Breastfeeding Health Education in Kansas

For Healthcare Workers Supporting Breastfeeding

We can’t underestimate the importance of breastfeeding health education.

In Kansas, 90% of women breastfeed their children but often stop sooner than is recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. One of the biggest obstacles for these parents is a lack of education and awareness in their communities, including healthcare providers.

The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition is here to support healthcare providers with access to educational resources about breastfeeding. Beyond that, we work with local health departments to achieve the Breastfeeding Friendly designation, to continue to build systems for support for Kansas families.

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Resources At Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition

 

 

Becoming the Lactation Support Provider You Want to Be

The Becoming program aims to increase the number of breastfeeding peer counselors, certified breastfeeding counselors, and International Board Certified Lactation Consultants (IBCLC) available to provide culturally congruent breastfeeding support and clinical care.

Learn more here

 

 

Breastfeeding 101

Our introductory course covers the basics of making milk, latching, and positioning. Lactation supporters, community health workers, home visitors, and anyone who supports families in the postpartum period will learn everything needed to know about effective breastfeeding from birth and how to return to work or school.

Register for August 2024

Register for December 2024

 

 

 

Breastfeeding 201

This course goes into more detail about overcoming common breastfeeding hurdles, how to identify them, and possible solutions. Designed to meet the needs of a broad spectrum of staff, including physicians, this course builds on the basics of breastfeeding and lactation resources provided in our 101 course.

Register for August 2024

Register for December 2024

The Importance of Breastfeeding Health Education

  •  Education is the first step to increasing acceptance in communities
  •  Healthcare providers are an important resource and support for Kansas families
  • The lives of Kansas children and parents are improved with supportive healthcare providers
  • Breastfeeding is a health and human rights issue

Resources for further breastfeeding health education in Kansas

Resources for Local Health Departments

Resources to aid in achieving the designation

Breastfeeding Friendly Local Health Department Staff Education Video

KDHE Local Health Department Directory

Supporting and Promoting Breastfeeding, Chestfeeding, and Lactation in Health Care Settings

Public Breastfeeding

Together for the Duration | Arizona Dept. of Health Services

Center For Public Health Continuing Education

Resources for health professionals

KBC Breastfeeding Courses

Breastfeeding | Human Medicine Interprofessional Education

High 5 for Mom & Baby online training

Breastfeeding Practice Tools for Health Professionals

EMPower Training Initiative

Jones & Bartlett Learning 10 Steps to Successful Breastfeeding

Optimizing Support for Breastfeeding as part of Obstetric Practice

Resources for lactation support providers

Clinical Lactation

List of Certificate courses to become a Breastfeeding or Lactation Counselor

High 5 for Mom & Baby online training

Anatomy & Phsyiology of Lactation course at Wichita State

Breastfeeding | Human Medicine IPE

U.S. Breastfeeding Committee LSP Training Directory

General Resources

KBC Breastfeeding Webinars

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine

Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine Education Center

The Breastfeeding Medicine Podcast

Breastfeeding Conferences

Breastfeeding Friendly Consortium

Carolina Breastfeeding Institute

Improving Worksite Support For Breastfeeding Mothers (University at Albany)

Clinical Lactation Official Journal of USLCA

Journal of Human Lactation

Bilitool

Infant Risk Center

WHO Child Growth Standards

Using “Baby Behavior” To Support Informed Early Infant Feeding Decisions

Apps for Healthcare Providers

Breastfeeding Guide for Health Providers – common problems, links to other resources

Infant Risk Center (fee) – information about prescription and non-prescription medications and their safety during pregnancy and breastfeeding

Pedi Quick Calc: (fee) – weight conversions and weight loss calculator. Also calculate bilirubin levels and risk

The Breastfeeding Local Health Department Designation

Get Designated

Support Kansas families

Through intentionally increasing breastfeeding awareness and education.



Meet the criteria

Community engagement, staff education, and other supports for breastfeeding families.



Easy application process

KBC provides the resources necessary to submit a successful application.

Get Connected With the KBC

The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition is a central hub for breastfeeding resources in Kansas. We are working to build a culture of breastfeeding support. Join us in breaking down barriers to breastfeeding!

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Frequently Asked Questions

How can my organization get designated?

Your organization can reach out to the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition to apply for the designation. We will ensure that your community meets the proper criteria, or provide support in meeting those criteria, to help you apply for and receive your designation.

How can I support my breastfeeding patients?

Provide resources on breastfeeding and support in meeting their breastfeeding goals. Work with your patients while they’re pregnant to prepare for breastfeeding after birth.

How long should a child be breastfed?

U.S. dietary guidelines recommend that infants be exclusively breastfed for the first 6 months. After that, it’s important to continue breastfeeding while incorporating other appropriate foods. The American Academy of Pediatrics and World Health Organization, along with other credible health organizations, recommend breastfeeding from birth to 2 years or beyond.