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MBC Steering Committee Members Published in Pediatrics

Two long-time Steering committee members of the MBC, Dr. Pamela Heggie, MD, IBCLC and Marcia McCoy, MPH, IBCLC, collaborated on a new article in Pediatrics, “In-hospital formula feeding and breastfeeding duration.” These investigators found that infants who were fed formula during their postpartum hospital stay were 2.5 to 6 times more likely to be weaned earlier from breastmilk than infants who were exclusively breastfed from birth. In-hospital formula-feeding of breastfed infants is widespread among participants in the Minnesota WIC program, as is shorter-than-recommended and shorter-than-desired duration of breastfeeding. The authors suggested strategies to reduce in-hospital formula feeding, such as including culturally appropriate prenatal education; peer counseling; hospital staff and physician education; and skin-to-skin contact. Breastfeeding duration has been shown to have a significant impact on numerous health outcomes, with a dose-response protective effect for SIDS, infection in infancy, and childhood obesity. The AAP recommends exclusive breastfeeding for all newborns for about 6 months, followed by continued breastfeeding plus complementary foods for at least a year.

McCoy, M.B., & Heggie, P. (2020). In-hospital formula feeding and breastfeeding duration. Pediatrics, 46(1), published on-line first; will be in July 2020 issue.



Three Minnesota women receive awards to attend the United States Breastfeeding Committee’s National Coalition Convening

The United States Breastfeeding Committee for 2019 selected several individuals nationwide to receive special awards, which include complimentary registration, hotel, and travel to the USBC’s Ninth National Breastfeeding Coalition Convening in June 2019.

Cultural Change-Maker Award

This award is for leaders and members of cultural breastfeeding coalitions and community-based organizations actively engaged in the birth and breastfeeding fields. Eight awards were bestowed for 2019. We’re proud to have two awardees attending from Minnesota. They are:

Stephanie Johnson

Stephanie Johnson

I am a wife and mother of 3 young children.  Outside of spending time with my family, I am a lifelong learner of new things to better not just myself but my community as well.  My role as a Breastfeeding Peer Counselor for the last year has brought me a tremendous amount of joy. I enjoy meeting new families and supporting their breastfeeding journey.  I take great pride in the impact that I can have on families during one of the most life-changing events they can have.

Tiffany Yang

Tiffany Yang

Nyob zoo – Hello! My name is Tiffany Pao Yang. I am the fifth daughter of Hmong refugees from Thailand. I am originally from small-town Sheboygan, Wisconsin, but today I consider myself a big-city Hmong Minnesotan. I hold a Bachelors of Science degree in Life Sciences Communication and certificates in Gender and Women’s Studies and Global Health from the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Today, I am a second year Maternal and Child Health graduate student at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, School of Public Health.

Tribal Trailblazer award

This award is for talented and dedicated individuals who are new, emerging, or aspiring breastfeeding leaders, actively promoting maternal and child health, and breastfeeding support, in their tribes. One leader in Minnesota received this award.

Natalie Nicholson

USBC Awardee Natalie Nicholson

Boozhoo – My name is Natalie Nicholson, I am from Bemidji, Minnesota and an enrolled member of the Three Affiliated Tribes.  My parents are Millicent & Bruce Simenson from Bemidji. I am married to John, who is also a public health nurse and we have two awesome daughters, Stella & Mya who are in grade school.  I am a certified family nurse practitioner, lactation counselor & public health nurse and work with Mewinzha Ondaadiziike Wiigaming and Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians as a health care and lactation provider.  I help co-facilitate the Indigenous Breastfeeding Coalition of Minnesota as well.  I am excited and honored to be one of the recipients of the USBC Tribal Trailblazer award to be able to participate and experience this conference and convening for the first time. Miigwech!


Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition Position Postings

Part-time Grant Writer

The Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition (MBC) is pleased to announce that it is seeking a part-time grant writer contractor for 2019.  Please see the attached job description for additional information and the process for applying.  Applications are due Feb. 20, 2019.


Part-time Project Director

The Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition (MBC) is seeking a part-time Project Director hired on contract to assist with a grant awarded from the Minnesota Department of Health Office of Statewide Health Improvement Initiatives to implement interventions supportive of breastfeeding in maternity centers.  Please see the attached position description for more details and application process.  Applications are no longer being accepted at this time.

Join us in June for two live webinars!

The Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition and Minnesota Department of Health SHIP are bringing you two webinars on June 13, 2018:

  • Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative Update: What Minnesota Hospitals and Providers Need to Know
  • Human Donor Milk and the Minnesota Milk Bank for Babies: What Health Care Providers Need to Know about Human Donor Milk and the Minnesota Milk Bank for Babies

You can choose to attend one ($30) or both ($50). Register here: 

Questions? Email with “Webinars” in the subject line.

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Save the date: MBC 10th Annual Statewide Meeting and Workshop

Please join us at Madden’s Resort on Gull Lake near Brainerd, Minnesota, on Thursday, November 2 and Friday, November 3 for the Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition 10th Annual Statewide Meeting and Workshop.  Feel free to share this event with others (pdf of flyer).

Thursday, November 2, 2017, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Integrating Community Health and Primary Care to Promote and Support Breastfeeding: Connect, build partnerships, and create common goals in your region

Evening Dessert Social/Networking
Thursday, November 2, 2017, 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

10th Annual Statewide Meeting
Friday, November 3, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Enhancing Health Equity and Access to Breastfeeding: Clinical strategies and resources to support Minnesota families

Continuing education credits will be available for lactation providers, nurses, and dietitians.

Book online for room reservations or call 1 (800) 233-2934.  Group rates apply Wednesday through Saturday.  

More details to come soon. Updates can be found here on the MBC website.  Send questions to

Handouts available for upcoming Duluth workshop

Physician breakfast and breastfeeding workshopRegistration is now closed for the Breastfeeding Management & Counseling for the Health Care Team Workshop. Please click below to download and/or print presentation handouts. We look forward to seeing you on May 25, 2017, in Duluth, Minnesota!