Jennie Toland

Jennie Toland, BSN, RN, CLC, is the Co-Executive of the Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition. Prior to this, she worked for more than three years at the Western Plains Medical Complex in Dodge City Kansas as a nurse in OB and NICU helping breastfeeding families. She also worked two years for the Ford County Health Department as a Maternal & Infant Program Coordinator and WIC nurse. Working in a hospital system and in public health gave Toland new perspectives on barriers to health equity. Her personal experiences breastfeeding her children for various durations using multiple modalities made it clear to her how support and education are critical in achieving fulfilling breastfeeding journeys. These experiences fuel Toland’s desire to advocate for breastfeeding/chestfeeding families. Jennie led the formation of the Ford County Breastfeeding Coalition in 2018 and serves as its volunteer Executive Director. Working in southwest Kansas has provided her with unique experiences with diverse populations who have been historically underserved and/or underrepresented. Jennie brings a fresh and unique perspective to the KBC and she is eager to find creative ways to connect communities and families across the state to normalize breast/chestfeeding.

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