We need you to continue building support for breastfeeding families in your communities. If you are looking for ways to reach certain groups, this document will give you plenty of ideas.
The purpose of the tool is to help organizations/agencies assess the degree to which they support breastfeeding families. Check it out!
Coalitions are useful for accomplishing a broad range of goals that reach beyond the capacity of any individual member organization. Like a jigsaw puzzle, each piece is important, and only when put together does the picture become clear.
What do local breastfeeding coalitions do?
Local breastfeeding coalitions bring individuals and organizations together. They enable women, families, and community members to share ideas, break institutional and cultural barriers, and solve problems related to breastfeeding, in addition to empowering and educating the public. By working together, coalitions can conserve resources by reducing duplication and sharing expenses, foster cooperation between diverse sectors, and increase the credibility and often the impact of their efforts.
Who should be included in a local breastfeeding coalition?
A coalition can include a wide variety of community members, including but not limited to local, regional, and national organizations, community leaders, nurses, doctors, midwives, medical staff, mothers, spouses and their families. Who are some of your coalition members or collaborative partners and what do they bring to the table to remove barriers to breastfeeding? Who is missing?
Starting a Community Breastfeeding Coalition
This link takes you to the Prevention Institute “Building Cross-Sector Collaboration” webpage. It has easy to read and implement tools to develop an effective coalition. There is also a useful paper on the “Tension of Turf”. It is an issue many coalitions face and are never sure how to handle this sensitive issue. The Prevention Institute tools will help you get started on building your community breastfeeding coalition.
Click HERE to learn how to start a coalition.
Stay connected to our national United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) for collective action!
CDC-USBC Bi-Monthly Coalitions Webinars and Regional Calls
Webinars: The CDC Division of Nutrition and Physical Activity and the United States Breastfeeding Committee (USBC) co-host a series of Bi-Monthly State Breastfeeding Coalitions Webinars. The webinars are held every even numbered month on the second Tuesday of the month from 1-2 p.m. CST. They bring together state/territorial/tribal breastfeeding coalitions to share best practices and news and to network and collaborate on issues of national significance.
USBC Regional Calls: The regional calls are held at 2-3 p.m. CST after the bi-monthly coalitions webinar to discuss the subject of the webinar and how it relates to the region. The KBC is part of the Mountain Plains Region and we have five call lines to distribute to community coalitions. Please contact Brenda Bandy at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how to participate.
Breastfeeding Data and Statistics
This section contains state and local breastfeeding data and statistics. The data and statistics demonstrate breastfeeding trends and outcomes that can guide community decision making, define gaps, prioritize goals, plan interventions and monitor progress.
- Breastfeeding, Maternal & Infant Health Outcomes (AHRQ, 2007)
- Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) Breastfeeding Resources
Resources for starting a non-profit/breastfeeding coalition:
- United States Breastfeeding Committee
- Breastfeeding Coalition of Oregon’s Six Steps to Building Local Breastfeeding Coalitions
- The Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations (LANO)
- Texas Department of Health Resources for Community Coalition Building
- Community Tool Box
- Tom Wolff’s Coalition Building Tools
- Tina Cardarelli’s “What is a Coalition?” –
PDF – http://www.albany.edu/sph/cphce/bfgr12_handouts.pdf
Video – https://www.facebook.com/indianaperinatal/posts/267660483349858
- Kentucy’s story of how they started their state breastfeeding coalition
- International symbol for breastfeeding download
- KBC Resources page
- 2014 CDC Breastfeeding Report Card
- Surgeon General’s Call to Action: Executive Summary
Resources from the 2015 Kansas Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference:
- Stages of Coalition Development
- Feeling Word Vocabulary
- Continuity of Care Assets & Gaps
- Action Plan Worksheet
- Take Home Message
- Feeling Word Cards – Coalition
- Feeling Word Cards – Mother
Resources from the 2014 Kansas Breastfeeding Coalitions Conference:
- Community Engagement Strategies
- KBC Programs and Activities with CDC Guide
- Session Overview Handout
- Mission Statement Handout
- Vision Statement Handout
- Creating Measurable Objectives Action Steps Worksheet
- Blank Agenda
- PABC Swag Bag Info
- Putting your float in parade – round-table 2014
- Keep getting up – notes from the ground- round-table 2014
Description – The Lost Art of Breastfeeding presented by Dr. Todd Wolynn, pediatrician. (10:52 minutes) This presented helps to explain why breastfeeding rates declined and what we might do to support breastfeeding families. https://youtu.be/gqB44IYKRvs