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Improving Breastfeeding Practices in US Hospitals

To all Local Breastfeeding Coalitions:

The last United States Breastfeeding Committee/Centers for Disease Control (USBC/CDC) national teleconference for state breastfeeding coalitions presented information about an initiative with possible grant funding to increase the number of hospitals with Baby-Friendly status.

We are asking local coalitions to pass this information along to their local hospitals. There will be a webinar on January 12, 2012 from 3-4pm CST for hospitals interested in the project. Please see the information below from the National Initiative for Children’s Healthcare Quality, Contact Linda Dech,, if you have questions.

Improving Breastfeeding Practices in US Hospitals

With support from the CDC, NICHQ is leading Best Fed Beginnings, an effort to help hospitals nationwide make quality improvements to maternity care to better support mothers and babies to be able to breastfeed. This project will address the need to improve hospital practices to support breastfeeding by helping hospitals move toward Baby-Friendly status.

Project Goals and Measures
The goal of the project is increase the number of U.S. Baby-Friendly hospitals. Specific activities NICHQ will undertake are to:
• Conduct multiple Breakthrough Series learning collaboratives that will bring together staff throughout participating hospitals, including organization leadership and front line teams together with leading experts in breastfeeding and quality improvement to encourage system-level changes
• Work with Baby Friendly USA to enhance their organizational capacity to meet their mission of expanding the number of Baby Friendly Hospitals and
• Prepare the groundwork for sustainable widespread adoption of Baby Friendly practices beyond the duration of this project

How To Get Involved
Is your hospital interested in participating as a project team? Do you or your organization have relevant skills or resources that could help contribute to the success of this project? Then please complete our Project Interest Form! Those who complete the form will be notified when more information about the project specific to their interest becomes available.

We are very interested in hearing from hospitals that might want to participate. All are welcome. We are especially interested in hearing from hospitals that serve minority and disadvantaged populations.

If you have any questions about this project, please contact our Project Coordinator, Isabel Zuckoff (

Linda Dech, MPH, IBCLC
Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition Steering Committee Member
651-215-8951 fax

MBC offering a $20 rebate to those who register and complete the Eager-to-Learn online training course

Please forward this announcement to local coalition members and others in your community involved in childcare.

The child care provider plays an important role in supporting mothers who want to continue breastfeeding after returning to work. To address this, the Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition is offering a $20 rebate to those who register and complete the Eager-to-Learn online training course, Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care Programs.

This MN Child Care Resource and Referral Network approved course is designed for child care providers in both home and center-based settings. Inservice Hours and Continuing Education Units are available. The minimum class size is 10 or the course will be cancelled. Register at
by January 3 to ensure the course will be held.

The rebate is being offered directly through the Minnesota Breastfeeding Coalition, not Eager-to-Learn, for this course only. MBC will reimburse those who attend upon receipt of a copy of the completion certificate. Contact Linda Dech, if interested.

Supporting Breastfeeding in Child Care Programs, Instructor: Holly Beckius
Chat Sessions: Tuesdays from 8:00-8:45 p.m. CST January 10, 17, 24 & 31
This 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.

Kaiser Permanente Commits to Support Breastfeeding as Key Strategy to Prevent Childhood Obesity

By January 1, 2013, all of Kaiser Permanente’s 29 hospitals that offer maternal and child health services will be designated as Baby-Friendly, and/or participate in The Joint Commission’s Perinatal Core Measures program, which requires participating hospitals to report their rates of exclusive breastfeeding at discharge.

Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2011 – USBC


Megan E. Renner, Executive Director 
United States Breastfeeding Committee
2025 M Street, NW, Suite 800 ♦ Washington, DC 20036
Phone: 202/367-1132 ♦ Fax: 202/367-2132

It’s time to protect and expand working moms’ right to breastfeed. We know that “Breastfeeding Works!”

