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MDH legislative report highlights Minnesota’s health inequities

The Minnesota Department of Health has released a legislative report calling for the state to directly address health inequities so that all Minnesotans have the opportunity to be healthy regardless of race, place or income. Breastfeeding is included as a strategy to reduce health disparities (see page 50 of the report). To access the report: Advancing Health Equity in Minnesota: Report to the Legislature (PDF: 130 pages/2053KB)

MBC Key Dates for 2014

All Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition (MBC) steering committee meetings are in the even months, on the second Tuesday of the month. In 2014, the steering committee will be meeting:
February 11, 2014
April 8, 2014
June 10, 2014
August 12, 2014
October 14, 2014
December 9, 2014
In addition to the above set meeting dates, there will also be additional meetings as needed to plan for the events the MBC holds each year, such as workshops and the Annual Meeting. If you are interested in attending a steering committee meeting, please contact the MBC via email at

Save the date!
The MBC Annual Meeting and Workshop are planned for September 29 & 30th, 2014 in the Twin Cities Metro area.

6th Annual Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition Statewide Meeting and Workshop — Agendas Now Available!

The agendas for the 6th Annual Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition Statewide Meeting and Workshop are now available.

6th Annual Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition Statewide Meeting Agenda


Baby-Friendly Workshop: Implementing the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding Agenda

MBC Baby Friendly Workshop Agenda 10 10 13, FINAL-page-001

Contact Hours according to MN Board of Nursing requirements for continuing education credits available for the meetings:
Friday, October 11, 2013 – Annual Meeting: 3.8 Total Contact Hours
Thursday, October 10, 2013 – Workshop: 4.5 Total Contact Hours

To conserve resources, handouts will be available to download prior to the meetings.

INVITATION & REGISTRATION for 6th Annual MN BFing Coalition Meeting & Workshop, Oct. 10&11, 2013


Registration is now open for the 6th Annual Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition Statewide Meeting and Pre-Meeting Baby-Friendly Workshop.

WHEN:  October 11, 2013 for the 6th Annual Meeting, 8:15 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.  AND October 10, 2013 for the Pre-Meeting Workshop, 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

WHERE:  First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Glencoe, Minnesota (about 1 hour west of metro area)

Register online at

The 6th Annual Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition (MBC) Statewide Meeting is a day-long event bringing breastfeeding advocates together from around the state. The theme Building Connections for Breastfeeding highlights how working with community, health care, coalitions, childcare, policy, workplace and public health helps make breastfeeding easier.

Visit the Annual Meeting page for a preliminary agenda. Registration begins at 8:15 a.m. and the meeting begins at 8:30 a.m. Babies in arms are always welcome. Lactation room available for pumping. Light breakfast, lunch and snacks included with registration fee. CEUs will be available. Registration fee for the Annual Meeting is $40 plus $1.79 processing fee.

A pre-meeting workshop for maternity center staff is being offered this year on Thursday, October 10 from 1:00 p.m.- 5:00 p.m. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m. As a follow-up to the Perinatal Hospital Leadership Summit from May 2013, this workshop will focus on helping birthing centers implement the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. See preliminary agenda on the MBC website for Baby Friendly Workshop: Implementing the 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding. CEUs will be available. Registration fee for Workshop is $20 plus $1.39 processing fee. Light refreshments included with fee.

Registration fee for attending both the Annual Meeting AND Workshop is $55 plus $2.09 processing fee. To keep fees low handouts for downloading and printing will be made available on the website before the Meeting and Workshop. Registrants will receive an email when materials are available.

Hotel rooms are available at Glencoe Super 8, at a group rate of $59 to $64 +tax for single to double occupancy. Call 320-864-6191 and mention “MBC” to reserve a room. An optional dinner will be held at Zella’s in Hutchinson, Thursday, Oct. 10 at 6:00 p.m. Please RSVP for the dinner online when registering for the meetings so we know how many to expect. Each is to pay for their own meal.

Questions? Email

Please feel free to forward this invitation on to others who might be interested. We hope to see you in October!

Save the Date ….. for an upcoming workshop about the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.

Save the Date ….. for an upcoming workshop about the Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding.

• Help your hospital move forward to support mothers who choose to breastfeed

• Hear what other hospitals are doing in lactation care

• Learn practical strategies to Implement the Ten Steps

The Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition is offering a Baby Friendly Workshop – designed to be a “working meeting” to get things done. This is not your ordinary meeting! We are all busy, so the workshop’s goal is for you to get work done while you attend . . . then take completed documents or drafts back to your hospital.

It will include information about the Baby Friendly Ten Steps to Successful Breastfeeding and how to make change at your hospital one step at a time.

There will be many small group learning opportunities, including work tables where you can give and take documents, handouts, and ideas from other programs in the state.

Sharing of resources is encouraged and you will go home having completed some tasks that will help your hospital improve lactation support, even if you are not yet ready for Baby Friendly.

WHAT: Baby Friendly Workshop: Implementing the 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding
WHEN: Thursday, October 10, 2013, 1-5 pm
WHERE: Glencoe, Minnesota – at First Evangelical Lutheran Church

This pre-conference Workshop precedes the
Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition – 6th Annual meeting
on Friday, October 11, 2013, 8:15am-3:30pm, same location


For questions, contact Dr. Pam Heggie at or 612-672-2350


Baby Friendly Workshop:
Implementing the 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding

12:30 – 1:00 pm
Registration & Networking

1:00 – 2:15 pm
Welcome and Introductions
Overview of the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative
Myth-Busting about Baby-Friendly
Getting Started
Lessons Learned from the Field

2:15 – 2:30 pm

2:30 – 4:30 pm
Breakout Sessions – Ten Steps – Ten Stations

Small group work stations. Share ideas, problem solve, create/share
a handout or policy, learn what other hospitals are doing.

The Ten Steps – Ten stations:
1. Breastfeeding policies
2. Staff training
3. Prenatal education
4. The first hour (skin-to-skin and breastfeeding)
5. Teaching hand expression and pumping
6. Exclusive breastfeeding and formula management
7. Keeping mother and baby together – Rooming In
8. Teaching feeding cues / Soothing babies
9. No pacifiers or bottles (Alternative feeding methods)
10. Fostering community support

4:30 – 5:00 pm
Closing and Wrap up

6:00 pm
Optional dinner out at Zella’s in Hutchinson, MN (near Glencoe)