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The State of Breastfeeding in Kansas report has been created by the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition. This 4 page summary will assist you with community conversations. Our goal is to summarize the current breastfeeding rates as well as suggested actions for improving these rates.

View our spreadsheet summarizing Breastfeeding Support by Kansas County, a detailed database of information regarding breastfeeding support and breastfeeding rates by county.


“Feeding Tips” card (updated 4.2017)

KBC Resource Flyer  (4.2017) To connect families and providers to local breastfeeding support, download and share the attached “KS Resources” flyer which directs them to the KBC Local Resource Directory where they can find local breastfeeding help.


Our goal is to provide quality, helpful resources to families, advocates and health care professionals. This resource page is part of that effort. Please let us know if you have any suggestions for websites, articles or resources or if you find a broken link. Contact us.

KBC work focuses on statewide breastfeeding issues, and cannot answer individual questions about breastfeeding or provide medical or legal advice. Please contact your local health care providers and community resources with these questions. The National Breastfeeding Helpline has trained breastfeeding peer counselors to provide support by phone in English or Spanish.

Website links are provided for your convenience and are not endorsed by the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition, Inc.

Breastfeeding help:

National Breastfeeding Helpline – 1-800-994-WOMAN (9662) or 888-220-5446 (TDD) to answer breastfeeding questions in English and Spanish, Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  For more information, visit the National Women’s Health Information Center.

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine – http://www.bfmed.org/

The Adoptive Breastfeeding Resource Website – http://www.fourfriends.com/abrw/

Ask Dr. Sears – http://www.askdrsears.com/topics/feeding-eating/breastfeeding

Baby gooroo – http://babygooroo.com/category/breastfeeding/

Baby Led Weaning

Best for Babes

Biological Nurturing  – http://www.biologicalnurturing.com/#

Breast Milk Counts

Breastfeeding After Reduction – http://www.bfar.org/index.shtml

Breastfeeding Basics – http://www.breastfeedingbasics.com/

Breastfeeding Online – http://www.breastfeedingonline.com/

Breastfeeding Made Simple

Breastfeeding and Mental Health

Breastfeeding USA – https://breastfeedingusa.org/breastfeeding-information

BreastFeeding, Inc. (Dr. Newman’s site) – http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/index.php

Breastmilk: Every Ounce Counts – http://www.breastmilkcounts.com/

Common Sense Breastfeeding – http://www.normalfed.com/

Glossary of Breastfeeding Supporters – http://massbreastfeeding.org/landscape/Human Milk Banking Assoc. of North America  – https://www.hmbana.org/

Infant Risk Center Forum (medication questions) – http://www.infantrisk.com/content/webforum

Instructional videos from Stanford Medical School  – http://newborns.stanford.edu/Breastfeeding/

Instructional videos from Dr. Jack Newman – http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/content.php?pagename=videos

It’s Only Natural (African-American mothers) – http://womenshealth.gov/ItsOnlyNatural/index.html

Kangaroo Care – http://www.kangaroomothercare.com/

Kansas WIC – http://www.kansaswic.org/breastfeeding/

KellyMom – http://kellymom.com/

Lactavist –  http://www.lactivist.com/howto.html

La Leche League – http://www.kansaslll.org/

Forums  & FAQs – http://forums.llli.org/index.php

Medications – http://mommymeds.com/mobile-apps/mommymeds

Mothering Magazine Forum on Breastfeeding  –http://www.mothering.com/community/f/27/breastfeeding

The National Women’s Health Information Center’s Hotline

Nursing in Public Harassment Hotline – 1-855-NIP-FREE http://www.bestforbabes.org/announcing-1-855-nip-free-the-best-for-babes-nursing-in-public-harassment-hotline

Postpartum Depression
“Speak Up: What you Need to Know About Breastfeeding” – http://www.jointcommission.org/assets/1/18/breastfeeding_final_7_19_11.pdf

Stanford School of Medicine- Newborn Nursery at LPCH

Traveling with Breastmilk 

Vitamin D Supplementation recommendation – http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/recommendations/vitamin_d.htm

Working and Pumping – http://www.workandpump.com/

“Your Guide to Breastfeeding” 


