The Capitol Area Breastfeeding Coalition is a team of breastfeeding professionals, LCs, RNs, La Leche League leaders and breastfeeding advocates in the Mid-Michigan / Lansing, Michigan area. This group formed to better serve and support breastfeeding mothers via education, advocacy and resource support.The goal is to increase the number and duration of women in the Lansing, Michigan area who initiate and continue exclusive breastfeeding through the recommended time period.
If you need breastfeeding support, education or help, click on our Capitol Area Breastfeeding Resources list. This list will help you locate breastfeeding support counselors, lactation consultants, free breastfeeding support via mother-to-mother support groups, online breastfeeding resources that have trusted, medically accurate information and more. You can find support and help for breastfeeding right here in Lansing or East Lansing and the surrounding communities of Grand Ledge, Holt, DeWitt, Williamston, Haslett and Okemos. This guide is available for download by doctor’s office, OB/GYN offices and other health care professionals to distribute to their patients.
Initiatives of the Coalition:
- Improve the state of breastfeeding in Mid-Michigan by:
- Working to support pending legislation that will make breastfeeding in public a mother’s civil right
- Hosting breastfeeding and baby-friendly spaces at local festivals and events to offer mothers and children a place to relax, feed & gather
- Developing a kit for doctors to educate their expecting patients about breastfeeding
- Development of a statewide Breastfeeding Coalition web site that would distribute accurate information about local breastfeeding resources to parents who might search the web to find them
- Foster a culture where all babies in Michigan are breastfed happily, successfully and with support.
Who should join the coalition:
Health professionals, community health advocates, breastfeeding advocates, activists, legislators, parents.
We meet monthly (see right for event calendar.) Meetings include dinner (and wine) and young children are welcome, please contact us via our Facebook page if you need childcare.
On March 26, 2013, the Ingham County Board of Commissioners approved the following resolution in suppport of breastfeeding in county buildings and property:
MARCH 26, 2013
Agenda Item No. 32
Introduced by the Human Services Committee of the:
INGHAM COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF BREASTFEEDING IN COUNTY BUILDINGS AND PROPERTY RESOLUTION # 13 -
WHEREAS, Breastfeeding is the biological way to feed babies and breastfeeding results in many health, nutritional, immunologic, developmental, social, and economic benefits for infants, mothers, families, and community; and
WHEREAS, Public health benefits of breastfeeding include protection for babies from infections and illnesses including diarrhea, ear infections, and pneumonia; lower rates of asthma, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), and obesity; and decreased risk of breast/ovarian cancers and post-partum depression for mothers; and
WHEREAS, The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that breastfeeding continue for at least 12 months, and thereafter for as long as mother and baby desire; The World Health Organization recommends continued breastfeeding up to 2 years of age or beyond; and WHEREAS, 71% of mothers in Ingham County start out breastfeeding; of these babies, only 18% are breastfed at age 3 months and only 9% are exclusively breastfed at age 3 months; and WHEREAS, the Ingham County Health Department (ICHD), recognizing the importance of breastfeeding and promoting optimal nutrition for pregnant women and young children, the Public Health Services Unit has incorporated into the home visiting model an International Board Certified Lactation consultant (IBCLC). The consultant provides expert breastfeeding and lactation care, promote changes that support breastfeeding and help reduce the risks of not breastfeeding. The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) office of ICHD also has added two IBCLC staff members. The ICHD also instituted a WIC Breastfeeding Peer Counselor who gives basic breastfeeding information and encouragement to WIC pregnant and breastfeeding mothers; and WHEREAS, the ICHD is a member of the Capital Area Breastfeeding Coalition which is a team of breastfeeding professionals and advocates in the Mid-Michigan/Lansing area. This group formed to better serve and support breastfeeding mothers via education, advocacy and resource support. The goal is to increase the number and duration of women in the Lansing, Michigan area who initiate and continue exclusive breastfeeding through the recommended time period.
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Ingham County Board of Commissioners encourages breastfeeding and supports and protects a mother’s right to breastfeed throughout Ingham County buildings and property.
Expectant Parents Organization–EPO is pleased to announce our NEW BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUP. This group is for moms that are nursing and for moms that are thinking about breastfeeding. Our Breastfeeding Support Group meets on the last Wednesday of each month at the East Lansing Public Library on Abbot Rd. in East Lansing. The time is from 11:30am to 1:00pm.
Please call our office for other times and locations. Call 517-337-7365. EPO website is http://www.sparrow.org/epo
EPO/CABC Support Group Grant Update: Mary gave an update on the support group activity and flyer that is almost ready to print, which will include the CABC logo..
Sparrow Best-fed Beginnings: Project is very busy– more to update in February.
Social Share Campaign: Discussed needing to know more about how moms are deciding to breastfeed, where they get their info, and what influences them to stop or continue? Existing data will be sought.
Ingham County Breastfeeding Resolution: Proposal for resolution and policy is in the works.
Breastfeeding Support Group Grants: There are 9 coalitions that have received the grant. Most are getting their support groups lined up and ordering supplies; some groups are doing “warm lines” (after hours phone support) and drop-in centers. The most interest was re: the Baby Cafe idea. MDCH will cover the cost of licensing and the training fee for coalitions that were interested in starting a registered Baby Cafe. Go to http://www.thebabycafe.org/baby-cafe-usa.html for more information.
