalition in the development of an online breastfeeding curriculum for NH child care facilities.

The NHBFTF has partnered with the NH DHHS, Division of Public Health Services Preventing Obesity program.


The Task Force is also currently connecting with the NH March of Dimes to expand potential partnerships .

The NHBFTF has supported the NH 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding Collaborative in providing breastfeeding education throughout NH consistent with the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.


Supporting Link:


TriCounties Breastfeeding Alliance

TriCounties Breastfeeding Alliance

Phone: 530-822-5951

Email: tlavy@co.sutter.ca.us

Website: http://

Action Activities: Active coalition for past 15 years. Network with county health departments, California First 5.


Supporting Link:


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