Additional Resources for Black Breastfeeding Mothers:


African American Breastfeeding Network of Milwaukee
African American Breastfeeding Alliance

Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association ~ On Facebook

Blacktating Breastfeeding News & Views form a mom of Color on Facebook

Black 360 Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding Mothers United

Fathers Supporting Breastfeeding

Huffington Post article: Breastfeeding Myths Busted In Surgeon General’s ‘It’s Only Natural’ Campaign

Indiana Black Breastfeeding Coalition – http://indianablackbreastfeedingcoalition.com/

It’s Only Natural (African-American mothers) – http://womenshealth.gov/ItsOnlyNatural/index.html

Mocha Moms, Inc.

Uzazi Village – provides direct breastfeeding support services and education for those wanting to become an IBCLC.  Uzazi Village serves the KC metro area.

Video from Dad/Doctor perspective: Brothers United – Breastfeeding


Find local help:

Breastfeeding Support by Kansas County – detailed database of information regarding breastfeeding support and breastfeeding rates by county.  Last updated 7/28/2016.

La Leche League Leaders & Groups – http://www.kansaslll.org/kansasgroups.htm

Registered Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) – http://www.ilca.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid=3345

Breastfeeding USA – https://breastfeedingusa.org/breastfeeding-information

Breastfeeding PODCASTS

Resources for Fathers and Families:


The American Academy of Pediatrics:

American College of Nurse Midwives: Questions and answers for fathers

La Leche League :

Fathers Supporting Breastfeeding is a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food & Nutrition Service project targeted to African American fathers so that they may positively impact a mother’s decision to breastfeed.

Family Guide to Bonding with a Baby

“Advantages of Breastfeeding to the Father and to Siblings”

Video created by a WIC peer counselor:  Teach Me How to Breastfeed.

Video from Dad/Doctor perspective: Brothers United – Breastfeeding

California WIC –  Help Dads to Support Moms and Breastfeeding http://calwic.org/storage/documents/MenDadsToolkit/4_DadsToolkit_Breastfeeding_Section.pdf

Additional articles:

 What about Dad?

Fathers and Breastfeeding

Fathers Can Support Breastfeeding

Breastfeeding Your Baby: Making the Decision Together

14 Ways For Dads to be Engaged with their Breastfed Babes

Dads and Breastfeeding




Insurance Coverage for Breastfeeding Support and Breastpumps:

Amerigroup Insurance Summary

Health Insurance Marketplace

HealthCare.GovWhat are my breastfeeding benefits?

HRSA – Women’s Preventive Services: Required Health Plan Coverage Guidelines 

The Center for Consumer Information & Insurance Oversight-Shining a Light on Health Insurance Rate Increases

Medela’s FAQ – http://www.medelabreastfeedingus.com/breastfeeding-insurance

Model Policy for Commercial Payers – http://www.usbreastfeeding.org/LegislationPolicy/ExistingLegislation/ModelPolicyPayerCoverage/tabid/344/Default.aspx

Questions to Ask You Insurance Company Regarding Lactation Support (Missouri Breastfeeding Coalition) – http://www.mobreastfeeding.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/Questions-to-Ask-Your-Insurance-Company-Regarding-Lactation-Support.pdf

Commonly used ICD-9-CM Codes Related to Breastfeeding  –

For baby – http://www.dcbfc.org/pdfs/ICD9CMcodes.pdf

For Mother – http://www.dcbfc.org/pdfs/BillingForMother.pdf

A sample breast pump prescription from the Maryland Breastfeeding Coalition can be found here.

CMS Issue Brief: Medicaid Coverage of Lactation Services

AAP Federal Support For Breastfeeding

AAP President Thomas K. McInerny, MD, FAAP Letter to Payers – Advocating for Coverage and Payment for Lactation Support and Breast Pumps– 


Milk Banking, Sharing and Donating


Kansas Milk Banks and Depots:

Heart of America Mother’s Milk Bank (St. Luke’s, KC, MO) – kcmilkbank@saint-lukes.org

Via Christi (Wichita, KS) – http://www.via-christi.org/body_nobanner.cfm?id=1311&action=detail&ref=340

