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Why local breastfeeding coalitions?

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, fostering cooperation between diverse sectors, and increasing the credibility and often the impact of their efforts.

KBC’s definition of a breastfeeding coalition:

  • Three (3) or more individuals meet at least quarterly for the purpose of improving breastfeeding support in their community.
  • At least two (2) organizations or agencies participate in the coalition.
  • Has been meeting for at least six (6) months

Tools for Local Coalitions:

Needs Assessment Tools:

Calendar of Local Coalition Meetings – add your coalition’s meetings to this document and see when other coalitions are meeting 

Financial Information:

Projects for Local Coalitions:

Other resources:

Community Engagement Ideas:

Community Engagement Ideas – 2016 KBC Coalitions Conference
Community Engagement Strategies – 2014 KBC Coalitions Conference
Community Engagement and Meeting Overview Handout
Find local WIC agency contact person

Infographic Cards to Support Families During Emergencies (distribute through food pantries, shelters, etc.)
If You Are Chest/Breastfeeding Cards
If You Are Chest/Breastfeeding Cards (Spanish)

Local Breastfeeding Coalitions in Kansas may use images in the KBC image library for their materials.  Please send requests, including descriptions of desired images, to info@ksbreastfeeding.org along with the name of your coalition. Additional images are available through the US Breastfeeding Committee Landscape of Breastfeeding Support Image Gallery

Social Media:

Starting a Local Breastfeeding Coalition

Interested in starting a local breastfeeding coalition but don’t know where to start? The KBC can help! The KBC can facilitate a local coalition “start-up” meeting. See agenda and invitation template for a coalition start-up meeting. Contact Brenda Bandy at bbandy@ksbreastfeeding.org for more information about scheduling a start-up meeting in your community.

Resources for starting a local coalition:

Sample Mission & Vision Statements:

Examples from KS Coalitions
Mission Statement Handout
Vision Statement Handout

Sample Coalition Documents:

Breastfeeding Coalition of Douglas CountyFord County Breastfeeding Coalition Bylaws

Agenda Template

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Chapter Meeting Sign-in Sheet (NMBFT)
Ford Co BF Coalition Roster

Photo Release
NMBTF Photo Release