Tell Congress to Support Breastfeeding Moms in the Workplace


Fired for breastfeeding?! That’s what happened to Heather Burgbacher, a technology teacher and coordinator in Evergreen, Colorado:

Heather had recently come back to work after maternity leave and was using every spare minute to pump breast milk for her baby. She just needed a little support from her employer: adequate break time and a private place to pump. But the Rocky Mountain Academy refused to help, and told her to consider switching her baby to formula. Worse yet—after she complained, Heather was fired.

On the flip side, we recently received this story from a mom who got the simple support she needed at work:

I was supported by my employer to have breaks to pump whenever I needed. I had a private room with an outlet, chair and sink…all I needed to provide my daughter milk when I was at work.

So how can we ensure that the support this mom received is also available to teachers like Heather, and to all breastfeeding moms?

WE know that all major medical authorities recommend that mothers breastfeed exclusively for six months and continue breastfeeding for at least the first year of a child’s life. WE know that breastfeeding saves lives and dollars. WE know that moms need and deserve to be supported to reach their personal breastfeeding goals. And WE know that workplace lactation support is actually simple and cost-effective…but do your Senators or Representative?

All mothers should have the opportunity to breastfeed their infants, but policy and environmental constraints make this inaccessible for many families. The Breastfeeding Promotion Act of 2011, introduced into both houses of Congress on August 1, tackles one of the most challenging barriers faced by moms today: returning to work. More than half of women with children under one year old are in the labor force, but without adequate support in the workplace, these mothers are more likely to stop breastfeeding early.

The bill aims to protect and expand the rights of working moms by 1) ensuring that breastfeeding mothers cannot be fired or discriminated against in the workplace, and 2) extending the existing federal provision to ensure that an additional 13.5 million executive, administrative, and professional employees, including elementary and secondary school teachers, have break time and a private place to pump in the workplace.

Tell your Representative and Senators to co-sponsor the Breastfeeding Promotion Act!

 Let’s make our voices heard! With a few clicks of the mouse today, you can help to build critical support for this bill and ensure that all moms are supported to reach their personal breastfeeding goals.

Thank you for your support!

Legal Protections for Nursing Mothers in Minnesota Webinar PRESENTED by the Public Health Law Center

Upcoming Webinar

 Legal Protections for Nursing Mothers in Minnesota

PRESENTED by the Public Health Law Center
When:   Tuesday, September 20, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (CT)
Dr. Rachel L. Lynch, M.D., Pediatrician, Division of Community Pediatric and Adolescent Medicine at the Mayo Clinic
Corey Davis, J.D., M.S.P.H., Staff Attorney, National Health Law Program (NHeLP) and Public Health Law Network
Juliana Milhofer, J.D., Pro Bono Attorney, Public Health Law Center  
Moderator: Mary Uran, Program Coordinator, Public Health Law Network 
On January 20, 2011, the U.S. Surgeon General put out a “Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding”.  This “Call to Action” outlines the steps that families, communities, employers and health care professionals can take to remove some of the barriers faced by women who want to breastfeed their babies.
The U.S. Surgeon General joins organizations such as the World Health Organization, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the U.S. Breastfeeding Committee, in addressing the importance of breastfeeding. According to the World Health Organization, exclusive breastfeeding should occur for the first six months of life, followed by continued breastfeeding with appropriate complementary foods for up to two years or beyond.  The American Academy of Pediatrics has a similar recommendation, stating that  babies should be exclusively breastfed for about the first six months of life, and they should continue to breastfeed for a year and for as long as is mutually desired by the mother and baby. 

One of the places where nursing mothers will need the greatest support is also a place that stands as one of the greatest obstacles to breastfeeding – the workplace.  This webinar will address the legal protections under both Minnesota and federal law that protect nursing mothers in the workplace.  In addition, the webinar will highlight the benefits of breastfeeding for mothers, infants, employers and our health care system overall.

Additional Information: To watch and listen to the presentation, you must follow two steps: 
(1) Watch: Watch the PowerPoint slides and video by clicking here and entering the password “health.” Fill out your information.
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