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Local Breastfeeding Coalitions invited to attend
7th Annual Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition Teleconference/WebEx
Thursday, April 25, 2013
10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Please join the Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition and the 29 local breastfeeding coalitions throughout Minnesota for this year’s annual teleconference. Like the MBC annual meeting held in the fall, this spring teleconference is a time for local coalitions to connect, learn what’s happening around the state and nationally, and share ideas that promote breastfeeding.
New this year, two or three local coalitions will present projects they are working on to promote breastfeeding in their communities. Washington County Breastfeeding Coalition will share their prenatal patient education materials and how they can be used by other breastfeeding advocates. Have something to share?If you or your coalition has a project or event you’d like to highlight, please contact Barb King firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other teleconference agenda items:
• Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition announcements
• Perinatal Hospital Leadership Summit – May 7, 2013
• MBC 2013 Annual Meeting – October 11, 2013 Glencoe, Minnesota – mark your calendar!
• Share your plans for World Breastfeeding Week August 1 – 7, 2013 Breastfeeding Support: Close to Mothers See http://worldbreastfeedingweek.org
• Please email email@example.com if you have other topics you’d like to discuss or questions to pose to the group
There are a limited number of phone lines available for the teleconference/WebEx. Each coalition or group that RSVPs will have a phone line reserved.
If your coalition plans to participate, please RSVP by providing a contact person’s name, phone number, and email address; we will be in touch with further call instructions. Send contact information and any comments by April 16 to Barb King at firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to hearing what’s going on with breastfeeding promote, education, and support throughout Minnesota. Thank you for all the work you do around breastfeeding to create Healthy Babies, Healthy Families, Healthy Communities.
The focus of the first Minnesota Perinatal Hospital Leadership Summit: Linking Evidence to Practice in Support of Breastfeeding is quality improvement in maternity care practices that support breastfeeding and Joint Commission exclusive breastfeeding measures.
By invitation only for Hospital and Health System Directors, Directors of Nursing or Patient Services and Managers of Birth Centers.
Up to two attendees from each hospital or health system may register.
To take advantage of the discounted rate, both attendees must register at the same time.
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.
The USBC is gathering information to assess the “landscape of breastfeeding support” across the Nation. You are invited to respond to a survey about organizations, programs, and projects that are currently active, and about those that could have a significant impact if engaged, in the following four areas:
- Mother-to-mother support and peer counseling
- Access to services of International Board Certified Lactation Consultants
- Community-based organizations that promote and support breastfeeding, especially in communities of color
- Continuity of skilled support between hospitals and community settings.
Please take 15 minutes to complete the survey and tell us what you know by Friday, March 22. Also, please help us spread the word about this important survey by sharing with your networks. Below are ready-to-use posts for sharing on Facebook or Twitter.
The U.S. Breastfeeding Committee wants to learn about organizations, programs, and projects across the Nation that are currently working to support breastfeeding families, and those that could have a significant impact if engaged in this work. Please take 15 minutes to share what you know about breastfeeding support and help spread the word about this important survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/enviro-scan
- Please take 15 mins to share what you know about #breastfeeding support programs: http://ow.ly/i8Har via @USbreastfeeding
- Help @USbreastfeeding learn about the landscape of #breastfeeding support: http://ow.ly/i8Har Pls RT!
Breastfeeding Stamp Petition
A White House petition has been launched urging the Obama Administration to develop and issue a stamp or series of stamps that depict, promote, and normalize breastfeeding. If a petition gets enough support, White House staff must review it, ensure it’s sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response. The threshold for this response is 25,000 signatures by February 10, so please share the petition link widely!
Breast Pump Resource, from FDA
The Food and Drug Administration has published a new webpage, “Breast Pumps: Don’t Be Misled – Get the Facts,” to help moms choose the right breast pump.
St. Paul Parks and Recreation receives award for promoting and protecting breastfeeding
October 25, 2012
St. Paul, MN – St. Paul Parks and Recreation is the 2012 recipient of the Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition’s Triple H Award for excellence in promoting and protecting breastfeeding in Minnesota. This annual award will be accepted by Dan Berchem, Oxford Community Center facility manager, on behalf of St. Paul Parks & Recreation at the fifth annual Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition meeting held October 29, 2012, in St. Paul, Minnesota. Triple H refers to “healthy” in Breastfeeding: Healthy Babies, Healthy Families, Healthy Communities, Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition’s vision statement.
In its citywide aquatics training, St. Paul Parks and Recreation includes information on Minnesota Statue 145.905, a law which allows a woman to breastfeed in any location, public or private, where the mother and child are allowed. Although this law has been in place since 1998, women continue to be asked to cover up or move to a private area when breastfeeding their babies in public places. The Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition applauds the efforts of Oxford Pool and other city aquatic centers in making their facilities family and breastfeeding friendly by including details about the law in its training at its facility.
Improving support for breastfeeding in community settings is a priority of The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding, 2011
(http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/calls/breastfeeding/calltoactiontosupportbreastfeeding.pdf). With 78 percent of women in Minnesota initiating breastfeeding, according
to the CDC’s Breastfeeding Report Card 2012 (http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/pdf/2012BreastfeedingReportCard.pdf), it is important that community gathering places, like city pools, make breastfeeding easier for women and their babies.
The Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition, which works collaboratively to create an environment in Minnesota where breastfeeding is recognized and supported as vital to the health and development of children and families, was formed in January 2006. Coalition membership has representation from the state and local health departments, the WIC Program (the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children), physicians, hospital lactation departments, La Leche League, and other organizations and individuals who support and promote breastfeeding.
For more information about the Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition and its annual meeting, please go to http://mnbreastfeedingcoalition.org
Don’t have the time or staff to train everyone you would like?
Please let child care providers in your circle know about this training opportunity from the Child Care Resource & Referral system.
|Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care Programs|
|This online course will introduce the importance of breastfeeding to children, mothers, and child care programs. Topics will include benefits of breastfeeding, risks of not breastfeeding, breastfeeding guidelines, and safe handling and storage of breast milk. Participants will identify ways for child care providers to support breastfeeding families. Participants will also learn strategies to improve breastfeeding promotion and support in both home and center-based child care settings.
CDA Content Area 1; Core Competency Area VI;
Meets Parent Aware Training Requirement
Chat Sessions: Tuesdays from 7:00-7:45 p.m. CST.
August 7, 14, 21 & 28
Cost: 60.00; credit for 12 hours of training
To register go to www.eagertolearn.org
Comments from previous course participants:
“…this course was GREAT!”
“I…love a class when i can learn at least 1 new thing”
“I definitely plan to advocate more for breast feeding. Before this training, I really didn’t care either way what people chose to do. If asked now, I would let a new mother know of all the benefits of nursing.”
“…a very balanced course. It was also nice to do a training that was different and not the same ol’ child development/school readiness type thing.”
“Class was well organized and I am glad that I took it”