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COVID-19 and Lactation Resources


Next MBC Steering Committee Meeting

  • Tuesday, October 13, 9:30 to 11:30 am
  • Agenda with Zoom link will be posted prior to meeting

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the usual MBC Annual Workshop and Conference will not occur as a 2-day, in-person event this year. Instead, there are several virtual events scheduled and in the planning stages. Keep visiting the events section of this website for updates.


MBC Annual Meeting Tues., Nov. 17, 2020

The MBC Annual Meeting will be held on November 17, 2020, as required to be in compliance with our by-laws and nonprofit status.  Please click HERE to help us pick the time for the meeting. Once the time is set, MBC will provide ample notification to the broader audience so that anyone may attend. We will also remind the voting member coalitions to attend as they must vote on all changes, updates, or motions.


Nominations are requested for:

Rhonda Skelton “Above and Beyond” in Maternity Care Award

This annual award is presented by the Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition and Healthy Northland to honor the memory and work of Rhonda Skelton, a dedicated nurse and manager who worked hard to make hospital maternity practices Baby-Friendly. Rhonda directed the obstetrics department at Moose Lake’s Mercy Hospital where she had worked for 25 years. She was passionate about breastfeeding and early contact between a mother and her baby. For 10 years until her death in November 2016, Rhonda worked doggedly, going “above and beyond,” in her efforts for the hospital to achieve Baby-Friendly designation. The awardee will be recognized with the presentation of a certificate during the Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition Perinatal Hospital Leadership Summit, November 2020. To learn more about the award and to access the fillable .pdf nomination form click here.

Nomination form deadline for submission is October 19, 2020.


2020–7th Annual Minnesota Perinatal Hospital Leadership Summit

Human Milk’s Role in Reducing Infant Mortality

Originally scheduled for May 2020. Postponed Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Calendar icon Date: Thursday & Friday, November 5 & 6, 2020; 8:00 am to noon each day
Fall 2020 Workshop - Speacher Icon Speakers:Day 1 Keynote: Mother’s Milk Matters, Dr. Jae Kim, Neonatology, Cincinnati, Children’s Medical Center

Day 2 Keynote: Twenty Years Baby Friendly: Reflections on Change, Dr. Barbara Philipp, Boston University School of Medicine

Fall 2020 Workshop - Magnifying Glass Icon Topics:

  • How and why human milk reduces infant mortality
  • State and local initiatives to reduce infant mortality
  • Pasteurized human donor milk and safe handling in hospitals
  • Milk banking and Minnesota Milk Bank for Babies update
  • Innovative rooming-in: keeping mothers and babies together
  • Creative hospital discharge education to prevent shaken baby syndrome
  • Healthcare provider stories
Fall 2020 Workshop - Google Map Icon Location: This is a virtual workshop, using Zoom. Links to Zoom and all materials will be provided to all registrants.
$$ Fee: Registration details and fee information are available at www.mbc41.wildapricot.org/Summit

L-CERPS and CMEs will be available

Summit Information Photo


Letter of Solidarity:

From MBC Leadership to the family and communities grieving the murder of Mr. George Floyd by police in Minneapolis, and to all others experiencing racism and other forms of discrimination. Full text of letter


Share your COVID-19 Story

  • How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed your life?
  • Has it affected your pregnancy, birth, or breastfeeding experience?
  • Has the COVID-19 pandemic affected the way you provide lactation education or services?
  • Is it affecting the families in your community?
  • Click here to learn more and to share your story. (There is no limit to how many words you can use to tell your story.)

Healthy Babies . Healthy Families . Healthy Communities