Human Milk Banking Association of North America

HMBANA Milk Bank Locations

The National Milk Bank

International Milk Banking Initiative

Donating Milk (HMBANA)

Statement on the Safe Use of Donor Human Milk (USBC)

Donor Human Milk: Ensuring Safety and Ethical Allocation (HMBANA)


Breastfeeding during Emergencies & Disasters:


AAP – “Infant Feeding During a Disaster: Breastfeeding and Other Options”

CDC Features – Be Ready! September is National Preparedness Month

USBC Features – Breastfeeding and Emergencies

DHHS – Infant Feeding During Disasters

IBFAN –  “Infant Feeding in Emergency Situations”

Wellstart International (2005): “Infant and young Child Feeding in Emergency Situations”

World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action (WABA) and IBFAN (International Baby Food Action Network) (2005): “Fact Sheet on Feeding Babies in Emergencies”

World Health Organization’s Guidelines for Feeding Infants and Young Children in an Emergency:

WHO 2004: “Guiding Principles for Feeding Infants and Young Children During Emergencies”

WHO 2007: “Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies: Operational Guidance for Emergency Relief Staff and Programme Managers”


Consumer Reports

Pumping and Milk Storage (Office on Women’s Health) – http://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/pumping-and-milk-storage/

Position Statements / Policies

The American Academy of Family Physicians

The American Academy of Pediatrics

The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses

The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses – Newborns & Neonates

The National Association of Pediatric Nurses Practitioners

The National Association of Pediatric Nurses Practitioners – NAPNAP Position Statement on Breastfeeding (PDF)

The World Health Organization


Professional Organizations

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine
American Academy of Family Physicians
American Academy of Pediatrics
American College of Nurse-Midwives (ACNM)
American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG)
American Dietetic Association
American Nurses Association
Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses
Doulas of North America
Human Milk Banking Association of North America
International Baby Food Action Network
International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners
International Childbirth Education Association (ICEA)
International Lactation Consultant Association
Lamaze International
National Alliance for Breastfeeding Advocacy
National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practioners (NAPNAP)
National Black Nurses Association
National WIC Association
United States Breastfeeding Committee
United States Lacatation Consultant Association
Wellstart International
La Leche league USA


Breastfeeding Advocacy:


American Academy of Pediatrics “Health Professionals Resource Guide” – http://www2.aap.org/breastfeeding/healthProfessionaIsResourceGuide.html

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine – http://www.bfmed.org/Default.aspx

Ban the Bags (hospital discharge formula industry bags) – http://banthebags.org/

Breastfeeding, Maternal & Infant Health Outcomes (AHRQ, 2007) – http://archive.ahrq.gov/clinic/tp/brfouttp.htm

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Breastfeeding Resources – http://www.cdc.gov/breastfeeding/

Coalition for the Improvement of Maternity Care – http://www.motherfriendly.org/

Human Milk Banking Assoc. of North America  – https://www.hmbana.org/

International symbol for breastfeeding download

MomsRising – http://www.momsrising.org/

National Alliance for Breastfeeding Advocacy – http://www.naba-breastfeeding.org/

National Partnership for Women and Families

Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE) for African-American mothers – http://www.breastfeedingrose.org/

Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding (2011) – http://www.surgeongeneral.gov/library/calls/breastfeeding/index.html

Women’s Health.gov – http://www.womenshealth.gov/breastfeeding/index.cfm

USDA WIC – http://www.fns.usda.gov/wic/women-infants-and-children-wic

US Breastfeeding Committee– http://www.usbreastfeeding.org/

Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative – http://www.babyfriendlyusa.org/

Healthy People 2020 Breastfeeding Goals – http://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/topicsobjectives2020/objectiveslist.aspx?topicId=26

“Tale of Two Births” video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9KptD3t110

“Speak Up: What you Need to Know About Breastfeeding” – http://www.jointcommission.org/assets/1/18/breastfeeding_final_7_19_11.pdf

Sample Hospital Policies – http://azdhs.gov/phs/bnp/gobreastmilk/documents/AzBSBS-Model-Hospital-Policy-Guide.pdf

Economic Benefits of Breastfeeding – http://iabreastfeeding.org/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/medicaid_savings.pdf

09 /15/16 The First 1,000 Days, Nourishing America’s Future – This first-of-its kind report examines the nutritional health of America’s mothers, infants and toddlers and highlights a set of “wins” to ensure that every child in the U.S. can have a healthy first 1,000 days.