East Lansing Art Festival: Ann will tell Eric Larson, coordinator of the Festival Children’s area, that CABC is interested in participating. Need to confirm who can provide tents– 2 tents that are 10 x10 or 1 tent that is 20 x 20. Also plan to provide more information about the tent to the Festival information booth volunteers.
Pump Issues with Insurance and Medicaid: Pumps from McLaren for commercially insured moms are better than the pumps provided for Medicaid moms. There are no DME’s in the mid-Michigan area that will provide rental pumps. Hygeia will provide vouchers to moms whose insurance is inadequate, but this is time-consuming. Members may wish to contact the insurance companies, the media, or Medicaid regarding this.
Tear-Sheet Toolkit, The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding 8th edition, Chapter 20. Sometimes you don’t want a whole book.
And sometimes you want to be able to tear something from a book! Here’s your chance. Each page in this section is complete on its own two sides, ready to be removed. You can put these sheets on your refrigerator or by your computer, or hand them to your family or day care provider— whatever you need. http://www.llli.org/toolkit.
Our October 30 meeting was great– lots of news and ideas to discuss. Here are the highlights from the meeting minutes:
–Best Fed Beginnings at Sparrow will host a Prenatal Education Luncheon; Laura from CABC will plan to attend.
– MDCH received a CDC BF Grant, partnering with State WIC, Maternal Infant Health Program, Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association, the Early Learning Investment Corporation, and 7 local breastfeeding coalitions, including our CABC. Support for breastfeeding support groups for immediate post discharge breastfeeding moms will be provided. Other coalitions include Southwest Michigan, Jackson County, Muskegon County, Wayne County, Genesee County, and Calhoun County.
– Washtenaw County passed a breastfeeding policy allowing women to breastfeed in any county building. Could something similar be done in Ingham Co? Rose Snyder has agreed to follow-up in Ingham County, and will let coalition members know if additional support or information is needed.
–Discussed possible media outlets that CABC hasn’t been addressing. Ideas included: Posters in peds/OBs offices, use of QR codes on cards or flyers, cards to go in hospital baby bags – Beth M. will check on this, texting campaign, blog, scrolling messages, window clings, calendar with breastfeeding moms and babies, Social Share Campaign, to include photos of moms nursing at local landmarks (Christmas tree at the capital, Sparty statue, football game, basketball game, while snowshoeing, etc. More to be discussed at November 27 meeting.
On September 6, the CABC held a conference call to plan for hosting the Michigan Breastfeeding Network on September 21 (see event calendar for more information about location and registration for this event).
1. Create Power Point Presentation: Ann Siegle will provide template; Diane and Beth E. will draft powerpoint.
2. Presentation at the MI BF Network meeting: Ann Siegle will present it at the meeting, along with discussion of the website and how other BF coalitions can add their page to the website. There will be about 1 hour total for CABC. The presentation will be after lunch.
3. Handouts: Resource Guides will be printed by Ann Siegle. Diane will bring CABC Business Cards.
4. Goodie bags: Ann will provide gift bags and flavored popcorn; Missy will make Rice Krispy treats, Beth E. will make cookies, and Beth M. will provide a piece of fruit or bag of nuts. Someone will also bring bottled water. The bags will be for 13 people, and will be assembled at the meeting.
5. Cake: Beth M. will order a cake to be served in the afternoon.
6. The Network will provide information about the 3-year grant they have received.
7. Supplies: A projector and laptop will be brought.
Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association (BMBFA) and The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History presents…
Sat, August 4, 1pm – 4pm GMT-04:00
Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren, Detroit, MI
Connect to issues and hear the voices of real Black mothers.
Join Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association (BMBFA) & the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History during World Breastfeeding Week, as we present renowned journalist, Kimberly Seals Allers. She will take us on a journey of “Black Breastfeeding 360” – A comprehensive multi-media content library of resources, perspectives & voices of the Black breastfeeding experience. Followed by a panel discussion of the mothers of Detroit’s own, BMBFA. This is the place to connect to the issues and hear the voices of real Black mothers. Register for this event at http://bmbfa.eventbrite.com and receive a FREE gift!!! This event is FREE and open to the public. This event is supported by Black Mothers’ Breastfeeding Association, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History and The Detroit Black Community Food Security Network. Learn more about Exhibit Opportunities.
Kimberly Seals Allers is a leading authority on issues relating to modern, mothers of color, author of The Mocha Manual™ series of books and founder of www.MochaManual.com, a daily parenting and lifestyle destination and blog for African American moms and moms-to-be. Her life’s mission is to help women become powerful parents and to live a life of endless possibilities. She is also a fiercely committed and highly respected advocate in the fight to reduce the high infant mortality and maternal mortality rates and increase the breastfeeding rates in the African American community. Seals-Allers holds a BA from New York University, a M.S. from Columbia University and is a current IATP Food and Community Fellow. She is a Queens, New York native and currently resides in Bay Shore, New York with her two children.
REGISTER TODAY AND RECEIVE A FREE GIFT!!!
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