Home > KBC Sections “2019 Year in Review”

Public Health Section

The KBC Public Health Section spent 2019 developing a comprehensive list of breastfeeding initiatives and programs across the State. The Inventory of Kansas Public Health Initiatives document is now available for all to view. Please join us for the next meeting on February 13 at our new time from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Stephanie Wolf will be presenting about the Becoming a Mom Program.

The Public Health Section meets on the second Thursday of even numbered months from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. For more information, contact Danielle at Danielle.ast@wichita.edu.

Child Care Section

The Child Care Section was busy in 2019 and has plans to accomplish even more in 2020.  Looking back at 2019, here is what this Section accomplished:

  • Presentations at:
    • “Breastfeeding and the Home Visitor”, KS Early Head Start Home Visitor, Jan. 17, 2019
    • “How to Support the Breastfeeding Family”, 2-hour child care provider training at:
      • Child Care Provider Coalition conference, April 26, 2019
      • Dodge City, June 29, 2019
      • Topeka Chapter of KS AEYC, Sept. 24, 2019
      • Junction City, Oct. 12, 2019
    • “Breastfeeding’s Impact on Mental Health”, Kansas Association for Infant & Early Childhood Mental Health (KAIMH) conference,  May 10, 2019
  • Exhibited at KS Child Care Coalition conference (April) and KS AEYC conference (Oct.)
  • Partnerships & collaborations with:
    • Community colleges to integrate breastfeeding into early childhood courses
    • CACFP for new “Infant Feeding” training
    • DCF to create a breastfeeding page on the Kansas Quality Network website

The Child Care Section meets on the second Wednesday of even numbered months from 12 – 1 PM. For more information or to be added to this Section, contact Kris Nicholson, Chair, at kris@ks.childcareaware.org.

Local Breastfeeding Coalitions Section

2019 was a great year for the Local Breastfeeding Coalition Section.  Our greatest accomplishment was the creation of the “Toolkit for Local Breastfeeding Coalitions” with link to partners, document templates, resources and project examples.

Other accomplishments include a review of the KBC’s Local Breastfeeding Coalitions Needs Assessment Survey and Learning Moments (guest speakers):

  • KBC Child Care Section – Kris Nicholson
  • KDHE Bureau of Family Health – Rachel Sisson, Director
  • K-State Research & Extension – Sandy Procter
  • Public Health Section’s Program InventoryKara Watts
  • Kansas Farmworker ProgramDiana Lady

The Local Breastfeeding Coalitions Section meets on the 2nd Thursday of odd number months from 12-1 PM.  For more information or to join the Section, please contact Susan Lukwago, Chair, at slukwago@sbcglobal.net.

Hospital Section

The KBC Hospital Section held nine meetings in 2019 via conference call. We had many interesting discussions and worked on a major project.

  • Project: The Section developed an algorithm for use by medical professionals on Medications during Lactation, adapted for Kansas with permission from a document created by the UNC Medical School. The algorithm was introduced in a webinar hosted by the KBC in August which was viewed from 88 sites around the state. (This webinar is available to view on the KBC website in the “Medications” tab.)
  • Topics of Discussion:
    • The use of pasteurized donor milk in the hospital setting
    • The practice of peer-to-peer milk sharing in the hospital setting
    • Infant falls in the hospital – journal articles, protocols, policies, education
    • The Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative – costs, challenges, rewards
  • Guest speakers:
    • Betsy Knappen from the KPQC – introduced the Kansas Neonatal Abstinence Initiative
    • Kara Watts from the KBC Public Health Section – discussed the Section’s Public Health Inventory
  • Kansas Hospital Spotlight:  KU Hospital and Pratt Regional Medical Center were featured.

The Hospital Section meeting on the 4th Thursday of odd numbered months from 12-1 PM.  For more information or to join the Section, please contact Dana Deters at ddeters@nemvch.org .