Breastfeeding Training and Education Resources for Healthcare Professionals


Web-Based Training Sites (offering free training and resources):



Tulane Knowledge to Practice Program

Uzazi Village – provides direct breastfeeding support services and education for those wanting to become an IBCLC.  Uzazi Village serves the KC metro area.


Other Training/Education Resources:

American Academy of Pediatrics- Breastfeeding Residency Curriculum

America Academy of Pediatrics– Breastfeeding Support and Promotion Speaker’s Kit, American Academy of Pediatrics Section on Breastfeeding, 2012

Birth and Beyond California-Hospital Breastfeeding Quality Improvement and Staff Training Demonstration Project

Breastfeeding Coalition of Washington’s Physician Lactation Education-Increasing Breastfeeding Success

Breastfeeding Conference Listings

Breastfeeding-Friendly Consortium

Breastfeeding Outlook

Breastmilk Solutions: Dr. Jane Morton

Breastfeeding Support Consultants – http://www.bsccenter.org/

Bright Future Lactation Resource Centre, Ltd.

Carolina Global Breastfeeding Institute

Dr. Nils Bergman-Kangaroo Mother Care “Hold Your Prem” book and DVD

Every Mother, Inc.

Gold Lactation Online Conference

Hale Publishing e-Learning Courses

Healthy Children Project, Inc. Center for Breastfeeding

Health e-Learning

InJoy Birth and Parenting Education

International Lactation Consultant Association Continuing Education

Jones and Bartlett Learning


Lactation Education Resources

Mother Journey – http://www.motherjourney.com/professional-trainings.html

“Skin to Skin in the First Hour After Birth: Practical Advice for Staff after Vaginal and Cesarean Birth” Click here to download the order form.

Texas Dept. of State Health Services-Breastfeeding Trainings

The Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Podcasts

The Gift Breastfeeding Training Program

United States Breastfeeding Committee Publication- “Core Competencies in Breastfeeding Care and Services for All Health Professionals”




Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Protocols – http://www.bfmed.org/Resources/Protocols.aspx


Free pamphlets from Hale Publishing – http://www.ibreastfeeding.com/free-pamphlets
World Health Organization Growth Charts
Traveling with Breastmilk
National Institute of Health Drugs and Medications Database
Thomas Hale’s Breastfeeding and Medication Forum (health care professionals only)
Infant Risk

Commonly used ICD-9-CM Codes Related to Breastfeeding  –

For baby – http://www.dcbfc.org/pdfs/ICD9CMcodes.pdf

For Mother – http://www.dcbfc.org/pdfs/BillingForMother.pdf

Implementing The Joint Commission Perinatal Care Core Measure on Exclusive Breast Milk Feeding – http://mnbfc.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/phljtcoexclbf.pdf

International symbol for breastfeeding download

Sample Hospital Policies – http://azdhs.gov/phs/bnp/gobreastmilk/documents/AzBSBS-Model-Hospital-Policy-Guide.pdf

Handouts and products (for families and health care workers) – http://massbreastfeeding.org/handouts/

“Your Breastfeeding Guide” pdf (Office on Women’s Health) – http://www.ibreastfeeding.com/free-pamphlets


Instructional Videos:


Baby Gooroo on YouTube – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hD-d1m7oKBo

Every Drop Counts (pumping for your preemie) – http://www.medelabreastfeedingus.com/video-page/6/every-drop-counts

How to Relieve Engorgement (Reverse Pressure Softening) – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_RD9HNrOJ8

“Hand-on Pumping + others on latch and positioning (Stanford Medical School) – http://newborns.stanford.edu/Breastfeeding/

Latch and breast compression from Dr. Jack Newman – http://www.breastfeedinginc.ca/content.php?pagename=videos

Paced Bottle Feeding (baby led bottle feeding) –https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UH4T70OSzGs

“Tale of Two Births” video – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9KptD3t110

Working and Breastfeeding – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S2XmUPpQsFc